Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The wishing spell

The wishing spellThe wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

Alex and Conner are twins who get a really old fairy-tale book. One day Alex falls into the book and Conner falls in trying to save her. Will they come back alive? I enjoyed this book because it was funny and it is full of adventure. I think children 9+ would enjoy this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Millie: The wishing spell

The wishing spellThe wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

This is an awesome book about fairy tales made into a chapter book. I stayed up way past my bedtime reading this! In this story Alex and Conner Bailey get an old book from their grandmother. A few days later they get sucked through the book into a mysterious world. To get back they must find fairy tale items such as the glass slipper. I loved how this book made you make connection back to when you read fairy tales. I would recommend this book to 9-13 year olds.

5 stars

Reviewed by Millie from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Millie: The enchantress returns

The enchantress returnsThe enchantress returns, by Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

I loved this book. In this book the evil enchantress that cursed sleeping beauty is back and is creating havoc all around the land. I also loved how you learned a bit more about sleeping beauty’s past. I would recommend this book to 9-13 year olds.

5 stars

Reviewed by Millie from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Aoi: Hilda and the black hound

Hilda and the black houndHilda and the black hound, Luke Pearson

I like the idea of making a tend by Hilda herself. The tent was made of a blanket and a long string. I thought it was really cool making it in my bedroom. So I asked mum if I could make one and she said she was going to find materials for my tent. I can’t wait making it tomorrow.

4 stars

Reviewed by Aoi from Karori and Thorndon School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Giants, trolls, witches, beasts : ten tales from the deep, dark woods

Giants, trolls, witches, beasts : ten tales from the deep, dark woodsGiants, trolls, witches, beasts : ten tales from the deep, dark woods, Craig Phillips

This comic is a collections of 10 short stores about giants, trolls, witches, beasts, etc. For example, one story is about Snow White and Rose read who make a very unusual friend. To be honest, this is not the sort of book I enjoy but some of the stories were engaging. I would recommend this book to children who really like comics.

3 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Snark : being a true history of the expedition that discovered the snark and the Jabberwock… and its tragic aftermath

Snark : being a true history of the expedition that discovered the snark and the Jabberwock... and its tragic aftermathSnark : being a true history of the expedition that discovered the snark and the Jabberwock… and its tragic aftermath, David Elliot after Lewis Carroll

The Snark is based on the worlds created by Lewis Carrol. It is a collection of poems and stories and includes the Hunting of the Snark. While I sometimes found it hard to follow I really liked the beautiful illustrations.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The clay woman

The clay womanThe clay woman, woven and illustrated by Xoë Hall

The Clay Woman is about Hineahuane, who was sculptured from clay by Tane Mahuta. I think this is a fabulous book as it is about a Maori legend. The illustrations are also stunning.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The clay woman

The clay womanThe clay woman, woven and illustrated by Xoë Hall

This is a NZ book about Hineahuone, the Clay Woman who was made from clay by Tane Mahuta. This is her story. I really enjoy learning about Maori myths so I think this is a great book. it also comes in Maori.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lopa: The enchantress returns

The enchantress returnsThe enchantress returns, by Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

This was the best book I ever read. It was: Imaginative, adventurous, depressing, amusing and full of joy.

Conner and Alex Bailey found out that in the fairy tale word the enchantress (who cursed Queen Sleeping Beauty into deep sleep) is now attacking once again to all the kingdoms. They escape their house and make run for it to into the fairy tale kingdom. Who knowns if they will be able to defeat the enchantress with one of the wonderful wands in their hands? Will they be able to bring peace and joy back to the kingdoms?

When I finished reading the book I felt like I was actually in the fairy tale world and that I was going on a big adventure around the world. There is just problem: that you can’t put it down!

Wonderful! Brilliant! Amusing!

5 stars

Reviewed by Lopa from Johnsonville and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 11 years old