Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Whetū Toa and the magician

Whetū Toa and the magicianWhetū Toa and the magician, Steph Matuku ; illustrated by Katharine Hall

Whetu Toa’s mother has a new job which involves working at a magician’s house. This house has many unusual things such as a mysterious talking rabbit and a carnivorous lamb.When the rabbit fails to come to one of the magician’s shows, Whetu Toa is asked to take its place. I really enjoyed this book as it was easy to read and it was also written by a NZer.

4 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Jasmine: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

This book sounds scary at first, but it isn’t actually. I rate it 5 stars because it’s got really funny characters from scared Barney to his sister the chatterbox Tabitha. Magicians and families what could happen next? But then when Barney gets followed by what seems to be a ghost It’s Troy the oldest who finds out what’s actually happening.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jasmine from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: whetu toa and the magician

Whetū Toa and the magician / Matuku, Stephanie

Whetu Toa and her mother have been asked to look after the magicians house but looking after a magician’s house is hard. Especially when you’re in charge of a mischievous talking rabbit, a shy bull hopelessly in love, and also a carnivorous lamb. Things are hard enough already without the extra stress of being asked to be the magician next stage assistant. Will she be able to manage it all? I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read.

3 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Gaurav: Whetū Toa and the magician

Whetū Toa and the magicianWhetū Toa and the magician, Steph Matuku ; illustrated by Katharine Hall

This book was a good book and had a good storyline to it. Errant had a drastic change of character from the start to the end. I liked how the farm was some lazy pigs, a scared bull, a few jolly horses, Ramses the shiny ram and the one chicken which had a thousand chickens in one. It was interesting how all the things magically spoke and how the brooms were only needed to be told to do their work. The carnivorous lamb was good and weird as it had eaten all the sheep including her mum. I didn’t like how Errant was making mischief on the farm and taking advantage of being the magician’s stage assistant. I rate this book to anyone who wants to read and could be a bit big for 5 or 6 year olds.

3 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: Whetū Toa and the magician

Whetū Toa and the magicianWhetū Toa and the magician, Steph Matuku ; illustrated by Katharine Hall

I absolutely love this story!! I love the fantasy land it transports you to when you read it as I felt like I was really there with Whetū Toa the whole step of the way. I love her personality as it kind of like my own. I love all of the animal characters as it reminds me of another book a read called Animalcom which was also a really cool book. I would rate it a 10/10 as I really like the storyline and characters.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Hataitai School , 12 years old