Top Ten Childrens Fiction February 2017

Series titles are coming out on top this month! Adventure with Percy Jackson and his mythical crew, Geronimo Stilton and Andy and Terry with their tree house building skills!

The code cracking Conspiracy 365 has some cool ways to distract you from your homework!  Have you come up with any tricky codes that you’re willing to share? -Not a trick question- Let us know in the comments =)

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney
  2. Tom Gates series, by Liz Pichon
  3. Puzzle Book series by Susannah Leigh
  4. Storey Treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths
  5. Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling
  6. Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan
  7. Geronimo Stilton series, by Geronimo Stilton
  8. Conspiracy 365, by Gabrielle Lord
  9. Dirty Bertie series, by Alan MacDonald
  10. Fantastic Mr Fox, by Roald Dahl

Movie Review: Moana

Around the Christmas break, I went to see the movie, Moana on the big screen and it is in a word… AMAZING!

image courtesy of amazon.comA tribute to the Polynesian culture and mythology, and full of heroic exploits of the heroes and heroines that Kiwis will be familiar with, namely Maui, the demigod. The plot follows the adventure and journey of Moana , a spirited teenager, who like most Disney princesses has a lot on her plate. This involves sailing out on a daring mission to save her island, restore the heart of Te Fiti – the island goddess, fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest and save the world. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures against impossible odds. Once again, Disney has put together a movie of epic proportions filled with quirky and memorable characters, as well as an amazing cast, including Kiwi actors, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement and Oscar Kightley. Kids, if those names don’t ring a bell, ask your parents and a Disney Princess in the form of Moana who embodies the qualities of an adventurous, headstrong, practically fearless, and physically capable heroine. An 8/10 all the way!

Also check out these youtube clips from the movie soundtrack: “How far I’ll go” and “You’re Welcome!”


Kids’ Club Review by Julius: Aquatan

AquatanAquatan, by Mac Park

The beast looks scary but I still like the book. Seregatan is the beast’s name. It is a sea beast which was defeated by Kai and his robot dog BC. They defeated Seregatan by throwing a crystal that exploded into sharp parts then went to Seregatan until he was trapped in a big ice crystal..

5 stars

Reviewed by Julius from Tawa and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Julius: Tornados

TornadosTornados, by Mac Park

This is a book that I’m scared of because the beast Tormaxidactyl makes scary sounds but I like the way Kai and dog bot BC won over the Tormmaxidactyl beast. It got defeated by chains going around Tormmaxidactyl then it fell from the sky.

5 stars

Reviewed by Julius from Tawa and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Julius: Stormasaurix

StormasaurixStormasaurix, by Mac Park

I like the book because they have amazing robots and machines. The good guys are Kai, bc BMC and they won over the stormasaurix. It’s a book about defeating the stormasaurix. A stormasaurix is a three headed dragon but it first started two..

5 stars

Reviewed by Julius from Tawa and , 8 years old

Children’s Top 10 eBooks January 2017

Travelling with your library this summer? Our eBooks collection has such a great selection.  Reading online or downloading a title is a  great way to make sure you get all the books in a series.

Did you know that you can ask the library to add more books to the eBook collect?  So if there’s something you really want to read online ask us to add it to the collection, and we’ll see what we can do.  Either way someone will get back to you and let you know 🙂

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling
The Hobbit, by J R.R. Tolkein
Big Nate Makes a Splash, by Lincoln Peirce
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling

Top 10 Children’s comics January 2017

Plants vs Zombies has hit the Top 10!  If you like the comic do you like the game? Get the background on how the suburbs became the battleground for warring zombies and mutant plant life.

Have you discovered a new comic series in the holidays? Let us know your favourites in the comments =)

  1. Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
  2. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
  3. Peanuts series, by Charles M. Schulz
  4. Garfield series, by Mark Evanier, Cedric Michiels and created by Jim Davis
  5. Tintin series, by Hergé
  6. Asterix series, by Goscinny and Udzero
  7. Adventure Time, by Ryan North
  8. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
  9. Plants vs Zombies, by Paul Tobin
  10. The Smurfs anthologies, by Peyo




Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Brigands M.C.

Brigands M.C.Brigands M.C., by Robert Muchamore

I love the CHERUB series, it’s such a thriller. You can never put it down it’s to good!
It’s so creepy and mysterious, It gives you little chills when you read and you always want to know more!

4 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Kilbirnie and Kelburn Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kitty: The league of beastly dreadfuls

The league of beastly dreadfulsThe league of beastly dreadfuls, by Holly Grant

Anastasia is a normal 10 year old girl looking forward to her 11th birthday, everything seems almost perfect, It was almost like no human or animal could change that and that was true. but a vacum cleaner could…
Anastasia’s parents are tradgically killed by a vacum cleaner and is A is taken away to a insane asylum to live with to mysterious aunts she’s never met.

I loved this nook, I hope you will too, ENJOY!!!

4 stars

Reviewed by Kitty from Kilbirnie and Kelburn Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Benedict: Horrid Henry robs the bank

Horrid Henry robs the bankHorrid Henry robs the bank, by Francesca Simon

There were 4 parts to Horrid Henry. There is a different adventure in every part. In chapter 4 Horrid Henry really does rob a bank while playing a game! In 2 of the adventures Horrid Henry wanted a “Hip Hop Robot Dog” so he sold newspapers to get one.
The best part that I liked about the story was when Horrid Henry and his friend were fighting.. They had a lot of fights.
It was a very funny book. The funniest part was when Horrid Henry was writing the newspaper.
I reckon this book would be for boys and girls up to teenagers.

5 stars

Reviewed by Benedict from Miramar and Miramar North School , 7 years old