Kids’ Club Review by Ethan: The hobbit : or, There and back again

The hobbit : or, There and back againThe hobbit : or, There and back again, by Charles Dixon (1954-)

The Hobbit was a very interesting book.Each chapter had a adventure.My favourite chapter was Fire and Water, when the dragon attacked Laketown and Dale.The protagonist of the story was Mr Bilbo Baggins. Guess which character in the book is in the Lord of the Rings? The premis of the story was that the dwares lost all there gold and now they are going to work together to destroy the dragon and reclaim the gold.I would recommend this book to 6th grade or older,unless a 5th grade person is a really good reader.

4 stars

Reviewed by Ethan from Brooklyn and , 9 years old

Roald Dahl Day on 13th September!

image courtesy of syndeticsRoald Dahl Day strikes again on September 13th, marking 101 years since his birth! So let’s celebrate!image courtesy of syndetics

How to celebrate?

  • Read about his remarkable life. Read Boy, that presents  humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school, and Going Solo, that tells the story of his adventures as an adult, first in Africa, then learning to be a wartime fighter pilot and discover what led him to becoming the world famous author that he is known as today.
  • Visit the Roald Dahl website, where you will find  information about Roald Dahl as well as activities, games and quizzes.
  • Check out the blog post on 11 ways to celebrate Roald Dahl Day. Ideas include spotting a Roald Dahl character in LEGO and uncovering a Roald Dahl emoji.
  • Download your Roald Dahl Day 2017 party pack, whether you’re celebrating at the library, at home, in school or out and about.
  • Get crafty and whip up a delicious feast inspired from Roald Dahl’s novel. For more ideas, click here.
  • From 7th September, Roald’s last story, Billy and the Minpins, will be available in a brand new edition, illustrated for the last time by Quentin Blake.
  • Read and relive your favourite Roald Dahl stories. Wellington City Libraries holds a huge array of Roald Dahl books, including The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and movies for your reading pleasure. Also check out this previous blog post for ideas on what are great  Roald Dahl movies to watch.image courtesy of syndetics

New Roald Dahl books just added to the library collection include: Rhyme Stew, a series of plays adapted from Dahl’s popular stories which include The Twits, The BFG and James and the Giant and much more!

 

 

 

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Kids’ Club Review by Thomas: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

The lion, the witch and the wardrobeThe lion, the witch and the wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

This book is the second book in the series, The Chronicles of Narnia.
Four siblings named Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, went to a foster home to stay away from the war. In their foster home, they found a mysterious wardrobe, which took them to a strange place where magical things happen…

I would recommend this book for ages 8+

5 stars

Reviewed by Thomas from Tawa and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Thomas: Lone wolf

Lone wolfLone wolf, by Kathryn Lasky

This book is the first book from the series, Wolves of the Beyond, and is a great book to read.

The book is about a wolf pup named Faolan, who was sent down the river because he was cursed, after being born with a twisted paw. He was then picked up and taken care of by a bear, and has many fun and dangerous adventures.

I would recommend this book for ages 8+

5 stars

Reviewed by Thomas from Tawa and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by keya: Thirst

ThirstThirst, by Lizzie Wilcock

Kandra Hooke doesn’t need anything, or anyone. On the way to her sixth foster home, she experiences a crash involving her, a dead driver and a kangaroo, then, she makes her move. Armed with a backpack, some clothes, a drink bottle, and a frayed photo of a mother she hasn’t seen in years, she heads into a fatal desert. There’s only one thing in her way.

Eight year old Solomon.

5 stars

Reviewed by keya from Central City and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by keya: Into the white : Scott’s Antarctic odyssey

Into the white : Scott's Antarctic odysseyInto the white : Scott’s Antarctic odyssey, by Joanna Grochowicz

This book is so boring! I usally read a book in two hours, but I coudn’t even reach 50 pages in a WEEK! I dared my friend to read a random page out of a book, and a few minutes later she said,
“I couldn’t even read a page, this book is SOOOO boring!” This book is a danger zone, DO NOT READ!

1 stars

Reviewed by keya from Central City and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Finn: Ratburger

RatburgerRatburger, by David Walliams (1971-)

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it is really funny, the funniest part is when a man ate a piece of bogie thinking it was candy.In this book a little girl finds a rat and goes on adventures with it. But her stepmother doesn’t like it and tries to kill it but accidentally turns herself into a burger.
I recommend this book for 7 to 12 year olds.

4 stars

Reviewed by Finn from Tawa and , 11 years old

Top 10 Children’s Fiction July 2017

The school holiday meant heaps of books going to people’s homes from our libraries.  So which ones did they like best?  There are three solid favourites for childrens reading, Diary of a wimpy kid, Tom Gates and the Storey Tree house series where the floors keep getting more intriguing! The New Diary of a Wimpy Kid is set for release of November 7, 2017. Place your reserves to at the front of queue in November =)

Roald Dahl of BFG fame was also a great holiday favourite.  Three of his books are in the top ten!  Did you know that you can find out which Roald Dahl character by height, if you visit the Road Dahl museum in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire – so if you’re not fully grown you can go through several versions!  I wonder who you would be?

  1. Diary of a wimpy kid (series), by Jeff Kinney
  2. Tom Gates (series), by Liz Pichon
  3. Storey treehouse (series), by Andy Griffiths
  4. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
  5. The enormous crocodile, by Roald Dahl
  6. Matilda, by Roald Dahl
  7. George’s marvellous medicine, by Roald Dahl
  8. The Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton
  9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling
  10. Demon dentist, by David Walliams

Top 10 Children’s Comics June 2017

So who doesn’t love an anthology! They take a heap of comics, join them up and place them carefully between a cover that creates one bumper book.  The Smurf Anthologies are great because you get to see a story through.  Also it looks like you’re reading a lot!

Did you know the original name for Smurfs was Les Schtroumpfs! Pierre Culliford, more famously known as Peyo came up with the name as a nonsense word.  Les Schtroumpfs were originally encountered in a Peyo comic Johan et Pirlouit” take a look at the these Peyo creations.  Of course you can always take more comics out of the library… Peyo is also the author of Benny Breakiron =)

  1. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
  2. Tintin, by Hergé
  3. Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
  4. Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz
  5. Adventure time, by Ryan North
  6. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
  7. Garfield, by Jim Davis
  8. Chi’s sweet home, by Kanata Konami
  9. The Smurfs anthology, by Peyo
  10. Asterix, by Goscinny and Udzero