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 Jimmy: The baby Smurf : a Smurfs graphic novel

The baby Smurf : a Smurfs graphic novel, by Peyo

I think the baby Smurf is a good book. When grouchy Smurf goes to sleep he hears a knock on the door and he finds a baby Smurf. The next day grouchy Smurf takes baby Smurf outside and he shows all the other Smurfs. After that a bird comes and says I need to take baby Smurf away. Then the bird comes back again and says you can keep baby Smurf. The next day grouchy Smurf takes baby Smurf away from the Smurf village and the Smurfs in the village can’t find baby Smurf then grouchy Smurf comes back with baby Smurf. I think this book is good for 6-10 years old.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jimmy from Karori, 8 years old

No superheroes: cool comic books without a cape in sight

Comic books, or graphic novels, are a new and very cool addition to our collection. We’ve got all your old favourites, like  Asterix, Lucky Luke and Tintin, but there’s plenty for you if you’d like to try something a bit different.  Superheroes are cool, but if you stick to reading about them you may miss out on some great reads! Here are a few of my favourites.

Hereville

Mirka is an eleven year old girl who lives with her family in a small Orthodox Jewish community. But, as the cover tells you, she’s not like most other girls. In first book, How Mirika got her sword, Mirka has to deal with the unruly pet pig of the local witch. In the second,  Mirka meets a meteorite,  a magical double gets her into all sorts of trouble. But it’s not just fantastic adventures; Mirka, who is hot tempered and reckless,  gets into scrapes with her family and the rest of her community and learns a lot about herself .  Her faith plays an important role in the story and you’ll learn a lot about how belief helps her when she’s feeling down.  There are only two books at the moment, but a third one is on its way.

 

A Game for swallows

A lot of graphic novels for older readers talk about the author’s lives. A game for swallows is about a girl living in Beruit during the Civil War in Lebanon which lasted for 15 years. The city of Beruit was divided and it was very dangerous to try and travel between different parts of the city.  One night, Zeina’s parents go out to visit her grandmother, who lives only a few streets away but don’t come back.  The people who live in their apartment building rally around Zeina and her brother and try to keep their spirits up while they wait for news.  Their neighbours are an interesting group of people who all have their own stories about how they came to be living there and how the war has affected them. This is book, though, is not just about sadness; it also shows how people can keep hope alive and have fun even in the hardest of times.

 

Spera

Spera follows two princesses, Lono and Pira, who go on the run after Lono’s father is killed.  Pira’s mother is an evil Queen who uses black magic, and their only chance for survival is to run to the mythical land of Spera. With them they have a shape-shifting fire spirit called Yonder, who acts as their protector, although the girls gradually learn to defend themselves. Obviously, they have many different adventures on their way, and there are more books to come.  Each different adventure is drawn by a different artist, so as well as being a good story the illustrations are amazing, matching the tone of each story being told. There’s also a second volume of Lono and Pira’s adventures.

 

 

 

The Secret of the Stone Frog

Leah and Alan are a brother and sister who suddenly wake up in a strange world.  This is nothing like you’ve ever seen before, with lions in suits, giant rabbits and talking buildings; everything’s drawn in black and white with lots of detail.  Alone and without help, they must somehow find their way back home.  If you liked Alice in Wonderland, you’ll love this book. It has the same feeling of everything being topsy-turvy and the wrong way round, and Alan and Leah have to work out the rules of this strange place, which is harder than it sounds.

 

 

Lio: there’s a monster in my socks

…and if there is, chances are Lio put it there himself. It’s fair to say that Lio’s not like other kids. He’s a mad scientist with a strange pets and a twisted sense of humour. Each of the comic shows Lio’s attempts to get even with his classmates, get by in class, or pull pranks on who ever is unlucky enough to be near him at the time.  Most of the stories are only a page long, and told in four panels of black and white drawings.  Short, easy to read, and pretty funny.  Of course, Lio doesn’t always suceed in his plans to cause chaos…

 

 

 

 

Salt Water Taffy

Jack and Benny are on vacation. Not to Disney World, not to New York, but to Chowder Bay; a sleepy small town on the coast. There’s no TV, Jack’s gameboy has run out of batteries, and their Dad needs quiet to finish his book.  They soon get dragged into a mystery (of course) and learn that Chowder Bay has all sorts of dark secrets and mysteries. But the book has its funny moments as well, and anyone who’s gone on a vanacation with just Mum and Dad and their annoying sibling (s) understand. In the first book, the boys meet an old fisherman and go off to search for a lake monster.

 

 

Amulet

What would you do with almost unlimited power? This is the question that Emily must answer when she finds an amulet that gives her powers in a strange and magical world.  She and her brother Navin set out to explore this world and rescue their mother from the grasp of the dark forces. This is a great adventure story, and once again, the first in a brilliant series. The illustrations are particularly amazing, as they are in colour and beautifully detailed.

 

 

 

 

Hilda and the Midnight Giant

The cover of this book is a bit misleading. It shows Hilda, the main character, standing among a cluster of small buildings. But Hilda isn’t the giant mentioned in the title…but to say more would ruin the story. It’s quite unique; Hilda takes the existence of creatures of elves and giants for granted. Instead of being taken to a fantasy world, she can recognise the fantastical elements of her own. The illustrations are fantastic (again) and beautiful, despite being quite simple. It’s a must read if you’re looking for a magical story that’s a bit different from all the others.  There’s also another book about Hilda, called Hilda and the Bird parade.

 

Francis Sharp in the grip of the Uncanny

A vivid imagination helps Francis escape the realities of life; he doesn’t get on with his parents and life on the farm  during the Great Depression is hard. Unfortunately, it also gets him into a lot of trouble.  He finds himself in a strange town full of strange creatures with no idea how to get home again.  He does find allies, but his arrival has been noticed. This is a great book, the first in a four part series. While you may take a while to warm up to Francis,  you’ll want to keep reading to work out the mysteries the first book sets up.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Macsen: Darth Vader and son

Darth Vader and son, by Jeffrey Brown (ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL)

is a claasic laughing pill about the awkward or embarrasing partnership of a father and son. I this 64 page fiction book, Darth Vader and his little son, 4 year old Luke Skywalker, share their funny and probably not so funny moments. A definite all ages book from 1-100. A definate

5 stars

Reviewed by Macsen from Johnsonville, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Rahul: Naruto

NarutoNaruto, by Masashi Kishimoto (1974-)

i just love how the ymake the main character naruto come back into the series its so cool!

5 stars

Reviewed by Rahul from Kilbirnie, 11 years old

New Non Fiction: Celebrating Fine arts and Inspirational Lives

Well summer’s nearly over, but fear not. Wellington City Libraries has a new range of non fiction in the Children’s collection for your enjoyment and pleasure. This month’s blog post pays tribute to fine arts and inspirational lives.

Here you will find a list of books on fine arts that can give you ideas on activities, like drawing, whether it’s drawing a picture or creating your own graphic novel; playing a musical instrument, even if it happens to be a guitar made from a cardboard box  and helping you find a hobby (or a talent).

What about reading about a celebrity who has become famous for their achievements and contribution to writing and entertainment industries, such as Music, Film and Television.  There are two new books published from the series, Inspirational Lives that focuses on influential people and key figures in the public eye. Who knows, maybe reading about their inspiring lives may inspire you to follow your creative dreams and goals.

Fine Arts Series:

More Fine Arts:

Eco-friendly crafting with kids.

Sometimes children prefer to play with household objects, like a cardboard box rather than the latest (and sometimes expensive) toy. This new and exciting read provides 35 bold, fun and colorful projects designed for preschool children up to five years old that can give you ideas on making and creating toys and games with simple household objects. Possible toys and games include making play dough, creating musical instruments, like a box guitar and invisible ink. Accompanied with easy step by step instructions and photographs showing exactly how to create this amazing and gorgeous toys and games.

 

Telling the story in your graphic novel.

Like graphic novels? Interested in creating your own? You can learn how to draw a  graphic novel by reading this book from the “How to draw your own graphic novel” series. This book shows you how to plan scenes that will create a sense of drama and excitement in your story and different kinds of panels to create the perfect mood.

 

 

 

 

 

Draw Fantasy Characters.

Now that you have Telling the story in your graphic novel to create your setting, what about adding characters into the mix? Particularly fantasy characters like an orge, goblin or a zombie?  Or perhaps musical, punk and naughty fairies? This book contains 96 pages of step by step instructions on how to draw everything from a fairy to a vampire.

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting and drawing not your talent? What about playing a musical instrument? Did you know playing the piano (or any instrument) is considered a fine art. Check out this new non fiction book from the Usbourne series on how to play the piano.

Very easy piano tunes.

Interested in learning the piano? This book will keep beginner pianists happily entertained while learning new skills and aquiring information about the music. You will learn to play all the songs you know so well which includes The grand old Duke from York, London Bridge is falling down and Silent Night. You can also listen to the tunes in this book on the Usbourne Quicklinks website.

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Lives.

Discover more about famous people in the Inspirational Lives series.

J.K. Rowling.

We all know her as the best selling author of the Harry Potter series, but what don’t you know? Read the latest and revised biography of J.K. Rowling and find out everything you have ever wanted to know about her:  Her childhood, her inspiration for writing and how Harry Potter came to life. You find information on tips to be a writer, an insight on how J.K. Rowling spends her day and a quiz that can show you if you have what it takes to be an author.

 

 

 

 

Simon Cowell.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! The latest and revised biography of Simon Cowell, the man we know for his  blunt and often controversial criticisms, insults, wisecracks about contestants (and his own mother!) and dubbed Mr. Nasty on talent TV shows like American Idol is now available at Wellington City Libraries!   Read all about Simon Cowell, the global music mogul and  creator of popular television  music competition shows of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent and find out facts and information that you never thought you knew about him, for example he once swapped his father’s handkerchief in his father’s suit pocket for his mother’s best knickers and how Michael Jackson inspired him with the idea that TV had the potential to sell music.

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Marina: Pilot & Huxley

Pilot & HuxleyPilot & Huxley, by Dan McGuiness

An Overdue video game.It seems like such a small thing, but what if I said that an evil video hired an inter-dimensional debt collector to hunt them downand get back the video game. Does that sound like a big thing?
I found this book weird but good at the same time, their were cool illustrastions and there was always something happening. Would reccommend to ages 8 to 12 and boys would prabably enjoy it more.

4 stars

Reviewed by Marina from Miramar, 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anahera: Pilot & Huxley and the holiday portal

Pilot & Huxley and the holiday portalPilot & Huxley and the holiday portal, by Dan McGuiness

I like this book. It is a great story that can only be explained through a comic because of how imaginative it is. I managed to work out before they did that santa claus would be evil but it was a great plot nonetheless. I reread this book tons. my favorite bit is where they go to the Halloween place and take on that zombie because if they return to earth with the zombie girl she will turn against them because of the opposite worlds so i cant wait to get the third book. i recommend this book to people wit a good imagination

4 stars

Reviewed by Anahera from Johnsonville, 11 years old