Top 10 Children’s Fiction in August

Sep
01
Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

Best loved loans, quests and adventures are the name of the game!

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

2.   Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

3.   Where’s Wally?  by Martin Handford, Martin

4.   Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord

5.   Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce, Lincoln

6.   Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh

7.   Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J.K. Rowling

8.   The BFG by Roald Dahl, Roald

9.   Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

10. Puzzle holiday by Susannah Leigh

Top 10 DVDs in August

Aug
29
Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

Looking or something to watch over the weekend? Here are the top 10 DVD favourites for August:

1.   My little pony, friendship is magic.

2.   Legends of Chima

3.   Strawberry Shortcake

4.   Dinosaur train

5.   Dino Dan

6.   SpongeBob SquarePants

7.   Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

8.   The Garfield show

9.   Ninjago, masters of Spinjitzu

10. Shaun the sheep

 

Edward the Magician at Karori Library

Aug
28
Posted in Event
by Jessica

Edward the Magnificent came to Karori Library for a magic show a couple of weeks ago, and about 88 people were indeed amazed – there are still people talking about the card trick at the end! Thank you to everyone who braved the cold weather to come out that evening, we’re hoping Edward will come back in the future when he says he’ll have even more tricks to show you all – we will let you know!

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Old Hu-Hu by Churton Park school

Aug
27
Posted in Authors and Illustrators
by Florence

Everyone is sad when Old Hu-Hu dies, but little Hu-Hu-Tu is the saddest of all. Sad and confused. Where has Old Hu-Hu gone? Why isn’t he here? Hu-Hu-Tu asks his friends, but their answers are strange and confusing.  Hu-Hu-Tu is alone and inconsolable. But as the sun dawns on a new day, Hu-Hu-Tu reaches an understanding about Old Hu-Hu’s death. Hu-Hu-Tu realises he must live life to the fullest, just as Old-Hu-Hu would have wanted him to do.

Right now you can find Hu-Hu-Tu  all set for  a new adventure at Johnsonville Library. He has been crafted by students at Churton Park school. Check out Hu-Hu’s enormous eyes and long antennae , he looks just as though he has stepped out of the book – but in giant size!

by Fiona Markwell

Image courtesy of SyndeticsOld Hu-Hu

Top 10 Children’s Non- Fiction for August

Aug
26
Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

LEGO is still popular lending from the non-fiction collection!

1.   Star Wars by David West Reynolds

2.   The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz

3.   Moshi Monsters by Steve Cleverley

4.   The LEGO book by Daniel Lipkowitz

5.   Lego Star Wars by Simon Beecroft

6.   The LEGO movie by Hannah Dolan

7.   LEGO super heroes by Daniel Lipkowitz

8.   The Usborne book of famous artists by Ruth Brocklehurst

9.   Angry Birds Star Wars by Steve Bynghall

10. Star wars, the clone wars by Jason Fry

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.

Loom Band Swap & Meet at Johnsonville Library

Aug
19
Posted in Announcements, Event, Things to Do
by debbie

loom3Calling all Loom loons! Create your own loom bands at Johnsonville Library on Friday 22nd August at 6.30pm.

Make sure you bring along your own loom board, your materials and most of all bring along your ideas.  We are going to watch some YouTube instructional videos plus gather lots of ideas from each other.

It’s going to be heaps of fun so we look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Books Go Arty exhibition now on at Miramar and Tawa Libraries!

Aug
15

Tawa and Miramar Libraries will be hosting the Books Go Arty exhibition for another few days. Come and read the books written by Kyle Mewburn and see the sculptures inspired by his books. Scavenger Hunt game, Crafty Kyle Competition, jigsaw puzzles, special story times… Don’t miss all this fun!

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New Historical Fiction

Aug
15
Posted in New Fiction
by Florence

In the current context of international tensions, isn’t it a good time to pick some good new fiction that will make you think, understand and reflect on important issues such as war, refugee and society crisis?

Alexander Altmann A10567, by Suzy Zail Image courtesy of Syndetics

Fourteen-year-old Alexander Altmann doesn’t need to look at the number tattooed on his arm. A10567: he knows it by heart. He also knows that to survive Auschwitz, he has to toughen up.

When he is given the job of breaking in the commander’s new horse, their survival becomes intertwined.

Alexander knows the animal is scared and damaged, but he must win its trust. If he fails, they will both be killed.

Age 10 and +

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMy brother’s secret, by Dan Smith

Twelve-year-old Karl is a good German boy. He wants his country to win the war – after all, his father has gone away to fight.

But when tragedy strikes and his older brother Stefan gets into trouble, he begins to lose his faith in Hitler. Before long, he’s caught up in a deadly rebellion.

Age 10 and +

 

 

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Refuge, by Jackie French

When a boat carrying a group of asylum seekers is sunk by a freak wave, Faris wakes from the shipwreck in an Australia he’s always dreamed of. There are kangaroos grazing under orange trees and the sky is always blue. On a nearby beach, Faris meets a group of young people who have come from far different times and places.

They are also seeking refuge, and each has their own story of why they had to leave their country to make a new life for themselves. It is only when Faris chooses to return to “real life” and find his father in Australia that he learns the extraordinary truth about the friends he made on the golden beach.

Age 10 and +

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsValentine Joe, by Rebecca Stevens

Rose goes to Ypres in Belgium to visit the graves of those who died in the Great war. There, the name of one boy stays in her mind: fifteen-year-old Valentine Joe.

That night, Rose hears marching and when she looks out of her window, she sees a young soldier…

Age 10 and +

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.

 

 

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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.