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kids' books: anne of green gables
review by MACKENZIE HENDRY, age 8

Anne of Green Gables | LM Montgomery

As soon as I picked up this book and finished reading the first chapter, I knew it was the book to tell you about: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne Shirley is the main character – my favourite – and I am going to tell you about her and Gilbert Blythe.

First, I would like to thank the author for writing this story and the rest of the books in the series. They tell the life of a young girl growing up to be a woman. It begins when Matthew Cuthbert brings Anne home from the train station – she arrived from the orphanage – but the Cuthberts had wanted a boy. Would she be sent back to that horrid place?

Anne Shirley was a thin girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Why, I could mistake her for a fire-breathing dragon or a volcano filled with lava! She is a very imaginative person too and turns ordinary things into interesting objects like the tree that became the Snow Queen, the lake that became the Lake of Shining Waters, and when her sadness became her Depths of Despair.

Gilbert Blythe caused mischief wherever he went. He teased all the girls but waited to try Anne out. This part of the book was his moment, and one of the funniest / best parts of all:

Gilbert reached out across the aisle, picked up the end of Anne's long braid, held it out at arms length and said in a piercing whisper, "Carrots! Carrots!"

Then Anne looked at him with vengeance!

She did more than look. She sprang to her feet, her bright fancies fallen to a cureless ruin. She flashed one indignant glance at Gilbert from eyes whose angry sparkle was swiftly quenched in equally angry tears.

"You mean, hateful boy!" she exclaimed passionately. "How dare you!"

And then – Thwack! Anne had brought her slate down on Gilbert's head and cracked it – slate, not head – clear across.

I like Anne, I can relate to her. We look alike with the same red hair and blue eyes, and the way we act is similar too. I do have a temper, don't get me wrong, but nowhere near as explosive as Anne's – 100 years later, I wouldn't smack a textbook across my classmate's head but I do speak my mind! One trait that is completely different between us, though, is our imagination. Mine is just dying to get out but I cannot break this evil curse that is keeping it trapped inside, while Anne's roams freely. She has inspired me, can you tell?

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favourite books (I have many!). It is a laugh-out-loud book that you will want to read over and over again.


Aspiring to be a writer one day, Mackenzie's current favourite author is Roald Dahl. This dynamic 8-year-old is ready to tell you all about his stories and more! What better way to find out which children's books are good than to choose them from Mackenzie's blossoming collection of Children's Book Reviews?

Mackenzie Hendry, age 8
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