Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: The Minpins

The MinpinsThe Minpins, by Roald Dahl

The mani charachter is Little Billy who meets tiny people (The Minpins) who live in trees. They have wonderful adventures and tame birds for little Billy. There is a scarey monster that I didn’t like. The Minpins and the the story being in nature was my favourite bit. I like Roald Dahl. Good big print book with good illustrations. Recommend for ages 7 and up.

3 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Brooklyn and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

Legends of Zita the SpacegirlLegends of Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke

I was looking for a new series of books and found’s a graphic novel. Zita is space girl who saves the world on different adventures. It is really cool and you get to meet all of the characters who help her (robots and friends). I didn’t the fighting parts. Recommend for 7 + ages

3 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tiger: Sophie Quire and the last Storyguard

Sophie Quire and the last Storyguard, by Jonathan Auxier

Wow! This book was a real gripper, it made me scared and happy and I almost fell off my bed! (Okay, people don’t normally say that but the saying goes “I was hanging onto my chair,” or falling off it, but I wasn’t sitting on a chair, I was reading in bed.)

Sophie loves loves LOVES books. (like me! EXACTLY LIKE ME!) To the point that it makes her dangerous (apparently). Her father owns a bookshop. She has no idea what happened to her mother as her father refuses to talk about her. So.

Peter Nimble is a cunning and very good thief. He has been so for most of his life. He can pickpocket any pocket and rob any house. He doesn’t have a mother or father either. (More can be found about him in the book Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes). So.

Evil Inquisitor Prigg is trying to get rid of ALL storybooks, starting up a “No Nonsense” campaign. Sophie and her dad are in trouble. So.

Peter and Sophie quickly meet and become not friends, but not enemies either. They are sent on a quest to find four books – the Book of Who, What, Where and Why. (I think that’s right, anyway). It is a dangerous journey, especially since Sophie’s mum (as she finds out EVENTUALLY from her irritatingly quiet dad) was murdered by someone desperate to get to the Book of Who.

Sophie and Peter (and Sir Tode, a kind of horse cat) have to save the world before the world is destroyed forever, (NO BOOKS! NO BOOKS! NOOOOOOO BOOOOOKS!!)

Read this thrilling and heartstopping book to find out more!

5 stars

Reviewed by Tiger from Cummings Park and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caleb: Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis complex

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis complexArtemis Fowl and the Atlantis complex, by Eoin Colfer

The atlantis complex is a great book, and my favourite in the Artemis Fowl series! Artemis Fowl has now got the atlantis complex – this is a psychosis common among gulit – ridden criminals and includes symptoms of obssessive behaviour, paranoia, delusions and in extreme cases multiple personality disorder. Causing Atemis to become nice instead of the evil mastermind he ususally is.

This means he can’t fight the robots attacking atlantis. It is an extreamly tense and funny book. I recommend it for 9+ because it can be confusing at times. This is no. 7 in the series, but you can read it out of order.

5 stars

Reviewed by Caleb from Cummings Park and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Peehoo: Sugar and spice

Sugar and spiceSugar and spice, by Sarah Mlynowski

This book is all kinds of Awesome! When Jonah and Abby land in the tale of Hansel and Gretel that can’t help eat the candy house. After all their parents did make them miss out dessert! But when the witch takes them in prison they are in SERIOUS TROUBLE!

5 stars

Reviewed by Peehoo from Johnsonville and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Peehoo: Cold as ice

Cold as iceCold as ice, by Sarah Mlynowski

When the mirror sucks Abby and Jonah in to the tale of the Snow Queen New friendship begins. When the Snow Queen turns everyone into a Frombie- A frozen zombie. It’s up to Abby and the Bandit girl Sharon to save the day! Then they realise all the Snow Queen wanted was a true friend.

5 stars

Reviewed by Peehoo from Johnsonville and , 11 years old

Top Ten Children’s Comics March 2017


So… library borrowers are big fans of Snoopy and Charlie Brown!

Did you know that there is a museum dedicated to Charles M. Schulz the Charlie Brown creator!  Snoopy was based on his childhood pet dog Spike. At the museum there is a mural showing the way Spike became the Snoopy character we all recognise today.

What would a comic character of your pet look like?  Let us know in the comments below =)

  1. Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
  2. Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz
  3. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
  4. Tintin, by Hergé
  5. Asterix, by Goscinny and Udzero
  6. Garfield, by Jim Davis
  7. Adventure time, by Ryan North
  8. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
  9. The Smurfs anthology, by Peyo
  10. Chi’s Sweet Home, by Kanata Konami