Top 10 Childrens DVDs July 2016

Long winter evenings are a great time to catch up with the latest movies.

It’s not just the one off movies people love to borrow from the library, there are the DVD series where you can follow characters through their many adventures. Building adventures with lego is great for your imagination and construction skills.  These building blocks have inspired quite a few series – do you know them all?

There’s: Legends of Chima,  Justice League, Ninjago Masters of SpinjitsuLEGO friends, Star Wars, Nexo KnightsBionicle and there’s a LEGO Scooby-Doo! Try saying all that in one breath!  Have I missed any? Let us know in the comments.

Here’s your Top 10 for July 2016: 

1. My little pony, friendship is magic

2. Inside out

3. Legends of Chima

4. Minions

5. Snoopy and Charlie Brown 

6. The good dinosaur

7. Strawberry Shortcake

8. Goosebumps

9. Geronimo Stilton

10. Rabbids invasion

Kids’ Club Review by Seren: Demon dentist

Demon dentistDemon dentist, by David Walliams (1971-)

Ugggg!!!! Ewww!!! AHHHH!!!! This book is sooo scary, sad and gross I felt nauseous halfway through.

Recommendations:
Ages: 10-14
Gender: boys
General: I recommend this book for people who HATE the dentist.

2 stars

Reviewed by Seren from Tawa, 9 years old

Get ready for some creepy Halloween Fiction!

Is your Halloween costume ready yet? Have you prepared revolting and scary decorations for your house? Do you have the recipes prepared for a horrendous and disgusting diner with your eerie friends? Did you read the latest Fiction about Monsters, ghosts and ghouls that we have at the Library?

I can’t do anything about the outfit, the decoration and the food but… I can help you with the books!!! So choose one of these stories if you already feel the tension of Halloween growing inside you!

The heart of glass, by Vivian French

Prince Marcus’s adventure is going horribly wrong : gracie Gillypot has disappeared, the dwarves have struck a dangerous bargain with the King of the Trolls and Princess Marigold is in peril- if only she’d stop complaining long enough to realize it. Throw in a scheming goblin, meddling bats and a mysterious heart of glass and you have all the ingredients for another wickedly funny story from the Five Kingdoms.

9 and +

 

Rise of the Zombie rabbit, by Sam Hay

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet… Now he is the protector of Undead Pets… and there’s a rampaging rabbit hopping about!

Fluffy the rabbit was snapped up by a hungry fox. Can Joe help her owner stay out of trouble, so Fluffy will hop off to the big rabbit hutch in the sky?

7 and +

 

Monster and chips, by David O’Connell

Have you ever eaten a plateful of parp tarts, got stuck into a stinky coughy pudding or filled your belly with chewy worm spaghetti?

No?

Well you’ve probably never been to a monster-diner. So come on in… We have the best chips ANYWHERE. Just be careful that the customers don’t think YOU’RE the menu!

7 and +

 

Home sweet horror, by James Preller

Welcome. Have a seat. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Home sweet Horror isn’t just any tale. This is a SCARY TALE.

Meet Liam Finn, who’s just moved into a new home with his father and sister. But this old house that seems empty, isn’t. Bloody Mary is here- she’s been called back from the dead and she’s just DYING to talk.

MWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!

8 and + (but only for very brave children!)

 

Gustav Gloom and the nightmare vault, by Adam-Troy Castro

Gustav Gloom’s neighbors think he is the unhappiest little boy in the world. But what they don’t know is that the strange, dark house Gustav lives in is filled with more wonders and mysteries than could ever be explained. But explain is exactly what Gustav needs to do when Fernie What moves in across the street. And that’s when the adventure really begins…

9 and +

 

Brand New Fiction!

The Skull in the Wood by Sandra Greaves

In Old Scratch Wood, cousins Matt and Tilda find a buried skull.  From that moment, black things begin to happen: Birds and Animals go bad, and there’s talk of the return of an Ancient Curse.  But what can Matt and Tilda do to stop it…? –(from book cover)

 

 

 

Wild Born (Spirit Animals Book 1) by Brandon Mull

As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers who each have forged a rare bond with their spirit beasts — a bond that gives great powers to all of them.

 

 

 

A friend for Grace by Sofie LagunaImage courtesy of Syndetics

It’s 1808… and Grace is on board the ship Indispensable with her friend Hannah.  The girls wonder what the new land will be like – the convict women say there are gigantic rats and other strange animals!  Then sickness strikes the ship… Will they survive to reach the shores of New South Wales?  Follow Grace on her adventure in the second of four exciting stories about a convict girl who is given another chance.  –(from book cover)

 

 

Monsters, Mayhem and a Sprinkling of Crumbs by Tracey CorderoyImage courtesy of Syndetics

Trouble has a way of finding Otto, Marth and Scarlett Crumb no matter where they are! –(from book cover)

 

 

 

 

Diamond by Jacqueline WilsonImage courtesy of Syndetics

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus is proud to present *THE INCREDIBLE* *THE EXTRAORDINARY* *THE MAGICAL*; *DIAMOND* the acrobatic child wonder!  Pull back the curtain, enter the big top and discover her amazing story of heartbreak, danger, courage and friendship! –(from book cover)

 

Kids’ Club Review by Leonid: Dark Days

Dark days, by Derek Landy

Skulduggery pleasant dark days: I found it was very funny and action packed, but with mysteries to unravel as well. I like how sometimes a characters are killed off, or leave the story to keep you on edge and slightly uncomfortable but exited. Heres the basic outline of the book… skulduggery the wise cracking detective is trapped in a parallel dimension and Valkyrie, skulduggery’s companion, is
left on her own to save skulduggery from certain death.
It’s a good book with lots of action combined with a slight detective novel theme. good for ages 8 and over.

5 stars

Reviewed by Leonid from Miramar, 9 years old

Do you prefer creepy or splashy Fiction?

The two options kind of have nothing to do with each other, but that’s one of the fun things about books! You can jump from one universe to another in just a blink!

Let’s start with the creepy scary books first…

Gustav Gloom and the people taker, by Adam-Troy Castro

Gustav Gloom’s neighbors think he is the unhappiest little boy in the world. But what they don’t know is that the strange, dark house Gustav lives in is filled with more wonders and mysteries than could ever be explained. But explain is exactly what Gustav needs to do when Fernies What moves in across the street. And that’s when the adventure really begins…

Age 9+

 

Class is not dismissed! by Gitty Daneshvari

Madeleine Masterson is deathly afraid of bugs. Theodore Bartholomew is petrified of dying. Lulu Punchalower is scared of confined spaces. Garrison Feldman is terrified by deep water.

After discovering that each of her former students has slipped back into their old fears, headmistress Mrs Wellington, brings Madeleine, Theo, Lulu and Garrison back for mandatory summer school at “School of Fear”.

Facing their fears is terrifying enough, but when they are joined by a fifth student (and a mysterious entity lurking in the woods) things get even scarier.

Age 8+

 

And what do we have for watery splashy Fiction?

Below, by Meg McKinlay

The Mayor flipped a lever, and everyone cheered as Old Lower Grange was submerged beneath five thousand swimming pool’s worth of water. But Cassie’s family wasn’t there to see it – they were too busy rushing to the hospital to deliver an eight-weeks-early Cassie.

Now twelve years later, Cassie feels drawn to the mysteries hidden beneath the surface of the manmade lake- and she’s not the only one. Her classmate Liam joins Cassie on the lake’s forbidden side. As the summer heats up, the water drops lower and lower, offering them glimpses of the ghostly town and uncovering secrets. But like a swimmer who ventures too far from shore, Cassie realizes she can’t turn back. Can she bring their suspicions to light before it’s too late?

Age 10+

 

Charlie Joe Jackson’s guide to Summer vacation, by Tommy Greenwald

It’s like permanent opposite day, where the dorks are the cool kids and the cool kids are the losers. But Charlie Joe is determined to convince the entire camp to hate reading and writing-one genius at a time. Can he pull it off? Or will he turn into one of them? It’s finally summer vacation! But instead of hanging out with his friends and playing with his dogs, Charlie Joe Jackson has to face his worst fear : academic summer camp. Camp Rituhbukkee is exactly hoe Charlie Joe pictures it: books and nerds as far as the eye can see.

Age 8+

So just dive into one of these books and you will either get soaked or petrified!

 

Kids’ Club Review by Jimmy: Horrid Henry’s nightmare

Horrid Henry’s nightmare, by Francesca Simon

I think Horrid Henry’s nightmare is a funny book and a scary book. Rude Ralph is not scared of the graveyard ghost or the alien acid monster or the zombie mummy. But when Henry tries to scare perfect peter he gets in big trouble. I think this book is good for 7-11 years old people. Have a really good time reading it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jimmy from Karori, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by koyal: Her evil twin

Her evil twinHer evil twin, by Mimi McCoy

This is the type of book that has a great twist that can lead to so much dramas starting with a normal girl who ends up having her imaginational evil twin come to life.Her evil twin punishes those that are innocient and wants her “twin” to herself!! This is a great book for people that love twists and of course a great ending that makes you not want to stop reading!!

5 stars

Reviewed by koyal from Johnsonville, 12 years old