Kids’ Club Review by Gabriella: Perfectly Ella

Perfectly Ella, by Candy Harper

I have recently reviewed Especially Amelia.
The first book in the Strawberry sisters series is Perfectly Ella, which I read before.
It is really really good! (OK that is an understatement!)

In the book, there is a big family, with the Mum called Louise, and then four sisters! There is Amelia, age 13, Ella, age 11, Chloe, age 12, and Lucy, age 7.
Ella is really excited because she is starting Year 7 and her two best friends, Ashandra and Kayleigh will finally get to meet each other! But they don’t like each other. Ella tries hard to pull them together. Does she succeed? Well, read the book!

I liked this book because it was funny and interesting and AWESOME!
I rate it 5 stars/
I would reccomend it to girls age 8-12.

Come on, read it, you know you want to…

5 stars

Reviewed by Gabriella from Johnsonville, 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Calla: Swing it, Sunny!

Swing it, Sunny, by Jennifer L Holm

Great book! I think ages 10 plus would enjoy this book because it’s a bit more mature for a graphic novel. It is a sequel to Sunny side up but I do think you can read it without reading the first one. This book was quite different. It wasn’t funny but it wasn’t sad. In this book a girl named Sunny’s life is put into a graphic novel. In this book her brother Dylan is sent off to a boarding school because he is have issues and it explains how sunny is feeling. Over all it was great read and I highly recommend it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Calla from Brooklyn and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Smile

SmileSmile, by Raina Telgemeier

This book is about a six grader Raina who chases her friend Kelli so fast that she falls down and blood drips down her mouth to the floor and knocks down her two fronth teeth . In seventh grade a boy likes her so he kepe sitting next to her . A couple of girls kept saying “Raina likes a teeny old sixth grader!” Raina feels annoyed . Then she walks away then they say “Cry Baby!” which is very rude. She gets braces , fake teeth and other treatments . I really liked this book . I recommended people who like picture books , chapter books to read this .

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Central City and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Gabriella: Especially Amelia

Especially AmeliaEspecially Amelia, by Candy Harper

I LOOOVED this book it is amazing!
The Stawberry sisters series was recommended to me from a friend, and it is EPIC!
Thanks so much! (Note: There are three books in the series, Perfectly Ella, Especially Amelia and completely Chloe. The author is Candy Harper)

Anyway, I liked Especially Amelia because it was funny and interesting and really hooked me in!
Amelia is my favourite Strawberry Sister because she’s funny and witty , and Ella is a bit too quiet and Lucy is just 7 but she treats her friends badly and Chloe is a little disgusting!

Here is a quick ‘spoiler’
So Amelia is the oldest Strawberry sister who is in year 9 and her Best Friend Lauren has this disease that makes her tired all the time but Lauren is telling lies to Amelia!
There are lots of problems but it all works out in the end! She is in a big family of her mother, her three sisters (Ella, age 11, Chloe, age 12. and Lucy, age 7.) and herself! (age 14)

I have read Perfectly Ella and Especially Amelia and am going to read Completely Chloe. I would recommend these books to any girl aged 8-12 who likes fun books about families with happy endings.

So read it today, Candy Harper (the author) rocks!

5 stars

Reviewed by Gabriella from Johnsonville and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Eleanor: The fish in the bathtub

The fish in the bathtubThe fish in the bathtub, by Eoin Colfer

Mr Fishy came in a bucket.Then he went into the bath.Now Grandpa Feliks plans to put him in the oven.Grandpa Feliks can’t wait to eat the carp he has bought for Christmas.But little Lucja loves Mr Fishy.It was an awesome story.I loved it.If you read it you will think it all happened!

5 stars

Reviewed by Eleanor from Karori and , 8 years old

Rainbow Storytimes!

Come and listen to some wonderful Rainbow Stories at Wellington Central Library presented by Wellington’s favourite Drag Queen, the fabulous LaQuisha St Refern and friends. Celebrate our Rainbow Families with this special fun storytime  event for children, their families and anyone who likes stories!

What: Rainbow Storytimes

Where: Wellington Central Library

When: Saturday 3rd March, 2 – 2.30pm

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: The big sister

The big sisterThe big sister, by Sally Rippin

I think the author had a misunderstanding because i’ve read other Billie B Brown books and her mum has blackish brown hair also her dad and Billie but at the back of the book just borned Noah has blonde hair . I think that was a misunderstanding her was she just dreaming? Billie has an old teddy called Mr Fred . She and Jack were playing soccer so she put Mr Fred near a bush so he could watch . Mr Fred was Billie’s favorite teddy , she had it when she was just a baby . It started to rain so Bille and Jack ran inside to get some shade . But you know what she left outside? Mr Fred! when it was bedtime her mum was reading her a bedtime story then she had a funny look on her face Mr Fred! I left him outside! Overall , I nearly have told the whole story so um I rate this book 3 stars because the author had a misunderstanding , I recommend all Billie B Brown fans to read this book.

3 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Central City and , 7 years old

New Kids Fiction books for you to kick back and relax with (once you’ve finished your homework!)

School is back! so here’s 10 wonderful new kids fiction books for you to chose from, to help you get back into the swing of things! Grab them today from your local Library! 🙂

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan

When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marsh lands – the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness. However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracised by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze’s family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for. But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze’s family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness?


Image courtesy of SyndeticsMatt Millz by Harry Hill

Meet Matt Millz – Britain’s Youngest (and funniest!) Comedian! Matt may be small but he is truly mighty on the comedy circuit. Well, he is in his head anyway. When the school holds a talent show, Matt has the opportunity to demonstrate that he’s got the magical chutzpah quip to take him all the way to the Apollo. With the help of his diminutive manager, Kitty Hope, and his hapless form teacher, as well as the school brute, his heartthrob and Rob his best friend, Matt learns what it takes to be really funny . . . A hilarious new book from National TreasureT and real-life (very) funny man Harry Hill.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsMez’s Magic by Eliot Schrefer

Caldera has forever been divided into those animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her beloved sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse. Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. Her magical power has unknown depths, but she must rush to discover it after a mysterious stranger arrives at her family’s den, bearing warnings of a reawakened evil. Saving Caldera means Mez must leave her sister behind and unite an unlikely group of animal friends to unravel an ancient mystery and protect their rainforest home.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsArmstrong & Charlie By Steven B. Frank

“During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s”– Provided by publisher



Image courtesy of SyndeticsWinterhouse by Ben Guterson

Elizabeth, eleven, spends Christmas break at Winterhouse hotel under strange circumstances, where she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery.




Image courtesy of SyndeticsBah Humbug! by Michael Rosen

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it’s likely his father won’t stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story’s message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father’s distracted heart?


IImage courtesy of Syndeticsvy by Katherine Coville

A young girl helps her grandmother care for magical creatures.





Image courtesy of SyndeticsGoodly and Grave in a deadly case of murder by Justine Windsor

The second page-turning adventure in this sharp-witted, magical mystery series. When reports come in that valuable magical objects are being stolen, Goodly and Grave are on the case, but just when they think they know whodunit their prime suspect turns up – murdered! Will Lucy be able to track the real villain without putting herself in deadly danger…? An page-turning mystery with a magical twist.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsGrover’s New Friends by Claire Garth

Grover McBane is a lucky dog. He has a new family, and he’s making friends at the park. But Grover’s owner, Annie, needs his help. A puppy called Peanunt has arrived at the animal shelter and is scared and confused. Thank goodness Grover and his new friends from the dog park are there to help! What will happen to Peanut? Where will he go?

Chinese New Year & Special Storytimes at the Library

Come down to Wellington Central Library and Civic Square to celebrate the Chinese New Year: The Year of the Dog, with special storytime events for pre-schoolers and their families presented by the Ni Hao Children’s Community.

We have 2 Storytimes for you at Wellington Central Library on Saturday the 17th of February which will be in Chinese, but guess what? It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Chinese you are going to have lots of fun listening to another language and doing activities all about the year of the Dog. Bring along a toy dog, dress in your New Year clothes (or Dog costume), or just come as you are, to share familiar stories and songs like ‘Spot the Dog’ or ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’…but in Chinese! Don’t forget while you are down at Central Library to check out all the fun activities that are going to be happening outside in Civic Square.

What: Chinese Storytimes

When: Saturday 17th of February

Time: 9.30-10am & 3-3.30pm

Where: Wellington Central Library