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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.

New Non Fiction: Encyclopedias and Handbooks galore!

Aug
14
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe childrens encyclopedia of dinosaurs : begin to discover the amazing prehistoric world.

This encyclopedia is a great introduction about the incredible time of dinosaurs. Truly lives up to its expectations providing amazing facts and awesome pictures. Great resource to use for homework on dinosaurs and prehistoric period.

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe childrens encyclopedia of oceans : begin to discover the amazing underwater world.

Dive in and take an amazing voyage of discovery and exploration by reading this fantastic encyclopedia that tells you anything and everything about ocean life. With easy to understand text and remarkable photography, you will be able to unlock the secrets of the sea.

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsTop 10 For Boys 2014.

Breaking news, Boys! Here is a book that holds the coolest collection of facts, feats and fun things for boys to do! From the 10 greatest superhero movies and 10 most successful video games, to the  10 deadliest animals and 10 tallest roller coasters this book will simply amaze you! – I for one am simply amazed!

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Big Book of Awesome Animals.

Get ready to go on a journey where you will uncover the bizarre behaviour and horrid habits of the world’s most unusual creatures. I have to say, they don’t call this “The Big Book of Awesome Animals.” for nothing. You are bound to find information to all the tough and queasy questions you have about your favourite animals.

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWhats where in the world.

There is one word for this book – Awesome! This unique visual encyclopaedia is literately planet earth as you have never seen it. By reading this book, you will take a unique tour of Planet Earth and find out what goes where in the world. Covers diverse topics in six chapters on Geography, Nature, People, History, Arts & Entertainment and Science & Technology, as well as anything and everything from shipwrecks and castles to wildlife and hurricanes,  fantastic picture maps that show you what’s where in the world, the world’s tallest buildings, longest rivers, most dangerous earthquake spots and even where you can find animals that glow! I was very impressed with the world maps. I felt they presented a very clear account of world geography. This book is  perfect for school projects in the areas of geography, nature, history and technology projects.

 

 

The Real Wonders of the World.image courtesy of syndetics

Ready to see the real wonders of the world? This book is just the ticket! Get ready to go on a journey of discovery to find the most awe-inspiring places and experiences on the planet, from the Empire State Building to Death Valley, Dubai’s wonder worlds, and Egypt’s Great Pyramids. Combines traditional world wonders with the ‘real’ wonders of their world. Even better, this is a book not for parents. Great for ages 8-12 year olds.

 

New Non Fiction: Back to School numbers.

Jul
30
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Welcome to Term 3! I hope you all had a fantastic break over the school holidays.  Here are some new junior non fiction to help you catch up on your school work.
image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsWhy do reptiles have scales? : and other questions about evolution and classification. 
Wildlife wonders? You better believe it. This book covers anything and everything you want/need to know about the classification and evolution of reptiles and how they have adapted to survive the ever changing environment. This is a great book to use for biology projects and homework. Great for Primary and Intermediate level.

You might also want to check out Why do Plants have flowers? and other questions about evolution and classification. Lots of amazing facts about the evolution and classification of plants, like you find out the age of a tree by counting the rings beneath the bark and apparently find out which flower smells of rotting meat – Whoa!. A great resource to sue for horticulture projects and homework.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsIt’s time for Animaths! It’s time to improve your maths sssskills by looking at Shapes with Snakes. Become a “roaring” success with maths by Taking Away with Tigers and some maths ant-ics by looking at Adding with Ants.

These books are great to use to introduce young children to simple key maths concepts with the use of  cut out photos of animals. These books are sure to engage the interest of reluctant mathematicians.

 

 

 

All about the Commonwealthimage courtesy of syndetics

According to WikipediaThe Commonwealth of Nations, commonly known as the Commonwealth (formerly the British Commonwealth),  is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states (including New Zealand) that were mostly territories of the former British Empire, with some notable exceptions. The Commonwealth operates by intergovernmental consensus of the member states, organised through the Commonwealth Secretariat, and non-governmental organisations, organised through the Commonwealth Foundation.

Luckily for the library, we now have a junior non fiction book jam packed with information about the Commonwealth. This informative, fact-packed guide also tells you all about the history and the aims of the Commonwealth since its foundation in 1931. Did you know New Zealand is one of the 53 countries led by HM Queen Elizabeth II? A great book to use for Social Studies homework.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsCool Kids Cook.

Ready for another back to school number that will help you ace Home Economics and allow you to unleash your inner Gordon Ramsey-Jaime Oliver- Nigella Lawson-Chelsea Winter? Donna Hay has released a cookbook for kids. Donna Hay for kids?! How cool is that! Check out the awesome cookbook, catered for cool kids that contains over 40 fun and simple recipes for kids to make for family and friends to enjoy. Found a few tasty numbers like spaghetti bolognese, sausage rolls, chicken noodle soup, cup cakes and chocolate moose. Wow,  I wish I had this book when I was doing Home Economics at school.

 

 

 

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Encyclopedia of the human body : begin to discover the human body.

Got a biology project coming up on the human body? This back to school number can help.  The Encyclopedia of the human body will allow you to discover information about how the human body and anatomy works. You will discover and learn everything from how blood flows through the heart, to how food is digested and where your voice comes from… hmmm!  This is the kind of book that makes *physiology look cool and screams AMAZING!

 

*Physiology: The branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.

 

New Non Fiction: A cure for the winter blues.

Jul
24
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Well, boys and girls. We have finally entered into the coldest month of the year and have been and/or about to be hit hard with some miserable weather. Have no fair, the library has got a new range of Junior Non Fiction. Nothing but a little ‘Plants vs Zombies, a tribute to the arts and Angry Birds Star Wars and Lego redux!’ to cure the winter blues.

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Childrens book of cinema :  Explore the magical, behind-the-scenes world of the movies.

“Presents an introduction to the world of cinema. This title tells the story of cinema from silent films of yesteryear to the big blockbusters of today, covering the innovation of “talkies” as well as the revolution of technicolor.” - World Cat.

This book is every film buff’s (myself included) and budding film maker’s dream! It contains a lot of information about the history of film, actors and directors, (both past and present) From monsters (both scary and fun loving) to musicals, (like The Wizard of Oz) and wizards (Yep, even Harry Potter is mentioned) to westerns, this is true to its word taking you on a showstopping journey through the fascinating world of film. A great book to curl up to, with popcorn during winter.

 

 

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Oil Paints.

Here’s a book that  contains step-by-step guides show how to create a variety of projects using oil paints that is bound to unleash your inner artist. You may also like Watercolors and Acrylics,

 

 

 

 

 

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The Official Angry Birds Star Wars Joke Book.

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away. The bird rebels and the pork federation joined forces to find the funniest, craziest, zaniest jokes in the Star Ways history. Well did they complete their mission? “Hee Hee! Mwa Ha Ha Ha! Bleep Bleep!” Hmmm, I guess the words speak for themselves. Hands down, this is the funniest joke book voted by bird rebels,  pork federation and of course a local children’s librarian in the history of joke books, Angry Birds and Star Wars.  Most of the jokes in this book are Angry Birds Star Wars related. There are the odd jokes enclosed in this book that might be enjoyed by those with a sick and warped sense of humor. And believe it or not, there is the odd librarian joke, hmmm perhaps you might want to try it out on your local librarian, hee hee. Hope you enjoy this book… as much as I did.

But wait, there’s more!

 

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Super Interactive Annual 2014 Angry Birds Star Wars.

“Birds! Slingshots! Destruction! Feathers! Fun! This best selling Annual has it all. Join your favourite flock of characters on Piggy Island as the world of Angry Birds is brought to life in this fun and truly interactive Annual. Using your smartphone or tablet to zap the unique icons on the page reveals super interactive bonus features including exclusive stories, additional profiles and entertaining activities”–Publisher’s description.

Your one stop Angry Birds Star Wars entertainment is here! In the form of this awesome new addition to Wellington City Libraries. Puzzles, quizzes, drawing, games and… lets not forget Angry Birds Star Wars. Who could ask for more? This book is sure to keep children entertained, especially with all the yucky weather we have had lately.

 

 

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Plants vs Zombies : Books of Things.

Are we one the verge of the zombie apocalypse? Not yet. But it could happen… right? So best to be prepared. That’s where this book comes in. This book had all the entertainment, puzzles, games and quizzes to do to pass the time in the probably unlikely event of having to barricade yourself inside your own home to protect your precious brain parts from being gobbled up during a terrifying invasion of shuffling, plant-hating and frankly inconvienient zombies… and also perhaps another book to keep you entertained in the very likely event of having to barricade yourself indoors to protect your precious body from the terrifying cold and wet weather. Great for kids aged 9-12 years.

 

 

 

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The Lego Book.

You can never go wrong with Lego. For all you die-hard Lego fans, this is the No#1 book to read! Here is your chance to read the complete illustrated history of the LEGO products that discusses the origins of the company, and the evolution of bricks, figures, play themes, and related products; and features a time line that records the introduction of the first plastic bricks to the LEGO products of 2012.  I could spend hours looking at this book. Another awesome read that has the WOW factor and that will bring out every adult’s inner child. A definite 5 star rating!

Also check out LEGO play book : ideas to bring your bricks to life and The LEGO ideas book : unlock your imagination.

Also how about some recipe ideas? Check out this new series on recipes from around the world. The books from the Global Cookery series features recipes from India (Recipes from India), China, (Recipes from China), Italy (Recipes from Italy) and Mexico (Recipes from Mexico) A great way for kids to learn about the eating habits of various cultures and nutritional information. These books also featured recipes on your favourite takeaways like Pizza, Tandoori Chicken and Wanton soup. with these ideas, your parents will be able to save money on the weekly Friday night takeaways.

 

To finish off…

 

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Judith Kerr’s Creatures.

Here is a children’s art book and a biography all rolled into one which celebrates children’s author and illustrator, Judith Kerr’s life and work. As a child, I simply adored Judith Kerr’s picture books like the Mog series and The Tiger who came to tea. But after reading this book, I have fallen in love with Judith Kerr’s picture books all over again. This is another WOW factor book that is well deserving of a 5 star rating!

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JUDITH KERR:

- She was born in Berlin.

- Her family fled to Switzerland when Hitler seized power.

- She failed a diploma in book illustration.

- Her husband, Tom Kneale was a famous British screenwriter.

- Her daughter, Tacy Kneale made creatures for the Harry Potter films.

 

New Non Fiction: Prepare to go Bear Crazy, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” and brace yourself because the Doctor is in!

Jun
30
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

The Doctor is in!

Boys and Girls, brace yourself because Wellington City Libraries two new Junior Non Fiction Books on Doctor Who and just in time… before the school holidays.

Doctor Who: Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who.
By reading this book, you learn all the  fascinating facts on all eleven incarnations of the Doctor’s adventures in space and time, as well as his helpful companions and fearsome foes. Find out all about the Doctor’s TARDIS, his regenerations, and much, much more! Overall a great book that many fans of the series would enjoy, however might be suitable for ages 10 and up. If this book interests you, you might also want to check out  Doctor Who: The Official Doctionary.

 

 

 

 

 

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Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary.

This book presents an introduction to the popular science fiction television program, dsicussing its characters, plot lines, villains, gadgets, monsters, aliens, weaponry, and spaceships. Overall not a bad read. The style and presentation of this book is similar to Star Wars visual dictionaries. Another book that will be enjoyed by Doctor Who fans. If this book interests you, you might also want to check out Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary.

 

 

 

 

 

RSPCA Animal Care.

The RSPCA  or the Royal Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the United Kingdom has published two new books on animal care.

image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsAll About… Cats and Kittens and All About… Rabbits and Other Small Animals

Overall I think these pet guides are fantastic. Would be ideal for children 9 years and over. Contains lots of information on how to care for rabbits/cats, helping it settle in, types of of behavior to grooming, playing, popular names for  rabbits/cats, and going to the vet.  Also contains some history of The RSPCA in the United Kingdom.
You also might want to check out Looking after Cats and Kittens and Looking after Rabbits.

FACT ABOUT CATS: While chocolate is bad for a cat, yogurt makes a tasty treat. According to Pet Smart NZ, the organisms in yogurt can be especially helpful when your pet is on antibiotics since these medications can alter the “good’ bacteria in the intestines. Most pets will enjoy the addition of a tablespoons of yogurt to their food.

FACT ABOUT RABBITS: Pet rabbits are related to the wild rabbits, hares and pikas. Hares are bigger than rabbits, with longer ears and stronger legs which enables them to run very fast, while pikas are smaller than rabbits and live in North America and Asia.

 

 

 

Bear Crazy…!

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Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue.

Brace yourself for cuteness and… an orphaned polar bear. This book tells the story of orphaned polar bear Kali (pronounced Cully) as he is rescued and whisked away to the Inupiat village of Kali (Point Lay in English), then being raised and reared at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, with zookeepers filling in for his mother and finally finding a permanent home at the Buffalo Zoo with, Luna, a female polar bear as a companion. Overall I enjoyed this book. Absolutely loved the photographs that chronicles Kali’s infant hood. I reckon this is a book that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all age groups and a fantastic addition to the junior non fiction collection just in time for  the school holidays.

You will also like Vicks: The Polar Bear Cub and My Polar Animals Journal : In Search of Polar Bears, Penguins, Whales and Seals.

FACT ABOUT POLAR BEARS: Male polar bears pee down, while female polar bears pee straight behind them.

 

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Wild About Bears.

Wild about bears? You will be after reading this book. This book contains facts and pictures of eight different bear species, ranging from polar bears, sun bears and sloth bears. You will learn everything there is to know about bears, including information about their traits, characteristics and habitat.

 

 

 

 

 

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

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Brutal Games! History’s most dangerous sports.

Forget sports like Rugby, Gymnastics and Horse riding, this book on history’s most dangerous sports takes words like ‘dangerous’, ‘extreme sports’ and ‘life and death situations’ to a whole new level. After reading this book, two words come to mind:  adrenaline rush. Facts about bull riding, cave diving, jousting and gladiator games, you will have all the information you need to release your inner daredevil.

 

 

 

 

If you like the Horrible Histories and Weird World of Wonders series, you might want to give these two new series a go.

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To kick things off, Check out Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, which is part of Hard Nuts of History series. Read all about history’s hardest hard nuts. Who were the most famous (and not so famous) ruthless, brave, fearless and intrepid men and women of all time? Could you fight in the greatest battle ever, or wow the whole world with your brain power?
These awesome books are bursting with remarkable tales of triumph and bravery. You will be amazed and astounded by some of history’s hardest heroes. The books have a similar tone as Horrible Histories and Weird World of Wonders series, comes complete with the silly bits, but perhaps without the gory bits. There is a lot less pages and the text is more simplified, so I think this series will appeal to younger audiences.

 

 

 

 

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What They Don’t Tell You About….

In the ‘What They Don’t Tell You About….’ series by Bob Fowke, there are books on Romans in Britain, Ancient Greeks and Vikings.  If you are looking for another series to read after Horrible Histories, I would recommend the ”What They Don’t Tell You About….’ series. There is a lot of history, gory bits,  silly humor and the odd puzzle in these books, so prepare for lots of reading… and laughing! Definitely no boring bits in this series. Great for anyone who is a fan of Horrible Histories and Weird World of Wonders. Also great for anyone who likes/is interested in History, comics, puzzle books and silly humor.

New Non Fiction: Lego Mania and World Cup 2014 Winter-fest.

Jun
12
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Lego Fanatics, brace yourself. There are two awesome books to read that will inspire your Lego creativity… and addiction. Believe it or not, according to Inner Child Learning,  Lego Bricks have been applauded by teachers and parents as one of the best toys for learning, building creativity, and strengthening fine-motor skills. Lego Bricks are an open-ended toy, meaning they can become just about anything a child or adult imagines, including an educational tool.

 

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Cool Creations in 35 Pieces.

There is only one word to describe this book – WOW! This is definitely to book that will bring out your inner child (note for parents/adults) and inspire your creativity. Sean Kenney will take you on a journey by showing you 75 models he has constructed by just using a minimum of 25 Lego pieces. Who have thought you could create things like a camera, an electric guitar, a bat and a frog out of Lego pieces? After reading this book, I am beginning to regret not keeping my own Lego sets from childhood. Great for ages 4 to 8 years.

 

 

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The Lego Movie Handbook.

Seen the movie? (I haven’t – Naughty me!) Now is the time to read the movie handbook. Join Brickburg, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Batman and the rest of the gang in reading this book where you will learn everything you need to know about the Lego Movie, including Stories from Bricksburg’s happiest residents, a special message from President Business and a never before seen episode of Where Are My Pants. Overall I enjoyed this book. It was very funny, humorous, gave me the opportunity to revisit and embrace my inner child and has inspired to go and see the movie.  Also check out the move trailer.

 

 

 

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Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary.

Ah, you can never have enough Star Wars… and Lego! This visual dictionary presents the Star Wars line of LEGO action figures and playsets, detailing a history of the toy line and how each playset connects to the events in the Star Wars films. As always, when it comes to Star Wars and Lego, it always delivers on its promise of providing  facts and information that will keep kids amused and entertained for hours. Great for kids aged 7 years and over.

 

 

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Zoobots : wild robots inspired by real animals.

Zoobots! Yes, you heard right! This is a great book to read if you want to learn about robots inspired by animals and robot engineering. Contains great images and interesting facts. Even included images and information on a robot that can infiltrate human society with deceptively lifelike appearance and behavior.

 

 

 

 

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Watercolors.

This book is enclosed with lively text and step-by-step instructions that will show kids on how to complete various watercolor art projects. Great for kids who is interested in perfecting their technique in watercolor painting.  My personal favorite art projects enclosed in this book are the dot flower bouquet and Stylish Mr. Fox. You will also like Acrylics, if you are interested in creating a variety of projects using acrylic paints.

 

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Record Busters: World Cup Football.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is only days away.  Why not take the opportunity to come on down to the library and grab all the books that tell your everything you need to know about the history and past games that too place during the FIFA World Cup, like Record Busters: World Cup Football. This is a fantastic book to read that contains stunning photos and amazing record-busting facts about the top teams and greatest players of the biggest football competition in the world.

 

 

 

Marvellous Maps

Jun
06

If you love looking at maps you are going to love this book.

Its a map book with a difference.

There is a collection of 52 highly illustrated maps with details not only of 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.

For instance I learnt that muesli was invented in Switzerland. The Netherlands have the tallest windmills in the world and Croatia includes more than one thousand islands. WOW.

You can spend hours pouring over this book. From immense mountains to tiny insects and everything in between, this book is great fun.

They have even named a boy and girl from each country.

Would you like to know what they called the children from New Zealand?

Sorry I am not going to tell you. You will just have to come and borrow it to see!