Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Where’s Wally?

Where's Wally?Where’s Wally?, by Martin Handford

The Where’s Wally series are pretty good for passing time. Instead of just finding Wally, you can also find his friends and other special items, or just spend ages looking at the page discovering other weird and wonderful things!

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Brooklyn and Brooklyn School , 12 years old

Is there a Sherlock Holmes hidden in you? 6 great children’s cipher books to try today.

Do you have what it takes to go undercover and discover the secret world of espionage?

Well if you can break the following code I think you will have what it takes!

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I    J   K   L   M   N   O   P    Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z

H   I   J    K    L   M  N   O   P  Q   R   S   T    U   V   W   X   Y   Z   A   B   C   D   E    F   G

_        _   _        _        _   _   _   _         _    _    _    _    _    _    _

P        H  T        H        J   V   K   L       I     Y    L   H    R   L   Y

If you managed to work out the code – you are awesome!!!

Did you know Samuel Morse developed a code that could be sent electronically using short dots and long dashes.

It became known as:

_   _   _   _   _                   _   _   _   _

T   V   Y   Z   L                  J   V    K   L

Lord Robert Baden-Powell the founder of the scouting movement used visual codes by sketching details of a fortress on a picture of a:

_    _    _    _    _    _    _    _    _

I    B    A    A    L    Y   M    S     F

Making codes and ciphers is great fun. Why not create your own and test them out on your family and friends.

 

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by mila: Puzzle school

Puzzle schoolPuzzle school, by Susannah Leigh

I was a bit stuck when I was at the page when you have to sort out the lunchboxes to the people. I loved the page where you had to figure out who does what on what day.

5 stars

Reviewed by mila from Central City, 7 years old

Top 10 Children’s fiction June 2015

Tom Gates has two positions in the Top 10 this month! You might know Liz Pichon’s creation has a musical side,  you too can join in with Dog Zombies rendition of Delia’s a weirdo with a score from Tom Gates’ band! Got some of your own tunes inspired by characters from your favourite books? Let us know in the review section.  A new Dirty Bertie is about to hit the shelves, get your library card ready to place your reserve…and…go!

 

1. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

2. Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald

3. Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord

4. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

5. Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

6. Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce

7. Excellent excuses (and other good stuff) by Liz Pichon

8. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

9. Genius ideas (mostly) by Liz Pichon

10. The 26-storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Free interactive ebooks for kids

Have you tried Tumblebooks yet? You can get your hands of a large collection of free interactive ebooks through your library membership. The collection is best for young and learner readers and contains many well-known picture book and junior chapter book titles (even some non-fiction too!). The books are animated with pictures and sounds, and you even have the option of reading the book yourself, or having it read to you.  As well as English, there are titles in French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean and German, which is perfect for those that are learning another language.

Prefer comics? Tumblebooks has those too! Geronimo Stilton, Archie, Nancy Drew, Max Finder Mysteries and more.

It gets better – there are interesting National Geographic videos to watch, and puzzles and games you can play. Tumblebooks has everything to keep you entertained for hours!

Top 10 children’s fiction for April 2015

The series books are holding their own in the popularity stake but, classic author, Roald Dahl has a serious fan base out there

1. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

2. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell

3. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

4. Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald

5. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

6. Matilda by Roald Dahl

7. Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

8. The 52-storey treehouse by Andy Grifiths

9. Awful Auntie by David Walliams

10. Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

January’s Top 10 Children’s fiction

Some of these great books were in the Summer Reading Challenge.  Are any of them your favourites? Let us know what you think of the books you read on the reviews page and help someone find a new favourite.

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid series, by Jeff Kinney

2.   Where’s Wally?, by Martin Handford

3.   Dirty Bertie, series, by Alan MacDonald

4.   Dork diaries, by Rachel Renée Russel

5.   Ruby Redfort, series, by Lauren Child

6.   Big Nate series, by Lincoln Pierce

7.  Conspiracy 365 series, by Gabrielle Lord

8.   The 52-storey treehouse, by Andy Griffiths

9.  Awful Auntie, by David Walliams

10.Matilda, by Roald Dahl

November’s Top 10 Children’s fiction

This month’s favourite library lends include author Jeff Kinney.  As popular online as in print, “To date, the online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has more than 80 million visits, and is typically read by more than 70,000 kids a day.”

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney.
2.   Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
3.   Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
4.   Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald
5.   Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling
6.   Awful Auntie by David Walliams
7.   Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
8.   Matilda by Roald Dahl
9.   Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord
10. Puzzle pirates by Leigh, Susannah.

October’s Top 10 Children’s fiction

Adventure, puzzles and plots in this top ten. Great to see Roald Dahl three times in the leader board! Featuring illustrations by the talented Quentin Blake brings life to these scratchy tales of errant anti-heroes and their feats of daring-do.

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney
2.   Where’s Wally? series by Martin Handford
3.   Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald
4.   Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
5.   Matilda by Roald Dahl
6.   Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce
7.   The Twits by Roald Dahl
8.   Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord
9.   Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh
10. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling