Kids’ Club Review by Oscar Lyon: How to Train your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell

I really like this book because it was all about Dragons, it was exciting!
I recommend this book to kids 5 and up.

5 stars

Reviewed by Oscar Lyon from Miramar and Seatoun School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ava: How to train your dragon : the heroic misadventures of Hiccup the Viking

How to train your dragon : the heroic misadventures of Hiccup the VikingHow to train your dragon : the heroic misadventures of Hiccup the Viking, by Cressida Cowell

When he starts Viking trading in the Isle of Berk, Hiccup must face bullies, a disobedient pet, and dragons. Lots and lots of dragons.
Filled with laughs and packed with adventure, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is a great read for anyone. I recommend for anybody who wants to read about mythical beasts, kids overcoming adults (and dragons), and learning to be a hero the hard way.

5 stars

Reviewed by Ava from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: How to cheat a dragon’s curse

How to cheat a dragon's curseHow to cheat a dragon’s curse, by Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell is sooooooooo good at writing. I’ve read every book in the series at least twice, and this was my favourite. In your moment of dilemma ask Hiccup! He always figures out what to do. My bookshelf is full of How To Train Your Dragon books. Loved it to bits.

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Miramar and Miramar Central School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Edward: How to train your dragon

How to train your dragonHow to train your dragon, by Cressida Cowell

I thought that the dragons eyes were really big because they were as tall as six tall men. Both the purple death and the green death have a very mean temper. Snotlout was being a big bully because he kicked hiccup and he was his own cousin and stoick the vast was a very big lump with over devolped mussels and his son hiccup was skinny weak and totally utterly useless.

4 stars

Reviewed by Edward from Cummings Park and Ngaio School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ruby: How to train your dragon : the heroic misadventures of Hiccup the Viking

How to train your dragon : the heroic misadventures of Hiccup the VikingHow to train your dragon : the heroic misadventures of Hiccup the Viking, by Cressida Cowell

Hiccup finds out he stole a tiny common or garden, and Snotlout names the little dragon Toothless, as a joke. Toothless is finally trained, after many months, when Hiccup tells him jokes. During Thor’s Day Thursday, none of the boys pass the test required to join the Hairy Hooligans or Meatheads.

3 stars

Reviewed by Ruby from Miramar and Worser Bay School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tara: The brightest night

The brightest nightThe brightest night, by Tui Sutherland (1978-)

Wings of fire, book 5, The brightest night, A book report From Tui.T. Southerland re written in book report form by Tara.J. Williams, 8 years old.

Introduction
This book is about a sandwing. Sandwings are dragons that have scales the colour of the dessert sand so that they can lie down and camouflage into the hot dessert sand. Their scales give warmth to those near them. They can survive a long time without water. Also at the top of their tail there is a poisonous barb and if it stings any dragon, sandwing or not, the venom still gets inside them. If they are not taken to a healer in 24 or less hours they will be …DEAD! The only cure is to get the juice from some cacti in the sandwing territory without getting caught otherwise they will KILL you! Once you have gotten the juice you smear it over the sting/scratch. The sandwings name is Sunny and she ventures to find the eye of onyx to stop the tribal war.

Characters
The main characters are Sunny, her three kidnappers which I will not be mentioning in this book report, Thorn/leader of the scorpion den/Sunny ‘s mom, Queen burn, (Clay, Starflight, Glory and Tsunami who are her four closest friends in the world because they are all in the dragonet prophecy together) and Flower who is a scavenger/human.

Premise and plot
Queen burns sisters are Queen blister and Queen blaze. They are the reason the War started in the first place because none of them challenged their mother, Queen oasis before she got killed by scavengers and according to the laws if none of them had challenged her for the throne before she had died then none of them could be Queen. So now the sandwings do not have a Queen. The Tribe is split into three quarters for who wants who to be…QUEEN! Also, whoever wears the eye of onyx, because it is a necklace becomes Queen_______ of the sandwings but It was lost during the start of the war. That is why Sunny is trying to find the eye of onyx to stop the war.

Middle
In the middle Sunny escapes from her kidnapers and takes the obsidian mirror. The obsidian mirror is a mirror that allows you to see any dragon you like and you also get to see what they are doing. The mirror was animus touched. An animus dragon is a dragon with special powers That can do anything, absolutely anything apart from making a dragon who is not an animus an animus and bringing the dead back to life. But when they use their powers they lose bits of their souls bit by bit until they go so crazy that that they massacred their whole family and anyone who tries to stop them.

Ending
In the end Sunny and her four best friends found the …EYE OF ONYX with the help of flower and gave it to Thorn/Sunny ‘s mum but Thorn is now called Queen Thorn of the sandwings.

Why I loved it
I loved it because it was exciting a little scary but mostly exciting which is why I would recommend this book for ages seven and up. P.S if you do not agree with me read it when you’re under the age of seven but you may find it a little scary.

5 stars

Reviewed by Tara from Karori and , 8 years old

Top 10 Recommended Halloween movies for kids.

Hey kids! Halloween is just around the corner (AHHHWWOOOOOO!) Wellington City Libraries has some spooktacular DVDs in the collection for your viewing pleasure and frightful night in. Let the scare fest begin!

Enjoy!… and Happy Halloween.

Casper.

Join Casper the friendly ghost is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics.

Frankenweenie.

What if you could bring your pets back to life? Young Victor successfully proves that theory when he revives his best friend back to life. However problems emerge when his class mates want follow suit in bringing their pets to life and ensues disastrous consequences. Overall a heart-warming and hilarious tale about how far a boy will go for his best friend. A must see movie for Halloween.

Coraline.

A young girl walks through a secret door that she has found in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life, but much better. When her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents, including the Other Mother, try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.

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Shrek’s thrilling tales.

Join Shrek, Donkey, Puss and B.O.B. as they get the fright of their lives in five spooktacular stories the will keep you howling with laughter. It’s a Shrektastic halloween treat that’s ogre-the-top fun for the whole family.

 

Toy story of terror!

What starts out as an exciting road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse following a detour to a roadside motel. After Mr. Potato Head suddenly disappears, his friends find themselves caught up in a hilarious mystery that must be solved before they suffer the same fate in this thrilling story of TERROR!

image courtesy of amazon.comThe Goonies.

“From the imagination of Steven Spielberg, The Goonies plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling, surprise-around-every-corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of bumbling bad guys… and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love. A family adventure classic from start to buccaneering finish, The Goonies is a cinematic treasure trove of breathtaking action, dazzling effects and shiver-yer-timber thrills!” –Container.

Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2.

The Hotel Transylvania, run by Dracula, is a unique, high-end resort catering only to the finest monsters and their families. Dracula is preparing for an extra special weekend – his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday – when trouble arises: a human has stumbled upon the resort for the first time ever! Even worse: the human has taken a liking to Mavis!  In the sequel, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire.

 

The Witches.

Nine-year-old Luke finds that saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy who has been turned into a mouse.

Monster High. Ghouls rule.

Ghouls Rule unearths an old conflict between ‘Normies’ and monsters – and things are about to get scary. For years, students at Monster High were warned that Halloween was a night to stay inside and avoid conflict at all costs. But Frankie and her friends discover that ghouls and ‘Normies’ once loved to spend the holiday together. The ghouls decide to turn back the clock and use the night to celebrate their individuality and show that it’s okay to ‘Be Yourself. Be Unique. Be a Monster’.

Room on the broom.

“The story of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. When the gang saves the witch from a fearsome dragon she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone!”–Container. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson.