Kids’ Club Review by Esme: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K Rowling

This 800 page book is very catchy and I suggest you read it. In fact, I suggest you read the whole series. The Order of the Phoenix is very interesting, entertaining and incredibly enjoyable. One of my favourite parts is the battle at the Ministry of Magic, which is at the end (page 706 to 754). The only disappointment is that some parts are tediously annoying, for example I find Chapter 30 (Grawp) a bit dull but it’s still worth reading.

5 stars

Reviewed by Esme from Central City and , 8 years old

Top 10 Children’s non-fiction September 2017

Empire vs Rebel Alliance… with the next episode just around the corner Star Wars fans are gearing up for another adventure with epic space battles, heroes and villains and new worlds. People, creatures, robots, space travel and planets are such a great source of material that it’s no wonder we have books and comics in every section of the library that delve into this galactic war, and… 3 spots in this Top 10!

Online builders are finding more ways to apply their skills with Terraria.  With books offering you tips and tricks to make the most out of crafting in 2D or 3D =)

This top 10 includes real life heroes – 100 of them! Good night stories for rebel girls, features wildlife advocates, early computer programmers, sports people and an astronaut!

 

  1. Minecraft : guide to the Nether and the End, by Stephanie Milton
  2. The LEGO ideas book, by Daniel Lipkowitz
  3. Harry Potter and the cursed child, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J. K. Rowling
  4. Minecraft, by Nick Farwell
  5. Terraria, by Daniel Roy
  6. Star Wars : the visual encyclopedia, by Patricia Barr, Adam Bray and Cole Horton
  7. Pokemon deluxe essential handbook, published by Gosford, N.S.W. : Scholastic Australia
  8. Good night stories for rebel girls, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
  9. Star Wars : The Force Awakens in pictures, by Ryder Windham
  10. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft and Pablo Hidalgo

Wild About Reading! Summer Reading Challenge

Yes it’s nearly time to Slip, Slop, Slap and read, relax and rummage through some fantabulous books! Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner and have we got some great reads lined up for you this Summer!!!

So for those of you new to this and a reminder to the rest of us who feel like last summer was ages and ages ago, here’s what it’s all about…

Down at Wellington City Libraries we have chosen some of our favourite books, and hopefully some of yours, to see how many of them you can get through between the 1st of December to the 31st of January 2018. There are 60+ books on our list so plenty of variety. The idea is to read a book from the list then go to the Kid’s Page on our website, click on the Kids Club and start writing reviews. Even better you get prizes as well! Also each review puts you in the draw for an amazing book bag full of exciting books and things. Don’t belong to the Kids Club yet? It’s easy to join online check out the Kids Page to find out how.

So here’s a little preview of what’s in store for you this summer!

Ever thought of having a raven as a pet? Well that’s what happened to Arabel when her Dad (a London Taxi driver) finds a raven in the middle of the road one night and brings it. From there the crazy wild adventures begin, who knew a raven could reek so much havoc. Read about Arabel and Mortimer ‘s hilarious antics in one of the 4 books in the Arabel and Mortimer series with fantastic illustrations by Quentin Blake.

 

The Doomspell by Cliff McNish is an amazing fantasy trilogy which are a must for all Harry Potter and Northern Lights fans! “Rachel has been having disturbing dreams that start to feel too real. Then one day, she and her brother are ripped through a wall in her house and transported to a dangerous world ruled by a manipulative witch and her ancient underlings.” – Publisher

 

 

Moa by James Davidson. I don’t know about you, but I love reading comics and summer for me is the perfect time to hang out in a hammock with a great big stack of them! Moa is a laugh out loud series and the perfect thing for those hot summer days. “Ride along with Kiwi and Possum on their side-splitting adventures battling mythical creatures and dangerous hunters in colonial New Zealand! This treasury collection contains all five issues of James Davidson’s acclaimed comic series Moa, sure to delight readers of all ages.” – Publisher.

That was just a sneak peak of what’s in store for you over the holiday season and guess what there are another 57+ books to choose from! So keep an eye out at your local library and on our website for the Wild About Reading: Summer Reading Challenge booklet.

What: Wild About Reading: Summer Reading Challenge booklet

When: Available at your local Library from 18th November 2017

Kids’ Club Review by Tara: The brightest night

The brightest nightThe brightest night, by Tui Sutherland (1978-)

Wings of fire, book 5, The brightest night, A book report From Tui.T. Southerland re written in book report form by Tara.J. Williams, 8 years old.

Introduction
This book is about a sandwing. Sandwings are dragons that have scales the colour of the dessert sand so that they can lie down and camouflage into the hot dessert sand. Their scales give warmth to those near them. They can survive a long time without water. Also at the top of their tail there is a poisonous barb and if it stings any dragon, sandwing or not, the venom still gets inside them. If they are not taken to a healer in 24 or less hours they will be …DEAD! The only cure is to get the juice from some cacti in the sandwing territory without getting caught otherwise they will KILL you! Once you have gotten the juice you smear it over the sting/scratch. The sandwings name is Sunny and she ventures to find the eye of onyx to stop the tribal war.

Characters
The main characters are Sunny, her three kidnappers which I will not be mentioning in this book report, Thorn/leader of the scorpion den/Sunny ‘s mom, Queen burn, (Clay, Starflight, Glory and Tsunami who are her four closest friends in the world because they are all in the dragonet prophecy together) and Flower who is a scavenger/human.

Premise and plot
Queen burns sisters are Queen blister and Queen blaze. They are the reason the War started in the first place because none of them challenged their mother, Queen oasis before she got killed by scavengers and according to the laws if none of them had challenged her for the throne before she had died then none of them could be Queen. So now the sandwings do not have a Queen. The Tribe is split into three quarters for who wants who to be…QUEEN! Also, whoever wears the eye of onyx, because it is a necklace becomes Queen_______ of the sandwings but It was lost during the start of the war. That is why Sunny is trying to find the eye of onyx to stop the war.

Middle
In the middle Sunny escapes from her kidnapers and takes the obsidian mirror. The obsidian mirror is a mirror that allows you to see any dragon you like and you also get to see what they are doing. The mirror was animus touched. An animus dragon is a dragon with special powers That can do anything, absolutely anything apart from making a dragon who is not an animus an animus and bringing the dead back to life. But when they use their powers they lose bits of their souls bit by bit until they go so crazy that that they massacred their whole family and anyone who tries to stop them.

Ending
In the end Sunny and her four best friends found the …EYE OF ONYX with the help of flower and gave it to Thorn/Sunny ‘s mum but Thorn is now called Queen Thorn of the sandwings.

Why I loved it
I loved it because it was exciting a little scary but mostly exciting which is why I would recommend this book for ages seven and up. P.S if you do not agree with me read it when you’re under the age of seven but you may find it a little scary.

5 stars

Reviewed by Tara from Karori and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Mananya: Harry Potter and the goblet of fire

Harry Potter and the goblet of fire, by J. K Rowling

This book really hooked me in.There were loads of hidden secrets in it and I read the story I came to know more about this book. I can tell that J.K Rowling has described this book. I got so carried away I had to write my speech about it.From the starting to the end the book was wonderful.I really liked the story outline.

5 stars

Reviewed by Mananya from Central City and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Zahra: Badjelly the witch: a fairy story

Badjelly the witch: a fairy storyBadjelly the witch: a fairy story, by Spike Milligan (1918-2002)

The story was about two children Tim and Rose who went into the forest to find their cow Lucy. They met some animals and Badjelly the Witch.

My favourite characters were Dinglemouse, Tim, Rose and Lucy the cow. They were funny. Dinglemouse said he used to be banana and that was funny. I did not like the witch that much because she was so so so so so mean.

I like the way it was written because of the funny detail. It had a lot of bum and bottom jokes. It made me laugh.

I leant you should not talk to witches or any strangers. The best part was when they saved Lucy. If I could rewrite the ending they would get a prize for finding Lucy.

If I could give the book another title it would be The Hunt for Lucy.

I would recommend this book to children of any age because it will make them crack up laughing. I recommend it to adults too. There are no parts that are boring. It was all fun.

This book is similar to The Witches by Roald Dahl.

I like the book because it was very very funny.

5 stars

Reviewed by Zahra from Karori and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Marcus: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K Rowling

I think that this is a really good book but i think that people reading this should be at least 6 or 7 years old or they might not understand what’s happening.The book is about a boy named Harry Potter and when he turns eleven a half giant named Hagrid goes to find him and tells him that he has a place at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry.

5 stars

Reviewed by Marcus from Central City and , 10 years old