Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: 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-)

I love this book, It was so cool, it started of plainish, the intro was a pretty normal one, exept it wasn’t, It was the type of writing I would do….just a THOUSAND times better…. It drew me in and brought me into the book.

Barney’s character reminds me of something, I’m not sure what, He’s kind of refelcting me and everyone else in the world, he brings out all of our flaws, yets also the good things!

I loved it! 8+….ENJOY!!!

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Benedict: Much ado about Shakespeare

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

This book told us about the life of Shakespeare who was a really good play writer who became famous. He came from a very big family and also had kids of his own. He grew up at the time of Queen Elizabeth the first.
It had really good illustrations and I liked the pictures the best.
The words were kind of small but they were easy to read.
Kids around my age and anyone who likes history would like this book.

4 stars

Reviewed by Benedict from Miramar and Miramar North School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: 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

I read this when I was 6, so reading it again was fun for me. It’s about Edmund Hilary and his companion Tenzing Norway. The book starts when Edmund was a little boy climbing his grandmothers garden and ends when Edmund is a big man climbing Mt Everest…

I recommend this book 6+….ENJOY!

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Sam: A lion in the meadow

A lion in the meadowA lion in the meadow, by Margaret Mahy (1936-2012,)

I liked the pictures, we wanted to read this after seeing a dance production of this at the Botanical Gardens on Saturday 28 January. Although this book is good it is better for younger kids

3 stars

Reviewed by Sam from Brooklyn and Brooklyn School , 7 years old

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