Jul 23, 2013

Young Reader Review: Gary Paulsen's HATCHET

My guest today is my son Ben. I am especially excited about Ben's review because he has been my "reluctant reader." He had a little more difficulty learning to read than his brother Will, and has worked really hard to get where he is today. I've been reading to my boys since they were born, and when they were four I read them Judy Blume’s TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING to see if they were ready for chapter books. They loved it, and we have been reading longer books together ever since. Needless to say, I am *thrilled* that both of my boys love to read (almost) as much as I do!  
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Hi Ben! Thank you so much for joining us today! Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 10 years old and I’m going into the fifth grade. I like to play Minecraft and Legos, and I love going to the pool with my family. I have a twin brother named Will, and he's suggested many great books for me to read.
What types of books do you enjoy reading?
I like the Percy Jackson series because of the adventures Percy has. I also like the Harry Potter and the Hunger Games series.

What is your very favorite genre?

I don’t know. I like all types of books, even non-fiction.

I know it is hard to pick a favorite book of all time, but tell us about your current favorite book and author.
Gary Paulsen is one of my favorite authors. My favorite Paulsen book is HATCHET, because of the action and survival skills in the book. HATCHET is about a boy named Brian who flies to see his father in the Canadian wilderness. His pilot has a heart attack and dies, and the plane crashes. Brian survives the crash and uses his hatchet to help him survive in the wilderness. Brian is smart and brave, and is rescued after several weeks.

Are there any kinds of books that you would like to see more of?

I would like to read more survival books. I also wish someone would write a book about Minecraft adventures!

If you could meet any author in the world, WHO would it be and WHY?

I would like to meet Gary Paulsen because he has had an adventurous life and has lots of stories to tell!

Is there anything else you would like to share with us about books or reading?

Sometimes I would rather play than read, but books with lots of action make me want to read more. Some nights this summer I have stayed up really late reading because I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Those are the best kinds of books!

Thanks again for joining us today, Ben! Happy Reading!


  1. Hatchet is a wonderful book. Thank you Ben, for giving your reaction to it.

  2. There's nothing better than staying up late to read! Unless you have to get up early in the morning... Great interview Ben, and I hope you always keep the fire for reading alive!

    1. Yes, the next morning can be difficult! = ) Thank you, Leandra!

  3. Thanks for the review, Ben. I love the Percy Jackson series too, so we have similar taste.

    1. I loved Hatchet too Ben. I also like non-fiction books about survival, where experts share their tips for surviving in the wild.

  4. Thank you Ben! I loved being reminded of such a great book. Sometimes life drops us in unexpected challenges and we too have to find courage. Isn't reading great! By the way, my son loves Minecraft too.

  5. My son loved Hatchet also. Ben I am so impressed that you were able to summarize the book so well in so few sentences. So many people can't and even worse they give away the good stuff. Good job, Ben!


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