Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What is a book review?

A book review (or book report) is a form of literary criticism in which a book is analyzed based on content, style, and merit. It is often carried out in periodicals, as school work, or online. Its length may vary from a single paragraph to a substantial essay. Such a review often contains evaluations of the book on the basis of personal taste. Reviewers, in literary periodicals, often use the occasion of a book review for a display of learning or to promulgate their own ideas on the topic of a fiction or non-fiction work. At the other end of the spectrum, some book reviews resemble simple plot summaries. (Wikipedia)

RYB uses the following format:
Tag Line (something to pique the interest of the reader
A short summary
Your opinion

A book review helps the author. It allows him/her to read constructive criticism.