Kids’ Club Review by Gaurav: To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from DogfishTo Night Owl from Dogfish, Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

One day Avery Bloom got an email from Bett Devlin saying that their parents had met at a building expo in Chicago three months ago and now were a couple. Avery just didn’t get she totally didn’t believe what Bett was saying. Slowly with evidence Bett gave her she started to believe her. They both planned to try separate their parents and doing that they didn’t understand but got closer together. When their dads got separated they both were so into being sisters. They were separated from talking but till talked to each other secretly. Secretly they planned to go to the same camp again the next summer. ( Last summer they were sent together on purpose to be better together.) And finally like always the story had a happy ending.

I recommend this book for anyone over 9 to read it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Gaurav from Johnsonville and Raroa Normal Intermediate , 11 years old

10 new junior comics to celebrate the new year!

Happy new year everyone! Head on down to your local branch, and celebrate the new year by getting your hands on 10 new junior comics in Children’s collection.

Enjoy!


Crush.

Jorge seems to have it all together. He’s big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he’s also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl… But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him and what he actually wants? When the group dynamic among Jorge’s friends starts to shift, he must learn to balance what his friends expect of him and what he really wants.


To dance : a memoir.

Ballerinas are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six–and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance classes at the School of American Ballet, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet while working with ballet legend George Balanchine. Part family history, part backstage drama, this beautifully updated graphic memoir–which features a refreshed design and a brand-new scrapbook of Siena’s mementoes–is an original, firsthand look a young dancer’s beginnings. Siena Siegel is an author and former dancer who trained at the School of American Ballet. To Dance is her story.


 Maker Comics: Draw a comic.

With Draw A Comic!, you’ll learn to create and print your own comic books! Follow these simple steps to sketch out your story ideas and ink a comic page. Learn which art supplies are best for drawing comics–you can use a pen, a brush, or even a computer. With the help of a photocopy machine, you can even self-publish your own comics and share them with your friends!


Maker Comics: Create a costume.

The comic convention is just a few short weeks away. All Bea and Parker need now are great costumes… But won’t the supplies and materials cost a fortune? Not if Bea and Parker follow a few simple instructions from Costume Critter, the world’s cutest cosplayer! With Maker Comics: Create a Costume! you can create fun, easy, budget-friendly costumes. And you don’t have to start from scratch: A few simple modifications can transform thrift store clothes into a variety of costumes. Even mastering the sewing machine isn’t as hard as it looks! You can make amazing costumes–all you need are the right tools, a little know-how, and a lot of imagination.


Maker Comics: Fix a car.

Before you get behind the wheel, learn what’s going on underneath the hood. Follow along as Ms. Gritt covers all the basics of preventative maintenance and roadside repairs. Colorful diagrams illustrate the inner workings of complex parts and systems. With Maker Comics: Fix a Car! you can keep your automobile in tip-top shape!


Scare City.

Scare City is the hub where all of the world’s ghouls, ghosts and goblins dwell in perfect harmony. Like any other urban city, it’s bustling with working class folk and thriving with a sense of culture and community! It took the monsters centuries to overcome their differences and develop a realm in which they could live together in peace, but when a mysterious light begins to steal people in the night, paranoia takes hold, revitalizing ancient tensions between clans and causing Scare City to fall back into the hands of angry, pitchfork-wielding mobs! Its fate rests, unexpectedly, in the hands of a compassionate zombie-witch baker, Gina, who doesn’t want to see her home be torn apart by hate, and is willing to do whatever it takes to bring everyone together once again.


The White Snake.

Young Randall dreams of adventures until one day he’s sent off on a mission to discover the neighboring king’s secret. When he returns, he’s thrown in a dungeon and despairs until Princess Tilda — the power behind the throne – entices him to compete for her hand. Courage, determination — and Tilda’s trust in him – toss him from one adventure to the next as he dives for a ring at the bottom of the ocean and searches for a Golden Apple from the Tree of Life. BEN NADLER’s modern version in comics highlights the timeless truth at the heart of this Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale in a way that is sure to delight and resonate with today’s young readers.


Smurf Salad.

The Smurfs have been unhappy lately with their meals as prepared by Chef Smurf. When Chef Smurf suggests to Papa Smurf to investigate what’s causing Farmer Smurf’s crops to be wilted and stunted, Papa Smurf whips up a potion that works a bit too well, not even he can predict that his Smurfs will smurf into Veggie-Smurfs!


Teen Titans go! : weirder things.

“Let’s rock! Here we go with more adventures with the funniest teenage superhero gang around – the stars of Teen Titans Go! to the Movies! All the Teen Titans wanted to do was enjoy a fun night out at a concert… but their plans change when Terra shows up to terrorize the team! Will paper beat rock when Robin leads the Titans in an origami attack against Terra? Then, the Titans are shunned by social media elites when a bad after-action photo reveals them as poseurs! Can they finalize a successful stance in time to defeat their next great menace? Plus, it’s game night at Titans Tower as Robin oversees a session of Basements and Basilisks as Game Master. When Raven plays a portal-casting spell, a real portal opens up and sucks the Titans into a dimension where strange things are happening! Check out these adventures and more in TEEN TITANS GO!: WEIRDER THINGS.”– Back cover.


Adventure Time : Season 11.

In the aftermath of The Great Gum War, Finn, Jake, and the entire land of Ooo make some new and unexpected friends.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

August Pullman has a facial deformity that has meant that he has been home schooled. This is all about to change as his parents have enrolled him in a main stream school where he has to work hard to be accepted. This story is heart-warming as it is about a boy’s struggle to make true friends and to overcome the fact that he is different to his peers. It is a sad and happy story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Amelie: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

I liked wonder because it tort you just to be unique and believe yourself I recommend this book 8+

4 stars

Reviewed by Amelie from Miramar and Seatoun School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

Wonder is about a boy called August who has a facial deformity. He was home schooled but his parents decide that it is time for him to go to a real school with other children. This book is about August’s struggle for acceptance and true friendship. I really enjoyed this book-I found it hard to put down.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from DogfishTo Night Owl from Dogfish, Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

One night, a desperate email arrives in Avery Bloom’s inbox. It is from a girl called Bett Devlin. Bett claims that her dad and Avery’s dad had met at a building expo 3 months ago and are now a couple. For Bett and Avery this is the end of the world as they know it. Now on top of everything, they are getting sent to a summer camp, together. Communicating via email only, they hatch plans to separate their dads, but as their dads grow further apart, Bett and Avery grow closer. I really enjoyed this book because it was gripping and enjoyable.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Yuki: To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from DogfishTo Night Owl from Dogfish, Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

To Night Owl – from Dog Fish
A story about two girls, Bett Devlin and Avery Bloom, whose dads fall in love. The only problem with that, is that at first, their daughters don’t want anything to do with each other. The girls try, try and try to prevent their dads from meeting again, but fail until a motorbike trip in China makes their dads realise that they are not made for each other. But, by then, their children have begun to understand each other very well to the point of becoming very good friends.
This story is written only in letters/Emails, though still very understandable. I like the style of this story, how letters alone can describe an incredibly detailed story to you.
A book for people who want to read something else.

5 stars

Reviewed by Yuki from Newtown and South Wellington Intermediate , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by millie: Smile

SmileSmile, Raina Telgemeier

Smile is a book that once you pick it up you can’t put it down. The book has pulled me in to the whole Raina Telgemeier series. One night I told myself only five pages I looked down and I had read 50. The book is great because it is funny, interesting, exciting and dramatic. I would recommend it for lots of different reasons. Probably for Understanding the book you need to be 8+ but for the actual reading level 6+.

4 stars

Reviewed by millie from Miramar and Seatoun School , 11 years old