Kids’ Club Review by Keya: The princess and the pearl

The princess and the pearlThe princess and the pearl, by E. D Baker

Do not be fooled by the name!!! this book is actually a really good book. When Annie’s Father and uncle fall ill with the deadly disease the creeping blue, and no doctor can cure them, Annie, her husband Liam, Adun and his wife Millie head out to skull cove to find the witch doctor Ting-tang, but then find out that the cure is a giant pearl held by a sea witch, Annie’s resistance to magic means she’s the only one who can battle the witch.

A great addition to the wide-awake princess series and a great 6th book.

4 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: A question of magic

A question of magicA question of magic, by E. D Baker

Serafina is just a innocent normal village girl, that is, until she gets a letter from a great-aunt she’s never heard of. She sets of to find her home, only to come to realise that her great-aunt is actually the one and only, Baba-yaga! she now has to take over the role of Baba-yaga, and she realises that with every question she answers, she gets older. the only way to get young again is to drink the blue rose tea, which has spilt. Alek, her fiance, has the hard job of getting it and making the tea. Will he get back in time???

4 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: The Minpins

The MinpinsThe Minpins, by Roald Dahl

The mani charachter is Little Billy who meets tiny people (The Minpins) who live in trees. They have wonderful adventures and tame birds for little Billy. There is a scarey monster that I didn’t like. The Minpins and the the story being in nature was my favourite bit. I like Roald Dahl. Good big print book with good illustrations. Recommend for ages 7 and up.

3 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Brooklyn and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tanushree: Party at Cuddleton Castle

Party at Cuddleton CastleParty at Cuddleton Castle, by Danny Parker (1967-)

Lola’s brother was finally playing Hide-and-Seek with her! Lola hid in her magical toy box When she came out she was in Cuddleton Castle. And it was the Great High Bear’s birthday Lola was invited and was very excited to see the Great High Bear.

5 stars

Reviewed by Tanushree from Johnsonville and , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Peehoo: Sophie Quire and the last Storyguard

Sophie Quire and the last Storyguard, by Jonathan Auxier

This book was actually not quite good. In other words boring. It is about a girl called Sophie who’s city wants to burn all kinds of old-fashioned books. And her dad has a bookshop that has mostly….. yup, you guessed it old-fashioned books. So it’s a story about how she saves the book with Peter Nimble. I’m not sure if you’ll like it or not. But I definitely don’t.

1 stars

Reviewed by Peehoo from Johnsonville and , 11 years old

ComicFest is here!

Who likes comics? I do and I know where I’m going to be on Saturday the 6th of May from 9.30am to 5pm, at Wellington Central Library for ComicFest!

We have all sorts of fun activities on offer. Learn how to create your own comic book character, dress up as your favourite comic book character and enter the Cosplay competition, hear about how the new “Thunderbirds Are Go” movie was re-imagined for todays audience and lots of other exciting stuff.

Best of all there are free comics being given away and lots of exciting prizes to be won!

Don’t forget to check out all the wonderful comics and graphic novels that we have at the libraries. One of my favourites has to be Tintin by Herge. This comic hero has his faithful dog Snowy by his side and is aided in his adventures by a cast of colourful characters (see if you can spot Snowy at ComicFest.)

 

 

Syndetics book coverAsterix by Goscinny and Underzo of course is an all time classic and the names of the characters still make me laugh! Set in a little village in Gaul the comics tell the story of Asterix and his best friend Obelix and their numerous adventures through the ancient World. This comic series is one of the most popular all over the World.

 

 

 

Image from SyndeticsBut comics can also have little or few words and really focus on the story through the pictures. Polo: The Runaway Book by Regis Faller, tells an exciting story through colourful pictures taking you on an adventure over the sea and flying through the sky as the characters make friends with each other while searching for the stolen book.

 

 

Image from SyndeticsLittle Robot by Ben Hatke uses very few words to tell the story of a friendship between a lonely child and a small lost and confused robot. They both show initiative and courage to overcome another evil robot and save the day.

So why not try reading some of our fabulous comics here or better still try writing and illustrating your own!

Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban

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

Its harry’s third year at Hogwarts witchcraft and wizardry.
At first he blew up Dudley’s aunt, (uncle Vernon sister)
then, he catches the night bus which is really outstandingly weird
and he ends up in the leaky cauldron, where he finds out that a “Criminal” called Sirius Black escaped from azkaban which is a prison surrounded by soul sucking Dementors. they say he is coming for Harry! but when Ron is dragged into the Whomping Willow by a werewolf then Harry finds out the truth. The Dementors are trying to find Sirius and take him back. On the other hand, Buckbeak, the Hippogriff is committed to execution. Will Harry and his friends save the innocent lives?

4 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: Ollie’s Christmas reindeer

Ollie's Christmas reindeerOllie’s Christmas reindeer, by Nicola Killen

A noise came outside which woke Ollie up. what could it be?
wanting and hopeful to find out, she followed the sound in the crisp snow wondering what could it be.
She begins a magical Christmas,
a unforgettable one
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4 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown and , 10 years old