Kids’ Club Review by Emma Fisk: The day the crayons quit

The day the crayons quitThe day the crayons quit, by Drew Daywalt

Duncan’s crayons surprised him by writing him letters. The red crayon complained that he did most of the colouring. The beige crayon was unhappy at being called light brown and wanted more things to colour. The white crayon wanted to be seen instead of fading into the background. The yellow and orange crayons were fighting to be the colour used for the sun. The blue crayon told Duncan they were used so much they could no longer see over the top of the box! Read this book to find out what Duncan does to cheer up his crayons.
This is my favourite book, it is clever and funny!

5 stars

Reviewed by Emma Fisk from Johnsonville, 5 years old

Crafty Kyle Competition Winners!

The Crafty Kyle Competition is now over. The participants had to come up with a new imaginary story by Kyle Mewburn and design a book cover for it. We got heaps of entries… Well done everyone!

The winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition have now been announced.

Amelia Major won the 5 to 7 years old category. Well done for such a poetic and light-hearted drawing…

Amelia Major

Katie Chu-Fong won the 8 to 10 years old category. Very colourful and dynamic scene that you created for the “Vegetable Choir”.

katie Chu-Fong

The champion of the 11 to 13 years old category is Matthew Yang. The character Andy looks so fun and real in his cardboard boxes castle!

matthew Yang

The winners will be collecting their library prizes this week. Books signed by Kyle Mewburn will be one of the treats in the prize pack! Maybe your drawings will inspire Kyle Mewburn for one of his future books…

Johnsonville Drawing Classes

It was all the colours of the rainbow at our free drawing class at Johnsonville Library last Friday night.

Joyce showed us some simple steps for painting and then we were all given paper, brushes and paints to create our own beautiful rainbow masterpieces.










Our next free drawing class will be on Friday 10th October at 6.30pm so make sure you come along for some arty fun!

School Holidays! What’s on today – Sat 3rd May

Here’s what’s happening today:


Comics are fantastic – they’re visual, they’re literary, they’re fun, they’re for all audiences and on the 2nd and 3rd of May, we’re celebrating comics in a big way with our first ever ComicFest at the Central library.


From 10am | Comic book free day

Grab your free comic from our stands, talk comics with our librarians and the great folk at Graphic comic store. Dress as your favourite comic character and win prizes!


11am–12 noon | Work with Comics | Part One

Let animator and illustrator Gavin Mouldey show you how it’s done. (Second workshop at 1pm.)


12 noon–1pm | Q&A

Join WETA and Dark Horse comic’s creators and designers, Greg Broadmore and Paul Tobin, for a Q&A session on their art, amazing creations and comic works.


1–1.30pm | Work with Comics | Part Two

Present your creations at Gavin’s second workshop.


1.30–2pm | Crazy costumes competition judging

Winners will be announced for the best ComicFest costume. Don’t forget your tights! Categories include children, teens, and adults.




Writers Week events featuring children’s books, authors and illustrators

The Festival of New Zealand is here! As part of the festival there is a whole week dedicated to books, reading, writing, authors and illustrators – it’s Writers Week!

It’s not just for adults though – there’s some cool children’s books, illustrators and writers that feature in the programme for the week. You might be interested in going along yourself, or have adults, friends and family who are keen. Here are some good picks:

Live Drawing with Leo Timmers – Monday 10th March, Cost $45

Practising illustrators keen to propel their work into hyperdrive are invited to a character development workshop with Belgian illustrator Leo Timmers (Who’s Driving?, Bang), who “gives his larger-than-life characters a rotundity that has them virtually rolling off the page” (New Zealand Listener).



Kei Reira Ngā Weriweri – Sunday 9th March, Cost $18

Engage all your senses with storyteller and teacher Te Kahureremoa Taumata and learn the translation of Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are – possibly by heart.




Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvelous – Sunday 8th March, FREE

Some of New Zealand’s best writers read a quirky mix of tales and poems from a new anthology, The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous. Bring the family to hear Joy Cowley, Kyle Mewburn, Jo Randerson, Dave Armstrong, Antonio Te Maioha and Elizabeth Knox share their magical, funny or provocative stories from this unique new collection for children – a collaboration between Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and Whitireia Creative Writing.

Weta Digital Presents the Desolation of Smaug – Saturday 8th march, Cost $18

In this enlightening session, Weta Digital insiders will talk about how they created Smaug and other amazing creatures and environments in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Discover how visual effects artists blend art and science to help translate a beloved fantasy novel into a spectacular cinematic experience, and transform the New Zealand landscape into Peter Jackson’s vision of Middle-earth.



Jack Lasenby – Saturday 8th March, Cost $18

“Responsible adults may read my books, provided they sit an exam afterwards” says Jack Lasenby, one of New Zealand’s most popular children’s book authors. His writing is characterised by its honesty, vigorous language and adventurous spirit. Lasenby will join author Kate De Goldi for an entertaining talk about his award-winning books.



The Curioseum Overnight Adventure – Friday 7th March, Cost $100

Te Papa is offering a small group of 11 to 13-year-olds the chance to spend the whole night in the museum, exploring its collections and listening to stories by writers featured in the new book The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous. These lucky kids can also write their own fabulous stories and create a book to take home. Dinner and breakfast are included, and on Saturday they can go to any exhibition in the museum for free.


Ulf Stark – Sunday 9th March, Cost $18

The author of around 30 books for children and young adults, Ulf Stark credits his mother with helping him to become a writer: “That’s how I came into contact with the great adventurers. Babar tramped around our sitting-room, Biggles flew among the cut-glass chandeliers…” Stark has also written film, TV and theatre scripts and won many prizes in Sweden and internationally. He has been nominated twice for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Enjoy this “Astrid Lindgren of our time” of our time in Swedish, together with his translator and publisher in New Zealand Julia Marshall.



Check out the family events that are happening in the festival. It’s going to be great!


Kids’ Club Review by Tavish: Everything’s amazing (sort of)

Everything's amazing (sort of)Everything’s amazing (sort of), by Liz Pichon

If you like funny books and doodling, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!!! Tom Gates is a funny boy, and he absolutlely adores doodling, and he can’t  wait till his birthday at Dino Village! But at his school disco, he can’t imagine the shame of his dad being the DJ in that weird dinosaur costume! Packed with  hilarious doodles, funny jokes and lots of pictures, I would recommend this book for ages 7 – 10, since it s quite long.Plus, at the end of the book there are instructions on how to make toast doodles!
So, without hesitation enter the brilliant world of TOM GATES!!!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Tavish from Karori, 8 years old