8 New Non Fiction to read during Autumn.

Summer has officially come to an end and we are already days into Autumn – Have you caught sight of any leaves falling from the trees yet? As you’re well aware, Autumn marks the transition from summer to winter, so there’s the possibility of shorter and colder days, bringing an end to the warm sunny days at the beach. But have no fear, the library is always stocked full of books to keep you entertained. This blog post features books for girls and boys of all ages that will curb their gaming and sports fetish; channel their inner princess, sports hero, warrior and leader; extra resources to help with homework and get some insight as to what their parents do in the workforce all day.

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsSkylanders Universe: : the complete collection : one book, 321 skylanders.

This is one book that all Skylanders fans must get their hands on! Read all about every single Skylander in this book featured from all three smash-hit video games. Includes information about character bios, battle cries and all 256 possible SWAP Force character combinations.

 

Cimage courtesy of syndetics ricket with Kane Williamson : a guide to batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy.

Why is it important to play the ball late? How do you play the perfect cover drive? What should you do to deliver a deadly in-swinger? Join New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, a superstar of the game, as he talks through his approach to batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Amazing Book of Disney Princess.

Dreams of Disney Princesses and books, come to life with the release of The Amazing Book of Disney Princess. Fans will get to discover more about their favourite fairytale princesses. With stunning pictures, fun facts and an exciting quiz, be transported to their kingdoms and discover their magical world. A must have read for budding fans to channel their inner Disney princess.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThis is a horrible book of foul facts.

This Horrible Book of Foul Facts serves up all the dreadful details of horrible history you’ll ever need to know – from rotten Roman graffiti to terrible teacher tortures and rude royal nicknames, the foul facts are all inside. Want to know: the crushing details about execution by elephant? How to soften your skin Georgian-style, using the skins of puppies? Whose idea of a top treat was mashed deer tongues? Whether you’re desperate to discover which famous rulers were left-handed, raring to read about the top ten dogs of all time, or just aching to ask about assassinating apes, then this book is for you. History has never been so horrible!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Princess and the warrior.

A very sad and tragic Mexican legend about a beautiful princess falling into a deep sleep and her brave warrior vowing to stay by her side, even if she never awakens, eventually turning into volcanoes known as Popocatépetl (“the Smoking Mountain”) and Iztaccíhuatl (“white woman” in Nahuatl, sometimes called the Mujer Dormida “sleeping woman” in Spanish), which overlook the Valley of Mexico. Prepare to have tissues on hand.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsAnimal record breakers.

This book holds thousands of amazing facts and spectacular feats. A must have resource for the budding animal enthusiast.

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of synedticsBe the change : a grandfather Gandhi story.

“At Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non-violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: not to waste.”

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWhat do grown-ups do all day?

Ever wondered what your Mum and Dad get up to during their day? Here’s your chance to find out. Read this book and explore fourteen diverse workplaces, then turn the page to find out what each grown-up does there. Features more than 100 jobs. Also a great resource to have on hand if you want to choose a profession and career.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Rohan: Lucky break

Lucky breakLucky break, by Patrick Loughlin

I think that this is a *****(5) star book because not only is it about cricket (and I love cricket!), but it also has a great story with drama, action and one great cricketer, who is the real all rounder, Glenn Maxwell. The main character, Will Albright, is a batting whiz but is not sure whether he will survive Darren McKinnon’s super-fast, deadly bouncers and beamers. But with Will’s hero Glenn Maxwell around, will he survive the bouncers?
I ABSOLUTELY, DEFINITELY love this book!!!!

PS – Actually, the only part I don’t like is when the girls beat the boys in a game of beach cricket and the boys are forced to do the girls’ dishes!
PPS – For those who do not know the cricketing terms, a bouncer is a ball which bounces unexpectedly high, and a beamer is a ball that is aimed right for the head, without bouncing – often classified as an illegal ball.

5 stars

Reviewed by Rohan from Johnsonville, 8 years old

Six cricket websites that step up to the crease

Here at WCL we don’t LIKE cricket, WE LOVE IT! And with all the exciting action happening in the ICC Cricket World Cup (especially here in Wellington) what’s not to love?

Here are SIX resources to help you get padded up for this awesome event.

1. Black Caps classroom resources

Cricket smart is a fun interactive website which takes a uniquely Kiwi look at Cricket. Everything from the rules of the game, to a look at the game all over the world!

 

2. ESPN CricInfo

Cricinfo is a one stop cricket shop. Stats, scores analysis, Cricinfo has it all.

 

3. ICC Cricket World Cup Fixtures

Want to know when the Black Caps are next on the pitch. Check out this full list of games so you never have to miss a single delivery.

 

4. Wellington City Libraries Easyfind Catalogue

The first game of international cricket was in 1844 (that’s over ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY years ago!!) so there’s always more to learn about this awesome game. Check out our online library catalogue for cricket fiction or non-fiction or just bowl on into your local library and ask one of our library staff, we’re always keen to help you OUT!

 

5. Wellington City Summer of Cricket

Wellington has gone cricket crazy, with events running the whole length of the world cup. Even if you’re not a cricket fan (I hear some people aren’t) there’s heaps of awesome opportunities to get out and enjoy the Summer!

 

6. Stick Sports

After all that reading I bet you’re just itching to get out to the crease. Stick Cricket is a fun way to play the game without the risk of sunburn. See how many runs you can get in an over! (I hit a 36 once, ONCE)

Kids’ Club Review by Jayden: Glory in the cup

Glory in the cupGlory in the cup, by Bob Cattell

This is a great book!! Hooker Knight and his friends play cricket in the Glory Gardens recreation center opposite his house.Things start to get serious when their sports teacher,Mr Johnstone,
suggests that they put together a real team,Glory Gardens is formed.This is the first in the Glory Gardens cricket series.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jayden from Johnsonville, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Rohan: The last innings

The last inningsThe last innings, by Michael Panckridge (1962-)

The Last Innings is a great book which is narrated by Bubba, the main character in the story.

The book is about Cricket and it features a game which has Bubba’s team, Ashhurst College playing versus St Patricks College. Bubba finds out that that an old friend of his goes to St Patricks and is now playing against him.

In the end, there is the Legends trophy which is given to Travis, but Bubba is given an amazing bowling machine called Lurch! You should read this book because it is interesting and it also features a quiz at the the back of the book.

This book is COOL!

4 stars

Reviewed by Rohan from Johnsonville, 8 years old