Book Report Outline Form for Older Readers

Book reports are informative reports that discuss a book from an objective stance. They are similar to book reviews but focus more on a summary of the work than an evaluation of it. Book reports commonly describe what happens in a work; their focus is primarily on giving an account of the major plot, characters, thesis, and/or main idea of the work. Most often, book reports are a K-12 assignment and range from 250 to 500 words.

Summary: This resource discusses book reports and how to write them.

What do we do here at The Book Report Network? For a start, since 1996 we have been connecting readers with books and authors. The current buzzwords like “discoverability” and “curation” are what have been our mantra since our first site launched.


This resource discusses book reports and how to write them.

Book reports are a way to show how well you understood a book and to tell what you think about it.

The book that I decided to read and then read all of is a book called Invisible by Pete Hauptmann, the guy who wrote it. It is 176 pages long, which is shorter than some of the other books on the list, and there are several pictures which also helps, and it is about a loser named Douglas Fancypants Hanson who likes model trains, naked girls, and fires. There are no dragons or things like that, but he does have a really cranky cat named Mr. Whiskers. Doug has an actually cool friend named Andy Morrow who plays soccer and buys him Butterfingers. But there is a mystery because why would a cool guy like Andy want to be friends with a loser like Doug? Personally I wouldn’t have anything to do with Doug because for one thing I suspect he smells weird. I completely understood it why some kids beat him up for being a stalker or something, even though weirdo Doug didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. Then when his parents try to send Doug away to this creepy prison school, he goes postal and sets all these plastic people on fire. Later on he is living in some other world or something, or maybe it’s hell, or else he’s completely crazy and hallucinating—the author does not really let you know, which is completely unfair and why I do not recommend this book. Also it was very unbelievable, but I enjoyed reading it anyways because it was shorter than Great Expectations and more interesting than The Boring Old Man and the Even More Boring Sea, which is mostly this guy floating around on a stupid boat trying to catch a whale or something, so I guess for a book report it was okay.


Book reports and book reviews are similar. Book reports tend to be a little more descriptive (What is this book about?) and book reviews are usually more persuasive (Why a reader should or shouldn't read this book). Both offer a combination of summary and commentary.Writing a book report can be a lot of fun. It gives you a chance to read a new book and then tell your teacher and friends what you thought about it.