Apr 28, 2010


Reviewed by Milly, 12yrs. old - Teen Book Reviewer and Sometimes Baker
Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley is a horror book about a young boy called Edgar [I have never heard of the name Edger before, but mum told me that he is named after a famous writer of horror tales - Edgar Allen Poe]. Edgar liked to visit his uncle's house to hear his scary stories. But if these are just made up stories, why does Edgar start seeing items from the stories in his uncle's study?
What I liked most about this book is it is a collection of stories within the story. That's good because each story is quick to read and gets straight to the point. These stories are horrifying, and I loved it, they made me shiver.
I've now found out the author Chris Priestley has also written other Tales of Terror books with different main characters. I want to read the rest now. If you get scared easy, do not read this book!
I give this book:
This week we made Bannana and Macadamia Nut Muffins!
2cups self-raising flour
a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 ripe bananas mashed (the riper, the better)
1/2 cup chopped macadamias (I let mum chop them)
3 eggs (I like to whisk them with a fork first)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup buttermilk.
We spray a flexible muffin tin with canola oil, the mix all the ingredients in a big bowl with a wooden spoon till the flour and liquids are mixed well. I use an ice-cream scoop heaped to measure the same amount into each muffin hole and it's less messy than a spoon. Fill them, they don't raise very much. Then bake them for about 20minutes at 200 degrees Celsius (Fahrenheit is 400). Our measurements are rough, you don't have to be fussy. Then eat while warm!


SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...

that book looks really interesting. I'm going to have to check it out! Thanks for the review :)

Lady Glamis said...

You give such great reviews! I must share your blog with my mother. She works in a school library and loves these kinds of books!

Jen said...

What a fabulous review. I'm afraid that I get scared rather easily but I'm glad to see that you enjoyed the novel so much that you gave it five paper dolls!!!

I love muffins and these sound super delicious!!!

Ellie said...

Great review and the muffins look yummy! I will share this with my daughter. She has a lot of projects due soon! Once she is done, I hope she will check out your blog!

Thanks, I will glance at this book when I frequent the bookstore. I make a list and glance a them, before buying one!

Chris Priestley said...

Thanks for the review Milly. And great blog too!

Wanda said...

Fine job on the review Milly and if I wasn't easily scared I would check it out. Keep up the good work.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ooooo, I just love books that give me the shivers! They have always been my favorites.

I am going to try these muffins on Saturday. I bet my kiddos will LOVE them! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :-)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I have an award for you, girls. Come to my blog and see what it is. Your mom can help you put it on your blog! :-)

Mary McDonald said...

Great review, and those muffins sound very tasty. ;-P. I'm going to pass this blog onto my daughter. She's been wanting to do a blog, so maybe when she sees this one, she'll be inspired.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Gosh, that made me want to read the book! Now, I have to see if I can download it onto my Kindle (an electronic book I carry in my backback to read when I am waiting in the course of my job -- think of it as working for the Pony Express for blood. Roland

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a great book for my classroom - thanks for the tip!

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