Kids’ Club Review by Isla: Hey Jack! The robot blues

Hey Jack! The robot blues, by Sally Rippin

He pai ake ngā kākahu o Jack i ngā kākahu o ērā atu tamariki ngā te mea he māeneene ngā kākahu e hoko ana ki te toa .He maha rawa te utu hoki.
[Jack’s costume is better than the other kids ones because the costumes you buy from the shop are itchy and expensive.]

4 stars

Reviewed by Isla from Newtown and TKKM o Nga Mokopuna , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Gangsta granny

Gangsta grannyGangsta granny, by David Walliams (1971-)

Loved it! Heart warming, hilarious, and easy to read. I read it when I was five, seven and about eight times this year. The queen is secretly mischievous! Shock horror! The naked yoga was jaw-achingly funny. Good for reading when you’re secretly staying up all night reading.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Miramar and Miramar Central School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: George’s marvellous medicine

George's marvellous medicineGeorge’s marvellous medicine, by Roald Dahl

Pretty good. This was my least favourite Roald Dahl book and yet I still loved it. Kids, don’t try this at home! I’m a big Roald Dahl fan. He seems to search you and find all your favourite jokes, animals, scenes, etc, and then writes them into his books. Well, he did. Let’s just take a moment to commemorate how fabulous he and his books were and how sad his death was. Other Roald Dahl books you may want to read (not from the summer reading challenge booklist) are: The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me, Danny the Champion Of The World, and the two Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Books.

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Miramar and Miramar Central School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Hunter

HunterHunter, by Joy Cowley

A beautiful book set in two different worlds. A young New Zealand, covered in bush and an older NZ, still covered in bush and the home to three children who’s small plane crashed, pilot was killed, and are injured. The male orphan and servant child from the earlier world sees Jordan and her two younger brothers in the same place as him but 200 years later, and tries to help. A wonderful tale by Joy Cowley. Another book to read would be the Bakehouse, set in Wellington WW2. The Bakehouse isn’t on the summer reading challenge booklist, but is well worth reading.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Miramar and Miramar Central School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Torty and the soldier

Torty and the soldier, by Jennifer Beck

Well done, Jennifer Beck. This is a tale I have heard many accounts off, and this is by far my favourite. Factual books are amazing. I love reading and learning about the two world wars (even though the tactics tent to make me paranoid, e.g the mustard gas attack in WW1, I’m not going to go into detail about mustard gas). It’s important to know about our history so that we can relish to world we know now. I know a few people that took our world for granted until I made them read a few factual books about the world wars. A great book to delight readers of all ages.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Miramar and Miramar Central School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Diary of a wimpy kid : dog days

Diary of a wimpy kid : dog daysDiary of a wimpy kid : dog days, by Jeff Kinney

It was kinda boring. All Greg does is complain. The only good bits are the photo album at the end and (this was not my favourite) the bit about the Fourth of July. It’s a bit annoying when people from other places talk about their celebrations. You’re just like “dude, I have no idea what you’re talking about.” A couple of the other books from this series were OK, but this was pretty bad.

2 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Miramar and Miramar Central School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Alex: George’s marvellous medicine

George's marvellous medicineGeorge’s marvellous medicine, by Roald Dahl

This book written by Roald Dahl is full of humour, mischief and magic.
George is a smart boy with a very un-smart and grumpy Grandma and he decides to teach her a lesson. From the bathroom he mixes toothpaste, shaving cream and deodorant. He adds perfume, floor polish and flea powder among other things to make Georges Marvelous Medicine. What will it do to Grandma? You have to read to find out…but whatever you do, don’t try to make his medicine at home!

4 stars

Reviewed by Alex from Khandallah and Khandallah School , 8 years old