10 new junior comics to celebrate the new year!

Happy new year everyone! Head on down to your local branch, and celebrate the new year by getting your hands on 10 new junior comics in Children’s collection.

Enjoy!


Crush.

Jorge seems to have it all together. He’s big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he’s also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl… But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him and what he actually wants? When the group dynamic among Jorge’s friends starts to shift, he must learn to balance what his friends expect of him and what he really wants.


To dance : a memoir.

Ballerinas are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six–and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance classes at the School of American Ballet, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet while working with ballet legend George Balanchine. Part family history, part backstage drama, this beautifully updated graphic memoir–which features a refreshed design and a brand-new scrapbook of Siena’s mementoes–is an original, firsthand look a young dancer’s beginnings. Siena Siegel is an author and former dancer who trained at the School of American Ballet. To Dance is her story.


 Maker Comics: Draw a comic.

With Draw A Comic!, you’ll learn to create and print your own comic books! Follow these simple steps to sketch out your story ideas and ink a comic page. Learn which art supplies are best for drawing comics–you can use a pen, a brush, or even a computer. With the help of a photocopy machine, you can even self-publish your own comics and share them with your friends!


Maker Comics: Create a costume.

The comic convention is just a few short weeks away. All Bea and Parker need now are great costumes… But won’t the supplies and materials cost a fortune? Not if Bea and Parker follow a few simple instructions from Costume Critter, the world’s cutest cosplayer! With Maker Comics: Create a Costume! you can create fun, easy, budget-friendly costumes. And you don’t have to start from scratch: A few simple modifications can transform thrift store clothes into a variety of costumes. Even mastering the sewing machine isn’t as hard as it looks! You can make amazing costumes–all you need are the right tools, a little know-how, and a lot of imagination.


Maker Comics: Fix a car.

Before you get behind the wheel, learn what’s going on underneath the hood. Follow along as Ms. Gritt covers all the basics of preventative maintenance and roadside repairs. Colorful diagrams illustrate the inner workings of complex parts and systems. With Maker Comics: Fix a Car! you can keep your automobile in tip-top shape!


Scare City.

Scare City is the hub where all of the world’s ghouls, ghosts and goblins dwell in perfect harmony. Like any other urban city, it’s bustling with working class folk and thriving with a sense of culture and community! It took the monsters centuries to overcome their differences and develop a realm in which they could live together in peace, but when a mysterious light begins to steal people in the night, paranoia takes hold, revitalizing ancient tensions between clans and causing Scare City to fall back into the hands of angry, pitchfork-wielding mobs! Its fate rests, unexpectedly, in the hands of a compassionate zombie-witch baker, Gina, who doesn’t want to see her home be torn apart by hate, and is willing to do whatever it takes to bring everyone together once again.


The White Snake.

Young Randall dreams of adventures until one day he’s sent off on a mission to discover the neighboring king’s secret. When he returns, he’s thrown in a dungeon and despairs until Princess Tilda — the power behind the throne – entices him to compete for her hand. Courage, determination — and Tilda’s trust in him – toss him from one adventure to the next as he dives for a ring at the bottom of the ocean and searches for a Golden Apple from the Tree of Life. BEN NADLER’s modern version in comics highlights the timeless truth at the heart of this Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale in a way that is sure to delight and resonate with today’s young readers.


Smurf Salad.

The Smurfs have been unhappy lately with their meals as prepared by Chef Smurf. When Chef Smurf suggests to Papa Smurf to investigate what’s causing Farmer Smurf’s crops to be wilted and stunted, Papa Smurf whips up a potion that works a bit too well, not even he can predict that his Smurfs will smurf into Veggie-Smurfs!


Teen Titans go! : weirder things.

“Let’s rock! Here we go with more adventures with the funniest teenage superhero gang around – the stars of Teen Titans Go! to the Movies! All the Teen Titans wanted to do was enjoy a fun night out at a concert… but their plans change when Terra shows up to terrorize the team! Will paper beat rock when Robin leads the Titans in an origami attack against Terra? Then, the Titans are shunned by social media elites when a bad after-action photo reveals them as poseurs! Can they finalize a successful stance in time to defeat their next great menace? Plus, it’s game night at Titans Tower as Robin oversees a session of Basements and Basilisks as Game Master. When Raven plays a portal-casting spell, a real portal opens up and sucks the Titans into a dimension where strange things are happening! Check out these adventures and more in TEEN TITANS GO!: WEIRDER THINGS.”– Back cover.


Adventure Time : Season 11.

In the aftermath of The Great Gum War, Finn, Jake, and the entire land of Ooo make some new and unexpected friends.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The mapmakers’ race

The mapmakers' raceThe mapmakers’ race, Eirlys Hunter

This book is about five children who have entered a competition to make a map that goes through the mountains. For four of the children, this is their last chance as their father has disappeared and they have no money. They only have 28 days to do this and not only that, but they discover that they are racing adult teams. Will they do it? This is a very exciting book that has adventure and suspense. I really enjoyed it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jasmine: The mapmakers’ race

The mapmakers' raceThe mapmakers’ race, Eirlys Hunter

A brilliant book, adventurous storyline, I really liked the characters. It felt like I was floating into a whole new world. It was like when Alice in Wonderland said: “Curiouser and curiouser.” That was exactly how I felt. And to think some people think being children they wouldn’t win the race. (Hmph). Treacherous storms, falling off cliffs this book was a world where anything could happen.

4 stars

Reviewed by Jasmine from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The bridge home

The bridge homeThe bridge home, Padma Venkatraman

The Bridge Home is about two girls called Viji and Rukku, who run away from home and make unexpected friends on the bridge that they take refuge on. Will they survive?

I really enjoyed this book because it was interesting and it tells you about what it is like to live in India on the streets. I think everyone should read this book.

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: The mapmakers’ race

The mapmakers' raceThe mapmakers’ race, Eirlys Hunter

I also heard about this book on the school trip. I love the adventure genre and was so intrigued that I just had to read it. I love all of the characters and how they are kids. I think my favourite would have to be little Humphrey! I think it’s so cool to have books like these where kids take on adults and show that we can do anything! I would rate this book 10/10 and could read it hundreds more times!

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Hataitai School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Gaurav: The mapmakers’ race

The mapmakers' raceThe mapmakers’ race, Eirlys Hunter

This book was good and was a great example of the real adventures back in time. The small story about the ogre was a part I didn’t like but I loved the other small story. The Santander team was the only team without adults and they were the ones who turned out glorious. No one thought they would survive the tough conditions. All the teams except the woman’s team somehow cheated and got to the finish line. At the end of the book everything ended well and everyone was happy.

4 stars

Reviewed by Gaurav from Johnsonville and Raroa Normal Intermediate , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Alice: The bridge home

The bridge homeThe bridge home, Padma Venkatraman

I loved this book, The bridge home made me cry and laugh i went through so many emotions while reading this book. This book is about Viji and rukku 2 sisters who ran away from home and go through quite real adventures together they make new friends and start life from scratch…

5 stars

Reviewed by Alice from Miramar and Seatoun School , 11 years old

6 New books to read before the year ends.

Check out the latest junior comics and non fiction at Wellington City Libraries. Grab them before the year ends.

Enjoy!

Junior Comics:

Mighty Jack and Zita The Spacegirl.

Teaming up with new friend Zita the spacegirl, Jack and Lilly confront an army of dangerous giants and screeds ready to lay siege to Earth and determined to end all human life.

Monkey & Robot.

Presents four stories about best friends Monkey and Robot, who celebrate Robot’s Built-Day, face an exterminator, take care of a parakeet, and learn important things about babies.

Minecraft: Stories from the overworld.

With tales of witch and pillager rivals finding common ground, a heartless griefer who bit off more than they could chew, and valiant heroes new (or not!) to the Overworld, this anthology tells tales that span the world of Minecraft. Featuring stories from star writers Hope Larson, Kevin Panetta, Rafer Roberts, and Ian Flynn and exciting artists Meredith Gran and more, this collection brings together stories from all realms, leaving no block unturned!

 

Junior Non Fiction:

Gardening with Emma.

Gardening with Emma is a kid-to-kid guide to growing healthy food and raising the coolest, most awesome plants while making sure there’s plenty of fun. With plants that tickle and make noise, tips for how to grow a flower stand garden, and suggestions for veggies from tiny to colossal, Emma offers a range of original, practical, and entertaining advice and inspiration.


Children’s first cookbook.

Whip up some yummy treats this Christm with Children’s first cookbook.With recipes for scrummy scrambled eggs, funny face pizzas and a chocolate sundae surprise, Annabel Karmel shows how, togetehr with mum and dad, you can create food that’s delicious and good for you too.Dinosaur Hunter.


Dinosaur Hunter.

The true story of paleontologist Joan Wiffen, whose fossil discoveries proved that dinosaurs lived in ancient New Zealand. In picture book format.