School Journal Exhibition & ComicFest!

Imagine being 110 years old! Well that’s how old the School Journal is turning in May and to celebrate Wellington Central Library is having an exhibition about the School Journal as part of the cool ComicFest 2017.

The School Journal was first published in May 1907, the same year New Zealand became a dominion and it has been going ever since. It’s packed full of stories, cartoons and articles by New Zealanders and many of the people who write and illustrate it are now famous all over the World! The School Journal has helped New Zealanders to find their own voice and has given us an opportunity to show who we were and what it is like to live in Aotearoa.

Over last 40 years comics have been a big part of the School Journal and many comic writers and illustrators have made there “bread and butter” through its pages.

Ask your parents or grandparents what they remember about the School journal and chances are they will have fond memories to tell you. Why not bring them down to Central Library to help prompt their memories.

The exhibition is on now and will run until the 9th of May. Better still come down for ComicFest on the 6th of May, grab some free comics and join in with the many free activities on offer. So hurry on in and find out more about the School Journal and all the amazing people who have contributed to it.

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