Kids’ Club Review by saanvi: A little princess

A little princessA little princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Its a story all about a little girl who suffered more after her father passed away.
This story teaches me :the good are rewarded and the bad are punished.

5 stars

Reviewed by saanvi from Central City and Clyde Quay School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: A little princess

A little princessA little princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

This book was great! The intro was quite slow but then once I got to the middle I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t actually planning on reading it, but once I saw a great review by Francesca, I decided to try it. Its a heartwarming story about a girl called Sara, and her father tells her that she’s his little princess. I loved this story mainly because of the way the author describes the feelings of each character so well. Its definitely a great book to read.

4 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: A little princess

A little princessA little princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

I LOVED IT! It was an amazing book, I personally think Frances Hodgson Burnett is an amazing writer, often the beginnings are very slow, and the action builds up over time.

Normally in Burnett’s books often start slow, due to the fact the main character has low self of steam and is rather shy, over time as the characters courage and confidence builds up, the more trouble and excitement the character get’s into.

“A Little Princess” is about a little 7 year old girl called Sara. Sara is a very observant little girl and is very aware of the world… Her farther often tells her how she is a little princess and about magic and stories about magic.

The story is about how her loving farther sends her away to a boarding school while he participates in the war, during the separation, Sara comes up with ways to entertain herself and others by sharing some imaginative stories, But the headmistress shuts down any hope of crazy stories and “Nonsense” she says. Sara misses her father very much and often wishes he was there with her. She makes friends and experiences some very sad and horrible things, but then a miracle happens…

This books is a very sad and powerful book with some very heavy concepts, i would recommend this 7+…. ENJOY!!!

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: The forgotten sisters

The forgotten sistersThe forgotten sisters, by Shannon Hale

Miri has been chosen by the Queen to make three swamp girls into royalty. At first Miri tries to refuse, but deep inside she knows its her duty to be a tutor. Can Miri keep her word and turn the girls into princesses or will she fail the queen and be banished from the kingdom?

4 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Lucia: The paper bag princess

The paper bag princessThe paper bag princess, by Robert N. Munsch (1945-)

This book is really silly and funny! My favourite part is when Elizabeth calls Prince Ronald a Bum! ūüôā That made me LOL so much. The dragon is really cute, spiky and speedy which makes the story an adventure to read.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lucia from Karori and Karori Normal School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Seri: The paper bag princess

The paper bag princessThe paper bag princess, by Robert N. Munsch (1945-)

At the end Elizabeth said “YOU ARE A BUM!” to Prince Ronald. That was funny! At the start she was gonna get married to Prince Ronald. But the dragon burnt her clothes and smashed her castle and took Prince Ronald. So she went to get him back, and then she tricked him into getting so tired he fell fast asleep but then when she went to rescue the prince, he told her “you are all burnt and you need to brush your hair!” and told her to come back when she was dressed like a princess again. And that’s when she called him a bum. And so they didn’t get married after all.

5 stars

Reviewed by Seri from Cummings Park and Wadestown School , 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Elizabeth: The paper bag princess

The paper bag princessThe paper bag princess, by Robert N. Munsch (1945-)

The story is about a princess who tries to rescue a prince from a dragon, with a surprising ending.
I liked this book because the princess tries to do everything herself. I like the princess because she sticks up for herself.
My favourite part of the book is when the dragon thinks Elizabeth is knocking on his door so he can eat her.
This book was too easy for me. I liked the story but I would recommend it for children aged 5 or 6.

3 stars

Reviewed by Elizabeth from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 8 years old

Walt Disney DVD recommendations: All time classics and an upcoming movie release.

Term 4 has started and the countdown to the Christmas holidays has began!

The library is still  choc-a-block full of Walt Disney DVDs in the collection that you can get your hands on and may come handy for the Christmas holidays if you fancy a relaxing day of veging out in front the telly with your choice of favourite snacks.

This is the FINAL blog post for Walt Disney DVDs, for this year at least as I will be moving onto blogging about other cool movies and categories. Some I watched throughout my childhood that still remain favourites of mine today and some that I have only watched in the last few years.

In this blog post, you will encounter Walt Disney movie recommendations filled with heroes/heroines, sleeping princesses, animal friends and the odd bit romance.

So check out the following DVDs below and believe me… I think I have saved the best for last… and see further down below for an extra special treat!

(Click on the linked titles to find out which libraries you can find these DVDs at)


image courtesy of amazon.comLady and the Tramp.

Probably one of the best Walt Disney classics and romances to date! Join Lady, a pampered cocker spaniel and Tramp, a jaunty freedom loving mutt, with a heart of gold who share an enthralling romance and thrilling adventures.

The infamous Bella Notte Spaghetti/kissing Scene¬†is always a favorite mine, as I’m sure it is with a lot of people.¬†See the scene for yourself and decide¬†if this is a movie you like to see, especially with your own canine pal!


image courtesy of smazon.comMulan.

In truly Shakespearian style, a brave young Chinese girl named Mulan fashions herself as a male solider in her aging father’s place and leads her fellow soldiers with remarkable courage and tactical brilliance in the battlefield – and a legend was born.

A truly magnificent film that showcases that not all heroes are born, but made.¬†A great movie for girls and a true celebration of girl power! Check out this awesome music clip “True to your heart” from the movie soundtrack.


image courtesy of amazon.comThe Princess and the frog.

This is truly a different take on classic fairy tale, The Frog Prince, where the story takes place in New Orleans, Lousiana, during the roaring 20s where jazz music, prohibition fine dining, flappers and social dance were on the rise.

Not to mention, both the prince – Arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen,¬†and… the princess – hardworking, no nonsense¬†waitress Tiana,¬†are transformed into frogs!

With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell, and fulfil their dreams.

Overall a fantastic film! Absolutely loved it! This is a very entertaining girls movie and a celebration of the Creole culture that will make you want to get up and dance the foxtrot and the Charleston.


image courtesy of amazon.comThe Little Mermaid.

Oh my goodness, this is the one movie I watched religiously throughout my childhood with my mates from school where we were continuously reciting lines and singing along to the songs!

Based on the all time classic by Hans Christian Anderson – the same guy who wrote The Snow Queen, which Disney adapted into¬†the movie, Frozen… Anyway I am getting way ahead myself.

The Little Mermaid is about Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid with a fiery personality Рhmm, explains the red hair, who is enchanted with all things human and falls in love with Prince Eric, who also happens to be a human to the disgust and horror of her father.

Determined to be human, she strikes a bargain with the devious sea witch, Ursula, and trades her fins and beautiful voice for legs. However the catch is that in order for her to be a human forever, her prince has to kiss her. Always true love’s kiss to either break or hold a spell. Ah, the things we do for love.

So poor Ariel has a lot on her plate: become human, win the prince’s love and save her father’s kingdom and¬†her love’s kingdom¬†from Ursula, but luckily she has a few friends to aid her in the form of her best friend Flounder, and her reluctant chaperon aka singing crab, Sebastian at her side.

Not easy being a Disney princess and heroine. But overall a fun, enjoyable Disney classic to watch when having a night in with the family. You might enjoy this clip “Kiss the girl” sung by Sebastian where he tries to encourage Prince Eric to kiss Ariel to break the spell. Will it work? Watch, be entertained, laugh¬†and find out.


image courtesy of amazon.comSnow White and the seven Dwarfs.

This was the very first movie I saw at the cinema at the tender age of 3 years old and nearly thirty years later, still remains a favourite and timeless classic to this day!

This The beautiful and kind-hearted princess Snow White must go on the run into the deep dark woods after she incurs the wrath of her jealous and wicked stepmother, the Queen by being fairest in the land. There, she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs, Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey.

However things go pear shaped when The Queen finds Snow White and tricks her with an enchanted apple. Only the magic of her¬†true love aka Prince Charming’s kiss can save her.


image courtesy of amazon.comSleeping Beauty.

Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil fairy/witch/fire breathing dragon, Maleficent, into a deep sleep and can only be awakened by¬†her true love’s kiss.

This is one of my favourite Walt Disney movies of all time. I loved it so much that my aunt ended up buying me the video for my seventh birthday, which was probably the most memorable birthdays ever! I loved everything about this movie! Loved the music by Tchaikovsky, which he originally composed for the¬†ballet version of Sleeping Beauty; the playful banter and bickering between three good fairies, especially when they¬†debate about¬†the color of¬†Aurora’s birthday dress, hmmm pink or blue? You decide. Not to mention, the chemistry between Aurora and her true love, Prince Philip.

A big spoiler and perhaps uncanny about Aurora and Philip is that they were betrothed when they were little and they end meeting and falling in love anyway, WHOA! Another favourite (probably more than Snow White) and timeless Walt Disney classic from childhood to the present day!

Also check out my review of Maleficent for an alternative interpretation of Sleeping Beauty and decide whether Maleficent is evil or misunderstood.


image courtesy of amazon.comUpcoming Walt Disney Movie release for next year: Beauty and the Beast.

If you are a fan of the Disney animated movie, Beauty and the Beast, then brace yourselves… next year Walt Disney is releasing¬†a¬†live action¬†adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince transformed into a beast. ¬†In order to break the horrible enchantment,¬†the beast must fall in love with a beautiful young woman, played by none other than Emma Watson¬†(Hermione from the Harry Potter movie), but to complicate things further he must earn her love in return.

Check out the official teaser trailer! So why not pen in the date: 17th March 2017 to be a guest for one of the most highly anticipated Walt Disney movie releases of all time!