Top 10 Childrens comics September 2017

The results are in for the highest issuing comics … School antics and fantasy adventures are winners this time round.  The school holidays were a really popular time at the library and now the shelves are filling up again as people return their holiday reads.

There is a new smurf comic in the library collection!  Five short stories including how Smurflily came across the wall. What wall you want to know? You might have to reserve copy to find out because it’s quite a popular comic book!

Did you know that you can see the miniatures from the Thunderbirds series here in Wellington?  Weta Studio Tours will give you an idea of what your comic characters look like in 3 dimensions =)

  1. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
  2. Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
  3. Amulet series, by Kazu Kibuishi
  4. Garfield, by Jim Davis
  5. Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz
  6. Adventure Time, by Ryan North
  7. The Smurfs, by Peyo
  8. Warriors series, by Dan Jolley
  9. Uncle $crooge and Donald Duck, by Don Rosa
  10. Thunderbirds, by Gerry Anderson

Wild About Reading! Summer Reading Challenge

Yes it’s nearly time to Slip, Slop, Slap and read, relax and rummage through some fantabulous books! Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner and have we got some great reads lined up for you this Summer!!!

So for those of you new to this and a reminder to the rest of us who feel like last summer was ages and ages ago, here’s what it’s all about…

Down at Wellington City Libraries we have chosen some of our favourite books, and hopefully some of yours, to see how many of them you can get through between the 1st of December to the 31st of January 2018. There are 60+ books on our list so plenty of variety. The idea is to read a book from the list then go to the Kid’s Page on our website, click on the Kids Club and start writing reviews. Even better you get prizes as well! Also each review puts you in the draw for an amazing book bag full of exciting books and things. Don’t belong to the Kids Club yet? It’s easy to join online check out the Kids Page to find out how.

So here’s a little preview of what’s in store for you this summer!

Ever thought of having a raven as a pet? Well that’s what happened to Arabel when her Dad (a London Taxi driver) finds a raven in the middle of the road one night and brings it. From there the crazy wild adventures begin, who knew a raven could reek so much havoc. Read about Arabel and Mortimer ‘s hilarious antics in one of the 4 books in the Arabel and Mortimer series with fantastic illustrations by Quentin Blake.

 

The Doomspell by Cliff McNish is an amazing fantasy trilogy which are a must for all Harry Potter and Northern Lights fans! “Rachel has been having disturbing dreams that start to feel too real. Then one day, she and her brother are ripped through a wall in her house and transported to a dangerous world ruled by a manipulative witch and her ancient underlings.” – Publisher

 

 

Moa by James Davidson. I don’t know about you, but I love reading comics and summer for me is the perfect time to hang out in a hammock with a great big stack of them! Moa is a laugh out loud series and the perfect thing for those hot summer days. “Ride along with Kiwi and Possum on their side-splitting adventures battling mythical creatures and dangerous hunters in colonial New Zealand! This treasury collection contains all five issues of James Davidson’s acclaimed comic series Moa, sure to delight readers of all ages.” – Publisher.

That was just a sneak peak of what’s in store for you over the holiday season and guess what there are another 57+ books to choose from! So keep an eye out at your local library and on our website for the Wild About Reading: Summer Reading Challenge booklet.

What: Wild About Reading: Summer Reading Challenge booklet

When: Available at your local Library from 18th November 2017

Kids’ Club Review by Talamahina: Charlie Brown : here we go again : a Peanuts collection

Charlie Brown : here we go again : a Peanuts collectionCharlie Brown : here we go again : a Peanuts collection, by Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000,)

I think it is a great book with lots of humour. Some of the characters are really funny. Charlie Brown really hates the dreaded kite eating tree. Some of the drawings are really hilarious I crack up when I see them. I like the black and white beagle named Snoopy. He is funny and hangs out with birds.

5 stars

Reviewed by Talamahina from Tawa and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Talamahina: The hound of the Baskervilles

The hound of the Baskervilles, by Ian edginton

This book is a great read. The mystery murder story is about a giant hound said to haunt the Baskerville Family Hugo Baskerville got killed by the beast now Holmes and Watson need to find an escaped convict, save Sir Henry Baskerville and find out who is behind all these murders and the real criminal. this book is sure a gripping read you dig your fingernails into! (Which mind you isn’very helpful!) So join the adventure in search of the Hound of the Baskervilles! Don! Don! Don!
AAARROOOOOOOOO!

4 stars

Reviewed by Talamahina from Tawa and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Thomas: Dog Man

Dog ManDog Man, by Dav Pilkey (1966-)

This story is about a cop with a dog’s head called Dog Man!

Dog Man is the best out of all the other cops, because he can sniff out anything, can take down any bad guy and has a rivalry with a villain called Petey the Cat!

This book is in comic form and it makes me laugh out loud whenever I read it.

I would recommend it for ages 7 or 8 +.

5 stars

Reviewed by Thomas from Tawa and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Samantha: Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets : the second epic novel

Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets : the second epic novelCaptain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets : the second epic novel, by Dav Pilkey (1966-)

I loved this book.

It is about Melvin that makes a machine he calls the PATSY 2000, which is a copy machine that makes images of things come to life. There are two also little boys named George and Harold that are really silly and funny at the same time. They get in detention and they have to write on a whiteboard but they don’t, instead they make a comic book which was they call Captain Underpants And The Attack Of The Talking Toilets. George and Harold use the Patsy 2000 to copy the book. But the book characters come to life. There is a man in the book that when he hears someone click there fingers he turns into Captain Underpants and when someone pours water on his head he turns into his plain old self again. In the end he saves the town.
It is a exciting book which I read in three days.

5 stars

Reviewed by Samantha from Tawa and , 9 years old

9 New “action packed” Non Fiction to curb the winter blues.

Hey Kids! Welcome to the latest Junior Non Fiction blog post!

July and winter has finally hit and there will days where you want nothing more than to stay inside and hibernate with a hot cup of cocoa and a library book. (Hmmm, sounds like heaven to me!)

Once again, Wellington City Libraries has new “action packed” non fiction bursting through our shelves for your viewing and reading pleasure for boys and girls of all ages.

There are books where the world of Greek mythology, the world of Greek gods and goddesses and… superheroes collides. Not to mention the odd Greek word here and there; Superheroes are featured that boys and girls can look up to; there are books for girls  in the sporting, dancing  and superhero world, hmmm I think I detect a bit of a girl power theme going on and finally books that will help you find the right word for any given situation.

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsHow cities work : explore the city inside, outside and underground.

Lonely Planet kids has done it again with “How Cities Work.” This book allows kids the opportunity to explore the city inside, outside and underground, with lots of cool flaps to lift to see inside buildings, not to mention unfold pages to find out what is going on above your head and udder your feet. Overall a fantastic book that gives a full in depth account to city life as you have never seen it before, and already a popular book amongst kids, which is currently hot on the reserve list.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe right word : Roget and his thesaurus.

Lost for words? You can certainly find the right words in this book. “The Right Word” tells the story of Peter Mark Roget, a brilliant man who took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought, who went on the be the creator of Roget’s Thesaurus, one of the most widely used reference books ever published. A biography and a thesaurus all in one, who could ask for more!

DID YOU KNOW: The word “Thesaurus” means “treasure house” in Greek.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Gods and Goddesses of Olympus.

This book briefly recounts the stories of members of the Greek pantheon. Overall a great read and a fantastic introduction to the Greek Gods and Goddesses.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsBatman character encyclopaedia.

Brace yourself, Batman and DC Comics fanatics, the latest Batman Character Encyclopaedia has made its way to the shelves at your local library. Discover all the powerful, strange and crazy characters from the world of Batman. Meet your favorite Super Heroes and learn all about the most fearsome super-villains.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to The Amazon Warrior.

“Keep faith. Trust  to love. Fight with honor. But fight to win.” – Wonder Woman.

This is a motto worth remembering.

Finally a superhero that young girls can look up to! A guide to the world of  demigoddess, Wonder Woman includes seventy-five years of iconic characters, major story arcs, and key issues, along with information on locations, enemies, and allies. This is a must have read for every comic fanatic and a great companion alongside The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus!

Also check the following trailers to Wonder Woman, which has just been released in theatres and Justice League, which won’t be released until sometime in 2018, down below.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Beginner’s Guide to Netball.

Maria Tuta’ia, New Zealand international netball player takes you on journey to help you become or improve your skills in playing netball and perhaps ensure your career as a future silver fern, heehee. You will learn skills such as how to shoot goals under pressure, master passing accuracy and pull off the perfect dodge.  “Features the basic skills every netballer should be familiar with, no matter what their position. Read about the story of netball as well as Maria’s own journey to becoming an international netball superstar”–Publisher information.

image courtesy of syndetics
The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories.

This book hold beautiful retellings of six of the world’s greatest ballet stories are accompanied by two story CDs read by Juliet Stevenson that is bound to enrich library collections and inspire young dancers. This book is in a word… GORGEOUS! A must have read for the budding ballerina and dance enthusiast.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsLots : the diversity of life on Earth.

One, two, three …lots!  Find out in this beautiful and brilliant book how all living things – including us – are part of a big, beautiful pattern and depend on each other for survival. With beautiful words from Nicola Davies and exquisite illustrations by Emily Sutton, this groundbreaking book is certain to enchant and inspire children. Overall a fantastic read that that is suitable for young children and serves as an educational resource on biodiversity and conservation.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe ultimate unofficial encyclopedia for Minecrafters : multiplayer mode : exploring hidden games and secret worlds.

Calling all Minecrafters! Looking for a new challenge? Minecraft strikes again! This book presents information on the world of Minecraft, including how and where to play safely online, playing in creative and survival modes, and server plugins for advanced players.