Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Lyla

LylaLyla, Fleur Beale

This book is about a 13-year-old girl called Lyla and her experiences in the Christchurch earthquake. Her parents are both busy as her mum is a police officer and her Dad a trauma nurse. Lyla has to help the community. I did not really enjoy this book as it might be a little bit old for me. I struggled to get interested in it. I think children 12+ would enjoy this book.

3 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Merekara: Small spaces

Small spacesSmall spaces, Katherine Arden

Small Spaces was exciting and thrilling!
Someone called the smiling man who’s magical and evil, turns kids into scarecrows and uses them like puppets. We’re definitely getting the sequel!

5 stars

Reviewed by Merekara from Newtown and Ridgway School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jacob: The stolen stars of Matariki

The stolen stars of MatarikiThe stolen stars of Matariki, written byMiriama Kamo ; illustrated by Zak Waipara

The stolen stars of matariki is a book all about two small children and their grandparents. In the beginning of the book, they go to the beach to attempt to collect fallen stars amongst the rocks. However, afterwards, they find out that two of the matariki stars have disappeared and devise a cunning plan to bring them back …

I think this book is great; it taught me a bit about matariki and a variety of Maori words all in a simple short story. Overall, I’d recommend the book to small children as it will help them learn about Maori words and matariki in an easy book.

4 stars

Reviewed by Jacob from Tawa and Tawa Intermediate , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lauren: The bomb

The bombThe bomb, by Sacha Cotter ; illustrated by Josh Morgan

This book had a really good message “believe in yourself and persevere”. I couldn’t tell if the main character was a boy or a girl but their Nan continued to believe in them, even though they didn’t. Believing worked and you have to do things in your own original way. This was a nice picture book set somewhere around New Zealand.

4 stars

Reviewed by Lauren from Johnsonville and Churton Park School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ruby: Fing

FingFing, David Walliams ; illustrated by Tony Ross

I loved the book. I couldn’t put it down because it was funny and interesting. I would recommend this book 6+ because even though the book is really funny a five year old might not be able to understand some of it. My favourite part was the end because it was such a surprise of what happened.

5 stars

Reviewed by Ruby from Miramar and Seatoun School , 9 years old