It’s Roald Dahl day on Friday 13th September

Roald Dahl Day strikes again on Friday the 13th of September, marking 103 years since his birth! So let’s celebrate!

Who was Roald Dahl? He was a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many more brilliant stories. He remains THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE STORYTELLER!
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How to celebrate?

Read about his remarkable life. Read Boy, that presents  humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school, and Going Solo, that tells the story of his adventures as an adult, first in Africa, then learning to be a wartime fighter pilot and discover what led him to becoming the world famous author that he is known as today.

Dahl’s life story is also featured in Stories for boys who dare to be different and Before they were authors : famous writers as kids.





 


Visit the Roald Dahl website, where you will find  information about Roald Dahl as well as activities, games and quizzes.

Download your Roald Dahl Day 2019 party pack, whether you’re celebrating at the library, at home, in school or out and about. Inspired by the ever marvellous Matilda, the 2019 Party Pack is packed full of phenomenal lesson resources, wonderful writing activities and a whole host of other excitement.

Read and relive your favourite Roald Dahl stories. Wellington City Libraries holds a huge array of Roald Dahl books, including Fantastic Mr Fox, The Magic Finger and Danny the Champion of the World  for your reading pleasure. Also check out this previous blog post for ideas on what are great  Roald Dahl movies to watch.

 




Check out Roald Dahl’s board books for children aged 0-5! Books range from Roald Dahl’s ABCs , Roald Dahl’s colours and Roald Dahl’s 123.




 

 


New to the Roald Dahl collection is Roald Dahl’s rotsome & repulsant words. This book is the perfect introduction to the naughtiest words and phrases created by Roald Dahl with redunculous language notes. Find insulting similes and learn a load of poppyrot. Use words in a brilliantly disgusterous way.

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Hunter: The BFG [electronic resource]

The BFG [electronic resource]The BFG [electronic resource], Roald Dahl ; illustrated by Quentin Blake

The BFG is a great book but roal dowl and the book could be a bit more better than the first book and all the other book and games.But the game is very interesting to play but there needs more time to play the great game and if you play the game with more people it is more fun and more interesting at the game and I hope he will love my comments that I have been done.and I hope he makes more money than the other man.and I hope my mum and dad will buy me a Nathan book in the summer and the yowl new year of 2019 and I hope every body like my comment and buy his book and I hope he will make a t-shirt .

3 stars

Reviewed by Hunter from Kilbirnie and Seatoun School , 8 years old

6 new children’s non-fiction to read in November

Hey Kids! Check out the latest new non fiction at Wellington City Libraries. Featured in this post are books about Greek goddesses, Star Wars, Famous family trees, and much more!

Enjoy!

image courtesy of sydneticsAthena: the Story of a Goddess. 

This is the captivating story of the most fearless goddess, Athena. An astounding tale of daring, bravery, wisdom and one goddess’s love for adventure. –Adapted from back cover.


image courtesy of sydneticsStar Wars : the complete visual dictionary.

This comprehensive visual dictionary is the perfect Star Wars book for getting to know the galaxy far, far away. Packed with more than 1,500 stunning images, it showcases major and minor characters including Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, creatures, vehicles, weapons, props, and items of tech in unparalleled detail. Beautiful photography and engaging text written by Star Wars experts examines the finer points of Padmé Amidala’s costumes, displays Boba Fett’s array of weaponry, studies Darth Vader’s armour, and reveals the lesser-known background stories too many of the characters. Find out who Poe Dameron’s idol is, discover the tech behind BB-8’s rolling motion, and much, much more! Fully updated to include the latest instalments of the Skywalker saga – Star Wars The Force Awakens and Star Wars The Last Jedi – this invaluable reference guide incorporates all the latest stories and characters. The definitive companion to the Star Wars movies, Star Wars The Complete Visual Dictionary is a must-buy for the beginner and the die-hard Star Wars fan alike.


image courtesy of syndeticsFamous family trees.

Who did Cleopatra grow up with? Where did Gengis Khan’s fierce nature come from? And what was life like in the Kennedy household? Step into the lives of 25 famous faces from history and discover the intricate web of family that helped make them. Loved and loathed, this introduction to history comes with twenty-five family trees for the whole family to explore.



image courtesy of syndeticsThe Moon.

Explore the history of man’s relationship with the Moon – the science, the myths, the facts and the fiction – and how it affects our everyday lives and the world around us.


image courtesy of syndeticsHow not to be a twit and other wisdom from Roald Dahl.

From advice on finding magic and thinking nice thoughts, to the importance of frequent whizzpopping, the writing of Roald Dahl is filled with wit and wisdom and advice for little people growing up – and big people growing down.


image courtesy of sydneticsThe short & curly guide to life.

Why are things the way they are? Why do we do things a certain way? Wouldn’t it be better if we did things differently? The Short & Curly Guide to Life poses the thorniest questions and the toughest topics to think about – all in the most fun and entertaining way! You’ll find yourself wondering if it’s okay to break a promise – even if it is in a video game! Questioning whether you would want to spend eternity in an amazing virtual reality. Umming and ahhing over whether there’s anything wrong with keeping the cutest baby fox for a pet . . . and so much more! Covering topics such as fairness, bullying, bravery, friendship and choice, The Short & Curly Guide to Life is a must-read for every child, parent and teacher.

 

 

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl

This book was a mixture of sadness, excitingness and happiness. James Henry Trotter lives with two horrible people. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks horribly awful (not to be rude) and Aunt Spiker is bony and thin as a stick. Every single day, James has to do all of the chores without stopping. How horrible is that! Then one day something magical happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and grow! Everybody looks at the amazing sight. Quickly, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker called in carpenters and had them build a strong fence around the peach to save it from the crowd. They made a bunch of tickets and started charging everyone for coming in. That night, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker locked the door so James couldn’t come in. He sees a hole in the peach and starts climbing in… he meets all sorts of creatures. What are their names? Read the book to find out! I thought this was an amazing book and you should too!

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Johnsonville, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me

The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me, by Roald Dahl

This was an excellent book! The rhymes makes sense in the book and I could imagine being in the book. There is a shop called The Grubber which was for sail but then a giraffe, a pelly and a monkey bought it! They are called the Ladderless Window Cleaning Company because they don’t need a ladder, the giraffe is one! I recommend this book to a wide range of ages.

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Johnsonville, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Charlie: The BFG

The BFGThe BFG, by Roald Dahl

I thought it was confusing in some bits because of the gobble-funk (thats the mixed up words that the bfg speaks) I also thought that the giants was meant to be meant to be mean and not friendly. I recommend it for 6 and up.

4 stars

Reviewed by Charlie from Karori, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Zack: The witches

The witchesThe witches, by Roald Dahl

This was an amazing book about a little boy who gets caught up with some experiments from the witches but gets turned into a mouse. How will he get revenge?

3 stars

Reviewed by Zack from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 11 years old