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                                    Children’s Book Council of Australia (Victorian Branch)

                   Tips for Writing a ROTY Award Winning Review

   o   Your review should show that you have thought about the book you’ve read,
       and about how to communicate your thoughts to the reader of your review.

   o   Your review should not simply recount the story, a brief summary of the
       plot is fine. It is better to tell us what you thought of the story – was it
       interesting, well written? And most importantly, tell us why you feel about
       it the way you do.

   o   You don’t have to review a book you liked. A review of a book you didn’t
       enjoy can be just as valuable. Either way, you must be able to back up your
       comments and thoughts.

   o   While the word limit on ROTY entries is 500 words, a review of 100 words or
       less is not too short – it’s the quality of what you write that judges want to
       see.

   o   Try not to waste space in your review talking about where the author lives,
       what other books they have written, etc. Unless, of course, this relates
       directly to what you are saying in the review!

   o   When typing up your review, choose a clear font (the judges recommend
       Arial) and make sure the font size is readable (a minimum of 12 pt). Please
       don’t use fancy lettering, the judges are only interested in what you’re
       saying, not how fancy the font is!

   o   Please don’t change font or font size during the review (except for the
       heading) – our judges may get confused!

   o    Set out your review in paragraphs aligned to the left of the page (not
       centered).

   o   When planning your review, it might be helpful to make notes under
       headings like plot, characters, etc – but you shouldn’t use these headings in
       your review.

   o   Do not give the book a mark or score – the words in your review should
       make it clear what you think of the book

   o   There is no need to give an age level for readers of the book.

   o   If the book is a picture book, or has illustrations, you should tell us this –
       and tell us how the pictures contribute, or don’t contribute, to the story.

   o   If you use quotations, use very short ones.

   o   But, most all, the judges would like to know how you feel about the book.
       The reviews that win the award are those that clearly show the judges your
       personal response to the book.


Good luck! We look forward to reading your ROTY entry!




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