Kids’ Club Review by Noah: Darkmouth

Darkmouth, by shane hegarty

it was great i like the bit about broonie escaping with Finn’s help.

5 stars

Reviewed by Noah from Khandallah and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Connor: Jumblebum

JumblebumJumblebum, by Chae Strathie

This book was funny as he was so messy that in the night “Jumblebum” came to life as a monster. The only way he could get him to disappear was to get him in the washing machine! I loved this book,

5 stars

Reviewed by Connor from Tawa and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Julius: Aquaterros

AquaterrosAquaterros, by Mac Park

Aquaterros is a beast that has three heads that works with water, air and rock. Kai and BC used a really cool handy submarine! BC had an upgrade hatch and they used chains to defeat Aquaterros. They live in a lighthouse that looks old outside but inside it’s new. This is the best book I’ve ever read.

5 stars

Reviewed by Julius from Tawa and , 8 years old

Movie Review: Moana

Around the Christmas break, I went to see the movie, Moana on the big screen and it is in a word… AMAZING!

image courtesy of amazon.comA tribute to the Polynesian culture and mythology, and full of heroic exploits of the heroes and heroines that Kiwis will be familiar with, namely Maui, the demigod. The plot follows the adventure and journey of Moana , a spirited teenager, who like most Disney princesses has a lot on her plate. This involves sailing out on a daring mission to save her island, restore the heart of Te Fiti – the island goddess, fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest and save the world. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures against impossible odds. Once again, Disney has put together a movie of epic proportions filled with quirky and memorable characters, as well as an amazing cast, including Kiwi actors, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement and Oscar Kightley. Kids, if those names don’t ring a bell, ask your parents and a Disney Princess in the form of Moana who embodies the qualities of an adventurous, headstrong, practically fearless, and physically capable heroine. An 8/10 all the way!

Also check out these youtube clips from the movie soundtrack: “How far I’ll go” and “You’re Welcome!”


Kids’ Club Review by Julius: Aquatan

AquatanAquatan, by Mac Park

The beast looks scary but I still like the book. Seregatan is the beast’s name. It is a sea beast which was defeated by Kai and his robot dog BC. They defeated Seregatan by throwing a crystal that exploded into sharp parts then went to Seregatan until he was trapped in a big ice crystal..

5 stars

Reviewed by Julius from Tawa and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Julius: Tornados

TornadosTornados, by Mac Park

This is a book that I’m scared of because the beast Tormaxidactyl makes scary sounds but I like the way Kai and dog bot BC won over the Tormmaxidactyl beast. It got defeated by chains going around Tormmaxidactyl then it fell from the sky.

5 stars

Reviewed by Julius from Tawa and , 8 years old

Beauty and the Beast – US Official Final Trailer.

The final trailer for the 2017 live action movie, Beauty and the Beast has been released and this trailer definitely illustrates the potential for this film to be one of the greatest and highly anticipated films for 2017. The characters and CGI effects are fantastic! Emma Watson owns the role of Belle and as for the beast, well he is monstrous on the outside, but a real softie underneath, not to mention has a very dry sense of humour.  So save the date, March 17, where you will get to rediscover one of the classic fairy tales as old as time in your local cinema. Enjoy!

Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: The mummy that went moo

The mummy that went mooThe mummy that went moo, by Karen McCombie

This book is great, however this book was more about ‘Thing’ than the mummy that went moo. The mummy that went moo is the tittle. ‘Thing’ is an animal who has wings. It is a combination of all sorts of animals and it can do magic. It’s name is ‘Thing’ because Jackson and Ruby don’t exactly know what ‘Thing’ is. Jackson and Ruby live next door and go to the same school.
Their class is going to the town museum for a trip, but when ‘Thing’ comes along without anyone knowing a catastrophe takes place…….
What happened?……….

4 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown and Berhampore School , 10 years old

New Non Fiction to begin the new year!

Welcome to 2017! A new year and  a new start. And so far, it looks very promising at the library with truck loads of new and amazing non fiction where the wonderful world of Harry Potter continues, and collides with an amazing world of fantastic beasts and hidden realms. Further worlds and realms are discovered where imagination takes flight, creativity comes to life, passions are invoked and where heroes, heroines, role models, leaders are discovered.


image courtesy of syndeticsAlbus Dumbledore.

The Harry Potter film collection continues with the complete guide to Albus Dumbledore. This book holds photographs, memories, and quotes from the eight Harry Potter films featuring Albus Dumbledore, looking the moments that made him a great wizard and Hogwarts headmaster, and how he guided Harry in his adventures.


image courtesy of syndeticsFantastic beasts and where to find them : magical movie handbook.

The spin off of the Harry Potter films comes to life with the release of the magical movie handbook: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. This book featuring amazing photos and details from the film, this handbook highlights all of your favorite characters, locations, artifacts, spells, and magical moments from the movie.


Shakespeare Retold.

The wonderful world of William Shakespeare’s plays comes to life in this illustrated volume which features seven classic plays by William Shakespeare, retold by E. Nesbit in plain English – Great for those who aren’t fluent in Shakespeare’s language.



A Miscellany of Magical Beasts.

A world of magical, mythical creatures from around the worlds comes to life in this amazing book that details information about  giants, trolls, harpies, unicorns, and much, much more!




image courtesy of syndeticsVolothamp Geddarm’s dungeonology : an epic adventure through the Forgotten Realms.

Take a journey into the Forbidden Realms in this amazing book that provides information on how to best explore the treasure-laden dungeons, mysterious Underchasm, and Icewind Dale.



image courtesy of syndeticsThe curious guide to things that arent.

This guide is a toolkit for kids that teaches them how to think creatively  through deductive reasoning, listening skills, and imagination, as well as help kids then have to figure out the answers through detective work and a little creative reasoning.



image courtesy of syndeticsA world of Information.

This book is literally a world of information where essential facts are brought to life by stylish infographics and fascinating commentary! You will discover amazing facts and answers to life’s questions such as How much do clouds weigh? Who invented the pencil? How many ways can you tie a knot?


 The Book of Heroes. and The Book of Heroines.

National Geographic’s has done again with these two new books on heroes, heroines and role models. In The Book of Heroes, read and discover the true stories of superheroes, rebels, world leaders, action heroes, sports legends, and many more daring dudes, all of whom played their part to make their mark, make a contribution, and make the world a better place. While Timage courtesy of syndeticshe Book of Heroines covers everything you need to know about female superstars, war heroes, world leaders, gusty gals, and everyday women who changed the world. Both books contain engaging text, high-quality photographs and is a toolkit for every kid with a goal, hope, or dream they want to make a reality.




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Kids’ Club Review by Arav: He’s been a monster all day!

He's been a monster all day!He’s been a monster all day!, by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Fun story about a naughty little boy who “has been a monster” for his mom all day. When he hears his mom say he has been a monster all day. Therefore, he starts acting like a monster! He does all sorts of terrible things until he realizes that no one wants to be around a monster. Its a cute story.

5 stars

Reviewed by Arav from Johnsonville and West Park School , 6 years old