Top 10 Children’s fiction September 2016

It’s all about adventure this month! From the Classic authors Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl to the yet to be released latest Diary of a Wimpy kid, Double Down,  by Jeff Kinney. These children aren’t one’s to shy away when strange events come knocking at their door.

You don’t have to be kidnapped by giants or attend a magical school, some of these adventures happen in homes just like yours and to children just like you!

 

1. Diary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney

2. Tom Gates, by Liz Pichon

3. Storey treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths

4. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

5. Dork Diaries series, by Rachel Renee Russell

6. Dirty Bertie series, by Alan MacDonald

7. The BFG, by Roald Dahl

8. The Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton

9. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone, by J. K. Rowling

10. The enormous crocodile, by Roald Dahl

Top 10 Children’s E-books November 2015

There is some great world building to be found in November’s favourite E-books.  From doyenne J. K. Rowling to the venerable Tolkien and November’s favourite author Cat Winters  These writers have created detailed, believable worlds, that have come to influence the way we think of magic and incorporate it into our own lives.  Do you have a favourite magical writer? Let us know your favourite authors in the comments.

Great variety in November’s top ten; the spooky intrigue of Harry Potter and In the shadow of the Blackbirds is offset set by some great laughs and doodles from Big Nate author Lincoln Pierce and David Walliams bringing his comedy talents to the page.

 

  1. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  4. Big Nate and Friends by Lincoln Peirce
  5. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: The Revenge of the Ridi by Dav Pilkey
  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
  10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

New Non Fiction for the new year.

image courtesy of syndeticsAnimalium.

Welcome to Animalium. The book or museum as they call it is open all hours. This book is amazing because it houses an astonishing collection of more than 160 animals for visitors of all ages. The sky’s the limit when it comes to information about animals. You will also learn how animals have evolved, see inside the dissection laboratory, and discover the amazing variety of habitats on Earth. One book you definitely must read!

 

Creature Features.image courtesy of syndetics

Ever wondered why animals look the way they do? This book explains why. Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty five humorous and very true explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world. Another awesome read!

 

image courtesy fo syndeticsChildrens book of magic.

Looking to unleash your inner magician? This book will help you in achieving that goal. Childrens book of magic will help you learn the secret of magic and put on your own astounding magic show with these 20 step-by-step magic tricks to try at home. In addition, you will also learn about the history of magic from ancient Egypt to the present day exploring the secrets behind some of the greatest magicians from Harry Houdini to Albertus Magnus. From coin tricks to sleight of hand The Children’s Book of Magic explains the best magic tricks for kids through engaging step-by-step sequences helping you master the perfect trick.

 

image courtesy fo syndeticsLittle Red Riding Hood.

Hopefully many of you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the story where you to learn valuable lessons about trusting sweet-talk and talking to strangers in her treak across the woods. However I don’t think you have had the privilege and the pleasure of checking out this new edition, translated by Anthea Bell and illustrated by Sybille Schenker. This book is in a word, beautiful! Complete with intricate die cuts, patterned prints, bold lines and basic colors to create a haunting journey through the familiar Grimms tale, the combination of Schenker’s illustrations/design and Bell’s graceful translation simply takes my breath away.

 

 

 

Encounters with the past.

Check this amazing series that will take you into the past and learn anything and everything you have always wanted to know about the Ancient Romans, Ancient Greeks and Medieval Folk. Ideal books to use for history projects and great for ages 8 years and over.

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Free Children’s Magic Shows!

Poster image for Magic Show SMALLStep right up, and prepared to be amazed by Edward the Magnificent!

Perfect for children of all ages, Edward the Magnificent will be performing 3 magic shows in August:

Karori Library: Thursday 7th August at 6.30pm

Central Library: Saturday 9th August at 10.30am

Kilbirnie Library: Thursday 14th August at 6.30pm

 

Practice your magic words and slight of hand and head along to these free magical shows.

Kids’ Club Review by Isabelle: Street magic

Street magicStreet magic, by Pierce, Tamora.

Looking for adventure?This maybe the book for you. Briar is a plant mage. He can grow a garden in the blink of an eye or persuade a tree to trap a criminal. Learning to channel your power is vital. Brair’s magic could kill just as easily as it could heal.
Evvy is a street rat. She doesn’t even know she has stone magic, let alone how to control it. Will Evvy ever lean how to control her magic?

4 stars

Reviewed by Isabelle, 10 years old