Beyond the Page is back in July 2019!

I know we’re only halfway through the school term, but we had some big news we couldn’t wait to share with you — the Beyond the Page festival is returning from 6-21 July 2019! Beyond the Page is New Zealand’s largest literary festival for kids and their families, and this year we’ve organised over 140 free events at libraries and community centres from Island Bay to Ōtaki!

We’re super excited to be able to introduce our four headline acts to you here. For full details about these events, check out the Beyond the Page website, or follow the festival on Facebook!

First up is Bea Lee-Smith from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Join her on a magical journey into the world of Hansel and Gretel.  Through music and mime, children will learn simple ballet steps and positions. This interactive telling of an old favourite tale will be a great appetizer for you and your family in advance of the RNZB’s exciting new production of Hansel and Gretel later in the year. Suitable for pre-schoolers and primary school aged children.

Next up we have the amazing New Zealand author Donovan Bixley. Donovan has had over 100 books published around the world — I can’t even imagine what it’s like having one book published! His show will have you laughing with amazement as you dive into a world of letters, words, and fuzzy doodles. Suitable for children aged 5+ with their caregivers.

Our next headliner is the fabulously spellbinding storyteller Tanya Batt. Tanya describes herself as a “green-fingered witch, a word warbler and a story stitcher” — which sounds like just my cup of tea! You can join Tanya in one of her imagined worlds as part of this year’s festival, with amazing costumes, live music, and tantalising tales to boot. Suitable for children aged 4+ with their caregivers.

Last but certainly not least is Toro Pikopiko, New Zealand’s most established puppetry theatre company. Yep, you heard that right — puppets! And over 80 of Toro Pikopiko’s amazing hand-crafted puppets star in their incredible rock-art musical extravaganza, Te Rereka (The Flight). This incredible show is bound to inspire and amaze — so don’t miss out! Suitable for children of all ages with their caregivers.

There will be heaps more info coming out soon about the rest of the festival schedule. There’s everything from zine-making and book-creating workshops to robots, coding, and theatre-making. Keep checking the Beyond the Page website and at your local library as the school holidays draw closer to keep up to date with what’s on in your neighbourhood!

Kids’ Club Review by Josie: The clue in the diary

The clue in the diaryThe clue in the diary, by Carolyn Keene

This book was a great but easy read, the fire in the start of the book made the mystery start from the very first page! Honey sounded very cute, and I really felt sorry for mr Swenson when he was arrested! Ned Nickerson was a great addition to the characters as well!

4 stars

Reviewed by Josie from Cummings Park and Seatoun School , 11 years old

Let’s Go LEGO Schedule Update

With another new year comes another set of LEGO adventures for Wellington library-goers! We’re making some changes to the Let’s Go LEGO schedule this year, so check the days and times below to see when it’s on at your local library!

Khandallah Library: 1st Friday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 2nd Thursday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 2nd Thursday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm
Johnsonville Library: 2nd Friday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm
Karori Library: 3rd Saturday of the month, 2:00-3:00pm

Let’s Go LEGO is a free, interactive LEGO-based programme for children aged 5+. In Let’s Go LEGO, your creative skills will be put to the test as you use the library’s LEGO collections to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme that will inspire you to hone your skills and become your library’s very own LEGO legend.

For more information, contact your local branch library.

Kids’ Club Review by Seri: The Bad Guys. Episode 2, Mission unpluckable

The Bad Guys. Episode 2, Mission unpluckableThe Bad Guys. Episode 2, Mission unpluckable, Aaron Blabey

This book was really good. It was really funny, and had lots of pictures, and they were saving chickens that were trapped, that aren’t free range. The snake just wanted to eat the chickens!

I read it by myself and with my sister, but mostly by myself. It made me laugh sometimes, and it was fun to do different voices in my head and when I was reading aloud for all the different characters.

by Seri the Bear

5 stars

Reviewed by Seri from Cummings Park and Wadestown School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Seri: Hero of the Sea: Sir Peter Blake’s mighty ocean quests

Syndetics book coverHero of the sea : Sir Peter Blake’s mighty ocean quests by David Hill ; illustrated by Phoebe Morris.

Sir Peter Blake was a sailor on the sea, and he was a very good sailor. He always loved the sea. One day he met a woman that he liked and then they went sailing together. He helped protect the environment. He married the woman, and they had children who liked the sea too and supported their father. But sadly one day he got killed by pirates who came onto their ship.

The pictures were really amazing. I liked this book!

5 stars

Reviewed by Seri from Cummings Park and Wadestown School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Josie: The secret of Shadow Ranch

The secret of Shadow RanchThe secret of Shadow Ranch, by Carolyn Keene

I enjoyed reading this book very much, the phantom horse was a very cool idea, and alice’s Father being missing was another part that I liked. The setting and the new characters where also part of the reason why I liked reading this book

This is the correct review, the other title was a mistake, I got my Nancy dress mixed up!

4 stars

Reviewed by Josie from Cummings Park and Seatoun School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Alexander: Dog Man : lord of the fleas

Dog Man : lord of the fleasDog Man : lord of the fleas, written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey as George Beard and Harold Hutchins

This is a comic book story. I thought this book was very funny. It really made me laugh when Petey (cat) tells his story and Li’l Petey interrupts all the time (in chapter two). These are easy to read. There are also pages at the back with step-by-step instructions on how to draw the different characters. I love those.

5 stars

Reviewed by Alexander from Cummings Park and Karori West Normal School , 8 years old