New Non Fiction: Take a journey into the wild, Mythological lands and to a galaxy far, far away.

Another school term has began and Wellington City Libraries has some new non-fiction books for you to get stuck into. Enjoy!

Greek Myths.

Orpheus and Eurydice.

What is mythology? The Free Dictionary defines mythology as “a traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society.” While the Oxford Dictionary defines mythology as “a collection of myths, especially one belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition.”

If you are interested in Greek mythology and looking for shorter and easier myths to read than Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians”, then this story of Orpheus and Eurydice will  appeal to fans of that series. Shakespeare once said “the course of true love never did run smooth.” At least not for Orpheus and Eurydice. So when Eurydice is killed by a snakebite on her wedding day, her husband, Orpheus journeys to the Underworld to negotiate with Hades himself to win his bride back. Can true love triumph over the dark power of the Underworld? You’ll have to read the story to find out.

Also check out Myths in 30 Seconds for easy reads on Greek, Roman… pretty much myths and legends around the world. This book is a perfectly enchanting introduction to mythology for lively minds.

 

Animal Planet.

Finding Bigfoot.

If you have already watched and/or a big fan of the show, Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet, then you will love this book that is full of information and details of actual sightings of Bigfoot based on real encounters around the world, evidence for the existence of the controversial animal and viewpoints of skeptics and scientists on the subject. After reading this book you can decide for yourself whether Bigfoot real or a myth?

Also check out The Unsolved Mystery of Bigfoot.

 

 

Into the Wild.

 Mud, Sweat and Tears /  Bear Grylls.

We all know Bear Grylls for his television series Man vs. Wild, writer of the Mission  Survival series and the real-life action man who has survived in dangerous environment few would dare to visit. but what don’t you know? Read the latest biography on his life and find out how Bear Grylls started out by engaging in secret childhood missions to climb the town’s school buildings and steeples, to starring in his own global TV series and becoming one of the world’s toughest adventurers. As a bonus you will also find out what it’s like to take on mountaineering, martial arts, parachuting, life in the SAS and all that nature can throw at you! This is one book that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages!

Also check out his books from the Mission Survival Series: Gold of the Gods, Way of the Wolf and Tracks of the Tiger.

 

 

Star Wars.

Star Wars, The Clone Wars : Episode guide.

Yes siree! We have another addition to the Star Wars collection in our library with Star Wars, The Clone Wars : Episode guide. Take a journey back through the clone wars and relive the dramatics events that took place in all episodes of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. Also includes coverage of everything from key plot points and characters to spaceships and weapons.

 

 

 

 

Lego Ideas:

LEGO play book : ideas to bring your bricks to life. Lego! Fairy Tale characters! Mythological creatures! Ghosts and ghouls! Marine life! Barnyard beasts! Safari giants! Who can ask for more? if you enjoyed The Lego Ideas books, then you will love this book that  encourage kids to think, build, and play with more than 200 different LEGO builds and create amazing LEGO models of their very own. This book is fantastic for any LEGO builder looking to be inspired to build and create.

New Non Fiction: The Monster Issue.

The Usbourne Big Book of Big Monsters and some little ones too…

Your one stop monster encyclopedia has arrived at Wellington City Libraries! Featured is everything you have every wanted to know about monsters. Read and get the information about monsters you may know, like dragons and serpents, some featured in mythology like the Scylla, Cyclops and Cerberus, the three headed dog. You will even read about mixed up monsters (human/monster hybrids) like the minotaur and the chimera. Overall an amazing book. Great to use if you are studying the mythology of monsters and beasts.

Warning: This book contains some seriously scary monsters! Do not read before bed or when the wind is howling outside.

 

Let’s rock! : science adventures with Rudie the origami dinosaur.

Ready to rock with Rudie the oragami dinosaur? Let her take you on a journey back to the prehistoric ages and discover  how sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks are formed. Complete with pictures and easy to understand facts, Let’s Rock is the sort of book that makes the average rock look cool. As an added bonus, you will also find a craft activity enclosed on how to make an origami T.Rex. A science and craft book in all one. You can’t beat that?

 

 

Zombies and Electricity.

Doing a science project on electricity? Like graphic novels? Ready for another two for one deal? Check out Zombies and Electricity. In cartoon and graphic novel format, uses zombies to explain the science of electricity. What’s even more amazing I read an article recently that zombies are becoming a new tool to teach kids about science and mathmatics. (See FACT down below) This is the sort of book that makes science interesting and explain how electricity works the the simplest way possible. Great for ages 9 to 12 years.

FACT: Zombies are becoming a new tool to teach kids about science and mathmatics. The loss of coordination in the zombie/undead display is a prime example of  damage caused to the nuclei, which is at the base of the forebrain known as the basal ganglia.

TIPS FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS (AND LIBRARIANS): To teach kids about the regions of the brain that handle problem solving and impulse control, tell them zombies have highly compromised frontal lobes. If you want to explain the cerebellum to kids,  tell them  zombies must have damage to that area because they can’t walk well.

 

The Unsolved Mystery of Bigfoot.

We all know the story of Bigfoot… or do we? In many areas of North America, people have claimed to see a Bigfoot in the woods. Read this book allows you to explore the unsolved mysteries that have fascinated people for years. You will also learn why some people believe the legend is real and why other don’t. Are they real? Are they fake? You be the judge.

 

 

 

Big Cats.

The information and pictures contained in this book shows without question that big cats are some of the world’s most agile, powerful and beautiful animals.  Explore grasslands prowled by hunting lions, get close to quarrelling cheetahs, playful leopard cubs and powerful jaguars, and discover all the amazing big cats that live around the world. I thought this book was fantastic. You will learn everything you need to know about big cats including how big cats hunt, their habitat, anatomy, breeding and how to save their amazing species from extinction.

FACT: Pet cats belong to the same family as wild cats. Cats lived with people 5,000 years ago. They guarded stored of food from mice. Now cats are our companions.

 

Monsters University.

Seen the movie? Now read and enjoy this fantastic photo-filled movie book. Relive the story of the lovable monsters from Monsters Inc., (and before ‘Boo’.) Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan. We know them as  an inseparable pair now, but that wasn’t always the case.  From the moment these two mismatched monsters met, they couldn’t stand each other. This unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley became the monster world’s greatest scare team. So join Mike and Sulley on their journey at Monsters University and meet their frightening professors, talented opponents and quirky new friends.