Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: ANZAC heroes

ANZAC heroes, by Mairia Gill

I’m not a big fan of the war, especially the first one, but this book touched me and I couldn’t put it down…. IT was a really sad story/ stories about 12 heroes in the war. This book was very informative, yet it was almost like a fairy tale….

The book was very moving and tragic, like a Grimm Brother fairy tale…. It was pretty gruesome…. I can’t say I liked reading about dead soldiers and people dying, but this book was a page turner in a odd sort of way….

I recommend this to 8+….

4 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Kilbirnie and Kelburn Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ollie: No safe harbour

No safe harbourNo safe harbour, by David Hill (1942-)

No safe harbour is a story based on the true event of the Wahine disaster.
The main characters are Stuart and his twin sister Sandra. The captain sailed in to the harbour 201 times in the past and the 201st time was the time that disaster struck during a horrific storm that hit Wellington. The 15 year old twins were sailing back from Christchurch . They fought, like twins can do – but when it came to survival they stuck together. It was amazing story of how strangers and family support each other. READ IT.

5 stars

Reviewed by Ollie from Island Bay and Owhiro Bay School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: ANZAC heroes

ANZAC heroes, by Maria Gill

This was a good picture book about Anzac. There were pictures throughout the book, (some okay to look at others not so much) but the pictures did suit the story and it had a good meaning to it. I would rate this book ages 6+

3 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: Much ado about Shakespeare : the life and times of William Shakespeare : a literary picture book

Much ado about Shakespeare : the life and times of William Shakespeare : a literary picture book, by Donovan Bixley

This is a fascinating timeline journey through Williams life, congratulating him on all his works of art. This book had some amazing quotes and the drawings really help to bring the book to life.

4 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: From the cutting room of Barney Kettle

From the cutting room of Barney KettleFrom the cutting room of Barney Kettle, by Kate De Goldi (1959-)

This was a great book about a boy who wants to be a director. Barney has always wanted to be a director,and he starts a project that he thinks will help him along his way. But when his project doesn’t go how Barney expected, he starts to worry that this might not be such a good idea after all.Follow Barney as he tries to accomplish his dreams.

3 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Helena: First to the top : Sir Edmund Hillary’s amazing Everest adventure

First to the top : Sir Edmund Hillary’s amazing Everest adventure, by David Hill

This non-fiction book tells the story of Sir Edmund Hillary and how he climbed to the top of Mt Everest. He started out as a shy schoolboy, but as he got older he gained confidence and climbed the tallest mountain.

It’s an exciting story and I love the illustrations. I recommend this book for children who love history.

3 stars

Reviewed by Helena from Miramar and Holy Cross School , 8 years old