Hey guys – December is almost here, and there is only 1 month till Christmas!! So you have just enough time to think about making an advent calendar that you can countdown the days until Christmas Day.
I found this great website that has some neat ideas for making advent calendars that are a bit different. Why not try making one out of matchboxes, paper bags or toilet rolls. You can put a little chocolate surprise into each one. There are heaps of different ideas – I really love the little houses so make sure you have a look.
Don’t forget the library has heaps of Christmas crafts books as well which makes creating your own special Christmas treats easy and fun.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Do you have any pets at home? Do you like observing animals in their natural habitat? Have you ever thought that their life might be full of thrilling and exciting adventures? Check these books out and maybe you will look at them differently…
Dam Busters, by Michael Broad
It’s otter chaos! For Woody the otter cub, life on the river is OTTERLY AWESOME.
Until one day, a big ugly dam appears. Now all the fish have gone!
Unless otters want to eat revolting riverweed forever, they need a plan to break through the dam!
Darkness falls, Erin Hunter
After a violent attack threatened both the Wild and Leashed Packs, Lucky knows that the dogs’ only hope for survival is to unite. The Wild Pack’s ruthless Alpha reluctantly agrees to let Bella and the Leashed Dogs join them- but after learning of Lucky’s role as a spy, Alpha casts him out and orders him to never return.
Lucky tries to be happy to have his freedom again, but the forest and ruined city are treacherous for a Lone Dog. Food and clean water are scarce, and a poisonous black cloud is spreading across the sky. For the first time since the Big Growl, Lucky is desperate to have other dogs by his side. But it might be too late…
Galaxy Race ! by L A Courtenay
What’s black and white and flies faster than the speed of light?
Zoom! Pilot Rocky is desperate to enter the Tunafish into the Superchase Space Race. But this is the most dangerous race in the universe. And when an old enemy turns up at the start, the penguins find thenselves up to their beaks in trouble!
The big Bike Race, by Tracy Corderoy
The school bully has entered Riley in a bike race, even though he knows Riley can’t ride very well.
Can Riley’s friends help him learn in time?
Everyone’s talking about it – tonight the All Whites play Mexico at Westpac Stadium in the World Cup qualifier playoffs.
Here’s some links for everything you need to know:
NZ Football: nzfootball.co.nz
All Whites Facebook: facebook.com/AllWhites
The waterfront Fan Trail: wellington.govt.nz/your-council/news/2013/11/all-whites-vs-mexico-festivities
Live scoring and updates: fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/matchcast
News updates: stuff.co.nz/sport/football
And here’s some cool books we have in the library:
Looking for something to watch? Try one of these, the top 10 most popular DVDs for November. (Actually, just for fun, this month we’ll post the top 24 DVDs – lots to chose from!)
1. Strawberry Shortcake series
2. Dino Dan series
3. Ninjago, masters of Spinjitzu series
5. My little pony, friendship is magic series
6. Dinosaur train series
7. Thomas & friends series
8. The Garfield show series
9. Babar and the adventures of Badou series
10. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series
12. Wreck-It Ralph
17. Ice age
19. Shaun the sheep series
21. The Avengers, Earth’s mightiest heroes! series
22. Arthur Christmas
23. Horrid Henry
I love comics, do you? These are the most popular comics for November:
1. Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce
2. Pokemon by Hidenori Kusaka
3. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
4. Chi’s sweet home by Konata Konami
5. Asterix omnibus by Goscinny
6. Garfield by Mark Evanier
7. Warriors by Dan Jolley
8. The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
9. Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
10. The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
I know you’ve all been waiting ages for a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, and here it is!
It’s called ‘Hard Luck‘ and the website has this to say about it:
‘Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?’
It’s so new that we don’t have it in our library catalogue yet, but we will have it soon! Keep checking back to get your name on the reserve list.
Here are the most popular non-fiction books for November. Grab them while they’re hot!
1. Star Wars by David Reynolds West
2. Ripley’s believe it or not! by Rosie Alexander
3. Guinness world records 2014 by Craig Glenday
4. Art detective by Doris Kutschbach
5. The LEGO book by daniel Lipkowitz
6. Guinness world records 2013 by Craig Glenday
7. Wow! Dinosaur by Douglas Palmer
8. The vicious Vikings by Terry Deary
9. Animal record breakers by Steve Parker
10. The Usborne big book of big ships by Minna Lacey
The second Hobbit move – The Desolation of Smaug, is due to be released in New Zealand on December 12th.
Peter Jackson, the director, has been posting production diary videos online since he started filming The Hobbit to give us a behind the scenes look at how the movie was made. He’s continued this tradiation with some new video diaries for The Desolation of Smaug. The videos are interesting, fascinating and funny.
Over the next month, leading up the movie’s release, we’ll be posting some of the videos here.
Here’s video #1
Welcome to our book blog tour for Maia and What Matters, by Tine Mortier.
What’s going on here, you ask? This week there is a tour happening across blogs from around the world about Tine Mortier’s new book -Maia and What Matters, published by BookIsland. We are very lucky to be participating in this and, even luckier, we get to interview the author -cool!
Here’s a little info about the book from the publisher’s website:
Maia is an impatient little scamp. When something pops into her head, she wants it. Now! Right this minute! Her grandma’s just the same and they get along like a house on fire. One day Grandma falls ill and loses her control over words. The grown-ups don’t seem to understand her, but Maia never loses sight of her strong, wonderful grandma and knows exactly what she means.
This blog has info about a baking competition, so read through the interview to find the competition details at the end. The next blog on the tour is Munch Cooking, so make sure you visit them to keep going on the book blog tour (the previous stop on this tour was Stephanie Owen Reeder).
And now for the interview…
1. The themes tackled in ‘Maia and What Matters’ are not the easiest. What inspired you to write this story?
TINE: I have a very wonderful family doctor, with whom I have a very good relationship. We always talk a lot when I go to see her about some problem or other. Once, she told me the story of her great-aunt, who had had a stroke and could no longer communicate with her family. My GP was the only one who understood her, so she had to be a kind of translator between the aunt and the rest of the family. Her story almost made me cry, so that same day I decided I had to do a book about it.
2. The Illustrations by Kaatje Vermeire are amazing. Did you get to work with her closely when she was designing the illustrations for the book?
TINE: Not really. She showed me some sketches occasionally, but it’s not like we really communicated about the work. Mostly, I feel like author and illustrator should be able to do their work independently. I had all the faith that she would do a wonderful job, and she did.
3. Do you have a favourite page in the finished book?
TINE: I really adore the page where the grandfather dies. It is very intense. When I first saw it, it made me cry. Although I knew what was coming, of course, since I wrote the book, the harshness and still the poetry of that page took me completely by surprise.
4. What’s your favourite food from your country?
TINE: I am absolutely fond of chocolate. It even sometimes gets out of hand. I could eat a shelf full of it, and I have no control about it whatsoever. I’m a real disaster when it comes to chocolate…
5. What’s your favourite memory of your Grandma?
TINE: There are so many things. She died only two weeks ago, so it is all very fresh still.
I will forever remember her incredible cooking. She was a very direct and down to earth woman, who never told us literally she loved us. But the way she looked after us and cooked for us, showed us that time and time again.
6. Your books, and in particular ‘Maia and What Matters’, have been translated into a dozen languages now. How does that feel and which language do you have most affinity with? Is there a particular language that would you like to see ‘Maia and What Matters’ translated into?
TINE: It feels incredible. The very thought that children all over the world are reading the book, makes me shiver at times.
The language I have most affinity with up to now, is English. But frankly: most of the other languages I don’t understand at all. I really would love the book to be translated into Spanish, because half my family are Latin Americans. It would be wonderful if they could read the book as well.
7. Please tell us what you love about libraries?
TINE: I’m fond of everything that’s got to do with paper and books, so libraries are a kind of candy store to me. I do prefer private libraries to public ones, since I love to have my own books. I do visit public libraries, but I almost always buy the books I like. I find it kind of comforting to be surrounded by them.
8. Over the past ten years you’ve been doing hundreds of workshops with children. What was the most intriguing question you were asked by a child?
TINE: It is very difficult to pick out one particular question, since there have been so many of them. One question that keeps coming back though, is ‘if it is all true’. It applies to nearly all my books, both those that are pretty autobiographically inspired, and those that are cheer fantasy. I always answer it the same way: all is true. Absolutely all of it. Even if children fly (as in Zooperman) or run around as rabbits (Silly Rabbit), or a hurricane gets out of control because she was given the wrong name (Angelica the Terrifying). I then tell them it’s because children’s authors cannot tell lies. That’s forbidden. We never lie. We only exaggerate from time to time.
9. What is the most important message or lesson you would like readers of your book to take away with them?
TINE: That’s a tough one. I don’t really think about messages too much when writing a book. I just hope people will enjoy it, and maybe grow to love it. In that case, they will get exactly what they need from the book, I suppose.
10. What’s your next project?
TINE: That is very secret, so don’t tell anyone else.
I’m currently writing a book about a young boy who wants to become a train. He has all sorts of reasons for it, and he wishes it so hard, he gets to realise his dream in the end.
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