Can you spot your entry from ComicFest’s Make a Manga competition? We were so impressed with all your artistic abilities!
If you don’t like pretty pink tutus, pink tiara’s or anything to do with princesses then you might like to check out the Anti-Princess Club series.
Grace, Emily, Bella and Chloe are four friends who are sick of the world treating them like princesses. They each have a talent that the world doesn’t normally think a girl should be good at. One is very good at maths and computers, another is good at science, another is really good at sport and the last is good at building and art. And they all have a motto – “We don’t need rescuing”.
So take off the tiara and check out all their fun adventures.
Last month’s best loved childrens DVDs showed that oldies are goodies, with My Little Pony and the Legends of Chima claiming top billing. Grab these great DVDs for rainy winter indoor entertainment.
1. My little pony, friendship is magic.
2. Legends of Chima.
4. Strawberry Shortcake.
5. Dino Dan.
6. SpongeBob SquarePants.
7. The BoxTrolls.
8. Shaun the sheep.
9. Dinosaur train.
10. Despicable me.
It is cold. It is wet. And in some places it’s been flooding. You guys can’t just go outside on an adventure in this kind of weather. Although some of you Wellington kids have had adventures indoors using boats to sail through your school corridors. We don’t think you’ll be able to be an indoor pirate all winter long so here are some suggestions for cool as activities you can get up to at home and series you can read from our collection!
101 Dog Tricks: Kids Edition by Kyra Sundance is a super cool book that has activities you can do with your pet dog! It keeps them out of the kennel and stops you from getting bored. Who knows you could become the next dog whisperer through teaching your pup these cool as tricks. One of my favourites is called Messenger Dog – where you can actually teach your dog to take little notes from you and pass them on to your friends. It’s a brand new book you can find in many of our libraries and on Overdrive our e-library! You could download the book today!
D.I.Y Kids by Ellen and Julia Lupton is full of cool crafts you can do. When I was bored on a wet day my favourite thing to do was to make soft toys with my grandma and this book has a whole section devoted to making your own toys, cuddly looking bunnies, kites and dolls. It even has instructions for how you can make clothing for your teddy bears or yourself! Check out this book when you’re feeling crafty.
Mad about Cartoons by Judith Heneghan. I know after our Comics Holiday Programme last year that there are a lot of Wellington City Libraries kids who are super talented cartoonists! Mad about Cartoons gives you some good ideas of how to make your own comic strips. And it also teaches you how to create digital animations. You could make your own little animated series just like The Simpsons if you wanted to over those wet weekends?
Molly Moon by Georgia Byng: If you want to curl up with an amazing series of books I reckon you’ll love Molly Moon! We have all six in the series in our library and also on Bolinda Digital for download to your kobo or e-reader. Here’s the synopsis of the first in the series to give you an idea what’s in store for you: “Molly Moon is treated like dirt in her squat English orphanage, with only her pal Rocky, starry Qube soda ads, and the library stacks to give her comfort. After she discovers Hypnotism: An Ancient Art Explained in her favorite library spot, Molly begins learning the ropes and takes mental control of Petula, the orphanage’s grumpy pug dog, and the nasty staff members. But when Molly finds out that Rocky’s been suddenly adopted in New York, she hypnotizes her way to the city, into Broadway stardom, and — unfortunately — into a wicked professor’s plot to rob a high-security bank. Thankfully, though, she and Rocky finally meet up, and with a few surprises, the two hatch a plan to set things right for themselves and for their orphanage.” Goodreads.
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy is another amazing, actually perfect, series of books for the wet weather. I read them all, last year, over winter and it totally made being inside okay because I was so into finding out what Stephanie and her wacky skeleton detective friend would get up to next. We have all 9 in the series available in our collection – we also have them on audiobook so you can listen while you’re doing cool craft activities if you want! They’re also available for download on Overdrive to your e-reader or Kobo. You can get the first 3 books in one go! Trust me you’re going to want to have all three out at once, you’ll be so hooked. Here’s the synopsis from the first book to give you an idea of what it’s all about: “Meet Skulduggery Pleasant. Ace Detective. Snappy Dresser. Razor–tongued Wit. Crackerjack Sorcerer and walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton – as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.” Goodreads
What did April’s favourite comics look like? Snoopy and the gang came in tops! Adventure Time was in the running, we have a brand new Adventure Time Candy Capers that’s just hit the shelves. It has some great cover art at the back to have a look at. There’s a new Chi’s Sweet Home on order, so get your reserves in and be one of the first to read the new volume.
1. The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
2. Garfield by Mark Evanier
3. Pokémon by Hidenori Kusaka
4. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
5. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
6. Adventure Time by Ryan North
7. Asterix omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero
8. Chi’s sweet home by Knata Konami
9. Warriors by Dan Jolley
10. Dinosaurs in action! by Geronimo Stilton
ComicFest was held at Wellington Central Library over April 29th – May 2nd – it was an awesome celebration of everything to do with comics, including Free Comic Book Day where we gave away hundreds of free comic books. Did you get one?
We hoped you managed to come along to ComicFest. Don’t worry if you missed out – you can check out the photos below, and make sure you come along next year!
(You can find more photos on the Wellington City Libraries Flickr photo stream)
If you love comics – check out our booklist of amazing comics.
May is new Zealand Music Month, so we though we’d share with you the top 20 most popular CDs from the children’s collection. Here they are:
“Deep down in a dark burrow, a father kiwi snorts and snuffles in his sleep. Underneath him , a large creamy egg lies snug and safe from pilfering predators.” Read more in Operation Nest Egg Chick, a creative non-fiction story about a BNZ Operation Nest Egg chick. Each page features beautiful illustrations, photographs and text boxes about how kiwis are being saved. A must have read!
Retells the classic German version of Snow White, together with three similar tales–Marigo of the Forty Dragons from Albania, The unnatural mother and the girl with a star on her forehead from Mozambique, and The magic needle from Turkey
Retells the classic German tale of Rapunzel in the tower, along with the similar tales of Clotilde from the Philippines, and Petrosinella from Italy.
Retells the classic German version of the fairy tale of a girl and a wolf, along with similar tales from Italy and Taiwan.
Written by Alice Zaslavsky – one-time Masterchef contestant and the host of TV quiz show Kitchen Whizz, this book contains information about all the things you ever wanted to know about food… and some things you probably didn’t. Packed to the brim with funny food facts, clever cooking tips and kidfriendly recipes, this is a book for the fact-hungry, food-obsessed or those who like to mess about in the kitchen. A great book to have on hand, especially with winter around the corner.
This book features information about 25 famous New Zealand sportspeople across a wide range of different sporting disciplines. Includes a caricature, an action photograph, a profile of the person, timeline, inspirational quote, description of the sport, training regime and trophy board. One book you must read!
A Funny thing Happened on the Way to School by Benjamin Chaud
A humorous story about imaginative excuses for being late to school. Sophisticated picture book.
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up a secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls to solve the murder of their Science Mistress, Miss Bell.
Jim’s Letters by Glyn Harper
A moving story of two brothers separated by the First World War, based on the thousands of letters sent by and to Anzac soldiers fighting at Gallipoli.
White Horse of Zennor and other stories by Michael Morpurgo
“At the furthest edge of Britain where the sea gently washes over the land and myths brush against reality, lies Zennor. Set in a churchtown where men become beasts and ghosts roam freely, are haunting and unforgettable tales where magic lies around every corner.” -back cover.
The Leaky Battery Sets Sail Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates ; 1 by Gareth. P. Jones
Causing chaos wherever they sail, the robotic Steampunk Pirates are roaming the high seas, hunting for gold! But the evil Iron Duke has other ideas…He’s determined to capture the pirates in return for a handsome reward from the King.
The Bad Book by Andy Griffiths
‘WARNING! This book contains nothing but bad stories,
and bad riddles about bad characters doing bad things. It is a BAD book’- (inside cover).
During the school holiday activities Johnsonville Library commemorated 100 years since the Gallipoli landings by listening to stories and music plus having the opportunity to make our own poppies.
Both wool and felt poppies were created. Children had fun learning the art of felt making using natural fibre and then making the poppies from it. To make the wool poppies we used a little cardboard circular loom and wove the wool through to create our poppies.
A big thank you to the ladies from the Onslow Fibrecraft Guild who helped us with our creations.