Kids’ Club Review by Millie: Diary of a wimpy kid

Diary of a wimpy kidDiary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney

This book is about a cheese touch that the whole middle school is afraid of. When Greg and Rowley go trick or treating something happens that they will never forget. Every chapter hooked me. I think the best ages to read this book are 6-10.

4 stars

Reviewed by Millie from Island Bay and Amesbury School , 11 years old

Top 10 Recommended Halloween movies for kids.

Hey kids! Halloween is just around the corner (AHHHWWOOOOOO!) Wellington City Libraries has some spooktacular DVDs in the collection for your viewing pleasure and frightful night in. Let the scare fest begin!

Enjoy!… and Happy Halloween.


Join Casper the friendly ghost is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics.


What if you could bring your pets back to life? Young Victor successfully proves that theory when he revives his best friend back to life. However problems emerge when his class mates want follow suit in bringing their pets to life and ensues disastrous consequences. Overall a heart-warming and hilarious tale about how far a boy will go for his best friend. A must see movie for Halloween.


A young girl walks through a secret door that she has found in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life, but much better. When her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents, including the Other Mother, try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.

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Shrek’s thrilling tales.

Join Shrek, Donkey, Puss and B.O.B. as they get the fright of their lives in five spooktacular stories the will keep you howling with laughter. It’s a Shrektastic halloween treat that’s ogre-the-top fun for the whole family.


Toy story of terror!

What starts out as an exciting road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse following a detour to a roadside motel. After Mr. Potato Head suddenly disappears, his friends find themselves caught up in a hilarious mystery that must be solved before they suffer the same fate in this thrilling story of TERROR!

image courtesy of amazon.comThe Goonies.

“From the imagination of Steven Spielberg, The Goonies plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling, surprise-around-every-corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of bumbling bad guys… and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love. A family adventure classic from start to buccaneering finish, The Goonies is a cinematic treasure trove of breathtaking action, dazzling effects and shiver-yer-timber thrills!” –Container.

Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2.

The Hotel Transylvania, run by Dracula, is a unique, high-end resort catering only to the finest monsters and their families. Dracula is preparing for an extra special weekend – his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday – when trouble arises: a human has stumbled upon the resort for the first time ever! Even worse: the human has taken a liking to Mavis!  In the sequel, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire.


The Witches.

Nine-year-old Luke finds that saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy who has been turned into a mouse.

Monster High. Ghouls rule.

Ghouls Rule unearths an old conflict between ‘Normies’ and monsters – and things are about to get scary. For years, students at Monster High were warned that Halloween was a night to stay inside and avoid conflict at all costs. But Frankie and her friends discover that ghouls and ‘Normies’ once loved to spend the holiday together. The ghouls decide to turn back the clock and use the night to celebrate their individuality and show that it’s okay to ‘Be Yourself. Be Unique. Be a Monster’.

Room on the broom.

“The story of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. When the gang saves the witch from a fearsome dragon she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone!”–Container. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson.

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Horrid Henry : tricks and treats

Horrid Henry : tricks and treatsHorrid Henry : tricks and treats, by Francesca Simon

In this particular book, Henry and Peter are going trick or treating. Henry has a devilish plan to make his younger brother, Peter look scary, He cuts peters hair and get’s into a whole lots of trouble for the cut…. He is banned from trick or treating, but Henry has a few more devilish plans for the night.

I found this book truly horrid, I guess that was the intend… I recommend this from 6 to 8, and a 10 year old like me should definitely not be reading this…. ENJOY!

3 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Kilbirnie and Kelburn Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sahana: Horrid Henry :tricks and treats

Horrid Henry :             tricks and treatsHorrid Henry : tricks and treats, by Francesca Simon

In this wonderful book, Horrid Henry has been very horrible. At Halloween he cut Peter’s hair with real scissors because he wanted Peter to look very scary. He did a very, very, very horrible job so he got told off by Peter’s Mum and wasn’t allowed to go Trick or Treating with Peter.
I recommend this book for 6+ and for boys and girls.

4 stars

Reviewed by Sahana from Khandallah and Cashmere Avenue School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tuhina: Horrid Henry: tricks and treats

Horrid Henry :             tricks and treatsHorrid Henry : tricks and treats, by Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry is getting ready for Halloween but has been asked a favor by Perfect Peter. Though Horrid Henry has fulfilled the criteria, to make Peter look scary but his family don’t approve and that turns into a disaster. Is Horrid Henry really to blame does he have a great Halloween?
Read the book to find out. This book is an early read so 6 or 7+ is fine and for girls and boys.

3 stars

Reviewed by Tuhina from Khandallah and Cashmere Avenue School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kate: Horrid Henry: tricks and treats

Horrid Henry :             tricks and treatsHorrid Henry : tricks and treats, by Francesca Simon

This is a great book because Horrid Henry wasn’t allowed to go trick or treating and so he took other people’s sweets when they came to his house to trick or treat. He filled his bag with them, then when Peter and Mum came home, he screamed and ran upstairs as fast as his legs would carry him. He safely hid his bag of sweets under his bed. When he came back down, Peter said: “Don’t worry Henry, it’s only me”. Henry said: “Oh, I didn’t know”.

I liked the alliteration , for example “Moody Margaret” and “Horrid Henry” . I also liked the rhyming. For example, “Linda” and “Gurinder”. I like the font changing – sometimes it was a scary font, sometimes bold. The metaphors were awesome. For example, “He was Medusa, coiling round her victim with her snaky hair.”

I would recommend it to anyone who likes weird stuff.

4 stars

Reviewed by Kate from Kilbirnie and Roseneath School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Raya: Horrid Henry Tricks and Treats

Horrid Henry Tricks and Treats, by Francesca Simon

This book is perfect for Horrid Henry lovers – like me! Horrid Henry is the king of tricks, especially tricky tricks! In this collection of 10 (!) Horrid Henry stories, Horrid Henry gets up to all sorts of mischief! I really like Horrid Henry’s Autobiography, one of the books in this 10-in-1, when Horrid Henry and his class write short autobiographies for the local newspaper. However, Moody Margaret (Henry’s top enemy) writes all these lies about him and the Purple Hand Gang (Henry’s club) so Henry substitutes her autobiography for one that says how sad and boring she is.

But, when Horrid Henry opens his newspaper to check for his autobiography, he finds Moody Margaret has substituted HIS story for ANOTHER pack of lies that SHE wrote!

5 stars

Reviewed by Raya from Cummings Park and Raroa Normal Intermediate , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Alice: Party time!

Party time!, by Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki’s school is having a Halloween dance and Nikki is in charge of everything but having agreed to be a helper to Makenzie’s little sister’s birthday party and not knowing that the Halloween dance was on the same date. Nikki’s in a lot of trouble. Will she be able to beat Makenzie and her evil plans? Make sure you read to find out. Dork diaries party time is one of my all time favorite books and it will probably become yours too.

5 stars

Reviewed by Alice from Kilbirnie and St Patrick’s School , 10 years old