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New Non Fiction: New Non Fiction: Just in time for Easter and School Holidays Redux.

Apr
16
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Special Effects Make up Artist

Have you ever been scared by a creature you have seen at the movies and wondered how those creatures were created? This book holds all the answers and more! Special Effects Make up Artist holds information on everything you have ever wanted to know about special effects and how something simple as make up can bring monster, zombie and an alien to life on the big screen. Also contains behind the scenes information on how your favorite movies characters from films such as Stars Wars and The Muppets come to life.  Also a great book to use if you are looking for costume ideas for Halloween.

 

Maps.

In need of a great atlas? Check out Maps. This is one of the most fantastic books I have ever come across. What is great about this atlas (and perhaps different from most atlases) is that not only does it contain information about geographical features and political borders, but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with each region. Great to use for geography homework.

 

 

 

 

Angry Birds Playground Dinosaurs.

“Fly with your favorite Angry Birds characters as they travel back in time on a zany search to find their eggs. Kids will be hooked on this wacky mystery as they analyze and observe the wonderful world of dinosaurs as they are building basic skills through fun and fascinating activities”– Provided by publisher.

Angry Birds are back!… and this time instead of losing their eggs, they have found something amazing. If you enjoyed Angry Birds Playground Animals, then you will love Angry Birds Playground Dinosaurs. This book is a great way to learn about dinosaurs, while at the same time joining the angry birds on a prehistoric adventure. This book has all the excitement and adventure you will ever need to be entertained. Also full of activities and quizzes to test your knowledge.

 

First Big Book of the Ocean.

This book screams ‘curious commotion in the ocean!’ National Geographic Kids First Big Book of the Ocean is an adorable animal reference that holds all the information you could ever want and need on the sea’s high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures. More than 100 charming animal photos illustrate the profiles, with facts about the creatures’ sizes, diets, homes, and more. This book serves as a great introduction and companion guide for kids who are interested and studying marina wildlife and biology.

 

 

 

Treasury of Egyptian mythology : classic stories of gods, goddesses, monsters & mortals.

If you are bored with Fairy tales, Greek mythology, why not try some Egyptian mythology?  This book presents an illustrated tableau of Egyptian myths, combines narrative accounts of the stories of the Sun God Ra, the Sphinx, and numerous pharaohs and queens along with historical, cultural, and geographic facts. This is a treasure that will be enjoyed by kids of all ages.

Also check out Treasury of Greek mythology : classic stories of gods, goddesses, heroes & monsters.

 

 

 

 

Recycled Crafting for Kids.

Homemade play dough! Homemade watercolor paints! Homemade chalk! Homemade crayons!  I cannot believe my ears! Yes this book tells you how you can make those things in your own home and in your own time by using recycled materials to make toys and games . Other ideas (and some of my personal favorites include ankle bells, marble mazes and magnetic fishing games. You can have fun and do your bit for the environment at the same time. And just in time for the school holidays. Also holds some old favorites from Eco-friendly crafting with kids like creating musical instruments, like a box guitar and invisible ink. This book will make kids want to play with household objects, like a cardboard box rather than the latest (and sometimes expensive) toy.

 

Amazing Masks to Make Yourself.

“Masquerade! Paper faces on parade. Masquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find you.” – The Phantom of the Opera.

Here is another awesome read to keep you amused over the school holidays where all you need is just some simple house hold items. Whether you planning a masquerade party or in need of some good old fashioned handicraft entertainment, this book is jammed pack full of mask ideas such as a tiger face made from a basket, a teapot and even a spooky skeleton that is guaranteed to glow in the dark and scare off every ghoul and goblin alike.

New Non Fiction: Just in time for Easter and School Holidays.

Apr
14

With summer now over, Winter is slowly entering the Capital with the cold and nasty periods of gale winds, rain and the odd storm. Also with the school holidays and Easter around the corner, why not pop down to Wellington City Libraries and check out a new range of  non fiction in the Children’s collection for your enjoyment and pleasure, especially as we now have some new handicraft books to give you ideas on potential gifts you can give to your family and friends over Easter, or the odd birthday party here and there.

Check them out here!

The Book of Complete Nonsense.

Are you in the mood for nonsense poems? I am! All your favorite authors including Julia Donaldson, Spike Milligan, Roald Dahl, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and a whole lot more are featured in this fantastic book of rhymes and riddles that are bound to fry your brain. As an added bonus author,  Michael Rosen provides tips on how you can write your own nonsense poems. Fantastic to use if you have a creative writing homework assignment.

 

 

 

 

Africa : everything you ever wanted to know.

In the mood for another ‘not for parents’ read? Check out this new book on everything you ever wanted to know about Africa. This book opens up a world of amazing facts and stories  (probably facts and stories your parents don’t even know) about the people, places, History and culture of Africa. Another brand new read from the Country Series Book from Lonely Planets that  is not a guidebook and it is definitely not for parents.  Great for ages 8 to 11 years.

Also check out last month’s new ‘not for parents’ release: How to be a dinosaur hunter : your globe-trotting, time-travelling guide.

 

 

Philip Pullman’s Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp.

The author of The Dark Materials Trilogy brings to life one of the greatest and classic Arab-Persian stories, (although the story is set in China) ever told. Be prepared to go on a magic carpet ride when reading this vivid retelling of  Aladdin, a poor tailor’s son who becomes a wealthy prince with the help of a magic lamp he finds in an enchanted cave. This is a story that has everything – comedy, drama, fantasy, magic, fear, excitement and a terrific plot.

 

 

 

Brilliant Badges to make yourself.

With School Holidays and Easter just around the corner, this is the perfect book to keep you entertained and give you gift ideas on what to give your family and friends over Easter and even the odd birthday here and there. There are fantastic ideas on how to make your own badges, including how to creat a dotty dinosaur badge, a paper-mache cat badge, a funky bow tie badge, a lollipop badge, a birthday badge  and a feathery chicken badge (A great badge idea for Easter!) Great for kids aged 8 to 12 years.

 

 

 

Crafty Creatures.

Forget buying soft toys when you can make your own, (or maybe get your mum or your nana to help). This book is a treasure trove of animal toys/projects to sew, knit and cross-stitch. It includes over 30 projects ranging from practical phone pouches and coin purses to delightful felt cats and teeny tiny animals ideal for necklaces and key fobs. My personal craft idea favorites from this book are the sock monkeys, ducklings and bunny girls (another gift idea for Easter), giraffes and my little pony, (No, not the Hasbro toys.) Another handicraft book to keep kids entertained over Easter and school holidays. If I could knit or sew, then I would be devouring this book like there was no tomorrow.

 

The Whitebait Wriggle

Apr
07
Posted in Books, New Non-Fiction
by debbie

Do you like poetry?

Do you like whitebait?

Combine these two together and you get The Whitebait Wriggle.

Reading this book I found out all about the life cycle of the whitebait. I learnt that what we describe as whitebait is actually the juvenile form of five species of New Zealand freshwater fish and they all lead an amazing and sometimes dangerous life.

What is really fun about this book is that it is written in verse.

 

Down at the beach

in the blue-green sea.

Where the waves swish the sand

and the birds fly free.

Swam five baby fish

and they all looked the same.

Tiny and wriggly,

whitebait was their name.

You can check out lots of great poetry books in the library and then maybe you can have a go at creating some of your own.

New Non Fiction: This Means War.

Mar
07
Posted in Facts, Homework Help, New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Angry Birds Star Wars Character Encyclopedia.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against the galactic menace: the Empire’s Evil Pigtroopers! Yep, the Angry Birds are back and now you can join them on an epic adventure in the legendary Star Wars Universe by reading this new character encyclopedia. Learn about cool characters like Red Skywalker, Peckme Amidla, Lard Vader and get the full low down on those dastardly pigs and very angry birds! Overall a great book to read if you are a fan of Angry Birds.

You might also like The World of Angry Birds Official Guide and Angry Birds Playground Animals.

 

 

 

Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: World War I.

In the mood for more weird worlds of wonders? Rest assured, you can always count on Tony Robinson to deliver. Read his latest book on World War I and find out all the action-packed facts like how to build a trench, what dogs were good messengers, how plastic surgery was invented and why you needed a gas mask.  As always, Tony Robinson takes you on a headlong gallop through time, pointing out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining, smelly and disgusting bits.  This is the book that makes World War I history fun to read about.

 

 

 

 

The Story of the First World War.

Need information on World War I for a homework project? Check out The Story of the First World War by Paul Dowswell. Contains eye-witness accounts of some of World War One’s most important events, including how the war started, the strange Christmas truce of 1914, the epic naval battle of Jutland Stories and when the war ended in 1918. This book also comes complete with maps and line drawings and there are notes on sources and ideas for further reading. Gripping and engaging for readers who prefer real life to fiction.

New Non Fiction: Inspirational Lives, Animal Babies and Sendak in Maori.

Feb
19
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up The World.

Move over, Thomas Edison! Nikola Tesla takes center stage as the man responsible for lighting our lives with electricity! Here is the story of the ambitious young man who brought life-changing ideas to America, despite the obstructive efforts of his hero-turned-rival, Thomas Edison. From using alternating current to light up the Chicago World’s Fair to harnessing Niagara to electrify New York City and beyond, Nikola Tesla was a revolutionary ahead of his time. Fantastic resource to use for science homework on electricity and a project on a famous scientist.

FACT: Technology such as remote controls, fluorescent lights, X-rays, speedometers, cell phones, even the radio all resulted from Nikola Tesla’s inventions.

 

Helen Keller’s Best Friend, Belle.

Helen Keller has been a truly inspiring icon. Having lost sight and hearing ability at a very young age and with the help of a teacher named Anne Sullivan, Helen learned how to communicate and became an inspiration to the nation when she learned to read Braille, use sign language and even speak. This book tells the story of her unique and special relationship with a devoted Great Dane named Belle, who was a faithful companion to Helen throughout her younger years and got her through (literary) the darkest and loneliest time of her life. Great for ages 4 to 7.

FACT: Pets can provide excellent social support, stress relief, helps children develop and other health benefits like improving your mood, lowering blood pressure and improves immunity.

 

101 Animal Babies.

Prepare to be bombarded with cuteness. If you have a weakness for baby animals (like I do), then you are going to love this book. This book provides  information about over one hundred baby animals and their parents, including chameleons, sloths, and elephants.  Learn interesting and amazing facts such as sloth babies are born in trees, jackal pups babysit their siblings and koala joeys are cousins to kangaroos.

 


Is this Panama?

Sammy, a young Wilson’s warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it’s time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there’s one problem — where’s Panama? Overall I loved this book! A captivating tale of adventure and discovery as Sammy embarks on his first solo migratory journey south to Panama, while encountering other animals making a similar journey on the way. A great story to educate children on how birds and animals migrate. This is one story you have to read from start to finish if you want to find out whether Sammy makes it to Panama.

 

   

Kei Reira Nga Weriweri (Where the Wild Things Are) and Kei Te Kihini O Te Po (In The Night Kitchen).

The award-winning much-loved children’s picture books Where the Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen have now translated into te reo Maori!, which still retains the simplicity and imagination of Maurice Sendak’s wonderful stories. Now is your chance to relive the same lively, creative stories where we join Max on his  adventure to ’where the wild things are’ where  ‘wild rumpuses’ take place, and the pleasure of things returning to normal and Mickey’s dream of falling into cake mix and flying in a plane of bread dough to find milk for the cake batter ‘in the night kitchen’.

 

You may also like Te Tanguruhau, (The Gruffalo), The Māori language version of the children’s picture book, The Gruffalo about a clever mouse who uses the threat of a terrifying creature to keep from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake, only to have to outwit that creature as well.

Just in time for Race Relations Day that takes place each year on the 21st March.

 

New Non Fiction: Interesting facts, Noodlemania and Greek Mythology strikes again!

Feb
04
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Noodlemania!: 50 Playful Pasta Recipes.

Forget two minute noodles. Check out Noodlemania. This cool book contains 50 playful pasta recipes that make dinnertime more fun and gives you an excuse to play with your food. This book has been cleverly written as the author, Melissa Barlow adds twists to dishes to indeed make them playful, for example making robots out of macaroni and pretzels, etc. However my personal favorites were making ladybugs (or ladybirds as we call them) out of tomatoes and black olives, making gnomes out of hard boiled eggs and tomatoes and purple pasta monsters… You have to read the recipe to find out how to make them, (one key ingredient being purple food coloring) This is one book you will go noodle crazy over!

 

 

 

How to be a dinosaur hunter : your globe-trotting, time-travelling guide.

Well Lonely Planet, you have done it again by releasing another awesome book! (not for parents.) Kids this is your chance to read everything you need to know about being a young explorer (and perhaps the next Bear Grylls), how to become a famous dinosaur hunter, covering what it was like in the age of the dinosaur, what clues to look for and what equipment to pack, Danger ratings show which dinos are safe to approach and which will eat you for lunch!

Another brand new read from the Country Series Book from Lonely Planets that  is not a guidebook and it is definitely not for parents. Great for ages 8 to 11 years. Also check out Not for Parents U.S.A. Everything you ever wanted to know.

 

 

The Odyssey.

You are in for a treat with the retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey, one of the greatest stories of  Greek mythology and literature of all time. Read all the exciting and thrilling adventures of the hero of the story, Odysseus as he faces a storm, shipwreck, terrifying monsters and the fury of the gods as he journeys home after the Trojan war. The question on everyone’s lips is will he ever make home and what happens when he does? In order to find out, you have to read the book.

You might also be interested in reading The Adventures of Achilles by Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden and Carole Henaff.

 
Think Again.

This book with definitely make you THINK AGAIN about everything you thought you knew, but most importantly gives you all the gives you account of all the TRUE facts  about all the body bloopers, animal errors, science slip-ups, historic howlers, world wonders,  blunders and perhaps even some facts you may not find in Ripley’s Believe it or not and Guinness World Records. This book will also be good for homework and research as it covers curriculum-linked subject areas.

Also check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not Special Edition 2014 and Guinness World Records 2014.

 

 

 

Greek Myths Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea.

This book brings to life ten of the greatest stories from the world of Greek mythology starring meschievous gods and goddesses, brave heroes and heroines, and amazing magical animals. Read all about how spirited girls like Atalanta who can run faster than all her unwanted suitors only to be tricked by three golden apples,  the goddess Athena challenging the over-proud Arachne to a weaving contest and the deeds of heroes, such as Perseus’s killing of the Gorgon Medusa and rescuing the princess Andromeda from a dragon by turning it to stone.  This book also features the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. This is a treasure that will be enjoyed by kids of all ages.

 

 

 

Richard Hammond’s great mysteries of the world.

Are you a fan of mysteries of the world and  Richard Hammond? Well, you are going to love this book. Richard Hammond’s great mysteries of the world gives the low down of some of the greatest mysteries around the world and a crash course on how to an world explorer. Prepare to be taken on a journey to discover the truth behind the world’s strangest occurrences, explore the ancient pyramids, stonehenge and the Bermuda Triangle, hunt for werewolves, vampires, aliens and the Abominable Snowman. Overall this is a great book for all ages. A great resource to use for history homework and assignments.

New Non Fiction: Folk Tales, Great Warriors and Monkeys making chocolate.

Jan
15
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

The Barefoot Book of Jewish tales.

This is a fantastic addition to the library’s collection. This collection includes eight delightful tales from the Jewish tradition. Each story has been chosen for its appeal to families and each has a simple yet powerful, message.  Written by Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, herself a mother of three, this is a fantastic set of stories to share and to treasure. Includes two story CDs narrated by Debra Messing. Great for ages 7 years and over.

 

 

 

 

The Life Cycle of a cat.

This is a great picture book for young children that gives a fascinating introduction to how tiny new born kittens (there’s even a pictures of new born kittens) turn into fully grown cats. You will also discover how they use play to learn and how the mother cat teaches them to hunt.

 

 

 

 

 

Project History.

  

Ever wanted to learn more about Greek and Roman history? Interested in crafts and activities related to these subjects? Check out The Greeks andThe Romans. These books allows you to discover the world of Greek and Roman history through an exciting combination of information and step by step activities. Fun activities in the book about The Greeks include making a Greek Theater Mask, an abacus and a model of the Parthenon, while activities featured in The Romans include making a laurel wreath, a model chariot and collages of gods and goddesses. Great source of entertainment over the school holidays or on a wet day.

 

 

 

 

No Monkeys, No Chocolate.

Sounds like the sort of book to make your mouth water? When you think of chocolate, you might think of a chocolate bar, a birthday cake, or a glass of chocolate milk. But where does chocolate come from? This book tells about the cocoa bean, which grows in the tropical rain forests and how the animals and other living things play an important part, even the monkeys. This book will change the way you think about chocolate… forever.

DID YOU KNOW: About thirty to forty cocoa beans (inside a cocoa pod) is just enough to make one chocolate bar.

 

 

Breaking the spell : Stories of magic and mystery from Scotland.

Ready for excitement and adventure? Ready to meet witches, kelpies, fairies, selkies, brave warriors and courageous girls?

Forget the traditional  fairy tales and Greek mythology! Celtic Folk Tales are in!

This book is a wonderful treasure that holds a collection of ten magical and funny stories from Scotland, complete with fantastic illustrations that tells stories about an underwater monster that can turn itself into a white horse, a girl whose mother is half seal, half human and a boy who is turned into a fairy but saved by a brave heroine that will leave you spellbound!

Also check out An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales and Spellbound: Tales of Enchantment from Ancient Ireland if you are in the mood for some more Celtic Folk Tales.

 

Greatest Warriors.

Ready to meet and find out all about the most impressive fighters in history? Check out these books in the Greatest Warriors series: Roman Soldiers, Knights and Vikings and find out all there is to know about the armour, weapons and fighting styles contained in these three amazing books. The illustrations/photographs are amazing and really portray  dramatic recreations of historical events.

New Non Fiction: Amazing Animals 2014

Jan
03
Posted in Facts, New Non-Fiction
by Katie

We are days away from 2013 coming a close. How about popping down to your local library and checking out some new non fiction on animals just in time for 2014?

The Animal Book.

This is a must have book for all animal lovers, budding scientists, teachers and librarians. Contains information and shares facts on over three hundred  fastest, fiercest, toughest, cleverest, shyest and most surprising animals and offers a brief overview of the history of life on Earth. Prepare to dance with a blue footed booby, hum along with a humpback whale or travel to the Galapagos with Charles Darwin and learn some fascinating facts along the way like the horned lizard squirts blood from its eyes and the cricket hears with ears on its legs.

 

 

 
Whales and Dolphins.

This book serves as a perfect start to a journey of exploring whales and dolphins. Read this and find out all you can about these amazing mammals, for example which is the largest animal on Earth, the mammal with the longest migration, and dolphins singing and calling to each other. This book is  designed to appeal to children aged 6 to 8 years old.

Also check out my previous post on Amazing Sea Mammals.

 

 

 
If you were a Snake.

This is probably the sort of  book Lord Voldemort was reading when he was in training talking to snakes. Not surprising as it takes you through everything you need to know about the psychology of snakes –  how they think, how they sense the world and how they communicate. You will also read and find out which snakes are the most venomous, places where you are most likely to find snakes and what it is really like for snakes to shed their skin. Finally (and most importantly) you get insight on how snakes think, feel and experience the world.

Also check out other titles: If you were a Cat and If you were a dog.

 

 

 
Weird Animals.

Do you want to see and read all about the weird and wonderful animals known to man? Well, this is the book  for you! Discover some of the strangest animals on earth through jaw-dropping facts and dramatic photos. You will learn why the duck-billed platypus is so unusual,  you will discover which primate has a seriously strange nose and find out what makes the giraffe  weevil so odd.

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy the Joey: The true story of an amazing koala rescue.

I absolutely loved this book! Read all about the true story of Jimmy, an endangered baby koala joey who is rescued and cared for at Koala Hospital and raised by a new ‘family’ (in the form of the team at Koala Hospital) and a new ‘Mummy’ (in the form of a hospital volunteer named Barb.) This is a beautiful heartwarming story that comes complete with lots of adorable photographs from when he was first rescued to when he was released in a protected forest area for Australian wildlife. There are especially cute photographs of Jimmy in his laundry basket, cuddling  his adopted ‘mum’ and trying to ride her leg! So brace yourself for cute overload! A delightful addition to our libraries and a treat for adults and children during the summer holidays. You might also enjoy reading A little book of sloth.

DID YOU KNOW: Koalas aren’t bears, but a rather a mammal called a marsupial, like kangaroos, wombats and opossums and a mother koala carries her baby in a pouch on her body.

 

 
Vicks: The Polar Bear Cub.

Brace yourself for even more cuteness! Check out this amazing book on Vicks the polar cub, who was born in the Rotterdam Zoo on December 6th 2010 and who became a celebrity as 500,000 people watch him during the first several months of his life on a webcam feed from his maternity den until he made his first public appearance in March 2011 and captured the hearts of millions of people around the world. Overall I enjoyed this book. Absolutely loved the photographs, especially the photography of a newly born Vicks cuddling up with his Mummy. The illustrations were cute and complemented the photos and events taking place in Vick’s life well. Another  delightful addition to our libraries and a treat for adults and children during the school holidays.

DID YOU KNOW: Male polar bears pee down, while female polar bears pee straight behind them.

 

 

Gone to the dogs…

Owing a puppy or a dog can be great fun. However it is important that you know how to look after them properly. Luckily for you, Wellington City Libraries has a new book in the Junior Non Fiction called Puppy by Jinny Johnson, which goes into full detail of what a puppy eats, drinks, what toys it likes to play with and what you need to do to make sure your puppy is comfortable. This is a great book to read, especially good for young children and for families who are interested in acquring a puppy for a pet. If you’re unsure what breed of dog is suitable for your family, you can also check these books on dog breeds also by Jinny Johnson: Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd. These books are great to read because it tells about the dog breed’s main characteristics,  how to train them, how they grow and shows them in action.

Hope you all have a Happy New Year and enjoy the rest of your summer.

New Non Fiction: Ideas for the Holiday Festive Season and Summer.

Nov
22
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

10 Minute Crafts for Summer.

Summer’s around the corner. This new addition to Wellington City Libraries will give you craft ideas for summer you can complete in ten minutes. Use this book to make a fluttery butterfly peg, create a kite and race you very own raft.

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Make Faces.

Feeling bored around home? Why not rummage through your household items  and use this book to get ideas on how to  make faces in unexpected places using everyday objects.

 

 

 

 

 

Noah’s Ark.

Lucy Cousins, the creator of the Maisy has adapted from the Bible story: Noah’s Ark  into a picture book  that young children will enjoy. Cousins stays true to her creative style  with using simple language and vibrant colors that is sure to fascinate and entertain children. This serves as a good introduction to Bible literature. Also great for children that are a fan of the Maisy books.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Jokes.

Christmas is around the corner. How about some Christmas jokes to share with the family? You will laugh yourself silly (or youle laugh yours-elf silly!) with this collection of christmas jokes that is bound to tickle your funny bone. This is one Christmas joke book that you would have to be Christmas crackers not to issue this book out during the holiday period.

Also check out The funniest Christmas joke book ever if you are in the mood for more Christmas jokes.

 

 

Party Cakes to Bake and Decorate.

If you are looking some baking or make tasty treats fro Christmas, check out Usbourne’s new book on how to bake and decorate party cakes. You might even find an idea for an alternative gingerbread house,  (See Gingerbread Cake recipe) over Christmas and house and star decorations that fit perfectly with the Christmas theme. The recipes for multicolored meringues look fantastic and girls, you will be tickled pink with the pink layer cake recipe.  Overall this book is jammed packed with simple and scrumptious party cake recipes that anyone can bake.

For more cooking and baking ideas over the festive season, also check out this year’s previous blog post on Ready. Steady, Cook.

New Non Fiction: Take a journey into the wild, Mythological lands and to a galaxy far, far away.

Oct
21
Posted in Books, Facts, New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Another school term has began and Wellington City Libraries has some new non-fiction books for you to get stuck into. Enjoy!

Greek Myths.

Orpheus and Eurydice.

What is mythology? The Free Dictionary defines mythology as “a traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society.” While the Oxford Dictionary defines mythology as “a collection of myths, especially one belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition.”

If you are interested in Greek mythology and looking for shorter and easier myths to read than Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians”, then this story of Orpheus and Eurydice will  appeal to fans of that series. Shakespeare once said “the course of true love never did run smooth.” At least not for Orpheus and Eurydice. So when Eurydice is killed by a snakebite on her wedding day, her husband, Orpheus journeys to the Underworld to negotiate with Hades himself to win his bride back. Can true love triumph over the dark power of the Underworld? You’ll have to read the story to find out.

Also check out Myths in 30 Seconds for easy reads on Greek, Roman… pretty much myths and legends around the world. This book is a perfectly enchanting introduction to mythology for lively minds.

 

Animal Planet.

Finding Bigfoot.

If you have already watched and/or a big fan of the show, Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet, then you will love this book that is full of information and details of actual sightings of Bigfoot based on real encounters around the world, evidence for the existence of the controversial animal and viewpoints of skeptics and scientists on the subject. After reading this book you can decide for yourself whether Bigfoot real or a myth?

Also check out The Unsolved Mystery of Bigfoot.

 

 

Into the Wild.

 Mud, Sweat and Tears /  Bear Grylls.

We all know Bear Grylls for his television series Man vs. Wild, writer of the Mission  Survival series and the real-life action man who has survived in dangerous environment few would dare to visit. but what don’t you know? Read the latest biography on his life and find out how Bear Grylls started out by engaging in secret childhood missions to climb the town’s school buildings and steeples, to starring in his own global TV series and becoming one of the world’s toughest adventurers. As a bonus you will also find out what it’s like to take on mountaineering, martial arts, parachuting, life in the SAS and all that nature can throw at you! This is one book that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages!

Also check out his books from the Mission Survival Series: Gold of the Gods, Way of the Wolf and Tracks of the Tiger.

 

 

Star Wars.

Star Wars, The Clone Wars : Episode guide.

Yes siree! We have another addition to the Star Wars collection in our library with Star Wars, The Clone Wars : Episode guide. Take a journey back through the clone wars and relive the dramatics events that took place in all episodes of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. Also includes coverage of everything from key plot points and characters to spaceships and weapons.

 

 

 

 

Lego Ideas:

LEGO play book : ideas to bring your bricks to life. Lego! Fairy Tale characters! Mythological creatures! Ghosts and ghouls! Marine life! Barnyard beasts! Safari giants! Who can ask for more? if you enjoyed The Lego Ideas books, then you will love this book that  encourage kids to think, build, and play with more than 200 different LEGO builds and create amazing LEGO models of their very own. This book is fantastic for any LEGO builder looking to be inspired to build and create.