Some great new kids fiction for you to read

Here’s some new and exciting kids fiction books which are now available from your local library!

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Callback by Maddie Ziegler

Harper McCoy, twelve, joins the school musical hoping to get past “dancer’s block,” but her Dance Starz teammates are not pleased, especially since they will soon compete against their biggest rivals, The Belles, in Regionals.
Punky Pineapple by Hil and JoshieImage courtesy of Syndetics

It’s a whole bunch of crazy in the fruit bowl! When Missy Starfruit goes missing, Punky Pineapple is on the case! But where could Missy Starfruit be? Punky and his friends will have to brave The Electric Waterfall, explore the Bottom Drawer and ski the slopes of the Freezy Freezer to find out!
Image courtesy of SyndeticsTen Nasty Little Toads by Steve Cole

In these delightfully humorous tales of a decidedly blackish hue, ten follysome toads can never change their beastly habits despite the efforts of goodly witch Madame Rana who reminds them ‘It’s never too late to change.’ The Toad With Square Eyes develops mutant thumbs and fingers and finds himself on the other side of the screen; Cherry Oddfellow, the Dirty Little Toad, is part-girl, part-mudslide; and Jeremiah Bratson, the Spoiled Little Toad, finds himself face-to-face with a perfect robot replica. Featuring toady facts, quizzes and games, this collection of tales is a warning to certain children that there must come an hour when they pay the price…

Oops I’ve done it again! by Chrissie Perry

Blabbermouth = a person who talks too much = Amelie Anderson Amelie is a blabbermouth. She’s not a bad kid – she’s just so bubbly that sometimes words fizz right out of her mouth! And then things go wrong. Terribly wrong. But she’s determined to fix all that. It’s time for a reputation make-over!
Image courtesy of SyndeticsGinger Green + Cousins = total chaos! by Kim Kane and Jon Davis

Ginger’s super-fancy cousins Tess and Tom are coming to stay for a whole week – all the way from New York City! Ginger can’t wait! But what happens when Tom and Penny turn into DOUBLE-TROUBLE?

 

5 New Non Fiction to read this summer.

Hey kids! Check out the latest new non fiction at Wellington City Libraries. Check out books about the wonderful world of ballet, the Harry Potter universe, yummy easy peasy recipes and so much more.

Enjoy!

image courteesy of syndeticsThe Magical World of Ballet.

Calling all budding ballet and dancer enthusiasts! Check out The Magical World of Ballet! A beautiful book that showcases gives a unique insight into this beautiful art form, seen through the eyes of The Royal Ballet. A must read book for anyone interested in ballet and dancing.


image courtesy of sydneticsHarry Potter & Fantastic Beasts: A Spellbinding Guide to the Films.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is coming to theater’s November 16, 2018! Explore the new film series and it’s connections to Harry Potter with this beautiful handbook! Ages 8+


image courtesy of sydneticsEasy Peasy!: Real Cooking for Kids.

Easy peasy real cooking indeed! Check out this amazing cookbook where Mary Contini and Pru Irvine provide over 60 recipes guaranteed to tickle the tastebuds, featuring a huge range of mouth watering recipes, including a selection from other countries, not just Britain. My personal favourites, found this book, include green pea hummus, cool as cucumber salad, and ‘shrooms on toast. Hmmm, is it lunch time yet? A librarian’s choice all the way!


image courtesy of sydneticsJapanese Picture Dictionary.

Want to learn a language in the new year, Check out this Japanese Picture Dictionary. This dictionary contains more than 1,500 Japanese words and phrases you need to know, organised into 38 themes that range from “nice to meet you” to ‘At the market.” Another librarian’s choice all the way!


image courtesy of sydneticsAn anthology of intriguing animals.

Check out this amazing anthology of intriguing animals. Filled with amazing facts and eye catching illustrations about animals, including firm favourites such as dolphins, tigers and butterflies as well more unusual animals such as walrus, lemur and peacock. Highly recommended.

Kids’ Club Review by Zahra: Ballet backflip

Ballet backflipBallet backflip, by Meredith Costain (1955-)

This book was about Ella doing ballet. She was sad because she wasn’t the Fairy Queen in the show. She went to twisters gymnastics with her friend Zoe. At the end they could watch the ballet show. Esther Grech the Fairy Queen fell down and hurt her bones and had to go to the hospital.

I love the story. It was about ballet and I go to ballet. My favourite part was when Ella thought she was the Fairy Queen.

My favourite character is Ella because she was the star of the book.

I like the drawings. She made the dots into hearts.

I learnt that sometimes you can’t be the star of the show.

I recommend this book to young girls who want to do ballet or gymnastics.

5 stars

Reviewed by Zahra from Karori and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Alice: The Bad Butterfly

The Bad Butterfly, by Sally Rippin

Billie is starting a ballet class! She is very excited. At her class the girls practice to be graceful butterflies and the boys practice to be stomping trolls. Billie isn’t very good at being a butterfly but then she has one of her super doper ideas. Will her idea work? I think this book spreads a nice message to younger readers which is, if your not very good at something try something else!

3 stars

Reviewed by Alice from Kilbirnie and St Patrick’s School , 10 years old

Attention aspiring dancers!

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is coming back in August for more Ballet Storytimes in the library. They were so popular during the school holidays, you won’t want to miss them this time!

titania-on-stars-ImageLegendary dancer and performer Sir Jon Trimmer introduces A Midsummer Night’s Dream – one of Shakespeare’s best-loved stories that has inspired generations of choreographers and dancers around the world – ahead of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s brand new production, opening in Wellington on 20 August.

 

Perfect for primary school aged children, this is a chance to learn about ballet steps and positions – and to try them out– explore the art of mime and gesture, and hear one of the wonderful stories of the world’s greatest ballets, from an icon of New Zealand dance who has performed them all.

Details:

Saturday 1st August: Wellington Central Library at 11am

Saturday 8th August: Karori Library at 11am

Saturday 15th August: Johnsonville Library at 11am

Saturday 22nd August: Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library at 11am

The Ella Diaries – three great reads

WARNING – You are about to read my UTTERLY BIGGEST SECRETS.

Can I trust you? OK then.

I’m Ella, and these are my diaries.

Its a new school year, and everything is perfect. Ella has a new uniform, glittery stationery and cant wait to meet her new teacher. Until class starts, that is – and EVERYTHING goes wrong. She can’t believe she has to sit next to her absolutely WORST ENEMY EVER, Peach Parker! No matter how far she moves her pencil case across the desk, Peach is in her SPACE. Where’s her BFF Zoe? Can this year get ANY WORSE? Tune into the secret thoughts of Ella as she battles the school bully and turns a lunch time curse into a lunch time craze!

 

 

Ella dreams of dancing, but she also wants to be taken seriously. Shes in Year 5 after all! When her dreams of being the lead in the ballet recital are dashed, she starts to wonder if it might be fun to try something new. But when MEAN QUEEN PEACH takes up gymnastics and executes an AMAZING backflip in the playground, the school is taken over by the new craze. Will Ella backflip on her love of ballet? Can she bear to go along with Peach and her traitorous BFF Zoe? Leap beside Ella as her secret thoughts uncover the truth about friendship and trying new things.

 

 

Ella and Zoe want to start their own dog-walking business. They make a sign, hang it up in shops and wait by the phone for their first call. When their only job turns out to be minding a lizard, and sneaky Peach Parker starts behaving very suspiciously, Ella starts to wonder what’s up. Zoe and Ella must go undercover! Will they discover the terrible truth?

Kids’ Club Review by Catherine: Cinderella Smith

Cinderella SmithCinderella Smith, by Stephanie Barden

This book was cool. It was about Cinderella losing her red size 5 tap shoe. She needs her tap shoe for the dance concert so she put posters up on street lights about her shoe. Cinderella is not her real name but everyone calls her that because she keeps losing her shoes. Cinderella got a new friend called Erin who was a new girl at school.

5 stars

Reviewed by Catherine from Tawa, 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kimberley: Angelina Ballerina

Angelina BallerinaAngelina Ballerina, by Katharine Holabird

This book is awesome. Angelina didn’t clean her room. She danced her bed and did a curtsies on her bed. And she spinned so fast that no one can catch her. Then her family got her a ballerina dress. She was so happy.

5 stars

Reviewed by Kimberley from Central City, 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kimberley: My ballet dream

My ballet dreamMy ballet dream, by Adèle Geras

My favourite part of the story is when Tutu Tully tying her hair and get ready for the her practice ballet show. The next day she dreamt about it. And the next day she did the ballet. This is an amazing book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Kimberley from Central City, 5 years old