Top 10 Children’s comics January 2017

Plants vs Zombies has hit the Top 10!  If you like the comic do you like the game? Get the background on how the suburbs became the battleground for warring zombies and mutant plant life.

Have you discovered a new comic series in the holidays? Let us know your favourites in the comments =)

  1. Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
  2. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
  3. Peanuts series, by Charles M. Schulz
  4. Garfield series, by Mark Evanier, Cedric Michiels and created by Jim Davis
  5. Tintin series, by Hergé
  6. Asterix series, by Goscinny and Udzero
  7. Adventure Time, by Ryan North
  8. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
  9. Plants vs Zombies, by Paul Tobin
  10. The Smurfs anthologies, by Peyo




Kids’ Club Review by Ansh: The Titan’s curse : the graphic novel

The Titan's curse : the graphic novelThe Titan’s curse : the graphic novel, by Robert Venditti

This book is about two groups of people called the Half bloods and the Hunters. One girl in Hunters group gets lost and other people are desperate to find her. They go on a quest to find her but somebody else is after those people. Read the book and find out why?.
My favourite character is Percy. He is a half blood and the son of Poseidon the king of the sea.

4 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by George: Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident

Artemis Fowl and the Arctic incident , by Eoin Colfer

This is a fantastic book. Artemis Fowl, a 13 year old, with the help of butler his manservant, L.E.P recon officers, comander Root and Holly, is trying to rescue Artemis senior, Artemis’s father. He has been captured and held to ransom. Can they get there before its too late? This book is an action packed book. I would recommend this book to people who are over 8 and like extreme adventures.

5 stars

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

New Non Fiction to begin the new year!

Welcome to 2017! A new year and  a new start. And so far, it looks very promising at the library with truck loads of new and amazing non fiction where the wonderful world of Harry Potter continues, and collides with an amazing world of fantastic beasts and hidden realms. Further worlds and realms are discovered where imagination takes flight, creativity comes to life, passions are invoked and where heroes, heroines, role models, leaders are discovered.


image courtesy of syndeticsAlbus Dumbledore.

The Harry Potter film collection continues with the complete guide to Albus Dumbledore. This book holds photographs, memories, and quotes from the eight Harry Potter films featuring Albus Dumbledore, looking the moments that made him a great wizard and Hogwarts headmaster, and how he guided Harry in his adventures.


image courtesy of syndeticsFantastic beasts and where to find them : magical movie handbook.

The spin off of the Harry Potter films comes to life with the release of the magical movie handbook: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. This book featuring amazing photos and details from the film, this handbook highlights all of your favorite characters, locations, artifacts, spells, and magical moments from the movie.


Shakespeare Retold.

The wonderful world of William Shakespeare’s plays comes to life in this illustrated volume which features seven classic plays by William Shakespeare, retold by E. Nesbit in plain English – Great for those who aren’t fluent in Shakespeare’s language.



A Miscellany of Magical Beasts.

A world of magical, mythical creatures from around the worlds comes to life in this amazing book that details information about  giants, trolls, harpies, unicorns, and much, much more!




image courtesy of syndeticsVolothamp Geddarm’s dungeonology : an epic adventure through the Forgotten Realms.

Take a journey into the Forbidden Realms in this amazing book that provides information on how to best explore the treasure-laden dungeons, mysterious Underchasm, and Icewind Dale.



image courtesy of syndeticsThe curious guide to things that arent.

This guide is a toolkit for kids that teaches them how to think creatively  through deductive reasoning, listening skills, and imagination, as well as help kids then have to figure out the answers through detective work and a little creative reasoning.



image courtesy of syndeticsA world of Information.

This book is literally a world of information where essential facts are brought to life by stylish infographics and fascinating commentary! You will discover amazing facts and answers to life’s questions such as How much do clouds weigh? Who invented the pencil? How many ways can you tie a knot?


 The Book of Heroes. and The Book of Heroines.

National Geographic’s has done again with these two new books on heroes, heroines and role models. In The Book of Heroes, read and discover the true stories of superheroes, rebels, world leaders, action heroes, sports legends, and many more daring dudes, all of whom played their part to make their mark, make a contribution, and make the world a better place. While Timage courtesy of syndeticshe Book of Heroines covers everything you need to know about female superstars, war heroes, world leaders, gusty gals, and everyday women who changed the world. Both books contain engaging text, high-quality photographs and is a toolkit for every kid with a goal, hope, or dream they want to make a reality.




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Kids’ Club Review by Ethan: Samurai secrets

Samurai secretsSamurai secrets, by Charlie Carter

Battle boy samurai secrets written by Charlie Carter, is about going to the 13th Century Japan. My favourite part is when Napoleon’s father says that he wants them to let his son go, it really makes him sound like he really means it.
Readers will love learning how how samurais act to ningas.

4 stars

Reviewed by Ethan from Brooklyn and Kelburn Normal School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Benedict: The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures

The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and picturesThe invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures, by Brian Selznick

This is a story about an orphan boy who fixes a mechanical man because he wants to see what the mechanical man can write – the mechanical man leads Hugo on a bigger adventure.
I liked the story and the pictures helped me to understand the plot better. The story was very realistic.
There were some scary parts and lots of exciting surprises.
This is a good book for girls and boys of ages 10 – 14 yrs.

5 stars

Reviewed by Benedict from Miramar and Miramar North School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Alice: A wonderlandiful world

A wonderlandiful worldA wonderlandiful world, by Shannon Hale

This book took me quite a while to read. I really loved this book and the ending was so sweet. I was taken on an amazing adventure where Lizzie Hearts, Cedar Wood and Madeline Hatter were the only ones who did not transform into weird objects by the Jabberwock, a powerful beasts magic. It is there job to save Ever After High into becoming completely crazy.

5 stars

Reviewed by Alice from Kilbirnie and St Patrick’s School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Juliet: Harper and the Circus of Dreams

Harper and the Circus of DreamsHarper and the Circus of Dreams, by Cerrie Burnell

This book was firework fabulous! I loved it! (I said ‘firework fabulous’ because it’s New Year)! I loved the illustrations by Laura Ellen Anderson! They are so realistic! I really absolutely loved the story (made up by Cerrie Burnell). It had a great plot and AMAZING characters. I really appreciate all the hard work Laura Ellen Anderson and Cerrie Burnell put into Harper and the Circus of Dreams. I would recommend this book to all my friends at Ngaio School.

5 stars

Reviewed by Juliet from Cummings Park and Queen Margaret College , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Juliet: The BFG

The BFGThe BFG, by Roald Dahl

This book was lovely! Roald Dahl really hit the target this time! I love the BFG! He is so friendly! I kind of wish it didn’t have to go back to you, the librarians.I love the illustrations by Quentin Blake! I would recommend this book to Kitty, my sister.

4 stars

Reviewed by Juliet from Cummings Park and Queen Margaret College , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Finn: Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The lightning thief ; The sea of monsters ; The titan’s curse

Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The lightning thief ; The sea of monsters ; The titan’s curse, by Rick Riordan

I loved the book, it was great! The book is about a boy called Percy, who battles awesome greek monsters like Minators, dragons, and so on. He goes on adventures with his friends Annebeth, Grover and Tyson. He meets Grover and Annebeth at camp half-blood, it is a huge camp. Percy Jackson is the son of Poesedon, who is the god of the water. Percy can breathe under water. Annebeth is the daughter of Athena, and Grover is not human. Grovers legs and below are goat legs, but he has fake human feet so people think he is human.

The reasons above are why I rate the book 5 stars and 7 up the book is 100% awesome!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

5 stars

Reviewed by Finn from Khandallah and Cashmere Avenue School , 8 years old