I joined Goodreads a while ago but have only really embraced it this month and am finding it excellent for keeping track of our books and reading. I’m slowly moving my reviews onto there but I’m also using their five star rating system:
***** = it was amazing
**** = really liked it
*** = liked it
** = it was okay
* = didn’t like it
Unlike on this blog, Goodreads ratings are my own personal opinion, therefore some of the star ratings may seem different to the review. When choosing a star rating I take into account:
Flow of text, rhyme or prose
Detail in illustrations
Feel of paper
Size and shape of book
Therefore I may give a higher star rating than the book might deserve because of huge nostalgic value; or a lower star rating because of gender stereotyping! Basically, the star ratings are a personal choice and I might change them on a more recent re-read because the book has appealed to me in a different way…
Reviews on this blog are more detailed and always honest, taking all elements of the book and its appeal to children into account, and have input from MG and DG even if I don’t specifically mention it in the review. Almost all the picture books we read have been wonderful in one form or another and the majority of them will have ***/**** ratings from me on Goodreads.
Rating picture books is, of course, entirely subjective, and a more detailed written review will give a much better idea of what the book is really like. One day I might manage to write about every book we read!