Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What's Christian Reading? Holes

My son Christian has been reading a wide variety of books this week, as usual. So what did he pick to share with us? Holes, by Louis Sachar. Here's what he had to say about it.

Here's a rundown of what Christian says the book is about:

"Holes is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats--that's Stanley spelled backwards--who got sent away to an army boot camp where he had to dig holes all day.  Rumor has it that the warden is looking for something, but no one knows what it is.

"Long ago Stanley's great great grandfather (named Ely Yelnats) made a promise to his friend, Madam Zeroni that he would carry her up a mountaintop and he would sing her a special song. He never fulfilled the promise.

"Stanley winds up keeping the promise by helping Madame Zeroni's great grandson, Zero (Hector Zeroni).

"Eventually, they find what the warden was looking for, but discover that she is really mean and evil."

Here's what Christian liked best about Holes.

"I liked that Stanley was kind, caring, and compassionate. I also liked the fact that both Stanley and Hector never give up. Finding the box the warden was looking for was good, but turned out to be dangerous.

"This book was full of action and suspense!"

Here's what Christian didn't like about the book.

I didn't like that when they found what the warden was looking for, the warden became mean and evil!"

So, how does Christian rate Holes by Louis Sachar?

He gives it four out of five flaming monkey heads.


  1. Another great review! I find I am looking forward to hearing what Christian has to say each week about his books! I read Holes and loved it. I thought the warden was pretty mean the whole time- so I wasn't surprised by her actions at the end. I think Lois Sachar is quite brilliant for the way he was able to weave the story and the little connections here and there.

    We did a review on Holes a while back on our blog. :)

  2. Thanks for the nice words, Jess. When Christian reads your comment, he'll be tickled pink!