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The HighwaymanThe Highwayman

by Alfred Noyes

Poetry - Classics List 2016-17

So far we have received 36 reviews of The Highwayman.

You can read them below.

Tobias from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

I liked this book but it was creepy the pictures are detailed so much that it made it creepy. I would recommend this for 9+. I rate this 7.

Marks out of 10: 7

olivia from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

I would rate the highwayman 2 out of 10 illustrater-charles keeping, Auther- Alfred Noyes. I would say the age would be around 8+, the book is about the landlords daughter who lives in a old inn yard stable she was loved by the highwayman they tied her to the foot of her bed and they all kissed her and then she was killed by a shot gun I wouldn't recommend the highway man .

Marks out of 10: 2

Eleanor from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

One word I would describe for this book is 'unusual'. First of I would like to write is this book had lots of rhyme which I loved quite a lot and it definitely made me read on. Second off, the pictures were very detailed and they helped me understand the story. One thing I picked out is the theme and it did draw my attention when picking another book to read. The gray and white theme helped create the mood of the book and it looked like an interesting book as well! However, I would definitely only let secondary school read this book because of some of the illustrations. Although I am in year 8, some pictures near the end of the book did shock me and it was a quite mature story line. Overall I would give this book a 7 because of the great colour theme, interesting ( but mature) story line and the rhymes. The only points to knock of was the shocking pictures.

Marks out of 10: 7

stella from Year 6, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Primary School:

I really liked the Highway Man. The bit I didn't like the bit when Bess is tied to the bed.

Marks out of 10: 8

dakota from Year 6, Pheasant Bank Academy:

it was quite boring

Marks out of 10: 4

Lilly from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Hello my name is Lilly and I read the book - Highwayman . by Alfred Noyes and illustrated by Charles Keeping a rate this book 9 / 10 because it was a bit creepy . I recommend this book for kids for ages 7 - 12 . It is a good book and a recommend you to read it . The first line ...The wind was a torrent of darkness among a gusty tree . If you like a bit of creep this is a book for you . If you don't mind black and white books read this book for you . I hope I have persuaded you enough to read this book The Highway man . If you enjoyed this book write a review about it and tell everybody else what you think about this book . Tip - If you write a review a book do not spoil it . also don't just put a liked this book because .... That would be pretty boring . Thank you

Marks out of 10: 9

Paige from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

I think The Highwayman is very inappropriate for kids under 13. I also thing this book is quite freaky although the book might be an interest to other kids it definitely is not interesting to me. I do not recommend this book to people that get frightened easily and that don't like blood or drama. I don't like the pictures at all. It gave me extremely scary nightmares. I think The Highwayman is a better for kids over 13 or even adults! I don't want to read the book again because it was so scary!

Marks out of 10: 2

Grace from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

In my opinion, this book is quite inappropriate for kids under the age of 11 because there is a lot of abuse and violence, it just might be too scary for children. You can memorise the scary moments that happen in the books and will probably give children nightmares. Although this book is scary it has great vocabulary including similes and punctuation.

Marks out of 10: 2

georgie from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Do you like scary stories? Or maybe ghosts? The highwayman is full of mystery, you just dont know what is giong to happen next! It is about a highwayman and his girlfriend Bess, who waits for him every night while he is out robbing people. Then he just appears on his jet black stallion. I have rated this book an 8 because it is slightly scary and confusing. My favourite character is Bess the landlords daughter because she is raelly pretty and kind. I would reccomend this book to teenagers because of its scariness. This book has also won the Kate Greenaway medal for its illustrations which I do not think it should have because they are too realistic and violent. Apart from this I do like how the auther has made it rhyme. A fearful 8/10!

Marks out of 10: 8

Megan from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Would you like an interesting book to read? The Highway Man is right for you! This is a great poem but it is a bit boring for kids under 10 like me. It isn't the best book that you could read. I rate this a 6 out of 10 because I didn't want to read on to another page like other poems/books would. Also, I wouldn't want to read this book again.This book could improve on a lot of things like adjectives that all age groups could understand, similes and not make people bored whilst reading it.This is not the quality I expected it to be.

Marks out of 10: 6

Agata from Year 6, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Primary School:

It was creepy but it wasn't so bad Agata

Marks out of 10: 5

Jayden from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

I absolutely hated this book. It was the worst, scariest book I've read for a long time. The illustrations are rubbish and scary and repeats a similar story every couple of pages. I recommend this book for 13+ year olds. I do not think this book should be suitable for going on the list for primary schools. I did not have a favourite character, they were all my least favourite. The only 1 good thing is that it doesn't take too long to read if you're reading it all at once. It has won the 'Cilip: Kate Greenaway Medal' award and I can't understand why it has. Obviously now I wouldn't choose any 'Alfred Noyes' book again or any book illustrated by 'Charles Keeping'.

Marks out of 10: 1

Melanie from Year 6, Woodfield Primary:

People said that the book would be scary but I said you can't judge a book by its cover and it was awesome there was also lots of interesting words I leant that now I know the meaning of them I loved the book it was really good

Marks out of 10: 10

olivia from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

This book is really good for getting inspiration for writing poems and rhyming your stories . However this book shows a story through poetry and it dosn't just describe the story it uses detail about the characters. l liked this book because It gave me inspiration on how to rhyme things and I recommend this book for older people because they will under stand it more and its not really a childrens book.

Marks out of 10: 7

charley from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

Mystical, magical and magnificent. The three words I would use to describe this wonderful tale. Even though it did not take me very long at all to read, this fascinating story posses a perfect plot which comes across so effortlessly in such little words. I am so impressed by the amount of detail presented in this book and (although it may be graphic at times) I would highly recommend this to anyone 10+. The illustrations may be a little disturbing towards the end, reading this book was so fun because you could see the full tale of the highway man in a single rhyme! Speaking of the poetry, it really enhances the true meaning of the book and the vocabulary choices are spectacular. With a slightly grim twist on a great book, all are sure to enjoy!

Marks out of 10: 9

Ruby from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

I think the Highwayman is a extremely romantic poem. I like it but I don't really like the bit at the end about the ghosts. My favourite character is Bess because she's beautiful, kind and is very brave. I liked it because its a different kind of poem from the other ones iv read. I would recommend this book to people around 7 and over.

Marks out of 10: 9

Phoebe from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

I think this book was quite satisfying and creepy at the same time. I found the drawings inspirational {I like to draw/ do art myself}. The Highway mans daughter was one of my favourite characters and I really enjoyed the book. The poetry was fantastic and added a lot of enthusiasm into the storyline.

Marks out of 10: 7

rachel from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

Wow! This book is very unique, I love the amount the book rhymes and the repetitive phrase the highwayman came riding, riding, riding that puts the cherry on the cake. However to make this book a 10 out of 10 I would have liked the book to have had a story version and a poetry one however I think that this book is a great book.The reason I say this as I would have liked the book to of lasted longer. Although still a great book.

Marks out of 10: 8

kaitlin from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

this is a bit of a unusual book! but i read all at the same time i kept reading it because of the rhyme, the rhyme was the one best part of the book there was a lot of repetition and that was a good addition to the book because it emphasizes the words in the book and that is a good effect of in the poetry however i think i should be a secondary book because some of the images could be a quite scary for younger reader and that is why i would mark it a 7/10 also i think that they should make a fiction book of the highway man so that there is a poetry book and a fiction book that is longer than the poetry book

Marks out of 10: 7

Ava from Year 3, Green Top Primary:

The highwayman is a very gruesome story. The pictures are black and white because it is like a sketching book. The story is set a long time ago, because the writing is fancy and I didn't understand some of the words. It is written as a poem, because some of the words rhyme and it repeats the same line. The story is about a highwayman who comes to a girl in the town, then all of a sudden three people come walking down and they kill girl. I would recommend this book for people who like scary, gruesome stories.

Marks out of 10: 7

kian from Year 6, Green Top Primary:

A truly amazing but gruesome book because of all the blood although it still is good. I recomend for age 7/11

Marks out of 10: 10

Libby from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Would you like a book with romance? Then you want to read the Highwayman. Its a bit grusome but very romantic .I liked this book because its a story but its actually rhymes . My favourite character is Bess because she saved the Highwayman but I wont say how because its a big surprise . I rated it 9/10 because i didnt like the bit at the end with the ghosts .I would recommend this book for 8 to 10 because its a bit grusome.

Marks out of 10: 9

Wilson from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

This book was quite good. Some of it was really gory and probably not suitable for children under 8. This book rhymed a lot of the time and was very impressive. I would say this book would be suitable for people the age of 9 to 14. Overall, This book was amazing including illustrations. I know this because our year tried to write a poem of that style. We all managed it though it wasn't quite the style of The Highwayman though they were really good. So that is why I rated this fantastic book a ten.

Marks out of 10: 10

Jacob from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

This book is ok but somethings are a bit hard to understand, maybe 10-12 year olds would understand it more. It is about a man called The Highwayman and he sees a beautiful girl called Bess and he immediately falls in love with her.

Marks out of 10: 4

Cerys from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

Personally, I found this book a great read, as it is full of suspense, drama and a brilliant poem. This book really captured me as it used a variety of repetition throughout the book. The Highway Man is one of my favourite reads ever. the reason that I rate it an 8 out of ten was because at times it was a little confusing but sill a very interesting book. if I was you I would go and read it right NOW!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 8

Fearne from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

I would recommend this book to an 8+. The illustrater (Charles keeping) has clearly taken his time with all of the detailed drawings This book was about the highwayman who galloped on his horse then found a girl then they kissed I didn't like this book because I don't pick those types of books usually. My favourite part of this book is when it says he galloped up to an old inn door up I found it boring so I gave it a 3 out of 10

Marks out of 10: 3

Eleanor from Year 6, Mallard Primary School:

I loved the highway man its a lovely poem I love the way on how it looks and reads like a story I give it a 10 out of 10

Marks out of 10: 9

nikita from Year 6, Mallard Primary School:

It is really funny and it is romantic story and I nearly cried .

Marks out of 10: 10

nikita from Year 6, Mallard Primary School:

It is really funny and it is romantic story and I nearly cried .

Marks out of 10: 10

abigail from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

this book is the book for you if you like kind of disturbing rhymes and pictures I would say this book is for 7-12 years(if you like deaths

Marks out of 10: 6

summer from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

I thought that this book was good however it wasn't really my type of poem.

Marks out of 10: 5

Olivia from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

The title is The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. The storyline is very dark and dangerous but the way the poet uses the words, it is a beautiful poem. The ostler (Tim) seems like a very evil character. The Highwayman is the best poetry book in this years Book Awards by far. With its blend of happy and sad, calm and feisty, this book is sure to win. The landlords daughter shouldn't have been tied up. That is the part that I don't understand. She is a kind, gentle and innocent girl. Why would they do such a beastly thing? I give the story 4/5 and the fabulous illustrations 4/5. Little ones might be scared at this book so recommendation for ages 8+.Happy Reading!!

Marks out of 10: 8

Josie from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

I am going to be honest. The first time I read this poem, it was my first day at a new school, all the way back in year 5. It was our topic in English. I remember reading it, being creeped out (and a bit Scared), and ultimately wondering if this is the type of thing we read at this school! Recently, I reread The Highway Man for the first time, since then and I loved it. To begin the imagery was fantastic and the plot is incredible. It is so tense and sweet at the same time. Although, it is unusual, it has helped to change my perspective on this type of book. It is sad and happy. Strange and completely normal. It is perfect. I will admit, it still scares me a bit reading the poem now but I think I appreciate it more. What is the best part? It is history. The highway man is based on real Georgian robbers who roamed to road waiting to steal from innocent victims. I believe this book has helped me discover what I like to read (historical fiction) and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something new.

Marks out of 10: 7

Tasha from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

Personally, this book is scary, amazing and just overall fantastic. It is so cool because it is an amazing love story as well as something that actually happened as Highway Men were around a while ago. The Highway Man is an amazing book and I also loved the illustrations which went perfectly to the description Alfred Noyes created.

Marks out of 10: 9

Calla from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

This book exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to 9+ because the illustrations are a bit graphic, but the illustrator, Charles Keeping, must have spent alot of time on these drawings and they are very good.

Marks out of 10: 9

Keaton from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

The poem The Highwayman is a scary poem because there is quite a lot of death in it. My favourite character is Tim the Ostler because he's jealous because he cant go out with the highwayman's girlfriend. My favourite part in the poem is the bit where Tim the Ostler and the The Highwayman battle out and Tim the Ostler wins.

Marks out of 10: 7

 

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