Top 10 Childrens Comics October 2017

Comics have some great crossovers going on, from books, movies, games and TV series.  Did you know that Poptropica was inspired by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney – there’s a Big Nate Island!  The comics take you through the island adventures shown in the game.

If you were creating islands for your own game what would yours look like?

Let us know in the comments =)

  1. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
  2. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
  3. Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
  4. Garfield Series, by Cedric Michiels, Mark Evanier and Jim Davis
  5. The Smurfs anthology, by Peyo
  6. Adventure time, by Ryan North
  7. Warriors, by Dan Jolley
  8. Peanuts, by  Charles M. Schulz
  9. Poptropica, by Mitch Krpata
  10. Thunderbirds, by Gerry Anderson

New Non Fiction: Animal Antics and Puppets glore!

100 Most Unexplained Things on the Planet.image courtesy of syndetics

Read this book and go on a journey where you get to investigate the world’s most incredible unsolved mysteries , examine the evidence about the world’s creepiest and most spine tingling phenomena and seek out the answers to the unexplained. A great read just in time for Halloween.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsAnimal Antics.

Animal antics? Oh boy,  this book is full of them. Packed with amazing pictures, Animal antics captures the most funny moment when animals are simply… being themselves. For those of you who have pets, Perhaps this book will give you ideas on writing your own animal antics book.

 

 

 

 

Terrible Tales of the Middle Ages.image courtesy of syndetics

Prepare to step into a world of heroes, monsters and death-defying deeds that makes every myth and legend you know and have heard look and sound like a Disney movie. This book collects together rip-roaring adventure stories and larger than life myths from the middle ages.

 

 

 

Ashley Bryan’s Puppets.images courtesy of syndetics

This book introduces puppets created out of found objects by describing each with a poem. There is one word to describe this book – COOL! With glue, thread and a sprinkling of African folklore, Ashley Bryan breathes new life into tattered treasures by creating puppets that swell on personality and beauty.  Reading this book also gives you ideas on creating your own puppets with simple objects such as driftwood, glue, debris, etc.

New movies to look forward to

Want something to distract you from the start of school? Here are some movies that are coming out in the next few months to look forward to. http://www.flicks.co.nz/coming-soon/family-kids/

Saving Mr Banks (releases on 6th February)

This is the story of how Walt Disney convinced the author P. L. Travers to allow him to turn her novel Mary Poppins into a movie.

 

The Seventh Son 2D and 3D (releases on 20th February)

This movie is based on the first book in the Wardstone Chronicles series written by Joseph Delaney. It is the story of a mystical knight and his 14 year old apprentice as they battle a powerful witch called Mother Malkin

 

Mr Peabody and Sherman 2D and 3D (releases on 27th March)

Mr Peabody takes his adopted son Sherman back through history in an attempt to fix changes made to history when Sherman and his classmate, Penny, tampered with the WABAC machine.

 

Muppets: Most Wanted (releases on 10th April)

The Muppets are back! Featuring celebrities like Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Christopher Waltz, the muppets are on a world tour and find themselves caught up in a jewelry heist lead by a Kermit look-alike.

 

Rio 2 2D and 3D (releases on 17th April)

The sequel to Rio – Jewel and Blu and their three children leave their domesticated life in the city and return to the Amazon jungle.

 

The LEGO movie (releases on 17th April)

LEGO comes to life in this comedy movie about an ordinary LEGO guy who everything believes is the chosen one to fulfill a prophesy and save the LEGO world. Lots of familiar LEGO character make an appearance.

 

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (releases on 24th April)

Based on Reif Larsen’s children’s book. A 12 year old child genius secretly leaves his family’s country home in Montana to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute, who think that he is an adult.

 

Tarzan 2D and 3D (releases on 12th June)

An animated movie of the classic story of an boy who survives a plane crash in the jungle and is raised by apes.

 

Maleficent 2D and 3D (releases on 19th June)

A dark retelling of Disney’s tale of Sleeping Beauty. The story is from the view of  the witch Maleficient, and the eevnts that harden her heart and cause her to curse princess Aurora

 

How to Train your Dragon 2 2D and 3D (releases on 3rd July)

This story starts 5 years after the first movie. Hiccup and Toothless set out to discover new worlds and unmapped lands. They come across a land that’s home to hundreds of new dragons, and find them selves caught in the middle trying to keep the peace.

 

Tawa October Bookseekers

They reviewed the books they had been reading over the holidays, which included The Famous Five and The Hardy Boys, and then they were introduced to the Bookseeker theme for October: books about Animals.

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Then the Bookseekers did a quiz where they had to match the baby animals to the adult animals, and Debbie read a poem aloud from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

There was more fun when the Tawa Bookseekers were given animal puppets and had to create a story. The puppet stories had to include random words like “train,” and “biscuit.” There was loads of laughter from everyone when the Bookseekers presented their stories to the group.

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Finally, the Bookseekers did another quiz where they had to match-up the country with its national animal. Did you know that the Chihuahua is the national dog of Mexico? Join the Tawa Bookseekers in November, on Wednesday 9th, 4 -5pm, for Stories From Other Countries. Bookseekers is free to join for children aged 9 – 12.

Puppet Show at Kilbirnie Library!

Thursday 17th February, 6.30-7.15pm

It is called Puppet Pasta Pizzaz!

This comprises of two shows with an Italian flavour (hence the pasta). There will be a marionette show (a marionette is a puppet with strings) and a Pulcinella show (Pulcinella is hand puppet and is the Italian Punch)

Feel free to come in your P.J.s!
I love puppets because they have a special way of telling stories and interacting with people.   Some of the best puppets are also very easy to make.  I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple weeks repairing and preparing my puppets for the fringe festival in Adelaide so I thought I’d share with you a few of the great puppet making books we have in children’s non-fiction collection.

Puppets around the world

Puppetry is a very old art form and there are puppets sharing stories all over the world.  This book has information and photos of many different types of puppets and also instructions to make a simple version of those puppets.  I think information in this book is interesting, the photos inspiring and it will introduce you to many different ways of making puppets and most of the materials are not to difficult to find.

Muppets Make Puppets

Most of you are probably familiar with Sesame Street.  This is a great puppet book that will let you into the secrets of making muppet style puppets.  There are illustrated step by step instructions for making different sorts of puppets, hints on how to create a character, suggestions on materials you could use including many recycled and household items you may never have thought of as puppetry material and suggestions how to put together a puppet show.  This colourful fun book will quickly have you making quirky puppet characters.

Most excellent book of how to be a puppeteer

I like this book for its ideas on how to make a range of easy puppets.  It also has hints about writing puppet scripts and it has good ideas about making easy puppet theatres to suit different styles of the puppets.