8 New Junior Comics to Read Just in Time for Winter!

Kia ora kids!

Here are some new junior comics that have just arrived at Wellington City Libraries! Head on down to your local library and grab these awesome reads just in time for winter!

Enjoy!


image courtesy of syndeticsInvestiGators.

Time to get your super sleuth on with the InvestiGators, Mango and Brash, sewer-loving agents on their first mission together, who have not one but two mysteries to solve! Can Mango and Brash uncover the clues, crack their cases, and corral the crooks–or will the criminals wriggle out of their grasp? Overall a very humorous read!

image courtesy of syndeticsSnoopy: First Beagle in Space.

“Join Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang as he seeks new milestones in the space race! Even though the first moon landing was 50 years ago, Snoopy has a bold new mission: to be the first beagle in space! Join Snoopy as he sets out on his ambitious quest, while also leading Woodstock and friends as a Beagle Scout and keeping the company of his owner, the round-headed kid Charlie Brown.”–Publisher’s website.

image courtesy of syndeticsCaptain Underpants: George and Harold’s Epic Comix Collection Vol. 2.

Lovable series, Captain Underpants returns with another comic to entertain fans far and wide. “This second collection features even more of George and Harold’s hilarious comix from the first three seasons of the TV show — nearly 200 pages of comics total! Each epic adventure features a brand-new villain from the hit Netflix TV series.”–Provided by publisher.

image courtesy of syndeticsRocket Raccoon and Groot : tall tails.

If you love adventure, animals, outer space and just about anything in between, this is the book for you! Join Rocket Racoon and Groot in weird and wacky adaptation of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as you have never seen it before!


image courtesy of syndeticsIllegal.

“Ebo is alone. His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life, the same journey their sister set out on months ago. But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe. Ebo’s epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his family”–Provided by publisher.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Sisters. 1: Just Like Family.

“Meet two wonderful young girls who happen to be sisters-Maureen, and her older sister Wendy. Both are full of personality and a strong sense of independence. So while they may love each other with all their hearts, it’s not always easy for the two of them to be together. After all, when we’re still very young, age differences are much more meaningful. While Maureen may want to hang out with her older sister, nothing could be more embarrassing for Wendy. See how despite all odds, they still manage to get through each day without killing each other… well, at least so far!” — publisher’s web site.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe sisters. 4, Selfie awareness.

Beach vacation with the Sisters! But can their parents stop Wendy from burying Maureen in the sand… permanently?!


image courtesy of syndeticsStig & Tilde. 2, Leader of the pack.

“In their second adventure, Stig and Tilde once again find themselves shipwrecked on a mysterious island. This time, after their shipwreck, Stig & Tilde are welcomed by a pack of feral wolves! With only each other as backup, will they make it out unscathed? Find out in the next exciting adventure!”–Provided by publisher.

6 New Comics to Read During Winter

Hey Kids!

Wellington City Libraries has a new shipment of junior comics and graphic novels! Get your hands on them just in time for winter!

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsMaker Comics: Grow a Garden!

You can grow a garden — and it’s easier than you think! With the easy instructions inside this book, you can grow lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, and more. And you don’t need a backyard to be a great gardener — just a little bit of space and a lot of sunlight. Maker Comics: Grow a Garden! will walk you through each step, from seed to harvest.

image courtesy of syndeticsMarvel action : Spider-Man : bad luck. Book 3.

“Peter, Gwen, and Miles have learned to work together, but a sinister new enemy is about to tear them apart in this middle-grade-friendly graphic novel! After a devastating encounter with the Black Cat and her bad luck powers, the Spidey team is down on their luck and at each other’s throats. Will Peter, Miles, and Gwen learn to overcome their bad luck and work together again, or is this the end of the line for the Marvelous Spider-Trio?”–Provided by publisher.

image courtesy of syndeticsPoems to see by : a comic artist interprets great poetry.

This stunning anthology of favorite poems visually interpreted by comic artist Julian Peters breathes new life into some of the greatest English-language poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

image courtesy of syndeticsAstronauts : women on the final frontier.

“The U.S. may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. It took years to catch up, but soon NASA’s first female astronauts were racing past milestones of their own. The trail-blazing women of Group 9, NASA’s first mixed gender class, had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman’s place is in space, but they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make space travel possible for everyone.”–Front flap.

image courtesy of syndeticsSnapdragon.

“Snap’s town had a witch. At least, that’s how the rumor goes. But in reality, Jacks is just a crocks-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online–after doing a little ritual to put their spirits to rest. It’s creepy, sure, but Snap thinks it’s kind of cool, too. They make a deal: Jacks will teach Snap how to take care of the baby opossums that Snap rescued, and Snap will help Jacks with her work. But as Snap starts to get to know Jacks, she realizes that Jacks may in fact have real magic–and a connection with Snap’s family’s past.”–Provided by publisher.

image courtesy of syndeticsKaren’s witch : a graphic novel.

Karen Brewer’s imagination gets the best of her when she decides that her neighbour, Mrs. Porter – who has wild gray hair, wears black robes, and has a garden full of mysterious herbs – must be a witch.

Virtual Storytime: Straight from the Librarian’s Living Room

With our libraries currently closed, are you missing your regular storytime fix? Don’t worry, we have you covered in more ways than one: check the options below!

Virtual Storytimes
During the lockdown, your favourite librarians will be bringing you livestreamed storytimes directly from their living rooms on the Wellington City Libraries Facebook page. Storytime will be streamed live Monday-Friday at 10:30am, and on Saturdays at 2:00pm, to match the times when Preschool Storytime would normally be happening at your local library. You can join us live as we stream, or watch the video afterwards.

Story Box Library
Tired of waiting for your next storytime livestream? Did you know that you can enjoy a read-aloud storytime ANYtime?! All you need is your Wellington City Libraries card and a device to watch on — PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Log in with your library card number and PIN, and enjoy stories being read aloud by fantastic, predominantly Australian and New Zealand, storytellers.

Stories Online
If those options aren’t enough, over on the Kids’ Downloads page we have a whole raft of digital storytime content that we have been curating over the years. This page is stuffed full of videos of New Zealand books being read by their authors at the library, links to awesome resources such as TumbleBooks and Kanopy Kids, and plenty of other bits and pieces to keep your mind busy!

While you check out all these awesome resources, why not watch our first livestreamed Virtual Storytime below? Straight from my living room (with Velvet Elvis looking down from above!) I bring you I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, published by Walker Books.

Kids’ Club Review by Connor: Bad dad

Bad dadBad dad, David Walliams ; illustrated by Tony Ross

This is one of the best, funny and interesting books I’ve ever read. I just couldn’t stop reading this book. I couldn’t wait to see what the next sentence was. The author has done a amazing job making it so interesting. I recommend this book to everyone. In my opinion, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

5 stars

Reviewed by Connor from Tawa and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Dominic: The remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise

The remarkable journey of Coyote SunriseThe remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise, Dan Gemeinhart

The remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise is a incredible story about a girl who had been named Coyote since the death of her two sisters and Mum. After the incident, Coyote and her Dad Rodeo set off in a never ending trip on their new home Yager (an old school bus). Rodeo has a list of ‘no goes’ and one of them is going back to their old home but after Coyote’s weekly chat on the phone with her Grandma, her Dad’s Mum tells her the local park is being taken down to become buildings. Coyote remembers that 5 days before the deaths, her sisters and Mum buried a box that they would come back and and dig up ten years later. But luckily Rodeo and his daughter had invented an acronym; Drop Everything And Drive (DEAD) meaning they had a craving they really wanted to come true even if it was on the other side of the US. Coyote lied saying she needed a pork sandwich made around her birthplace. Needing the box, Coyote decides to do the impossible: travelling 3000 miles in a week without Rodeo noticing her plan. Picking up strangers to help her case along the way, she attempts her feat.

This is a very heartfelt and emotional story, but I loved every second of it and never wanted it to end.

5 stars

Reviewed by Dominic from Brooklyn and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Wonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures

Wonderstruck : a novel in words and picturesWonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures, Brian Selznick

It all starts when Ben’s mum gets in a car crash and he has to live in his cousin’s house.
He decides to run away and look through his mother’s things – that’s when he discovers that he has a dad, which his mum has never spoken about. He decides to look for him.

I thought this novel was extremely fascinating because it includes black & white pictures too.
I also found out that there’s a film about Wonderstruck – which I found out from the internet, is entirely different from the book.

I rate this 5 stars, and I look forward to reading more of Brian Selznick’s books.

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Johnsonville and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sophia L: Pete the Cat’s trip to the supermarket

Pete the Cat's trip to the supermarketPete the Cat’s trip to the supermarket, by Kimberly & James Dean

It’s about getting the right things in the supermarket. It all started when Pete and Bob were hungry when they after had a lot of fun. So Pete and Bob and their dad went to the supermarket. But before the three cats went to the supermarket they wrote a list of things to get in the supermarket. when they just came Pete and Bob’s and the dad’s list blew away but Pete and Bob remembered what was on the list. So they went in the supermarket. In aisle 10 was dairy so in aisle 10 they got milk and stinky cheese. Then the three cats went to aisle 9 and they got bacon and chicken even if bacon was not on the list they got it because Pete’s dad wanted it. In aisle 8 Pete remembered eggs so Pete asked his dad” what kind of eggs” and Pete’s dad said “Jumbo” so they got it. In aisle 7 there was nothing on the list but the three cats got some stuff in aisle 7 they got the food called bow ties. In aisle 6 it smelled fruity and Pete remembered apples and Bob remembered raspberries so they got it. In aisle 5 Pete’s dad tasted a hot dog and it was free and in aisle 4 Pete tasted a cupcake. In aisle 3 there was nothing on the list again but Pete’s dad allowed Pete and bob a tasty treat. Pete chose crackers that were shaped like fish and Bob chose popcorn. In aisle 2 it felt cold because it had the things that had to stay cold and again there was nothing on the list in that aisle but they got some stuff Pete’s dad got mango flavoured popsicles. In aisle 1 there was beautiful flowers and again there were nothing on the list that was in aisle 1 but the three cats got one flower that was a tulip for the the three cats grandma. then they went back home with out the fish that was on the list but the car was full of stuff so the three cats will get the fish next time the three cats come to the supermarket.

4 stars

Reviewed by Sophia L from Tawa and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Isabella: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

As 8 yr old Barnaby is continuously being spooked he and his older sisters head out on a mission to uncover the truth of the ghosts and their family. This book is definitely suited for older children

3 stars

Reviewed by Isabella from Miramar and Seatoun School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Isabella: The house with chicken legs

The house with chicken legsThe house with chicken legs, Sophie Anderson

This book is amazing! As Marinka and her grand mother baba guide the dead. Marinka wants so much more than this life she has. But when her grand mother suddenly disappears Marinka must guide the dead on her own otherwise things could go horribly wrong…

5 stars

Reviewed by Isabella from Miramar and Seatoun School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jasmine: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

I love this book it is just a wonderful storyline and I like how it tells it from different people’s perspective. At some points of the book it just super sad and others it really happy. I can really tell R. J. Palacio put so much emotion into writing it.

4 stars

Reviewed by Jasmine from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 9 years old