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The Hunting of the SnarkThe Hunting of the Snark

by Lewis Carroll, ill. Chris Riddell

Poetry - Classics List 2016-17

So far we have received 12 reviews of The Hunting of the Snark.

You can read them below.

dakota from Year 6, Pheasant Bank Academy:

i found it very very boring

Marks out of 10: 1

Lilly from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Hi my name is Lilly and I read the book - The Hunting Of The Snark by -Lewis carol . I have rated this book 2 /10 because it was very boring . The only thing I liked about this book was the rhyming because I love rhyming books . If you like this book write a review about it I know I didn't like it .

Marks out of 10: 2

Jacob from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

This rhyming book, Hunting of the snark, is the most boring book I have ever read. The author made every single line rhyme which is very impressive but I didn't get it what so ever because there were some really weird lines like they pursued it with forks and hope!? So that is why I rated this book a 2.

Marks out of 10: 2

Avaj from Year 3, Green Top Primary:

I think the book was funny. Maybe the people who like funny books might want to read this book because it is really funny. The book was made more funny because of the illustrations that Chris Riddell drew, because their hair is weird and crazy. My favourite part of the story was at the end when a blue bird was pulling funny faces. The book was quite difficult to follow.

Marks out of 10: 9

olivia from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

this book is about a bell captain who is off to find the snark. the crew members aboard the ship all their descriptions begin with a B : a bellman (the leader) , a boots, a bonnet maker, a barrister, a broker, a billard- maker, a banker, a butcher, a baker and a beaver. The book is about a story where the whole crew are after the snark a big blue fluffy creature. I think this book is based of all of Lewis carols books. the illustrations are far from fantastic! this book also has its own little stories with each character I did like this book it is just that I mostly enjoyed the rhyming and the illustrations. this book isn't for me.

Marks out of 10: 5

Tasha from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

I was a little disappointed with this book. This is because I was expecting a fantastic, rhyming, large poem. I think I got an alright, rhyming, long poem. I found it very long and confusing. It rhymed well but there were many characters that had odd names. There were hundreds of characters which made it hard to follow. It was odd and surprising to me. Personally, I didn't really like this poem.

Marks out of 10: 5

Grace from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Arguably, this book was both interesting and hard to understand. If you like prodigious speculation, then I would recommend you try this book! My favourite character in this fiction story is a beaver who is best friends with the baker. Their life goal seems to be to catch a Snark (which is not real, no need to be alarmed) a giant, blue ball of fluff which appears to be a bird. I didn't really like this book because sometimes it went on and on about something then changing unexpectedly to another without going back to the first thing, a bit too much dialogue for my liking. I thought it was a bit stodgy and repetitive.

Marks out of 10: 6

Paige from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Do you enjoy reading weird and wacky books? Well this book is perfect for you! I think this poem was easy and a bit boring. I rated it a 5 because I loved the pictures and the different chapter names but each chapter changed subject without finishing the last part. My favourite character was the Beaver because I liked the way he just popped up in random places. I recommend this book to 8 + because of some tricky words. It's full of hilarious pictures and crazy characters. I love how the illustrator puts lots of colourful and weird pictures.

Marks out of 10: 5

Olivia from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

The title is The Hunting Of The Snark by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Chris Riddell. I found this book very boring. I almost fell asleep reading it. That is why I gave it 4. The other reason that I only gave it 4 was that it was very confusing. One minute they were on an island and the next in shadowy court! It was also very repetitive. They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care They pursued it with forks and hope They threatened its life with a railway share They charmed it with smiles and soap. I remember that and I didn't have the book in front of me. Honestly! It starts with that at the beginning of EVERY chapter almost. On a much more positive note, I liked how it rhymed and told a story at the same time. I rate the story 2/5 and recommendation ages for 8+ because little ones might not understand some of the words. Happy Reading (if you can enjoy it)

Marks out of 10: 4

Jayden from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

This book wasn't too bad but wasn't too good. I liked it because of the illustrations and the rhythm to it. What I didn't like was the words used (some not understandable) and the nonsense it was put into. The flow of the story was harder to understand towards the end. Will you like this book when you read it?

Marks out of 10: 6

Tobias from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

This is an interesting book! I like it because it rhymes but at the same time, is load of nonsense and weird words a pirate would have said. My favourite pirate is the Baker because he has a very long beard and forgets a lot! If you forgot something would you go back for it?

Marks out of 10: 6

Jay from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I really liked this book because it's very unusual and out of the ordinary. I loved the illustrations in this book because of how they are drawn and I was fascinated at how colourful they are. The story is really good and quite funny too.

Marks out of 10: 8


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