Sunday, 12 May 2013

Our class novel

Over the last few weeks we have been reading Shadow Forest by Matt Haig.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed following the story of Samuel Blink and his sister Martha.

I would like Y4 to leave a short review based on the following headings;

  • Did you enjoy the story? Explain your reasons
  • Which part was your favourite?
  • Which creature would you most like to meet and why?
  • If you could ask Matt a question, what would it be?

Dojo points for every review.


  1. I really need to own that book! Its so awesome,My favourite part was the Truth Pixie trying to poison Samuel and Samuel finding out what the Truth Pixie was going to do to him. I'd like to meet Aunt-Eda so I can taste her cheese. I would ask Matt Haig what inspired you to write this book.

  2. I would also ask Matt Haig did the first part of the story happen in real life? (When Samuels parents died).

  3. I love that book I knew they was going to find Uncle Henric because I read the book
    My best part of the book was when the truth pixie tried to poison samuel and the truth pixie saying funny mean words to samuel
    I would to meet the tomtigub and the slemp because they sound so funny and wierd
    The question I would ask matt haig is witch character do you like the best
    From Izzy

  4. That was FANTASTIC I would love to have it for myself!(Shadow forest).


  5. I like the truth pixie becouse he blows up brains


  6. shadow forest is a raely good. Brennan

  7. I enjoyed shaddow forest because it is an adventure story agnd i like adventure sorys because I am reading one now.
    my favorite monster is the truthpixi because i dont like people lying.
    my favorite part was when the change maker blew up because he was evil.
    I would ask matt long ago was it when you made shaddow forest?


  8. I enjoyed shadow forest because it was funny and intresting also it was like an adventure story and I like adventure stories because they are intresting and hook you in.
    My favorite monster is the truth pixi because she was calling Samuel funny names also she tried to poison Samuel.
    I would like to meet a slemb because I could lay on its belly and be very warm and comfy.
    I would ask Matt haig how did you write such an amazing book and how long did it take to write the book also who is your favorite character. Jessica

  9. Hello Year 4,

    I must admit I hadn't heard of Matt Haig's "Shadow Forest". I searched the internet for a synopsis (brief statement of content, i.e. telling me what the book's about) and found one. I liked what I read so I came back to this blog to read your reviews. I found them fascinating.

    The Truth Pixie seems the most liked character but I was left wondering if it always tells the truth or makes anyone it meet tell the truth. I also wondered about the pixie's poison. Was it deadly or was it more a truth serum?

    I noticed favourite part of the story and the questions you would all ask Matt Haig have varied. They were interesting.

    Summing up, the synopsis and your comments plus the questions coming to my mind after reading them can only mean one thing. I'll have to see if I can buy or borrow a copy to find out more.

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

  10. Hello year 4 that looks good. Did you enjoy the book? By Sherralee

  11. I've borrowed the book from the Library and I'm up to just a couple of pages before the part where Martha goes missing into the forest. It's a tiny bit boring because we've read it in Class but I still find it interesting.