Archive for the ‘New Non-Fiction’ Category

New Non Fiction: Amazing Facts.

Dec
15

Big Book of When.image courtesy of syndeticsRead this book and find out all the answers to questions such as when was the first text message sent and when did people start using clocks. This book also contains great photos, timelines, diagram and more than 801 fascinating facts.

image courtesy of syndeticsZoom In.
Move over Magic Eye and Actual size, Zoom In takes you on a journey where you encounter ordinary objects, like an eye or the head of a felt tip that are magnified a hundred times. Overall this book is a fantastic read full of amazing super-magnified images that will leave you guessing what they actually are.

image courtesy of syndeticsDoctor Who: How to be a Time Lord.
A must have read for all you Doctor Who fans. This ancient book contains thousands of years of time lord wisdom everything you need to know in order to become the next Doctor Who.

Girls who rocked the world.image courtesy of syndetics
Girls who rocked the world is the ultimate girl power book that pays tributes to many famous and influential young women that changed the world, such of Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa and Coco Channel.

Horrid Henry’s Ghosts.image courtesy of syndetics
Check out Horrid Henry’s guide to all the weird, wonderful, hilarious and horrid facts about anything and everything you have ever wanted to know about… Ghosts.

image courtesy of syndetics image courtesy of syndetics A Mob of Meerkats and Other Mammal Groups and A pod of Dolphins and other sea mammal groups.
Prepare to be overloaded with cuteness and amazing facts when reading these books about mammals. These books tell you everything you need to know about their habitat, how they communicate, find food and care for their young. Great resources to use for homework and projects about mammals.

New Non Fiction: Art splash, Poetry in motion and a special Disney Princess surprise!

Nov
17
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

New Art Books from Usborne!

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne Introduction to Art.

Prepare to be dazzled and amazed when you read all about Western painting. From Ancient Egyptian tomb decorations to modern art, your head will explode from all overload of knowledge!

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image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne Book of Art.

This will overload your brain with even more knowledge about anything and everything to do with art. This fascinating book covers it all – from Ancient Egyptian tomb decorations to great masters of European painting right up to the present day.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsFrogs are funny! : the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational, Muppets joke book ever!

Frogs are funny. Yep, that book definitely spells that out. For all you Muppet fans, check out this new amazing book that if full of laugh out loud jokes from all the Muppet Movies and shows. Readers beware, hilarity will ensue!

 

 

 

A Treasury of NZ Poems for children.image courtesy of syndetics

Who would have thought poetry could be beautiful? This book is certainly living proof and is busting with wonderful NZ poems by writers, such as James K. Baxter, Margaret Mahy and Kyle Meburn, that will make you laugh, cry, jiggle and ponder. A treasury of NZ poems for children makes poetry sing for a new generation.

 

 

 

 

Saved the best for last…

Girls and boys…be prepared to discover your inner (Disney) Princess!

image courtesy of syndeticsDisney Princess: Enchanted Character Guide.

What girl doesn’t dream of being a Disney Princess? Once upon a time I was one of those girls. (Ok, every now and again I still dream) Well girls, your dreams are about to come true. Check out this newly updated Disney Princess: Enchanted Character Guide and prepare to be transported into the enchanting world of Disney princesses where dreams really do come true. This book helps you discover the magical and enchanting world of Disney princesses. You can get to know each beautiful Princess and read their magical story, meet their best friends and worst enemies, plus find out fascinating facts about your favourite Disney Princess. From Snow White and The Little Mermaid to Sleeping Beauty and Merida. After reading this book, I swear I had been transported back to my childhood. Princesses, glitter, this is a book that every girl will love and perhaps may have to fight and claw their way to ensure they get their hands on this precious treasure.

 

Also take the time to rediscover… Princess : The Essential Guide (Revised editon). and Princess : The Essential Guide!

New Non Fiction: Rainbow Looms and New Horrible Histories Editions!

Nov
07
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Roll up, roll up, roll up! Ladies and gentleman!  Boys and girls!Horrible Histories have done it again with fantastic new editions of their popular series this time using a unique theme of rats. But as there is method to Terry Deary’s madness and as always, he delivers on the promise of  foul facts, gory details and history with the nasty bits. For your reading pleasure, check out:

image courtesy of syndeticsStormin’ Normans : splats, hats and lots of rats!

This book lets you discover all the foul facts about the “Stormin’ Normans” – all the gore and more! You will find out why Norman knights slept with a dolly?, Which pirate hung up his eye-patch and became a saint? and why Crusader ships were defended with barrels of pee?

 

 

 

Smashing Saxons : splats, hats and lots of rats!image courtesy of syndetics

This book allows you to discover all the foul facts about the Smashing Saxons – all the gore and more! Find out who got cow pats as Christmas presents?, why wearing a pig on your head is lucky? and how to make a dead Saxon happy?

How about this for a new crafting idea: Rainbow Looms!  (also known as rubber band art) Check out these new awesome reads that will help inspire you inner rainbow loom creativity and will provide you with simple and easy guide to creating beautiful and fun loom projects… and maybe with Christmas around the corner potential Christmas presents for friends and family.

 

 

Loom Magic!image courtesy of syndetics

You’re a very lucky person if you read this because you get the privilege, as well as pleasure to have access to 25 awesome, never-before-seen designs for amazing rainbow of rubber band loom projects. Projects include cell phone cases, watch band and rainbow rings.

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsLoom Magic Charms.

Once you have mastered your rainbow looming skills, why not challenge yourself to trying out Loom Magic Charms! This book comes complete with 25 cool designs that will definitely rock your rainbow. Examples of projects include a sunflower, dragonfly, superheroes and mittens.

New Non Fiction – get crafty!

Nov
05
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

image courtesy of syndeticsCraft it up : Christmas around the world : 35 fun craft projects inspired by traveling adventures.

It’s less than 85 days until Christmas. Why not get cracking with ideas on sort of Christmas themed projects you can tackle just in time for the holiday season. Stuck on ideas? Then check out Craft it up : Christmas around the world : 35 fun craft projects inspired by traveling adventures and get lots of fantastic ideas on creative projects, Christmas gift ideas and baked goods inspired by many countries around the world.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndetics10 Minute Halloween Crafts.

Halloween is around the corner. A time of ghouls, ghosts and spooky creatures.  This book is jam packed full of craft ideas to teach children  how to make Halloween decorations such as bat hangings and black cat lanterns and create spookily brilliant zombie finger puppets and witches on broomsticks, plus lots more amazing Halloween ideas. A book that is bound to keep children entertained from now until Halloween.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsRoald Dahl’s The Witches: Plays for Children.

Anyone who is a fan of Roald Dah and who enjoyed his book, The Witches will absolutely love these seven short plays enclosed in this new book. Enclosed in this book are a collection of seven short plays to read and perform. It includes notes, props and costumes. The plays are easy to perform, ideal for acting at school or at home and guarantees lots of fun.

 

New Non Fiction: Animal Antics and Puppets glore!

Nov
04
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

100 Most Unexplained Things on the Planet.image courtesy of syndetics

Read this book and go on a journey where you get to investigate the world’s most incredible unsolved mysteries , examine the evidence about the world’s creepiest and most spine tingling phenomena and seek out the answers to the unexplained. A great read just in time for Halloween.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsAnimal Antics.

Animal antics? Oh boy,  this book is full of them. Packed with amazing pictures, Animal antics captures the most funny moment when animals are simply… being themselves. For those of you who have pets, Perhaps this book will give you ideas on writing your own animal antics book.

 

 

 

 

Terrible Tales of the Middle Ages.image courtesy of syndetics

Prepare to step into a world of heroes, monsters and death-defying deeds that makes every myth and legend you know and have heard look and sound like a Disney movie. This book collects together rip-roaring adventure stories and larger than life myths from the middle ages.

 

 

 

Ashley Bryan’s Puppets.images courtesy of syndetics

This book introduces puppets created out of found objects by describing each with a poem. There is one word to describe this book – COOL! With glue, thread and a sprinkling of African folklore, Ashley Bryan breathes new life into tattered treasures by creating puppets that swell on personality and beauty.  Reading this book also gives you ideas on creating your own puppets with simple objects such as driftwood, glue, debris, etc.

What’s Where in the World

Do you want to know where the most explosive volcanoes in the world are?

What about the hottest place on the earth?

What about where the world’s billionaires live or where would you go to find the deadliest creatures in the world.

This book is amazing – you could spend hours looking through it. Each page shows a map of the world along with some interesting information. Found out where the tallest buildings are located, where all the roads are and even where all the internet connections travel. Its looks like a spider web.

 

 

Here are some of the interested facts I discovered in this book.

  • Between 50 and 70 volcanoes erupt every year, mostly around the edge of the pacific.
  • In 2010 there were 925 million undernourished people in the world.
  • Since 1965, the world population has doubled.
  • A blue whales tongue can weigh as much as an elephant.
  • The first known sewing needle dates back about 25,000 years.

 

 

 

New Non Fiction: Lego, Moshi Monsters, Rugby World Cup and Star Wars… The mania continues!

Sep
04
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

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!

image courtesy of syndeticsThe 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!

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsLEGO 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.

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsMoshi 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.

 

 

Star Wars Rebels : The Visual Guide.image courtesy of syndetics

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!

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWorld Rugby Records.

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.

 

New Non Fiction: Zoology and Unleashing your happiness project.

Sep
03
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Even kids need self help books, like these ones:

image courtesy of syndeticsHow Cool are your Parents, (or not).

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.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsDon’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!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsYou 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.

image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsKids 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.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWhats new? The zoo! : a zippy history of zoos.

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.

 

New Non Fiction: Buzzing Bios and shaking it up with Shakespeare.

Sep
02
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

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 Timesimage courtesy of syndetics 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 Todayimage courtesy of syndetics 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 Theatreimage courtesy of syndetics 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Weird World of William Shakespeare.

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!

image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsThere 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: tales of childhood by Roald Dahl.image courtesy of syndetics

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.

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsOne Direction : The official annual 2014.

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.

 

 

 

 

New Non Fiction: The Ancient world and toilet humour.

Aug
20
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

You Can Get Sucked Down An Aeroplane Loo!

If you like Ripley’s Believe it or not, then you will love this book. You Can Get Sucked Down An Aeroplane Loo! will allow you to explore the greatest urban myths, legends and tales of all time and will fill you in once for all whether they are true or false. In other words, this is the book that will teach you how NOT to be a sucker. Overall I enjoyed this book, which was a barrel of laughs. I don’t think you will be surprised of shocked over which blunders are false, however I think the ones that are true will surprise you.

 

 

 

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Feel like a trip to the Ancient world? Be rest assured that you don’t have to call on Doctor Who to make sure the trip is possible when you have these awesome books right here. Usborne books have done it again with the Visitor’s Guide to Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome, that is packed with essential time tourist tips on anything and everything you need to know about the Ancient world.

Ancient Egypt covers a wide range of information on how to behave at an Egyptian party and how to make a mummy, while Ancient Rome advises you one what to eat, where to go and how to come back on one piece.

Speaking of coming back in one piece…

 

 

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Why not check out this awesome handbook The Usborne Official Roman Soldiers Handbook, that provides all the helpful hints and tips on how to survive in Ancient Rome… and if you join the Roman Army. This book also reveals all the gruesome truths of life in the Roman army including what soldiers ate, what they wore and how they lived. Overall I think this book is an excellent read. I feel the witty illustrations complement the text which creates a friendly and accessible introduction to Roman history.

These books from Usborne series are ideal for anyone who is a fan of the Horrible Histories series and has a keen fascination for history.

 

 

 

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Just joking 5.

Looking for a joke book that is not going to bore you with endless knock, knock jokes? Look no further. This book presents a variety of jokes and facts, including knock-knocks, tongue twisters, riddles, silly animal photos and traditional question and answer jokes. Overall, I think it’s a fantastic book. Loved the jokes. I even managed to have a go at the tongue twisters, some easy, others take a lot of concentration.