Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bit Guestpost: The Black Cauldron

Bit has been a regular contributor of the blog since she was six and declared she wanted to write reviews of the books I read to her. Now for the first time she is being featured with a review she wrote on her own for a book she read on her own. The reading and writing part were required for school. She asked if I could put it on the blog too, so here it is:

The Black Cauldron
Reviewed by Bit (age 8)

When I read The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander I sometimes had to fight back tears or laughter. When I thought about Taran and the sacrifices he made for his friends i smiled and cried at the same time.

My favorite character was Eilonwy. I like Eilonwy because she is a lot like me. She likes cooking and cleaning and also likes adventures. Taran is my second favorite character. I think he kind and sacrificial. The search party Taran and Eilonwy are in is made up of good people. I think the bad person is very scary because he is making dead people alive again.

The book took place in another time and they are in Prydain, a fictional world that I love. The plot is very interesting. The plot of the story is one of my favorites. The cauldron makes dead people into zombie warriors. Taran and his friends need to destroy it with sacrifice. I think it's a twisty sad story with a happy ending.

I think the moral of the story is don't give up no matter what happens which is very good for everyone to learn. It was a very good book. Lloyd Alexander is now on my favorite author's list!


  1. Well done, Bit! I can't believe you're already writing reviews on your own. I think I read this book when I was somewhere near your age, too. I should reread it as an adult to see what I think of the series now.

  2. Yay, Bit! This review is fantastic. I have to admit, I didn't even know The Black Cauldron was a book until this summer! I just thought it was this largely unknown Disney movie. I really want to read it now, I love that it made you happy and sad at the same time, that's one of my favorite things about books. :)

    1. From Bit:
      I didn't know there was a movie!

      From Me:
      Thanks for that. :) The movie is awful. It outraged me in its wrongness even as a little kid.

  3. "I like Eilonwy because she is like me...she likes cooking and cleaning." Since WHEN has Bit liked cleaning? :-)