Minecraft

I have decided to talk about some of the other things I enjoy besides books. I hope you think it’s interesting. Next time I will talk about computer programming, but this time I want to talk about Minecraft, which you might have heard of.

Minecraft is my favorite game. I spend a lot of my time with my dad’s laptop on rainy days. Minecraft is a computer game which is made completely of blocks! There are different modes, Creative and Survival and you can have either of these on Peaceful setting or Zombie mode. I prefer peaceful mode in Creative, because otherwise the zombies are destructive and they blow up my awesome stuff that I have built.

To give you an idea I have built houses, a ruined castle, a fountain, a maze and a mini-game and I have bred horses and built a Minecraft model of the riding stables where I go riding.

Minecraft Skin

It’s awesome, I love it. My sister Beatrix likes it a litle bit and she has her one and only WORLD!!!

(Which I made for her). She likes her world. And Minecraft has texture packs that make the scenery look different and you can download mod packs. They add things like different articles (computers) animals (hamsters) etc

Sometimes you get special updates like at Halloween it adds pumpkins and skeleton faces, and at Christmas there were witches.

I also watch loads of Minecraft videos on youtube, my favourites are done by Stampy Longnose – he is funny and creative and gives me loads of ideas. I also like watching Minecraft parodies of songs, which are often funny and have a little Minecraft story to go with the song, for example Viva la Vida, which is about a Minecraft king who loses everything including his Queen and child and kingdom, and the zombies come to get him so he has to choose death by zombies eating his brains or to throw himself off the castle. Which will he choose? You’ll have to look it up to find out! (By the way, it’s not very scary).

Minecraft Hunger Games are when you have to get looted up and get the best loot you can and then you try and kill others in the map without getting killed yourself. You have a certain amount of time before the death match where you get teleported into an arena and you have to fight. My mum says that The Hunger Games books are too old for me, but the Minecraft game is fine.

Minecraft Landscape

Minecraft is like building my own little world where there are no rules to follow, except for no mining straight down unless you want to get stuck. And you learn about different elements and how they work together like obsidian and coal and iron etc.

My friends at school in France think that computer games are for boys, but I disagree. What do you think???

Théa Cavalière

Théa Cavalière is about a girl who goes riding at a stables, and always has her favourite horse (called India).

But the stables changed and she rode on Jump instead and found that she was better than India after all. Meanwhile her sister Penelope was not very good…that’s sisters for you.

And at the end her mother took them both to buy horse things, and the bill was 1000£.

Here, not a chance.

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As you can see, it’s a cartoon strip which I love and have lots of. This book is in French because I live in France, but even if you don’t speak French you could try cartoon strips. And if you are learning French and have a dictionary you should be fine.

It’s funny because they say really funny expressions.

I have another series called The Rainbow Orchid which is in English and really good. I will talk about it another time. I have not been doing many reviews recently because every day from 9:00 to 16:40 there is school.

And homework is even worse!!! Especially if you love Minecraft (it’s a computer game) and have got dogs to take for walks. So that’s what’s after school ;-)

Théa Cavalière is by Judith Peignen and Emma Schulz. The illustrations are by Thierry Nouveau.

Winter’s Tales by Lari Don

It’s nearly winter in France. Today it’s 8°C !!! And there’s snow on the mountain of Canigou!

This book I am going to tell you about is a good one to read on a lazy day staying in in the warm house.

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There are 15 short stories in the Winter’s Tales. They come from all over the world (especially China) and they have creatures in like wolves and bears and dragons.

Some of the stories are legends and myths. Legends are things that ring with truth, that people pass on to each other.

My favourite story is The Last Sun which is a story where there are lots of different colour suns, but I won’t tell you what happens.

But if you want to see what the stories are like, here you can read one of them. It’s a Christmas story from Ukraine, about a spider:

Soon we are going to Paris then to Yorkshire then to Hampshire by car then all the way back home and we’ll arrive at about 23:00 or 00:00!!!

Thank you to Bloomsbury for this book. There are other books like this one. The most similar one I have is The House of Cats by Maggie Pearson. Here is a picture of that one.

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And Girls, Goddesses and Giants which is another one by Lari Don which looks good and I am going to ask for it for Christmas.

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Fortunately The Milk… by Neil Gaiman

This book is funny because of all the different characters. There are aliens and monsters and pirates and wumpires, and especially (SPLOD the GOD of people with short funny names).

The story itself is about milk and the adventures that the dad has to do to get it back safely from the shop…

Sometimes my mum leaves my dad at home to look after us too, and it’s true that dads do get up to nonsense.

Also, the illustrations in the book are really FUNNY !!!!!!!!!!!

They are in black and white so you can colour them in if you want to (I am) and read the book again at the same time.

FortunatelyMilk

The illustrations are by Chris Riddell. Neil Gaiman has written lots of other books so I am going to ask for some others for Christmas probably.

ps: It’s the school holidays. 5 days until I am going to HORSE GAMES (I will be riding a horse called Comtesse).

And thank you to Bloomsbury for this book (which is a special copy not like the shop ones) and the 3 other books they gave to me.

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We went in to their office this week with my mum, who wrote The Night Rainbow (you will see a photo of it). Everyone was nice to me and my sister and they have LOADS of books there.

I will write about the other books soon. :mrgreen:

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The Natural History Book

The natural history book is one of my favourite books so far.

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It represents all the (natural) things on earth: birds, mammals, minerals, bacteria, fish, etc. And it has explanations about them.

My favourite animal is a barn owl, I also like looking at things you can only see under a microscope.

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I haven’t got a microscope but I hope I get one for my birthday. I am going to be 8 years old….

AND IT’S 3 DAYS UNTIL MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The natural history book probably has everything in it except it doesn’t have the new creature that was found this week, the olinguito.

Olinguito

 

 

 

 

The Sword in the Grotto (Araminta Spook) by Angie Sage

Araminta Spook is sometimes known as Minty.

She is an adventuress, and in this book she finds a sword hidden in a grotto.

Her dad is a vampire (well her uncle but that’s who she lives with) and he likes bats and bat poo (don’t talk about poo at home).

The sword in the grotto

I think this book is good for 7 to 12 (ish) kids.

It’s SPOOOOOOOKY ( but not that scary). You can go and look at Minty’s website to see her other books and read some of the pages to see if you like it.

http://www.aramintaspook.co.uk/spook.htm

Thank you to Bloomsbury who sent me this book. xxx :mrgreen:

Billionaire Boy – Reviewed by Tasha

Thank you to Tasha for her review of this book. (I like Tasha’s blog too, it is all about games.)

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Billionaire Boy is a book by David Walliams. I like it because it’s about a boy called Joe Spud who has got rollercoaster in his back garden, a formula one racing car, a helicopter. His dad made all this money by…making loo rolls for 10p each. The only thing he hasn’t got is a…friend.

Mr Spud pays a little actress, Joe’s age to be his friend. When Joe finds out, he is furious and runs away.

What happens next?

Billionaire boy book cover

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

For Christmas I was given four books from my grandma from the Black Stallion adventures because she knows I like horses and so did my mum and she read these books in the olden days.

There are 24 books in total.

The first one is called ‘Shipwrecked with a wild stallion!’

The first part is all about boats which is a bit scary, and the principal person is Alec. The horse in the story is wild but becomes friends with Alec. I won’t tell you the rest to spoil the story but it’s really interesting.

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The Printers

We went to the printers in England to see my mummy’s book (called The Night Rainbow)! And we saw all the machines and we saw the book itself which was very interesting.

We weren’t allowed to see everything because the factory is busy and the machines are dangerous, but it was still good.

They make 500,000 books a day to go all over the world.

When I got home I did a talk to my class and then my teacher sent me to all the other classes. I took all the different book parts that Jonathan gave me. Everyone was really amazed and my teacher said it was important to know about books.

Thank you Bloomsbury and Jonathan at the printers for letting us go and for the cookies!

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Illustrated World Encyclopaedia of Insects

I was given this book for a present because I really like insects.

I like the book because it’s all about insects and bugs and there are a lot of pictures.

It shows creatures from all around the world that we don’t get in France. It’s got scorpions, spiders, ticks and lots more.

My favourite is the Java Blue Scorpion. We get scorpions at our house, but not ones as beautiful as that.

The author is Martin Walters

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