Fun Kids’ Fiction: Springtime Reading!

Spring is here, and some sunny days have started happening! YAY! The perfect weather to relax and lose yourself in one of these fantastic new kids fiction books which can now be found at your local library.

 

Quest for JusticeImage courtesy of Syndetics by Sean Fay Wolfe

New players join the game Minecraft every day. But dark forces are at work on the Elementia server, and when Stan, Kat, and Charlie arrive on the scene, they quickly find themselves in peril. The King has passed a law banishing all lower-level players from the server by the next Proclamation Day. Anyone who tries to help the noobs will be silenced. With the natural forces of the game closing in anf the King’s deadline approaching, Stan, Kat, and Charlie must work together to unravel the mysteries of Elementia and lead the battle for justice.

 

 

Dragonfly SongImage courtesy of Syndetics by Wendy Orr

The little girl found under a bush has no name and cannot speak. Is she a miracle child who escaped the raiders, or is she a bad-luck child, the one who called the Bull King’s ship to the island? No one sees the mama-stone around her neck, with the sign of the dragonfly. And only Luki, in training to leap the bulls, knows that she charmed the viper who would have killed him. When the girl turns twelve, she discovers her name – Aissa – and she knows that her one chance to live freely is to become a bull dancer, and be taken away to the island of the Bull King.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsGorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis

The thrilling, heartbreaking, and inspirational new story from award-winning storyteller Gill Lewis. Deep in the heart of the African jungle, a baby gorilla is captured by a group of rebel soldiers. Imara and Bobo are two children also imprisoned in the rebels’ camp. When they learn that the gorilla is destined to be sold into captivity, they swear to return it to the wild before it’s too late. But the consequences of getting caught are too terrible to think about. Will the bond between the gorilla and the children give them the courage they need to escape?

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWilf the Mighty Worrier is King of the Jungle  by Georgia Pritchett

Things Wilf was worried about before: 1) Fish sucking his toes when he goes for a paddle 2) Garden gnomes coming to life 3) Losing his ‘How to Stop Worrying’ leaflet. Things Wilf is worried about now: 1) Alan coming on holiday with him 2) Alan raising an army of terrifying animals in his quest for world domination 3) Being the only person who can stop Alan. As usual.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog, Master of Disguise by Jeremy Strong

Streaker, the fastest dog in the world, is on the run again!  There’s a mysterious pet-napper at large, Dad wants to send Streaker to behaviour boot camp and Trevor and Tina think they can save her with hair extensions and dye! No wonder Streaker’s desperate to escape!

Funny facts about your pets!

How many of you out there have a pet?

Pets are great. You can play with them, take them for walks, groom them, teach them tricks but most of all love them.

Did you know there are lots of fun and interesting facts that you might not be aware of about your pet such as:

  • Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting.
  • Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
  • A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
  • Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
  • Cats have over a hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  • To survive, every bird must eat at least half its own weight in food each day.
  • Larger parrots such as macaws and cockatoos can live for more than 75 years.
  • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
  • A goldfish can live up to 40 years.

 

You might like to check out some of these funny and interesting books about different pets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also if you are looking at getting a pet or would like to find out more information about looking after and caring for you pet then take a look at some of these books.

 

Upcoming movie releases for the school holidays

The next round of school holidays are coming up, we thought you’d appreciate watching the latest trailers for movies that are due to be released!

You are in for a treat with this lot!

secret life of pets_The Secret Life of Pets

The secret life of pets takes you into a world of what your pets REALLY get up to when you leave the house. Very hilarious moments in the trailer includes a poodle that is into heavy metal music, a psychotic bunny and a dachshund using a cake mixer as a DIY massager. you’ll laugh yourself silly.

 

 

image courtesy of amazon.comPete’s Dragon

The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. A live-action reboot of the beloved 1977 Disney classic with a fantastic cast, shot in New Zealand!

Location spots to keep an out for while watching movie includes:

Redwoods Forest in Rotorua (Where the forest scenes were shot), McLaren Falls Park in Bay of Plenty, Queenstown & Paradise, Tapanui, and Wellington. (Stone Street Studios in Miramar.)

 

image courtesy of amazon.comStorks

Where do babies come from? Surely this a question you have asked Mum and Dad. One possible place is… Storks deliver them or at least they used to! Which is the case in this lovable, upcoming movie where the storks  deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Trouble brews when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl.  Now it’s a race against time where a stork, Junior and a human, must make their first unofficial baby drop. Let operation baby drop commence!

 

 

Check out this sneak peek as well!

image courtesy of amazon.comTrolls

Two things came to mind when I watched this trailer:

1) This is a movie that makes me want to get up and dance!

2) This movie is probably the most fun, uplifting film since Shrek.

So here’s a question, in what event would a pink Smurfette look-a-like and a grumpy troll, (who would give Shrek a run for his money), joins forces to save the day? Well, this is the case in Trolls. Join Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the optimistic leader and princess of the trolls, and Branch (Justin Timberlake), her polar opposite on a quest to save Troll Town’s population from the Bergens. TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. Sorry kids, you’ll have to wait until December to see this movie. But something to look forward to before Christmas. Start saving your pocket money! Also check out Cant’ Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake from the Original Motion Picture “Trolls”. This song DEFINITELY wants to make you get up and dance your socks off, and a song I dance regularly during my evening dance fitness class.

Top 10 Children’s Non-Fiction for June 2016

There are some great illustrations in Under earth; under water.  Explore the world beneath your feet or kayak! Under the earth there are root systems, pipes for water, electricity and the internet, insect and animal burrows and more!

Books on cats and dogs were runners up to the Top 10.  Who has a favourite pet at home? Maybe you have something other than a cat or a dog? Who has the strangest pet out there? Brothers or sisters aren’t classified as pets!

1. LEGO, by Daniel Lipkowitz

2. Minecraft, by Stephanie Milton

3. Star Wars, by David West Reynolds

4. Minecraft, by Nick Farwell

5. Minecraft, by Matthew Needler and Phil Southam

6. Small scenes from a big galaxy, Vesa Lehtimaki

7. Minecraft hacks master builder, by Megan Miller

8. Lego Star Wars in 100 scenes, by Daniel Lipkowitz

9. Minecraft blockopedia, by Alex Wiltshire

10. Under earth; Under Water, by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel  Mizielinska

Children’s DVD Review: Oliver and Company

Looking for a Walt Disney classic of all time? Check out the latest DVD that has been added to the Children’s movie collection: Oliver and Company.

image courtesy of syndeticsI loved this movie when I was a kid, which was released in 1988/89. Nearly thirty years later and on DVD, I love it more as an adult, and especially as a proud fur parent of two cats.

Based on the novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, Oliver, the orphaned kitten, is befriended by Dodger, the cool mutt from a New York pack of pickpocked pooches.

Soon, Oliver is lovingly adopted by Jenny, a lonely little rich girl, until tough-guy Sykes and his Doberman sidekicks try to keep Jenny and Oliver apart. Now it’s up to Oliver, Dodger, and all his colourful, street-smart canine pals to outwit the villains and rescue the girl.

Overall , Disney’s wonderfully charming classic “Oliver and Company” is one of the most best animated films you’ll ever see.

It has a fantastic cast, not to mention musical numbers from music icons such as Billy Joel, Bette Midler and Huey Lewis – very popular artists in the 1980s and 1990s – and from your parents’/grandparents’ generation.

This is a film for all the Walt Disney and feline lovers out there.

A well deserved 8/10.

4 new Non Fiction you must get your hands on before the school holidays.

It’s less than a week away until the school holidays and the library has some fantastic new non fiction that you must get your hands on… FAST. These books are guaranteed to keep you amused, busy and entertained throughout the school holidays.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsDoctor Who: The Essential Guide : Twelfth Doctor Edition

This is the one book that Doctor Who fans must get their hands on, especially before the school holidays. Check out the new essential guide to Doctor Who, with  all twelve incarnations of the Doctor. With fascinating facts from all of space and time, as well as information on the Doctor’s helpful companions and fearsome foes, this book will tell all about the Doctor’s TARDIS, his regenerations, and much, much more!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHow to look after your human

Want to know how to look after your dog, from a dog’s perspective? Believe it or not, this is exactly what this book does. One dog has at last agreed to share the insights gained through years of hard experience: Maggie Mayhem has trained some of the world’s most stubborn humans (including her co-author Kim Sears), and so there is no better canine to explain the complexities of human behavior and guide you through the ownership journey.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsSleepover Party

Throw the ultimate overnight bash! There’s only one thing more exciting than a sleepover – and that’s planning one. Covering everything from games and quizzes to pamper ideas and midnight feasts, you’ll never be short of ideas with Sleepover Party. It’s packed full of party inspiration, activities and themes that will leave your friends talking for days.Sleepover Party is the must-have book for every slumber party.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Best of Children’s Arts and Crafts

The Best of Children’s Art and Crafts brings you all the best arts and crafts projects for children from The Australian Women’s Weekly craft books. There’s hours and hours of fun with step-by-step projects on drawing and painting, printing, puppet-making, dyeing, weaving and stitching, plus much more. Presented with clear and concise instruction, this book is and invaluable resource for parents, teachers and childcare professionals. Suitable for children of all ages. Great book to have on hand for the upcoming school holidays.

Top 10 Children’s comics April 2016

Asterix and Obelix have new creators, Conrad and Ferri!   With the blessing of the remaining Asterix creator Albert Udzero, these two are creating some great new adventures for our Gaulish heroes.

Where do you think they will send our heroes next? Where would you set an adventure for Asterix and Obelix? Let us know in the comments.

1. Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz

2. Pokemon, by Hidenori Kusaka

3. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce

4. Asterix, by Goscinny and Udzero

5. Tintin, by Herge

6. Garfield, by Mark Evanier

7. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi

8. Adventure time, by Ryan North

9. Chi’s sweet home, by Kanata Konami

10. Sonic Saga series, by Ian Flynn

 

Top 10 children’s non-fiction February 2016

Want to make your own book in your very own library? In the world of Minecraft you can! Sugarcane, ink sack and feather/quill, and… tah dah! Minecraft is still 50% of the top ten! Block fans are clearly skilling up! What are your favourite constructions so far? How about a library?   Minecraft is a great entrance to the world of 3D modelling.  The library  some great titles that introduce children to SketchUp freeware, with functions similar to photoshop it builds familiarity with tools for digital imaging.

1. Minecraft : beginner’s handbook, by Stephanie Milton

2. Star Wars : complete vehicles, by David West Reynolds

3. The LEGO ideas book, by Daniel Lipkowitz

4. Minecraft : Redstone handbook, by Nick Farwell

5. Minecraft. Construction handbook, by Matthew Needler

6. Minecraft hacks master builder, by Megan Miller

7. Ripley’s believe it or not! edited by Rosie Alexander

8. Cat, by Juliet Clutton-Brock

9. Star Wars character encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft

10. The ultimate unofficial encyclopedia for Minecrafters, by Megan Miller