Review: The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman


by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: The Homework Machine
Author: Dan Gutman
Page Count: 146
Format: Hard cover
Grade Reading Level: 3rd-5th

Summary: Brenton, Snik, Kelsey, and Judy are in 5th grade and have only thing in common. Can you guess what it is? They all hate homework! Brenton, however, has a secret homework machine that only he knows about. Until, he decides to tell Snik, Kelsey, and Judy and give them permission to use it anytime. (As long as they keep it a secret.) But someone tells another student about the machine. When Brenton gets an email the kids aren’t sure if they should still use the machine or who told the other student.

Why I Started the Book:

I read this book because I heard good things about it from my friends and my teachers. The title also made me curious and eager to read it. A homework machine? How Does it work?


  • I liked how this book was written. It was like a person was in a room being videotaped and someone was writing what they were saying, also it changed point of view or narrators a bunch of times which I thought was fun.
  • I like the character Snik. To me he’s the, “I think I’m so cool, and everyone thinks so too!” kid.


  • The things that Kelsey does: like get her navel pierced, seemed real stupid to me. I don’t get why it was included in the book. I think Dan Gutman was trying to show how Kelsey changed throughout the book or how she was trying to get attention, but I’m still not sure.

Last minute thoughts: Dan Gutman has yet to disappoint me! You should try his other books also.

Buy: The Homework Machine (Paperback)

Book Rating: I give this book 4 treasure chests! It was excellent!

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  1. emma lueders

    I read the book for my book report and i loved it. I can’t wait to read the second book. The revenge of the homework machine

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