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Minecraft – The Game

(A game review by Iresh Shenoy)

Hello! My name is Iresh. Today I am going to review a game called Minecraft. The game is a pixelated video game, created by Mojang. 

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Minecraft is about surviving nights with monsters spawning, like spiders, zombies, witches, skeletons, creepers. Monsters spawn at night. Animals spawn during morning and night. You can kill the animals for food. 

Minecraft: The Game

In Minecraft, you have to mine resources and craft new items. You can craft new things if you go mining, because if you go mining you will get stone, coal, iron, gold, and diamonds. You can craft torches with coal, you can craft armour with leather, iron, gold, diamond. You can also craft tools with them. 

My favourite thing in the game is that there are achievements. Achievements are like missions. For example, “bee are guest”. When you find a bee hive, you can put a campfire below and take their honey with bottles. That is why it is called “Bee are guest”. 

Iresh is showing off his minecraft shirt and the game website.

I like playing Minecraft a lot. It is very fun building houses, getting resources, fighting monsters. You should download this game because I think you will have lot of fun: building portals, houses, machines, getting achievements, and fighting. 

There is a special portal called the stronghold. If you find it and go through, there will be a dragon. Try to defeat it. I killed the dragon, but it killed me hundreds or thousands of times. It is fun playing. 

Bye! See you soon.

Posted in Books, Podcasts

The Magic Finger – by Roald Dahl

A book review by Iresh Shenoy

Hello! My name is Iresh Shenoy and I am seven-years-old. Today I am writing about the book ‘The Magic Finger’ by Roald Dahl. This book is illustrated by Quentin Blake. 

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Roald Dahl is the world’s number one storyteller. I have seen movies about his books too. They were ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘BFG’ (Big, Friendly Giant). 

The Magic Finger is about a girl called girl. We never get to know her real name in the story. The book is about this girl who has the power of the magic finger and a family whose children are the girl’s friends. The children’s names are Philip and William, and their family always goes to the forest to hunt birds and animals. 

Iresh appears quite pleased with his read of The Magic Finger

Every time the girl tries to stop them or gets angry about anything, she uses the magic finger. She can’t stop it. If she gets very angry with somebody about something, she uses the magic finger. 

The Magic Finger is a kind of super power. When she points her finger at somebody, a lightning like ray shoots out of her finger and makes some magical things. In school, the magic finger made her class teacher grow animal parts. When she is trying to stop the family from hunting, her magic finger turns their hands into bird wings!

My favourite part was when the family learnt their lesson. The girl tries to use her magic finger to save the birds from being hunted. She also uses her magic finger to turn the family into birds. But now it is the real birds who have hands and their guns. And now they are trying to hunt the family’s children! What will happen next? 

I think you should read this book because it teaches us that we should not hurt any animal. It is also funny in many places. And filled with surprises. 

Have you read any other book by Roald Dahl? How about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? If you like any other book let me know. I would like to read it too. 

See you soon! 

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Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman – by Francesca Simon

A book review by Iresh Shenoy

Hello! My name is Iresh Shenoy and I am seven-years-old. Today I am going to write about the book ‘Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman’. This book is written by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross. 

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Francesca Simon has written nearly 25 books about Horrid Henry. ‘Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman’ is number 16 in the series. My brother Inesh recently reviewed David Walliams’ latest book ‘The Ice Monster’, which is also illustrated by Tony Ross. If you have not read Inesh’s review, go and read it

Horrid Henry is a nine-year-old boy and he is very naughty. And very mischievous. Most of the time his mother says, “Don’t be horrid, Henry!” That is why he is known as Horrid Henry. Horrid Henry has a younger brother, who is a goody-goody boy, and is known as Perfect Peter. 

Iresh appear very happy from his read of the Horrid Henry book

Moody Margaret is Henry’s neighbour and most of the stories are about Henry troubling Perfect Peter or fighting with Moody Margaret. In this book there are four chapters. 

Chapter one is about a snowman competition. Whoever wins it will get free ice-creams for one year! And Henry decides to build the largest, meanest, biggest snowman. Does Henry’s snowman win him lots of ice-creams? 

In the second chapter, Horrid Henry is troubling his brother Perfect Peter. He offers Peter a deal and says he will not trouble him, if he will pay Henry some money. It is very funny. It felt like it was real. This was my favourite chapter in this book.

Chapter Three is about using make-up and giving people face-lifts. Henry sees Moody Margaret giving her friends face-lifts and think he can do a much better job and make loads of money. What happens is so funny that it has to be read!

Chapter four is about Henry meeting his favourite author TJ Fizz. The author is coming to visit Henry’s classroom to give them a book reading from Henry’s favourite books! But Henry has to behave and stay quiet in the class. Is Henry able to do this or does he get in trouble again?

Horrid Henry also comes as an animated series on TV. I have seen this same story of the author’s visit on TV also. I liked it very much. I think you should read this book because the stories are very funny and it feels real. 

Have you read Horrid Henry? Do you like it? If you read any other book, let me know. I would like to read it too. 

See you soon!

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Dog Man – by Dav Pilkey

A book review by Iresh Shenoy

Hello! My name is Iresh Shenoy and I am seven-years-old. Today I am going to write about the book, ‘Dog Man’ by George Beard and Harold Hutchins. I’m kidding! Dog Man is written and drawn by Dav Pilkey! Dav Pilkey has also written Captain Underpants, Dog Man, and even Super Diaper Baby. Dog Man is published by Scholastic. 

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Dog Man is about a cop and a dog and the book starts with the Police Chief getting a new couch. The dog always sits on the Chief’s couch and the Chief doesn’t want dog hair on his new couch. 

So the cop and the dog go out of the police station, but then they get blown up in a bomb blast by the evil cat Petey. They are both taken to the hospital, where the doctors fix the dog’s head to the man’s body! That’s how Dog Man is born! 

Iresh Shenoy poses with his copy of the book, Dog Man
Iresh poses with his copy of Dog Man

The evil cat Petey wants to rule the world. Can Dog Man fight and defeat Petey? Or will the evil cat win and take over the world? You need to read the book to find out! 

My favourite part of the book is when Dog Man saves all the dogs from the Pointy Thingies. The evil cat had captured all the dogs in a big cage, but the Dog Man manages to save them all. Can he also defeat Petey and stop his evil plans? 

I think you should read this book because it has a lot of action, suspense, and also a lot of funny jokes. I liked reading all the adventures of Dog Man and I think you will like it too. 

Have you read the Dog Man book? Did you like it? What about other books by Dav Pilkey? Have you read them? Which is your favourite story?

Tell me! I am waiting to hear from you. 

See you soon! 

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Living Next Door To Alise – by Anita Nair

A book review by Iresh Shenoy

Hello! My name is Iresh Shenoy and I am seven-years-old. Today I am writing about ‘Living Next Door to Alise’ by Anita Nair. 

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A few days back, I had reviewed Anita Nair’s other book ‘Who Let Nonu Out’. I really liked that book. I hope you read that review and also read the Nonu book. 

‘Living Next Door To Alise’ is about a boy who is nine-years-old. His name is Siddharth. Siddharth finds an elephant living next to his house and then the elephant starts to talk to him! The elephant tells Siddharth that her name is Alise and soon they become best friends. 

Iresh shows off his two Anita Nair books, which he hopes to get signed from her soon!

Alise is very intelligent and very good at maths! She knows so many things and wants to learn more things. So one day she follows Siddharth and goes to his school! 

The way Alise shocks everybody at Siddharth’s school is very funny. I was laughing very much when I read how the teachers and students reacted to Alise talking and peeping from the window! 

Another funny thing is when Alise joins Siddharth at a house party and finishes all the food! That food was for all the guests and Alise finishes all of it! Right after that, they run into the forest and get lost. Can they get out and come back home?

My favourite part in the book was when Alise and Siddharth find lots of wild elephants in the nearby forest. The drawing in the book showing lots of elephants in the forest. This made me feel very very happy.

But there was a Bearded Bandit in the forest. He wanted to kill all the elephants for their ivory tusks! Siddharth and Alise wanted to help the wild elephants and catch the Bearded Bandit. 

Can Siddharth and Alise fight and defeat the Bearded Bandit? Will they be able to come back home? Or will they get trapped by the Bearded Bandit? You need to read the book to find out.

I liked reading this book by Anita Nair as it was very funny and interesting. It also shows friendship is important. It made me read one page after another, and I finished the book very quickly! I hope you read it and have fun. 

Have you read this book or any other book by Anita Nair? If you like some other book let me know. I would like to read it too. 

See you soon! 

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The Bad Guys – by Aaron Blabey

A book review by Iresh Shenoy

Hello! My name is Iresh Shenoy and I am seven-years-old. Today I am writing about The Bad Guys series. The Bad Guys books are written by Aaron Blabey and published by Scholastic. It has lots of jokes in it and it makes me laugh very loudly!

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What I know is that The Bad Guys series has at least eight books already, and I have read seven of them. I really like reading these books because they are really funny and very interesting for me.  I just can’t stop laughing when I read these stories.

Iresh is seen laughing loudly in joy while reading a book!
Iresh captured in a most happy moment, while reading one of The Bad Guys book!

The Bad Guys books are about the adventures of a Wolf, a Shark, a Snake, a Piranha and a Spider. They are real bad guys. They want to be good guys and help people. They try to be good guys, but everyone knows them as bad guys and are very scared of them. 

Iresh shows off his collection of The Bad Guys

Every time they try to help others, things go very wrong. The stories are really funny. Most times they are fighting with each other. Sometimes they are even trying to eat each other! 

Can The Bad Guys really become good guys and save the world? You need to read the books to find out! I really hope you read these books and have fun with them. I am now looking forward to reading book #8. 

If you have read any of The Bad Guys books, let me know what you think of these books. If you like some other book very much, please tell me. I would like to read it too.

See you soon!

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Who Let Nonu Out? – By Anita Nair

A book review by Iresh Shenoy

Hi! My name is Iresh Shenoy and I am seven-years-old. Today I am going to write about the book ‘Who Let Nonu Out’. This book is written by Anita Nair. 

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What I know about Anita Nair is that she has written at least two books: ‘Who Let Nonu Out’ and ‘Living Next Door To Alise’. I have read both of these books and I liked both of them.

Iresh poses with his latest two reads: books by Anita Nair

Today I am writing about ‘Who Let Nonu Out’, which is a story of a baby squirrel named Nonu. I will write about the other book another day. Nonu lives with his family and the story starts with him being sick in bed. 

Nonu wants to see the world. One day he comes out of his house and then he gets lost from his family. This book is about his adventures in trying to get back to his home and family. As I was reading this book, I was worried if Nonu will be able to get back or will he die, eaten by a lion or killed by a dog. 

At one time, I was so scared that I asked my father, “Baba, will Nonu die or will he go home?” I am so happy I read this book, from start to end. I think you should read this book, because it is very interesting and while you are reading you may be scared too. It is fun. 

Let me know if you have read this or any other book by Anita Nair.  I want to hear from you.

See you soon!