Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Hilo. Book 1, The boy who crashed to Earth

Hilo. Book 1, The boy who crashed to EarthHilo. Book 1, The boy who crashed to Earth, by Judd Winick

This graphic novel is about a boy who falls out of the sky. His name is Hilo. Hilo has no memory of where he has come from but he is starting to remember things. Can Hilo and his friends uncover his past? I thought this book was okay although I am not a huge fan of graphic novels. Children who are not big chapter book fans may enjoy this book more.

3 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Hermes : tales of the trickster

Hermes : tales of the tricksterHermes : tales of the trickster, George O’Connor

This book is a part of a series of comic books. This comic is about Hermes, who has been a handful since he was born in a cave because his mother was banished. Even as a little boy, Hermes is causing trouble. I am not a huge fan of comics so I did not really enjoy this book. However, children who enjoy comics may enjoy this one.

2 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

10 new junior comics to celebrate the new year!

Happy new year everyone! Head on down to your local branch, and celebrate the new year by getting your hands on 10 new junior comics in Children’s collection.

Enjoy!


Crush.

Jorge seems to have it all together. He’s big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he’s also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl… But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him and what he actually wants? When the group dynamic among Jorge’s friends starts to shift, he must learn to balance what his friends expect of him and what he really wants.


To dance : a memoir.

Ballerinas are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six–and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance classes at the School of American Ballet, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet while working with ballet legend George Balanchine. Part family history, part backstage drama, this beautifully updated graphic memoir–which features a refreshed design and a brand-new scrapbook of Siena’s mementoes–is an original, firsthand look a young dancer’s beginnings. Siena Siegel is an author and former dancer who trained at the School of American Ballet. To Dance is her story.


 Maker Comics: Draw a comic.

With Draw A Comic!, you’ll learn to create and print your own comic books! Follow these simple steps to sketch out your story ideas and ink a comic page. Learn which art supplies are best for drawing comics–you can use a pen, a brush, or even a computer. With the help of a photocopy machine, you can even self-publish your own comics and share them with your friends!


Maker Comics: Create a costume.

The comic convention is just a few short weeks away. All Bea and Parker need now are great costumes… But won’t the supplies and materials cost a fortune? Not if Bea and Parker follow a few simple instructions from Costume Critter, the world’s cutest cosplayer! With Maker Comics: Create a Costume! you can create fun, easy, budget-friendly costumes. And you don’t have to start from scratch: A few simple modifications can transform thrift store clothes into a variety of costumes. Even mastering the sewing machine isn’t as hard as it looks! You can make amazing costumes–all you need are the right tools, a little know-how, and a lot of imagination.


Maker Comics: Fix a car.

Before you get behind the wheel, learn what’s going on underneath the hood. Follow along as Ms. Gritt covers all the basics of preventative maintenance and roadside repairs. Colorful diagrams illustrate the inner workings of complex parts and systems. With Maker Comics: Fix a Car! you can keep your automobile in tip-top shape!


Scare City.

Scare City is the hub where all of the world’s ghouls, ghosts and goblins dwell in perfect harmony. Like any other urban city, it’s bustling with working class folk and thriving with a sense of culture and community! It took the monsters centuries to overcome their differences and develop a realm in which they could live together in peace, but when a mysterious light begins to steal people in the night, paranoia takes hold, revitalizing ancient tensions between clans and causing Scare City to fall back into the hands of angry, pitchfork-wielding mobs! Its fate rests, unexpectedly, in the hands of a compassionate zombie-witch baker, Gina, who doesn’t want to see her home be torn apart by hate, and is willing to do whatever it takes to bring everyone together once again.


The White Snake.

Young Randall dreams of adventures until one day he’s sent off on a mission to discover the neighboring king’s secret. When he returns, he’s thrown in a dungeon and despairs until Princess Tilda — the power behind the throne – entices him to compete for her hand. Courage, determination — and Tilda’s trust in him – toss him from one adventure to the next as he dives for a ring at the bottom of the ocean and searches for a Golden Apple from the Tree of Life. BEN NADLER’s modern version in comics highlights the timeless truth at the heart of this Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale in a way that is sure to delight and resonate with today’s young readers.


Smurf Salad.

The Smurfs have been unhappy lately with their meals as prepared by Chef Smurf. When Chef Smurf suggests to Papa Smurf to investigate what’s causing Farmer Smurf’s crops to be wilted and stunted, Papa Smurf whips up a potion that works a bit too well, not even he can predict that his Smurfs will smurf into Veggie-Smurfs!


Teen Titans go! : weirder things.

“Let’s rock! Here we go with more adventures with the funniest teenage superhero gang around – the stars of Teen Titans Go! to the Movies! All the Teen Titans wanted to do was enjoy a fun night out at a concert… but their plans change when Terra shows up to terrorize the team! Will paper beat rock when Robin leads the Titans in an origami attack against Terra? Then, the Titans are shunned by social media elites when a bad after-action photo reveals them as poseurs! Can they finalize a successful stance in time to defeat their next great menace? Plus, it’s game night at Titans Tower as Robin oversees a session of Basements and Basilisks as Game Master. When Raven plays a portal-casting spell, a real portal opens up and sucks the Titans into a dimension where strange things are happening! Check out these adventures and more in TEEN TITANS GO!: WEIRDER THINGS.”– Back cover.


Adventure Time : Season 11.

In the aftermath of The Great Gum War, Finn, Jake, and the entire land of Ooo make some new and unexpected friends.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Irene: The Tea Dragon Society

The Tea Dragon SocietyThe Tea Dragon Society, written & illustrated by Katie O’Neill

I think the book “The Tea Dragon Society”is one of my favorite books because I love the works of Katie O’ Neil. I gave this book 5 stars because I think this book is a great resemblance of fantasy and friendship working together, but its hard to notice that there is fantasy because you would be focusing on the actual story but you still know that there is fantasy in the book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Irene from Newtown and Newtown School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Noel: King Ottokar’s sceptre

King Ottokar's sceptreKing Ottokar’s sceptre, Hergé ; [translated by Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner]

I enjoyed this book because it was filled with mystery and adventure. This book is better because nearly at the end Tintin was happy because he solved another mystery it also had a little bit teamwork before the end where Tintin solved how the scepter got through the square barred windows.

5 stars

Reviewed by Noel from Newtown and Other , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: The worst book ever

The worst book everThe worst book ever, Elise Gravel

I really love this book!! I love how the story is written and the language the author has used so that it paints a picture in your mind. I love the characters and how rebellious they are. I loved reading this book and finished it very quickly as I enjoyed it so much. I would recommend this book to everyone I know as It’s a brilliant kids story but adults could enjoy it to!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Hataitai School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by millie: Sisters

SistersSisters, Raina Telgemeier

Personally I loved this book, manly because it was so relatable for me and my sister. This book is one of my favourite books that I have read for this challenge, it dose jump back In time so when the page has a yellow tinge that’s when it is back in time. I definitely give this book a five star rating👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

5 stars

Reviewed by millie from Miramar and Seatoun School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by millie: Smile

SmileSmile, Raina Telgemeier

Smile is a book that once you pick it up you can’t put it down. The book has pulled me in to the whole Raina Telgemeier series. One night I told myself only five pages I looked down and I had read 50. The book is great because it is funny, interesting, exciting and dramatic. I would recommend it for lots of different reasons. Probably for Understanding the book you need to be 8+ but for the actual reading level 6+.

4 stars

Reviewed by millie from Miramar and Seatoun School , 11 years old