Movie Review: Minons…or How the Minons met their boss.

Minons, or  as I would like to call it- How the Minons met their boss, is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings who exist only to serve history’s most villainous masters.

After serving, (and killing) a T-Rex, an Egyptian pharaoh, Dracula, and Napoleon, and then going through stages of no master depression, the Minions (Kevin, Stuart and Bob) hitchhike to Orlando to attend Villain-Con, in hopes on  becoming the henchmen for Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first female (and diva) super villain.

However is she the world’s most villainous super villain?

Watch to the film to find out. Overall a great film for kids!

Movie Review: Inside Out.

A very funny interpretation of what happens in the human mind when emotions set in.

Produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Inside Out is set in the mind of a young girl, Riley Andersen (Kaitlyn Dias), where five personified emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling)—try to lead her through life as her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) move the family to a new city.

Overall this is a cute movie that provides a very funny interpretation of what happens in the human mind when emotions set in, what roles each our emotions play in our personalities, how we communicate and form relationships with people.

Some very funny moments in the film, especially when Anger loses his temper, Disgust’s sarcastic and cynical behaviour and finding what role Sadness plays in our lives (Spoiler: Very important role).

Rating: 8/10

For a sneak peek of Inside Out, check out the trailer here.

Exploring new borders: New non-fiction

What is contemporary art?

Read this book and parents dragging you along to an art gallery will never be boring again. In fact, if you read this book, you might end up knowing more than your olds! This book takes you through different types of contemporary artist and what they use, which is everything from crushed cars to rocks to eggshells. Of course, painting is also featured but not in any way you might have seen before. It goes without saying that this book has great pictures of all the art works, and next time you go to an art gallery, you’ll look at things in a whole new way.

 

 

 

Great Britain: everything you ever wanted to know

Despite it’s title, this book doesn’t cover the great battles, powerful monarchs or mighty castles of British history. Instead it covers all the ‘cool’ bits of British culture; tea, James Bond and Nessie. It’s also got great information on mainstays of life and history in Britain, such as the ‘great’ schools such as Eton and Harrow, eccentric aristocrats and the Beatles.  This is not your average history book, but a fun read if you happen to be  interested in what makes Old Blighty so unique. There library also has two other books in this series, on China and on Australia.

 

 

The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia

This book is an excellent reference for those interested in history. It covers human history from 4000 BCE to the present, and at almost 500 pages, you wouldn’t want to read it all at once! Instead, use it as a ‘jumping off’ point for when you’ve got a homework assignment on the Thirty Years War or The Boxer Rebellion. You’ll learn who, what, where, why and how…and then use these references to find more information! Despite being crammed full of facts, this book is hardly dry reading. There are plenty of interesting photographs and illustrations to go along with the text.

 

 

 

My cookbook of Cakes

Want to bake delicious cakes but too scared? This book is perfect. Its recipes are simple but delicious, and there are plenty of cakes to choose from. Whether you prefer rose petal cupcakes, a zesty orange drizzle cake or berry and vanilla cheesecake, you’ll find all your tastes catered for. And don’t worry, chocoholics, there’s plenty of recipes for you, too. Every step is illustrated with cool pictures, so this is a great book for beginner bakers.

 

 

 

 

Ninjago masters of Spinjitzu : character encyclopedia

Lego fan? Check out this cool new character encyclopedia about the heroes and villains of the Lego series Ninjago, which features four young ninjas training hard to defeat various monsters. It will tell you all about each character and the changes they go through as the series progresses. It also goes into great detail about the figures themselves; how they change from series to series, in both appearance and personality. This is a must read for any Ninjago or Lego Fan!

 

 

 

Five minute faces and Wild faces

If you’ve got a Christmas party coming up, and are looking for costume ideas, these books are a great resource. They’ll teach you all the basic skills of face painting, how to run a stall and how to create basic accessories to improve your costume.  The first book, Five Minute Faces, has a whole range of different faces; Miss Muppet, pirate, joker, skull and jester to name a few. The faces in the second book, Wild Faces, focuses more on animal faces and the make up’s more complex.  But if you want to win first place with your tiger costume, this is the book for you!

 

 

 

Make an animation

If you want to be the next Walt Disney, this is the book for you! It talks about the different types of animation, such as traditional hand-drawn animation to stop-motion animation made from ‘found’ objects. It will also show you how to make storyboards and shoot your own masterpieces.

New Non Fiction for August – Outdoors and Creativity.

Check out the new books on extreme sports from the series: eXtreme Games.

 

Extreme Winter Sports and Extreme Summer Sports by Jim Brush (eXtreme Games series)

These books highlight the sports and stars of ESPNs X-Games extreme sports tournament. Read all you need to know about the world of extreme games, including current competition events and the people who make it happen. Also learn interesting facts about the games, for example who came first in the 2011 x-Games. This series catapults readers into the facts, stats and action – head first!

 

 

 

 

 

From the Adrenalin Rush series:

Mountain Biking by Anne-Marie Laval

Find out all you need to know about mountain biking (MTB) including pioneers of MTB, different types of mountain bikes (and which bike is best for all-round use); equipment and clothing and to keep safe in this extreme (and dangerous) sport. Check out Windsurfing and Kite Surfing also by Anne-Marie Laval for information on spectacular tricks and techniques of wind surfing and kite surfing.

 

 

 

 

Skateboarding by Jackson Teller

A fan of skateboarding? Want to learn the art of skateboarding? This is the book for you. Discover the mind-blowing moves and tricks you can pull on a skateboard.  You also find out information about equipment, clothing and the best place to go. You will also pick up tips on the skills you’ll need, whether you’re ramp riding or street riding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other new non fiction to check out:

My Art Book Animals.

My Art Book This is the perfect book to read on the history of art for young children who love animals.  You will find heaps of cool projects (a Tin Tortoise, a Tiger Model and a Monkey on a Wire) that have been inspired by various artists (Albrecht Durer, Peter Paul Rubens and even Andy Warhol himself) Wild, educational and prowling with creativity, ‘My Art Book Animals’ introduces young children to art through the appealing subject of animals. Projects include a furry lion mask inspired by Rubens and a fishy collage in the cubist style of Picasso.

 

So you want to be a writer? by Vicki Hambleton and Cathleen Greenwood.

So you want to be a writer and follow in the footsteps of great authors like Margaret Mahy and Joy Cowley? Then this is the book for you. This book is packed full with resources and priceless tips from successful authors like Michael Crichton, Amanda Hocking and Chris Crutcher. This book will also revel the mysteries and glamour of best a best selling author.

 

 

 

 

Go Out and Play!  by KaBoom!

Spring is nearly around the corner, time for some outdoor fun! Written by KaBoom, a non-profit organization that is passionate and dedicated to creating a more fitter and creative generation through outdoor play. A fantastic guide to more than seventy well-loved outdoor and playground games, like kick the can, hopscotch, Four square, Red light/Green Light, flashtag and so many more.

Don’t just sit there, Grab this book and… go out and play!

 

 

 

The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins.

Want to learn about the many  species of beetles around the world? This is the book to read. An illustrated introduction to beetles that provides information on a  variety of  species  and how these insects have adapted to survive.

A useful  guide to use if you want to explore insects around your home and the great outdoors.

New Non Fiction for August – Maths and Science from Usbourne, Science Crackers and many more series.

Having trouble with Maths and Science at school? Here are some new books that can help.

New Non Fiction on Mathematics:

The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Maths.

Mathematics is the study of the relationship between size, space and quantity using numbers and symbols. If you are struggling with maths at school, then this is the book for you. This book contains over 500 definitions of all the key terms and concepts; more than 300 useful illustrations and diagrams; over 100 worked examples; comprehensive cross-referencing and detailed index and internet links for recommended websites. This book covers all areas including arithmetic, algebra, fractions and measurement. The book is divided into four areas which covers sections on numbers; shape, space and measures; Algebra and handling data.

 

Maths Dictionary by Carol Vorderman.

Stuck on sums or multiplication? Need a hand with homework? Then this is the book for you. This book takes you through everything you need to know to get ahead in primary school maths. Read all about. Also check out by Carol Voderman,  

Easy Peasy Times Tables. This book takes you through basic times tables up to ten, with an owl calculator that lets you check all the answers. Good for younger children.

What is Maths by Tracey Steffora.

Want to know how you use maths in everyday life? This is the book for you. This is a fantastic picture book that introduces young children to the basic concepts in Maths and how maths is applied around the world. This book covers all basic areas of maths, including shapes, patterns, adding, subtracting and measuring. Also includes notes for parents and teachers. Recommended for a junior level.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie by J. Patrick Lewis

Poetry + Math = A tasty treat!

Like puzzles? Want to brush up on Maths, English and poetry at the same time? This is the book to read! Renowned poet, J. Patrick Lewis borrows themes from famous poems and flips them on their head to create humorous verses and riddles in a collection of math-based problem-solving parodies. The poems included by by famous poets including Edward Lear, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe. This book do include all answers to the poem/math problem.) Information about all poets whose poems have been assembled in this book is also included.

New Non Fiction on Science from the Usbourne series:

What’s Chemistry all about by Alex Firth and Dr. Lisa Jane Gillespie.

What’s inside an atom? Which chemicals make us happy? Why does water change into steam? You will find all the answers to these questions in this new book from the Usbourne series. You will find out what chemistry is about; how it works, why chemistry is useful and a whole lot more! There is also lots of cool experiments to carry out. Recommended for a junior and intermediate level.

 

 

 

 

What’s Physics all about by  Kate Davies.

Why is the sky blue? How did the universe begin? Where does electricity come from? You will find all the answers to these questions in this new book from the Usbourne series. You will find out what physics is about; how it works, why physics is useful and a whole lot more! There is also lots of cool experiments to carry out. Recommended for a junior and intermediate level.

From the Science Crackers series:

Bubbling Biology by Steve Parker.

Why do some plants have flowers? What is the largest living thing? How fast can a shark swim? You will find all the answers to these questions in this new book from the Science Crackers series. You will find out how plants, animals, and microscopic organisms live, grow and survive. There is also lots of cool experiments to carry out.

Fizzing Physics by Steve Parker.

What shape is a magnetic field? How can you see with sound? How many colors are in a rainbow? You will find all the answers to these questions in this new book from the Science Crackers series.  Discover the incredible facts behind colour, sound and energy.

Awesome Astronomy by Raman Prinja.

How many stars are there? How can you talk to aliens? What happens when a start explodes? You will find all the answers to these questions in this new book from the Science Crackers series. Discover the incredible facts of how you can study the night sky and learn about its billions of stars and galaxies.

New Non Fiction for August

The holidays are over, but the new library books just keep on coming!

 

Here’s the newest non-fiction books:

 

It’s fun to draw monsters by Mark Bergin.

Love drawing? Love monsters? This is the book for you. An easy step by step guide to learning how to draw monsters with additional tips on illustrations and colouring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s fun to draw pirates by Mark Bergin.

Love drawing? Love pirates? This is the book for you. An easy step by step guide to learning how to draw monsters with additional tips on illustrations and colouring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

100 Great Scientists by John Farndon.

Read all about your favourite scientists including Leonardo DaVinci, Galileo Galilei, Issac Newton, Albert Einstein, Ernest Rutherford and how their science changed the world. A great book to read if you are doing science project and studying a famous scientist.

 

 

 

 

 

Millionaires by Clive Gifford

Read about all the famous millionaires around the world from Mark Zuckerberg (the creator of Facebook), Maddie Bradshaw (Snap Caps Inventor), Andrew Mason (Internet Entrepreneur) and even Oprah Winfrey (Talk show host and Media mogul) This book reveals everything you need to know about today’s most fascinating millionaires.

 

 

 

 

 

A first book of Nature by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Mark Hearld

A beautifully illustrated book that captures the innocence and loveliness of nature throughout the seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taketakerau : The Millennium Tree by Marnie Asntis.

A recommended read! This book takes you through 2000 years of history in New Zealand and tells the story of a 2000 year old tree called Taketakerau – The Millennium Tree, an ancient puriri tree in the Hukutaia Domain, ten kilometres inland from Opotiki, in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Great book to use for New Zealand History assignments.

 

 

 

 

 

Gorillas by Lori McManus.

Where do gorillas live? What do they eat? How intelligent are they? All the answers to these questions are found in this book. In addition to the answers, you will also find out lots of amazing facts about gorillas, see amazing pictures, including a picture of a pregnant gorilla and read about people who have worked with gorillas such as Dian Fossey and Francine ‘Penny’ Patterson. A great read from the ‘Living in the Wild: Primates’ series.

 

 

 

 

 

Orangutans by Buffy Silverman

Where do orangutans live? What do they eat? What threats do they face? All the answers to these questions are found in this book. In addition to the answers, you will also find out lots of amazing facts about orangutans, see amazing pictures and read about people who have worked with orangutans such as Birute Mary Galdikas and Ian Singleton. A great read from the ‘Living in the Wild: Primates’ series.

School holidays and time to be creative again!

Bedroom Makeover

This book shows you how to make your bedroom brighter, cosier and comfier. I love bunting and cushions and this book shows you how to make funky cushion covers and bright bunting easily. A very fun book with lots of ideas. Other books in this series to look out for are, Customise Your Clothes, Accessories for All, Cards, and Wrap and Tags.

 

 

 

 

How To Make a Planet

Obviously get your parents’ permission before you start build ing a planet in your bedroom. But once you have their go ahead read this fascinating book to learn all the things you need to know about forming a planet and taking care of it. PS, You may not be finished your project by the end of the school holidays.

 

 

 

 

Space!

If you don’t have time to make your own planet then check this book out and enjoy doing some simple space experiments. Great for all ages for learning the basics of how space works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun To Draw Funny Characters

With time on your hands you can get this book out and improve your drawing and cartooning skills no matter what your skill level. 16 fun characters, 20 faces and endless funny situations are all awaiting your pen and paper.

 

 

 

 

 

Describing Words  

Try your hand at writing these holidays. Need some coaching with your grammar? Then this new series will be fantastic for you. Other books in this series cover Punctuation, Doing Words and Grouping Words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay

If the circus is in town these holidays head along there. You may see dogs performing like the ones in this lovely book. If you are a dog lover then you will really enjoy reading about the ten stray dogs that were given a home in a circus and trained up to be ultimate performers.

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Chocolate Cookbook

Not only crammed full of scrumptious recipes but containing the history of chocolate and how it is made. YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh Boy!

Kick back and enjoy this unofficial biography of Justin Bieber. Crammed full of photos, of course, read and find out all those little things you always wanted to know about this successful idol.

 

 

 

 

 

Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

Time to get our the lego again these holidays. This encyclopedia will tell you about all the characters you may want to add to your collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click! Click! Click!

Time to get those cameras out these holidays. Have fun fist reading this book and get some great ideas for your magical shots. Also learn how to edit and playaround with your photos.

 

 

 

 

 

The Art Treasure Hunt

Fill in a few spare hours browsing through this inspiring book. Wander through famous artworks from around the world. Full of puzzles, games and large pictures. Learning about art was never so much fun. If you aren’t already an art lover, you will be after reading through this book.

Puss in Boots

Have you seen the movie Puss in Boots?

It is the story about what happened to Puss in Boots before he met Shrek. Humpty Dumpty, the Bean Stalk and the Golden Goose also star. It features the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. A good  action packed movie for young everyone will enjoy.

We have new copies at all our branches for you to take home and watch.

This month, prepare to be freaked out!

Check out our scary new selection of non-fiction. After that you can relax reading about Lego or Music or just the wonder of our world in general. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverThe werewolf hunter’s guide / Ursula Lestrade.

Over thousands of years and across hundreds of countries, tales and legends of dreadful creatures lurking in the night have terrified people. This guide has been slowly pieced together by expert werewolf hunter Ursula Lestrade and uncovers many secrets of these shape-shifting monsters.  Arm yourself against the creatures of the night with this Werewolf Hunter’s Guide. (Book cover) There are three other scary books in this Monster Tracker Series; The Alien Hunter’s Guide, The Vampire Hunter’s Guide and The Ghost Hunter’s Guide. If you like freaky stuff then check them out.

Syndetics book coverChildren’s book of music / Deborah Lock
This is a must read for anyone interested in music. Great photos and interesting text help you learn heaps about music from its very beginnings right up to contemporary artists like Lady Gaga.
Syndetics book cover

Standing small : a celebration of 30 years of the Lego minifigure / Nevin Martell.

Find out all about your favourite LEGO characters. Do you have a Lego Ghost ? Maybe Lego Exo-Force is your favourite . Were you one of the first to get Lego Batman in 2006? Whatever your collection, you will have heaps of fun looking through this book.

Also new this month is The Lego Book. This is a larger more detailed book. Find out how the bricks are made as well as learning some secrets of the LEGO Master Builders. Lots of fun in these pages including current LEGO art creations. A must for every LEGO fan.

Syndetics book coverStarting school / Caryn Jenner & Arthur Robins.

This is a really good book for reading to your younger brother or sister who may be starting school. It is a fun book with great cartoony illustrations. It will remove any fears they may have about their new life and deals with everything from getting ready in the morning to those school toilets ,( even what to do if you don’t make it in time.)
Syndetics book coverPlanet Earth / Daniel Gilpin.
There are ten wonderful books in this series. All have beautiful photographs and easy clear text so you can learn heaps fast. This book covers the whole planet in 32 pages! Check it out, especially if you are a younger reader.

New Book Review

Anything but typical

By Nora Raleigh Baskin

“It’s easy to listen with the wild drone of the airplane. It is like a giant vacuum that sucks up all the other noise. Nobody even hears when you pass gas out loud on a plane”. Jason Blake does a lot of listening and figuring out of things inside his head. He doesn’t speak much and sometimes he does weird things, like shaking his hands in the air or making silly faces. Jason Blake is autistic and this is his story about how he can be himself.

This is a really good story showing us how people who are different to the normal people in this world, can find ways to cope on their own.