Overdrive Kids: The Wonderful World of Children’s Comics!

As Wellington City Libraries enters another week of being closed, even more awesome new titles are being added all the time through our Kids’ Reading Room on Overdrive! If you like comics, graphic novels, cartoon strips and manga, why not give our collection of kids’ comics a try? Check out titles such as:

image courtesy of syndeticsChi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata.

Read all about Chi, a lovable and curious kitten who adopted by the Yamada family, who gets up to mischief and many adventures while making new friends along the way. A librarian’s choice and a delightful comic for cat lovers!
image courtesy of syndeticsGuts by Raina Telgemeier.

Raina Telgemeier is back, once again bringing us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about tummy problems,  growing up and gathering the courage to face — and conquer — her fears. A delightful and humorous comic and librarian’s choice all the way!

image courtesy of syndeticsArchie Modern Classics Volume One by Archie Superstars.

An oldie but a goodie! Read all about Archie and the Riverdale gang in this collection of the best stories from 2018. One modern classic you don’t want to miss out on! 
image courtesy of syndeticsJohnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the world by James Kochalka.

Read all about Johnny Boo, the best little ghost in the whole world, with Boo Power and his adventures alongside his pet ghost named Squiggle. With ghost races, wild loop the loops and even an Ice Cream Monster, there is never a dull moment in this delightful comic book.


image courtesy of syndeticsStrawberry Shortcake Volume One Issue One by Georgia Ball.

Bring a little Strawberry Shortcake into your life with this amazing comic! Read all about how Strawberry Shortcake’s solution to a tropical dilemma convinces her friends that she’s taking a trip to Luau Island. Sounds like a dream vacation, but in the middle of all of the excitement, the residents of Berry Bitty City forget to check their facts before they bid farewell! Ideal for girls and Strawberry shortcake fans!

If you want to borrow these amazing comics and more from our collection of kids comics, all you need is a Wellington City Libraries membership — click here if you don’t have a library card and would like to join online.

Kids’ Club Review by Sophia L: Everybody feels … sad!

Everybody feels ... sad!Everybody feels … sad!, Moira Butterfield & Holly Sterling

It teaches me about some things that might make me or you sad. An example if you lose something special that is special to you or me. In the book there is two stories one is about a girl that lost her favourite toy. And when that girl went to bed she was very sad. But when that girl went to school her friends saw Chloe… and Chloe’s friends said” we will help you”and Sophie Chloe’s friend found Chloe’s favourite toy and Chloe was very happy. Now this is about a boy called Omar and he had a pet cat called Socks. And socks was grey and had fluffy white paws. One day Omar’s dad had to bring Socks to the vet because Socks was ill. And when Omar’s dad came back…Socks died and Omar was very sad. And Omar’s family remembered Socks how Socks rubbed there legs and purr. And after a while when Socks had died Omar’s dad brought Omar to his best friend’s house and he had one cat and two kittens. And the two kittens were a bit like Socks the only thing that was the same with the 2 kittens that they had soft white feet. And a few minutes later when Omar’s family went home, Omar’s best friend let Omar keep his two kittens to let Omar feel less sad. And Omar named his 2 kittens Mops and Meg. Now I now that it is okay to feel sad because it is normal.

4 stars

Reviewed by Sophia L from Tawa and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sophia L: Pete the Cat’s trip to the supermarket

Pete the Cat's trip to the supermarketPete the Cat’s trip to the supermarket, by Kimberly & James Dean

It’s about getting the right things in the supermarket. It all started when Pete and Bob were hungry when they after had a lot of fun. So Pete and Bob and their dad went to the supermarket. But before the three cats went to the supermarket they wrote a list of things to get in the supermarket. when they just came Pete and Bob’s and the dad’s list blew away but Pete and Bob remembered what was on the list. So they went in the supermarket. In aisle 10 was dairy so in aisle 10 they got milk and stinky cheese. Then the three cats went to aisle 9 and they got bacon and chicken even if bacon was not on the list they got it because Pete’s dad wanted it. In aisle 8 Pete remembered eggs so Pete asked his dad” what kind of eggs” and Pete’s dad said “Jumbo” so they got it. In aisle 7 there was nothing on the list but the three cats got some stuff in aisle 7 they got the food called bow ties. In aisle 6 it smelled fruity and Pete remembered apples and Bob remembered raspberries so they got it. In aisle 5 Pete’s dad tasted a hot dog and it was free and in aisle 4 Pete tasted a cupcake. In aisle 3 there was nothing on the list again but Pete’s dad allowed Pete and bob a tasty treat. Pete chose crackers that were shaped like fish and Bob chose popcorn. In aisle 2 it felt cold because it had the things that had to stay cold and again there was nothing on the list in that aisle but they got some stuff Pete’s dad got mango flavoured popsicles. In aisle 1 there was beautiful flowers and again there were nothing on the list that was in aisle 1 but the three cats got one flower that was a tulip for the the three cats grandma. then they went back home with out the fish that was on the list but the car was full of stuff so the three cats will get the fish next time the three cats come to the supermarket.

4 stars

Reviewed by Sophia L from Tawa and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sophia: Pete the cat : Pete’s big lunch

Pete the cat : Pete's big lunchPete the cat : Pete’s big lunch, created by James Dean

Its about Pete’s tall sandwich. Pete started hungry so he made a big sandwich but it did not have normal things The whole story begins it is time for lunch and Pete wonders what he could eat. So Pete decided to have a BIG sandwich with a lot of odd things in a sandwich. BUT it became too BIG and then Pete had an idea he shared his BIG sandwich with his friends and they had enough friends that the whole sandwich was all gobbled up.

4 stars

Reviewed by Sophia from Tawa and , 7 years old

Here’s 7 great new kids fiction books from your library to start your New Year off perfectly!

 

It’s the end of the school holidays! You might be excited to go back to school …or you might not be. Either way, you can ease yourself back into routine with these simply awesome super cool new books. They will make you forget all about going back to school, guaranteed!! **

** Not guaranteed, sorry. 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsKlawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano

Klawde is not your average cat. He’s an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He’s cruel. He’s cunning. He’s brilliant… and he’s about to become Raj Banerjee’s best friend. Whether he likes it or not. Klawde had everything. Sharp claws. Fine fur. And, being the High Commander of the planet Lyttyrboks, an entire world of warlike cats at his command. But when he is stripped of his feline throne, he is sentenced to the worst possible punishment: exile to a small planet in a quiet corner of the universe… named Earth. Raj had everything. A cool apartment in Brooklyn. Three friends who lived in his building. And pizza and comics within walking distance. But when his mom gets a job in Elba, Oregon, and he is forced to move, all of that changes. It’s now the beginning of summer, he has no friends, and because of his mother’s urgings, he has joined a nature camp. It’s only when his doorbell rings and he meets a furball of a cat that Raj begins to think maybe his luck is turning around…


Image courtesy of SyndeticsZac’s Biggest Ever Hits; Volume 3 (4 missions in 1!!!) by H.I Larry

Zac Power is a boy spy who has twenty-four hours to save the world and do his homework. A haunted house, sabotage in space, vanishing tombs and undead dinosaurs – Zac’s biggest ever adventures are action-packed. But can he outsmart an evil genius and save the world, yet again?

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMika & Max by Laura Bloom

A story about a girl who meets a boy who changes everything. When 13-year-old Mika is forced to attend a music festival with her family, she resigns herself to hippies, heat, and embarrassment. But nothing could prepare her for Max, who’s almost 10 and has autism. When the two of them join forces, a series of unexpected and life-changing events unfold.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMy Parents Cancelled my Birthday by Jo Simmons

Tom can’t wait for his LUCKY BIRTHDAY. It’s an EPIC family tradition and he’s dreamed up an UNFORGETTABLE party! Only, after several disasters involving a flattened Chihuahua and a curse from the tooth fairy, it’s been CANCELLED. But Tom won’t give up. With the help of his friends (and a pig painted like a zebra), Tom decides to throw himself the party he deserves. What could possibly go wrong?

Image courtesy of SyneticsNatboff! One Million Years of Stupidity by Andy Stanton

Time travel through the funniest and most mad moments in history, from the stone age to a million years in the future, all set in the town of Lamonic Bibber (home of Mr Gum). Meet the town’s most famous residents such as Natboff the caveman, Terry Shakespeare, a squirrel, Edith the witch, some grapes and mysterious Victorian inventor, Cribbins, who invented mysterious Victorian things. Learn LOADS of stuff about history along the way*.

*You won’t learn anything about history.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsTrouble in New York (the Travels of Ermine (who is very determined)) by Jennifer Gray

Ermine the Determined is off to explore NEW YORK. She can’t wait to visit Central Park Zoo, ride in a yellow taxi, and zoooom to the top of the Rockefeller building! But when her suitcase is switched, Ermine finds some robbers are hot on her tail.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Leap of Death by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

Meet RORY BRANAGAN – he eats bad guys for breakfast. Well, not ACTUALLY. But he IS the best detective in town. Fifth in a hilarious comedy-crime series for readers of 8+. Hello. I am Rory Branagan. I am actually a detective. And I am about to face more DEADLY DANGER than ever …

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Stella: Klawde : evil alien warlord cat

Klawde : evil alien warlord catKlawde : evil alien warlord cat, by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth ; illustrated by Robb Mommaerts

I thought it was a very funny book, and original too because usually cat are NOT evil alien space warlords! It reminds me a tiny bit of Garfield because of what he is like to Odie! I have one very important warning though: DO NOT read this to your cat. We don’t want them getting the wrong idea, do we…

3 stars

Reviewed by Stella from Karori and Karori West Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Victor: Klawde : evil alien warlord cat

Klawde : evil alien warlord catKlawde : evil alien warlord cat, by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth ; illustrated by Robb Mommaerts

It is a very exciting book about an evil warlord cat which can talk.The humans think that he is an ordinary cat, but they are wrong.The only person on the world who know’s about it is raj. The only thing that i would like to change is: it says who’s prospective it was in every chapter. But you will get it.

4 stars

Reviewed by Victor from Karori and Karori West Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by jessica: Midnight

MidnightMidnight, Erin Hunter

I find Erin hunters books really interesting with the cats and it makes you want to keep reading. my favourite cat is feather tail!

5 stars

Reviewed by jessica from Karori and Cardinal McKeefry School , 9 years old

7 New Junior Comics and Graphic Novels to read during November.

Hey Kids!

The springfest continues with the latest shipment of junior comics and graphic novels!

Spring on down to your local library and check out the following –  Enjoy! :

The Truth about Stacey.

Joining the Baby-sitter’s Club after moving to a new town, Stacey helps her new friends outmanoeuvre a rival sitter group while coming to terms with her diabetes.

 

 


The Last Olympian.

The long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy Jackson’s sixteenth birthday unfolds as he leads an army of young demigods to stop Kronos in his advance on New York City, while the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster, Typhon.

 

 


Hawkeye.

Remember Hawkeye? No, not that Hawkeye – your favorite Hawkeye! The former Young Avenger, the butt-kicking hero who had to save that other Hawkguy all the time and basically keep his life in some semblance of order. Yup, you know her, it’s the dazzling Kate Bishop – making her solo comics debut! Kate is heading back out west and returning to Los Angeles, with her bow and arrow and P.I. badge in tow. There are crimes to solve and she’s the best archer to handle ’em! But is she ready to face the ghosts of her past? The City of Angels has a new guardian angel. This is Kate Bishop like you’ve never seen her before, in a brand-new saga that really hits the mark!

 


Artemis Fowl : The Graphic Novel.

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

You might also like to read the original novel and…

 

 

…check out the movie trailer for the upcoming film release on the 29th of May 2020.

 


Dinosaur explorers. #5, Lost in the Jurassic.

Joined by a new companion, the Dinosaur Explorers return to the Jurassic period, when the first non-dinosaurs begin to emerge — and start looking for dinner!

 

 


Uncle Scrooge : the colossal coin calamity.

If there’s money to be made or a fortune to be found, you can bet Uncle Scrooge will be on the scene–with his beleaguered nephew, Donald Duck, in tow! Find out what adventures (or should that be misadventures?!) await …

 

 


Cats : nature and nurture.

We meet feline friends from the tiniest kodkod to the biggest tiger, and find out what makes your neighborhood domestic cats so special. Equipped with teeth, claws, and camouflage to survive everywhere from deserts to mountaintops, how did these ferocious felines make the leap from predators to playmates… and are they even done leaping?