Beyond the Page is back in July 2019!

I know we’re only halfway through the school term, but we had some big news we couldn’t wait to share with you — the Beyond the Page festival is returning from 6-21 July 2019! Beyond the Page is New Zealand’s largest literary festival for kids and their families, and this year we’ve organised over 140 free events at libraries and community centres from Island Bay to Ōtaki!

We’re super excited to be able to introduce our four headline acts to you here. For full details about these events, check out the Beyond the Page website, or follow the festival on Facebook!

First up is Bea Lee-Smith from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Join her on a magical journey into the world of Hansel and Gretel.  Through music and mime, children will learn simple ballet steps and positions. This interactive telling of an old favourite tale will be a great appetizer for you and your family in advance of the RNZB’s exciting new production of Hansel and Gretel later in the year. Suitable for pre-schoolers and primary school aged children.

Next up we have the amazing New Zealand author Donovan Bixley. Donovan has had over 100 books published around the world — I can’t even imagine what it’s like having one book published! His show will have you laughing with amazement as you dive into a world of letters, words, and fuzzy doodles. Suitable for children aged 5+ with their caregivers.

Our next headliner is the fabulously spellbinding storyteller Tanya Batt. Tanya describes herself as a “green-fingered witch, a word warbler and a story stitcher” — which sounds like just my cup of tea! You can join Tanya in one of her imagined worlds as part of this year’s festival, with amazing costumes, live music, and tantalising tales to boot. Suitable for children aged 4+ with their caregivers.

Last but certainly not least is Toro Pikopiko, New Zealand’s most established puppetry theatre company. Yep, you heard that right — puppets! And over 80 of Toro Pikopiko’s amazing hand-crafted puppets star in their incredible rock-art musical extravaganza, Te Rereka (The Flight). This incredible show is bound to inspire and amaze — so don’t miss out! Suitable for children of all ages with their caregivers.

There will be heaps more info coming out soon about the rest of the festival schedule. There’s everything from zine-making and book-creating workshops to robots, coding, and theatre-making. Keep checking the Beyond the Page website and at your local library as the school holidays draw closer to keep up to date with what’s on in your neighbourhood!

Kids’ Club Review by julius: What’s worrying you?

What's worrying you?What’s worrying you?, Molly Potter ; illustrated by Sarah Jennings

This book tells you about how you might feel when your worrying. It also tells you what to say back if your getting picked on. I liked this book because it can help how to face your everyday worries. Its amazing I recommend this book for all ages.

5 stars

Reviewed by julius from Brooklyn, 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ethan: Middle school, the worst years of my life

Middle school, the worst years of my lifeMiddle school, the worst years of my life, James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts ; illustrated by Laura Park

During the holidays, I have been reading Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life. It is about this boy who has been bad his whole life and has been expelled from lots of schools. Now he has one last chance to prove himself, or he will be sent off to Military School. I have enjoyed reading it at night. The character I have enjoyed the most is the principal. Because it has taught me a lot about how middle school’s (Year 6-8) are in the USA. The movie is quite good too, but I would prefer the book.

Thanks For Reading
Ethan K

4 stars

Reviewed by Ethan from Brooklyn, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ifra: Back to scare school

Back to scare schoolBack to scare school, Zack Zombie

This book was kind of good. It wasn’t that interesting to read because there weren’t much engaging words in the story. Although this story was not that interesting to me, my favourite part in it was when all the mob kids scared the miners with their horror faces! The Moral of this story is telling us all to never cheat whenever you are trying to pass an exam or in any other kind of situation. Cheating always leads to trouble!

3 stars

Reviewed by Ifra from Brooklyn and Amesbury School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The Bad Guys. Episode 1

The Bad Guys. Episode 1The Bad Guys. Episode 1, Aaron Blabey

Bad guys who want to be heroes? If you want to know more about Mr Shark, Mr Wolf, Mr Snake, and Mr Piranha’s adventures, then this is the book for you. Not only is it hilarious, but it is very easy to read but enjoyable. I recommend it to children 7+.

3 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Brooklyn and Karori Normal School , 11 years old