Kids’ Club Review by Carson: A summery Saturday morning

A summery Saturday morningA summery Saturday morning, by Margaret Mahy

This book talks about dogs chasing geese. There was a fat goose and six babies. The dogs chased the geese and the geese chased the dogs back. If you don’t want the geese to follow you, you should not disturb them. Like when someone’s doing silent reading, you should not scream at him. You just have to leave them in peace.

4 stars

Reviewed by Carson from Tawa and , 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Carson: Hairy Maclary, sit

Hairy Maclary, sitHairy Maclary, sit, by Lynley Dodd

This book is so good. When the dogs were sitting down, Hairy Maclary run away and other dogs followed. At the end, all the dogs ran away and all tied in a knot. They were running and then splat in the pool.

5 stars

Reviewed by Carson from Tawa and , 5 years old

Movie Review: Footrot Flats: A Dog’s Tale.

Rattle your dags, boys and girls and feast your eyes on an oldie but a goodie Kiwi Classic and childhood favourite of mine that comes to the small screen in the form of Footrot Flats: A Dog’s Tale. Featuring the characters from the late Murray Ball’s “Footrot Flats” – New Zealands most beloved local cartoon strip.

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Join Dog, Jess, Wal, Cooch, Horse, Major, Rangi, Pongo, Cheeky and “those bloody Murphys” , where Dog goes on ‘a journey of a thousand miles’, and an epic adventure. You will bear witness to his first encounter with the sexy Jess, his loyal devotion to Wal Footrot, whom he saves from a fate worse than death; his adventures with Horse, the cat with the barracuda jaw and fishhook claws; his brilliant cowardice and mighty nose, pitted against the dastardly schemes of the villainous Murphys, their hell hounds and the Croco Pigs.

This film will also keep you entertained and glued to the small screen. Not to mention it’s jam packed full of Kiwi words, sayings and slang and references to Kiwi culture! The soundtrack, by Dave Dobbyn is mind blowing filled with famous popular Kiwi classics such as Slice of Heaven and You Oughta to be in love. Overall this film is VERY FUNNY! I laughed all the way through, especially during the part where Wal is serenading Cheeky with a love ballad  aka You Oughta to be in love, (see youtube clip down below!), Dog gets ambushed by an army of rats and the battle to the death with the deadly croco-pigs!

A film that can be enjoyed by all ages and a great film to watch with the family over fish and chips on a Saturday night. 6/10 all the way!

 

Kids’ Club Review by Ansh: Horse hijack

Horse hijackHorse hijack, by Justin D’Ath

This book is about two boys who are in a group called Mission Fox. In this book a horse goes crazy and nobody can stop it, not even the rider. So the two boys try to stop the horse. Read the book and find out what happens!
My favourite character is agent D, a dog who can do lots and lots of tricks.

4 stars

Reviewed by Ansh from Johnsonville and Johnsonville School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Arav: Good old Timmy

Good old TimmyGood old Timmy, by Enid Blyton

“Good Old Timmy”. This book is really fun to read. Timmy is my favorite dog. After the five see a boy being kidnapped at the beach, they set out to find him. And Timmy helps them to find the clues to rescue the boy. I recommend this book to all. The pictures in this book are really nice and colourful.

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Arav: Just right for two

Just right for twoJust right for two, by Tracey Corderoy

A dog has a lot of special treasures, but things don’t leave him feeling fulfilled. A quest to find what’s missing leads him to a new friend. its a very cute story. I liked the pictures in the book, and the way the dog and the mouse play together. Its a very Sweet story. I loved the dog in the story, he was so cute.

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Arav: Messy Jesse

Messy JesseMessy Jesse, by Paula Bowles

Messy Jesse the dog likes making messes till he can’t find anything and his friends can’t find him. It is a very cute story about how it is best to clean up after making a mess or you might just lose yourself in it along with your friends and favorite things. I would recommend this book to all.

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Arav: Top dog

Top dogTop dog, by Rod Clement

This book was so funny. It’s one of my favorite book now. It was so funny to see a dog wearing suit and can read, type and talk. I would definitely recommend this book to all. It is such a silly book.

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-DixieBecause of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

Not a book I would usually read, but quite a good read…. I enjoyed it, it was heart warming and sweet… But It felt like something was… i don’t know…. missing? Or Maybe it’s just me…. But Animal books don’t do it for me so i kind of felt challenged…..

Good read, I like the part about the girl rescuing the dog…

4 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Kilbirnie and Kelburn Normal School , 9 years old

7 New Non Fiction to read during the last days of spring.

It’s less than three weeks till the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Pop on down to your local library and check out the latest new junior non fiction that will take you on a journey into the wonderful world of animals, fairies, Star Wars and Harry Potter. Enjoy!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsA first book of animals

From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsStar Wars: complete locations

Check out this updated, expanded guide to a galaxy far, far away and discover a universe of information of the Star Wars galaxy, which includes brand-new material from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With eight brand new artworks, and an incredible range of location cross-sections, illustrations, and photographs, Star Wars: Complete Locations is the essential guide for anyone wanting to find their way around the galaxy far, far away.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHarry Potter Cinematic Guide

Prepare to enter the world of Harry Potter by reading this cinematic guide which holds an outstanding collection of photographs and quotes, featuring Harry Potter, describing his life at Hogwarts, his relationships with friends and family, and his battles with Voldemort.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHermione Granger : cinematic guide

Girl power is rolled into one with The Essential Film Companion for Hermione Granger! Throughout all eight HARRY POTTER films, Hermione shows her wisdom and daring on her adventures with best friends Harry and Ron, secretly brewing Polyjuice Potion, rescuing Sirius Black with a Time-Turner, and creating Dumbledore’s Army. Revisit these moments and more from the girl who proved that Muggle-borns can be the most skilled witches and wizards of all.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsRon Weasley : cinematic guide

Harry Potter’s sidekick, Ron Weasley finally gets his own starring role in his own Essential Film Companion! This collection of photographs and quotes from all eight HARRY POTTER films takes a closer look at Ron’s life, including his time at Hogwarts, family and friends, and dangerous battles against the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

 

 

image courtesy of sydneticsFairy World

Read this book and step inside a world of magic, enchantment and mystery as you enter the realm of the fairies. A great book for girls to enjoy.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMy first Dog Book

This essential guide covers everything you need to know about caring for your dog and basic training techniques, with easy step-by-step instructions, from sit, down, and stay to walking to heel on the lead.