Kids’ Club Review by keya: The peculiar pumpkin thief

The peculiar pumpkin thiefThe peculiar pumpkin thief, by Geronimo Stilton

it was Halloween and Geronimo got a orange invitation to a strangers Halloween party at mystery park, but when everyone came the gates shut and the clowns started to rob New Mouse City, and at the same time in came Geronimo’s friend Hucule Portrait and picked me up at the same time! Will he save the day?

4 stars

Reviewed by keya from Johnsonville, 7 years old

Halloween at Khandallah Library

The Khandallah Halloween Storytime was lots of spooky fun.  On Thursday, 30th October, before trick-or-treating we celebrated All Hallows’ Eve with a special Storytime at Khandallah Library. Witch-Librarian Raissa read spooky stories which among other things taught us how our animal friends celebrate Halloween and what werewolves do when it’s not Halloween.  Silly Monster songs to familiar tunes got us wiggling and roaring like goblins! We also got crafty!  The Devilish Librarian Grace taught us how to make skulls out of The Witch’s Handbook. After a fun evening we took home lovely decorations for our rooms.

 

New Non Fiction – get crafty!

image courtesy of syndeticsCraft it up : Christmas around the world : 35 fun craft projects inspired by traveling adventures.

It’s less than 85 days until Christmas. Why not get cracking with ideas on sort of Christmas themed projects you can tackle just in time for the holiday season. Stuck on ideas? Then check out Craft it up : Christmas around the world : 35 fun craft projects inspired by traveling adventures and get lots of fantastic ideas on creative projects, Christmas gift ideas and baked goods inspired by many countries around the world.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndetics10 Minute Halloween Crafts.

Halloween is around the corner. A time of ghouls, ghosts and spooky creatures.  This book is jam packed full of craft ideas to teach children  how to make Halloween decorations such as bat hangings and black cat lanterns and create spookily brilliant zombie finger puppets and witches on broomsticks, plus lots more amazing Halloween ideas. A book that is bound to keep children entertained from now until Halloween.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsRoald Dahl’s The Witches: Plays for Children.

Anyone who is a fan of Roald Dah and who enjoyed his book, The Witches will absolutely love these seven short plays enclosed in this new book. Enclosed in this book are a collection of seven short plays to read and perform. It includes notes, props and costumes. The plays are easy to perform, ideal for acting at school or at home and guarantees lots of fun.

 

Hallowe’en party at Kilbirnie Library

On the day before Hallowe’en, an enthusiastic group of spooky characters joined witch/librarian Sandra at Kilbirnie Library for interactive stories themed around Hallowe’en. Stories shared included Room on the Broom, What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen and Bedtime for Monsters. Afterwards, the junior ghouls took home more spooky stories to share with their families. It was great to see them relish the stories and join in the fun!

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Kids’ Club Review by Nicole: Party time

Party timeParty time, by Rachel Renee Russell

Jump to a dorky book with Nikki Maxwell. Everyone’s so exited about the Halloween dance. MacKenzie Hollister is bragging that she’s going out with Brandon, Nikki’s secret crush. So Nikki decides to go to her sisters party instead. Soon she discovers that MacKenzie was lying.
So know what is she going to do

5 stars

Reviewed by Nicole from Karori, 10 years old

Halloween stories and crafts at the Library

They’re creepy and they’re kooky,  mysterious and spooky; they’re all together ooky…  Karori and Khandallah Library customers?!!  The branches were taken over by an assortment of witches, ghosts and monsters this Halloween.  After their trick or treating, our fiendish friends gathered in the library for some scary stories and creepy crafts.  We hope they didn’t cast any horrible spells on us while they were here!!

 

Happy Halloween!

Ooooohhhhh! It’s the spookiest day of the year today – It’s Halloween!

I wanted to find out a little bit about the history of Halloween, so I quickly visited Wikipedia and found out…

  • It’s also known as All Hallows’ Eve
  • The word ‘Halloween’ is a christian work and dates back to 1745 and means ‘hallowed evening’ or ‘holy evening’
  • Typical activities to celebrate Halloween are tick-or-treating, going to costume parties, decorating your house and carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires, going to haunted attractions, playing pranks, watching scary movies and telling ghost stories.
  • Lots more info about the history of Halloween around the world and how it’s celebrated today (go to the wikipedia article for more, there’s also a short article in simple english)

Check out the Halloween entry on our KidsCat for more info too – lost of weblinks and library books you can check out. Did you know that there’s a haunted house in Miramar that you can visit? Check out this article on the Dominion Post Website about it.

To celebrate Halloween, we have two evening dress-up storytimes (great for 5-10 year olds) happening at Karori and Khandallah Libraries tonight, starting at 6.30pm. Come along in your scariest costume and make us scream!

 

Here are some cool books and DVDs about Halloween stuff that you can take home:

How to create spectacular Halloween costumes by Louann Brown and Jason Nemeth

 

 

 

 

 

How to make frightening Halloween decorations by Catherine Ipcizade

 

 

 

 

 

Frightfully fun Halloween handbook by Carole Nicksin

 

 

 

 

 

The Halloween handbook : 447 costumes by Bridie Clark and Ashley Dodd

 

 

 

 

 

The best Halloween ever by Barbara Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Halloween, you ‘fraidy mouse! by Geronimo Stilton

 

 

 

 

 

Trixie the Halloween fairy by Daisy Meadows

 

 

 

 

 

Spooky and Scary DVDs:
Tom and Jerry: Tricks & treats
Shrek’s thrilling tales
Monster High: Ghouls rule
Trick or treat tales
Eloise’s rawther unusual Halloween
The dog who saved Halloween