I am Juliet by Jackie French
The world’s most famous love story told by one of Australia’s most respected authors. This is the well-known story of Juliet Capulet and her love for Romeo. It also the story about the increasing helplessness Juliet feels as she realises that unlike young men her age, her life will effectively be determined and controlled by others, who see her having an arranged marriage of alliance and becoming a breeder of sons. I am Juliet closely follows the well-known and loved plot of the play, but we also see the point of view of Rob, the thirteen-year-old boy who is the first to play the role of Juliet on the Elizabethan stage.
Jelly Baby by Jean Ure
A humorous and heart-warming story about a little sister, a big sister, a cat, a dad and…a new girlfriend! Bitsy, or Jelly Baby as she’s sometimes called, has been doing just fine living with Dad and big sister Em since Mum died. The housework may not always get done, and dinners might not always be at the table, but none of them ever minded! Until one day Dad brings home a girlfriend – and everything changes. Now it looks like it might be down to the Jelly Baby of the family to keep it from falling apart.
Lilac Attack! by Sophie Bell
While sixth-grade superheroes Scarlet, Iris, and Cheri are trying to decide if the formerly evil Opal can be trusted to be an Ultra Violet again, they face a new BeauTek plot, purportedly to beautify Sync City.
Eye of the Gargoyle by Sam Penant
Dax’s parents have put him on a bus to a prison to which he doesn’t belong. Little does he know that this ‘prison’, Scragmoor Prime, is actually a school for superheroes! But Dax Daley doesn’t have any superpowers! Or does he?
The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird
‘Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet. When his grandfather announces that he’s going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It’s unfathomable. Solomon’s joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he’ll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?!
But Solomon’s grandfather has other plans. As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It’s a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather’s life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?’ ; www.Goodreads.com
What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengreen
When Esther’s family moves to a farm during the Great Depression, she soon learns that there are things much more important than that her superstitious mother rarely shows her any affection.
1. The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz
2. Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft
3. Star Wars by David West Reynolds
4. Lego Star Wars by Simon Beecroft
5. LEGO super heroes by Daniel Lipkowitz
6. LEGO play book by Daniel Lipkowitz
7. Ripley’s believe it or not! Edited by Rosie Alexander
8. Minecraft by Nick Farwell
9. Angry Birds Star Wars by Steve Bynghall
10. Moshi Monsters by Steve Cleverley
We have THREE copies of the brand-new book Nightmares! by Jason Segel (who you might know from The Muppets movie) to give away to some lucky readers! All you have to do to enter is tell us how you would fight off this nightmare. I’ll start it, you put your imagination to the test and tell me how it’s going to end. Ready? Here we go…
You stand in front of an old, spooky, abandoned house. The door is falling off its hinges but you push it open and step forward. The door slams shut behind you and it is pitch black inside. You feel in your pocket for a flashlight, take it out and turn it on. You walk down the hallway to the door at the end and push the door open. Right in front of you is an enormous three-headed monster with giant, sharp teeth ready to pounce at you! Quick, what do you do next?
Comment on this post with your answer to be in to win! Please also include the name of your local library so that we know where to send your prize if you win!
To help get your thinking caps on, here’s a teaser of what Nightmares! is all about:
“Charlie Laird has several problems.
1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.
3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.
What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world–that’s a line that should never be crossed. And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.”
Thank you to Random House for supplying us with these great books!
Fine print: You must be a Wellington City Libraries member aged 5-12 years old to be eligible for a prize. Winners will be drawn at 5pm on September 19th, 2014.
Grab your test tubes, clipboards and lab coats and get ready for mad science mysteries these school holidays! Hands on science experiments and stories that are perfect for 7-12 year olds. These fun events are free, bookings not required.
When and where:
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 30 September 11am – 12pm
Central Library: Wednesday 1 October 11am – 12pm
Karori Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm
Miramar Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 8 October 11am – 12pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 9 October 11am – 12pm
Khandallah Library: Friday 10 October 11am – 12pm
Contact your local library for more information.
Just in time for the weekend! Oldies but goodies are holding their own with Asterix, Snoopy and Tintin in the Top 10. Some great crossovers are also in the running with Big Nate and the Amulet series showcases very different styles of illustrations and storytelling.
1. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
2. The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
3. Pokémon by Hidenori Kusaka
4. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
5. Asterix omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero
6. Chi’s sweet home by Kanata Konami
7. Adventure time by Ryan North
8. Red Rackham’s treasure: Adventures of Tintin by Hergé
9. Garfield sits around the house by Jim Davis
10. Warriors by Dan Jolley
Lego Fanatics, brace yourself… Lego Mania is back on the kids blog with two awesome books for your entertainment, to inspire your Lego creativity… and addiction.
Hands down, Lego Bricks has been the best thing since sliced bread!
The Official Lego Annual 2015. This book is… in a word… so cool! Jam packed with puzzles, activities, super stories and much more. This book is your one stop shop to Lego entertainment. A must have read for all you Lego fans!
LEGO legends of Chima character encyclopedia. Venture into the exciting world of LEGO Legends of Chima and discover everything there is to know about this mysterious land, plus collect your new and exclusive minifigure. Another must have read for you Lego fans… and Legends of Chima fans.
Moshi Monsters: The All-new Moshlings Collector’s Guide. Moshi Monster fanatics, brace yourselves1 Monstro City is packed with brand-new Moshlings! The All-New Moshlings Collector’s Guide contains Buster Bumblechops’ essential guide to exactly who they all are, where they hang out, what they like and dislike and how you can collect them. A must have/read for all Moshi Monsters fans!
But wait, there’s more! I think you will also enjoy Moshi Monsters: The Official Annual 2015 guide, which is a treasure-trove of monsterific fun and one stop shop to Moshi Monster entertainment! It’s stuffed with puzzles, facts, makes, comics, and guides to Monstro City. Another must have/read for all Moshi Monsters fans!Jammed pack full of puzzles, facts, makes, comics, and guides to Monstro City.
Even a tiny spark of rebellion can ignite a blazing inferno, well this exciting new Star Wars book proves that theory correct. Prepare to return to a galaxy far, far away… because Wellington City Libraries is in possession of the new Star War Rebels: The Visual Guide, which takes you back to the very beginning of the epic struggle between the empire. This book doesn’t fail to disappoint with its jam packed knowledge about new daring heroes, sinister villains, never before seen vehicles and exciting new worlds, Ooh! I am tickled pink with excitement! A must have read for all you Star Wars fans… you might have to tear it out of my hands first, haha!
On September 13, the All Blacks take on the Springboks – their last game in New Zealand before next year’s Rugby World Cup. Why not check this awesome second edition of World Rugby Records in preparation for both events. World Rugby Records is a unique celebration of rugby excellence, featuring not only a host of records from teams and tournaments around the world (in all the game’s formats), but also the stories behind them and a series of potted biographies on some of the greatest players ever to have played the game. Great for anyone who is a fan of Rugby World Cup.
Even kids need self help books, like these ones:
How cool are your parents, or not? I think the following summary speaks for itself:
“Parents–can’t live with them, can’t collect an allowance without them! One moment they are explaining the importance of being polite, and the next moment they are bossing you around. We’ve all wondered what on Earth goes on in their mysterious minds. and now we finally have an answer! This neon-bright guide, packed full of laugh-out-loud illustrations, will finally give kids a glimpse into the crazy, cluttered minds of the people who raise them.” – WCL catalogue.
Overall, I think this book is a crack up. The title and the information contained in this book is enough to suck you in! If only they had printed this book when I was growing up.
Don’t Worry Be Happy (or not!) (Hah!, great philosophy in life.)
Once again, I will allow the summary of this awesome book, Don’t worry, be happy (or not) to speak for itself:
“Question: Why should you feel so happy? Answer: Because you are 100% human of course! This means you get all the special privileges reserved for humans like pocket money, stuffing yourself full of peanut butter and choosing your future career (lion tamer?) This brilliant bestselling book is packed full of amazing happiness advice! Full of laugh-out-loud and neon-bright illustrations, find out what makes YOU completely awesome.” – - WCL catalogue.
This book is also a crack up and the title and the information contained in this book is enough to suck you in. So next time you feel down the dumps, read this book which will guarantee to make you laugh, especially at the reason why you should be happy, like the fact you are not a fish, because you could end up as sushi, you are not a worm because you will never have a mobile phone and perhaps most important, you are free to be whatever you want… even a lion tamer, haha!
You might also enjoy The short and incredibly happy life of Riley, which chronicles and compares the life of a contented rat Riley with that of humans who always seem disgruntled with their lot.
Check out two new books from the National Geographic Kids / Explore My World series.
Kids will love Snow Leopards and Penguins. I for one sure did! Penguins explains how Emperor penguins manage to live, eat, and raise their young in an extremely cold environment, while Snow Leopards describes the unique physical characteristics, food habits, and parenting behaviour of snow leopards. Contains lots of amazing facts, cool pictures and simple text. These book are great for younger children, especially pre-schoolers because these books are a fun way to get even smarter about their world.
The moment I picked up this book, the song ‘Were goin to the zoo, zoo, zoo, How about you, you, you?, You can come too, too, too, Were goin to the zoo, zoo, zoo.’, popped into my head. What’s new?, the zoo., is a millennia-long history of animal keeping and shares wonderful facts about what zookeeping has taught humanity and how individual lives have been profoundly shaped by the wild creatures found in zoos all over the world. This is a treasure that will be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. Well, that was certainly the case during William Shakespeare’s life. And who was William Shakespeare? Well, he was an English poet, playwright and actor who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. People all over the world have come to recognise the image of William Shakespeare and would heard of his plays, but what do we know about the man himself, or even what went on behind the scenes during the performance of his plays, or even who his plays were being performed for?
Why not check out the following books from the series: Shakespeare Alive
William Shakespeare: A Man For All Times is an excellent biography. This book will take readers on a journey through William Shakespeare’s extraordinary life, covering everything from who he was, where he came from, his life before and after he became a successful playwright and later life. This biography does more than simply introduce the author; it also endeavours to separate fact from fiction.
Shakespeare Today discusses the many ways Shakespeare’s plays have been reinterpreted over the decades, as well as the playwright’s sources, translations of his works to other languages, and the influence of the plays on general civilization. Fantastic resource if you are doing a project on William Shakespeare or want ideas if you are putting on a performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays. (Gosh, I wish they had this resource during my school days when I had to do assignments on William Shakespeare and perform his plays)
Shakespeare and the Theatre explores and discusses the differences between outdoor and indoor theatres, looks at the life of an actor, touring and describes how plays were written, funded and staged. Great resource to use if you are doing a project on the history of stage theatre and/or looking into putting on your own stage production/play.
If you enjoyed You Can Get Sucked Down An Aeroplane Loo! and are a fan of the Horrible Histories series, then you will definitely enjoy this book! The Weird World of William Shakespeare. Like William Shakespeare: A Man For All Times, this is an excellent biography which will take readers on a journey through William Shakespeare’s extraordinary life, but has a similar tone as horrible histories which does contain silly humour, history ,gory bits, (perhaps not as gory as Horrible Histories) and silly quotes.
Also check out the following Buzzing Bios!
There are two new biographies from the “People in History” series that have been introduced into the junior non fiction collection on two members of the Tudor Dynasty, who also happen to be father and daughter, and two of the famous British monarchs in history: Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Henry VII will tell you anything and everything you need to know about the man himself, his childhood, his reign and even his six wives…, YEP! The man had six wives! (not at the same time) and what became of his six wives. While Elizabeth I tells the story of Queen Elizabeth I, the last of the Tudor Dynasty. Covers everything from her long and exciting reign, (apparently she ruled England for 45 years, WOW!) To her epic victory of defeating the Spanish Armada, which also happened to be Queen Elizabeth’s finest hour. Overall I think these books are an excellent read. especially great for younger children as the books contain a lot of simple text and one-lined sentences. Also serves as a good introduction to the history of the Tudor Dynasty.
Boy is the exciting story of Roald’s Dahl’s childhood. Contains tales of exciting and strange things – some funny, some frightening and definitely so true! The tales in this book is bound to make a tremendous impression, that you will never forget them.
Roll up One Direction fans, our favourite boys - Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayn are back! Score this awesome read from your local library and get ready to go behind the scenes and have one on one access to One Direction! A must have read for all One Direction fans! I swear I can hear screaming from outside the library, hee, hee.