Kids’ Club Review by violet: Hey Jack: The robot Blues

Hey Jack: The robot blues, by Sally Rippin

Jack was invited to his friends party, his name was Jem. He was from a different school they meet in a soccer team. Jack drove there nervous because he was afraid of everyone seeing his home-made robot outfit. He made It with boxes and paint. He looked out the car window wondering what the costumes they would have.
Will the kids from the party like Jacks party like his costume?

3 stars

Reviewed by violet from Kilbirnie and Berhampore School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tiffany: Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor

Frank Einstein and the antimatter motorFrank Einstein and the antimatter motor, by Jon Scieszka

A great book that explains the forces or science. Possible related to Albert Einstein, Frank Einstein has built a robot powering it up with lightning. Except the project doesn’t work. and falls to pieces. But after, it rebuilds itself, bigger and better than before and with a better mind. It thinks like a human – maybe even better! And it can calculate absolutely anything! It is called Klink. Klink built another robot out of scraps but with a smaller mind. It is called Klank. Klink and Klank help Frank and Wastson thwart Frank’s arch-nemesis (T. Edison) at a science competition. A plan to provide a lot of energy out of atoms and matter. But then, Edison robot-naps Klink and Klank and Frank has to get his robots back. A fast-paced book for all ages who are looking for an easy way to learn science.

5 stars

Reviewed by Tiffany from Kilbirnie, 12 years old

New Non Fiction: Lego Mania and World Cup 2014 Winter-fest.

Lego Fanatics, brace yourself. There are two awesome books to read that will inspire your Lego creativity… and addiction. Believe it or not, according to Inner Child Learning,  Lego Bricks have been applauded by teachers and parents as one of the best toys for learning, building creativity, and strengthening fine-motor skills. Lego Bricks are an open-ended toy, meaning they can become just about anything a child or adult imagines, including an educational tool.

 

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Cool Creations in 35 Pieces.

There is only one word to describe this book – WOW! This is definitely to book that will bring out your inner child (note for parents/adults) and inspire your creativity. Sean Kenney will take you on a journey by showing you 75 models he has constructed by just using a minimum of 25 Lego pieces. Who have thought you could create things like a camera, an electric guitar, a bat and a frog out of Lego pieces? After reading this book, I am beginning to regret not keeping my own Lego sets from childhood. Great for ages 4 to 8 years.

 

 

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The Lego Movie Handbook.

Seen the movie? (I haven’t – Naughty me!) Now is the time to read the movie handbook. Join Brickburg, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Batman and the rest of the gang in reading this book where you will learn everything you need to know about the Lego Movie, including Stories from Bricksburg’s happiest residents, a special message from President Business and a never before seen episode of Where Are My Pants. Overall I enjoyed this book. It was very funny, humorous, gave me the opportunity to revisit and embrace my inner child and has inspired to go and see the movie.  Also check out the move trailer.

 

 

 

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Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary.

Ah, you can never have enough Star Wars… and Lego! This visual dictionary presents the Star Wars line of LEGO action figures and playsets, detailing a history of the toy line and how each playset connects to the events in the Star Wars films. As always, when it comes to Star Wars and Lego, it always delivers on its promise of providing  facts and information that will keep kids amused and entertained for hours. Great for kids aged 7 years and over.

 

 

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Zoobots : wild robots inspired by real animals.

Zoobots! Yes, you heard right! This is a great book to read if you want to learn about robots inspired by animals and robot engineering. Contains great images and interesting facts. Even included images and information on a robot that can infiltrate human society with deceptively lifelike appearance and behavior.

 

 

 

 

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Watercolors.

This book is enclosed with lively text and step-by-step instructions that will show kids on how to complete various watercolor art projects. Great for kids who is interested in perfecting their technique in watercolor painting.  My personal favorite art projects enclosed in this book are the dot flower bouquet and Stylish Mr. Fox. You will also like Acrylics, if you are interested in creating a variety of projects using acrylic paints.

 

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Record Busters: World Cup Football.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is only days away.  Why not take the opportunity to come on down to the library and grab all the books that tell your everything you need to know about the history and past games that too place during the FIFA World Cup, like Record Busters: World Cup Football. This is a fantastic book to read that contains stunning photos and amazing record-busting facts about the top teams and greatest players of the biggest football competition in the world.

 

 

 

Robot, clone, dragon and alien’s stories! New Children’s Fiction to grab.

The great escape, by Judy Brolin

Meet Archie the cat, Sparky the mouse and Flo the bird – three pets built by a brainy professor to be the perfect robo-friends!

But without him, their quiet life is turned upside down. The mechanical marvels are forced to leave their house and use all of their special robot powers to survive the dangers of the outside world!

The right base for a robot is hard to find, but could a school full of children be the new home they are looking for?

Age 8 and +

 

 

Game of clones, by M.E. Castle

Fisher Bas was able to track down his gone-Hollywood clone – two- but only with the help of Amanda Cantrell. Now “Three” and Dr. X remain on the loose. If Fisher is going to stop his secret from getting out, he’ll have to figure out a cover for his brother clone and keep Three from helping Dr. X take over the world.

Easier said than done, though. Two’s true identity can no longer be concealed after a disastrous school dance, and then crazy things start happening at Wompalog Middle School. Turns out Three has come to Palo Alto bent on eliminating Fisher and Two. The boys will have to join forces with their friends and an unlikely ally- with hilarious consequences – to stop Three and his clone army. The future of Fisher and Two’s hometown depends on it.

Age 9 and +

 

Opal Moonbaby forever, by Maudie Smith

Martha’s best friend is an alien. Opal Moonbaby can move things with her eyes, make popcorn fountains, and travel all over the world in her very own spaceship. Martha can’t imagine life without her.

But Opal’s time on Earth is almost at an end. They have one final summer together. So why is Opal acting so strangely all of a sudden?

A madcap story of friendship, fun- and aliens!

Age 8 and +

 

 

The story of Owen, dragon slayer of Trondheim, by E.K.Johnston

Valiant at heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stoof between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival.

There have always been dragons. As far back as history is told, men and women have fought them, loyally defending their villages. Dragon slaying was a proud tradition.

But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. Dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected.

Such was trondheim’s fate until Owen Thorskard. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible odds – armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard.

Age 10 and +