ComicFest is here!

Who likes comics? I do and I know where I’m going to be on Saturday the 6th of May from 9.30am to 5pm, at Wellington Central Library for ComicFest!

We have all sorts of fun activities on offer. Learn how to create your own comic book character, dress up as your favourite comic book character and enter the Cosplay competition, hear about how the new “Thunderbirds Are Go” movie was re-imagined for todays audience and lots of other exciting stuff.

Best of all there are free comics being given away and lots of exciting prizes to be won!

Don’t forget to check out all the wonderful comics and graphic novels that we have at the libraries. One of my favourites has to be Tintin by Herge. This comic hero has his faithful dog Snowy by his side and is aided in his adventures by a cast of colourful characters (see if you can spot Snowy at ComicFest.)



Syndetics book coverAsterix by Goscinny and Underzo of course is an all time classic and the names of the characters still make me laugh! Set in a little village in Gaul the comics tell the story of Asterix and his best friend Obelix and their numerous adventures through the ancient World. This comic series is one of the most popular all over the World.




Image from SyndeticsBut comics can also have little or few words and really focus on the story through the pictures. Polo: The Runaway Book by Regis Faller, tells an exciting story through colourful pictures taking you on an adventure over the sea and flying through the sky as the characters make friends with each other while searching for the stolen book.



Image from SyndeticsLittle Robot by Ben Hatke uses very few words to tell the story of a friendship between a lonely child and a small lost and confused robot. They both show initiative and courage to overcome another evil robot and save the day.

So why not try reading some of our fabulous comics here or better still try writing and illustrating your own!

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

Legends of Zita the SpacegirlLegends of Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke

I was looking for a new series of books and found’s a graphic novel. Zita is space girl who saves the world on different adventures. It is really cool and you get to meet all of the characters who help her (robots and friends). I didn’t the fighting parts. Recommend for 7 + ages

3 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and , 7 years old

School Journal Exhibition & ComicFest!

Imagine being 110 years old! Well that’s how old the School Journal is turning in May and to celebrate Wellington Central Library is having an exhibition about the School Journal as part of the cool ComicFest 2017.

The School Journal was first published in May 1907, the same year New Zealand became a dominion and it has been going ever since. It’s packed full of stories, cartoons and articles by New Zealanders and many of the people who write and illustrate it are now famous all over the World! The School Journal has helped New Zealanders to find their own voice and has given us an opportunity to show who we were and what it is like to live in Aotearoa.

Over last 40 years comics have been a big part of the School Journal and many comic writers and illustrators have made there “bread and butter” through its pages.

Ask your parents or grandparents what they remember about the School journal and chances are they will have fond memories to tell you. Why not bring them down to Central Library to help prompt their memories.

The exhibition is on now and will run until the 9th of May. Better still come down for ComicFest on the 6th of May, grab some free comics and join in with the many free activities on offer. So hurry on in and find out more about the School Journal and all the amazing people who have contributed to it.

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: Ghosts

GhostsGhosts, by Raina Telgemeier

I personally enjoyed it. this was about two sisters named cat ( Catarina ), and her younger sister, Maya.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Tawa and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: Sisters

SistersSisters, by Raina Telgemeier

I thought that this was a wonderful book. After reading this,I figured out this was about her!!!

I think this is more of a book for teens, but I enjoyed it as well.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Tawa and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Arav: The golden helmet

The golden helmetThe golden helmet, by Carl Barks (1901-2000,)

I am a big fan of Donald Duck. Its an super awesome book. Another fun story and adventure of Donald duck. He discovers an ancient map and triggers a race to recover a fabulous golden helmet that will give its owner full legal title to all of North America!
I would recommend this book to everyone.

5 stars

Reviewed by Arav from Johnsonville and West Park School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Arav: Uncle Scrooge: The Grand Canyon Conquest

Uncle Scrooge: The Grand Canyon Conquest, by Dick Kinney, Fred Milton, Giorgio Pezzin, Jonathan Gray, and Thad Komorowski

I love the stories and adventures of Uncle Scrooge. Scrooge must search the Grand Canyon for his old mining partner, Blair Dunwitty, before Blair’s crooked nephew can take Scrooge for half his fortune!
Its really really funny and hilarious book.
I would recommend this book for everyone.

5 stars

Reviewed by Arav from Johnsonville and West Park School , 6 years old