Kids’ Club Review by Ruby: Beetle boy

Beetle boyBeetle boy, by M. G. Leonard

There are more species of beetle than any other order of animals, representing a quarter of living creatures on this planet. Why it has taken them this long to get starring roles in a children’s book is a mystery, although their appeal to younger readers is not. From a tiny ladybird alighting on a thumb, to a shimmering violet ground beetle scuttling out from an upturned rock, they are ideal objects of study for any nascent naturalist; not too slimy and less likely to sting than some other creepy-crawlies. And yet in literature it is other insects that have grabbed the top jobs so far. Aesop granted an ant wisdom

5 stars

Reviewed by Ruby from Miramar and Worser Bay School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Edward: George’s marvellous medicine

George's marvellous medicineGeorge’s marvellous medicine, by Roald Dahl

I liked this book because it was inventive and he made lots of different medicines. I didn’t like the grandma because I thought she was mean. It was relatively easy to read, and I liked how George just picked things up and put them in the pot. I found it exciting because I didn’t know what was going to happen when George gave his grandma the medicine.

4 stars

Reviewed by Edward  from Cummings Park and Ngaio School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Amy: The marble maker

The marble makerThe marble maker, by Sacha Cotter

I would recommend this book for 4+ because anyone younger may get a little confused. I rated this book 3 stars because I found it a little boring but interesting.

By Amy Noble

3 stars

Reviewed by Amy from Miramar and Seatoun School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Isabella: The Marble Maker

The marble maker, by Sacha Cotter

I thought it was a cool and crazy book bucause she is very creative person. I didn’t like it because ut was a picture book and I am a more advanced reader than that.

2 stars

Reviewed by Isabella from Miramar and Seatoun School , 8 years old

Top 10 Recommended Halloween movies for kids.

Hey kids! Halloween is just around the corner (AHHHWWOOOOOO!) Wellington City Libraries has some spooktacular DVDs in the collection for your viewing pleasure and frightful night in. Let the scare fest begin!

Enjoy!… and Happy Halloween.

Casper.

Join Casper the friendly ghost is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics.

Frankenweenie.

What if you could bring your pets back to life? Young Victor successfully proves that theory when he revives his best friend back to life. However problems emerge when his class mates want follow suit in bringing their pets to life and ensues disastrous consequences. Overall a heart-warming and hilarious tale about how far a boy will go for his best friend. A must see movie for Halloween.

Coraline.

A young girl walks through a secret door that she has found in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life, but much better. When her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents, including the Other Mother, try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.

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Shrek’s thrilling tales.

Join Shrek, Donkey, Puss and B.O.B. as they get the fright of their lives in five spooktacular stories the will keep you howling with laughter. It’s a Shrektastic halloween treat that’s ogre-the-top fun for the whole family.

 

Toy story of terror!

What starts out as an exciting road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse following a detour to a roadside motel. After Mr. Potato Head suddenly disappears, his friends find themselves caught up in a hilarious mystery that must be solved before they suffer the same fate in this thrilling story of TERROR!

image courtesy of amazon.comThe Goonies.

“From the imagination of Steven Spielberg, The Goonies plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling, surprise-around-every-corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of bumbling bad guys… and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love. A family adventure classic from start to buccaneering finish, The Goonies is a cinematic treasure trove of breathtaking action, dazzling effects and shiver-yer-timber thrills!” –Container.

Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2.

The Hotel Transylvania, run by Dracula, is a unique, high-end resort catering only to the finest monsters and their families. Dracula is preparing for an extra special weekend – his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday – when trouble arises: a human has stumbled upon the resort for the first time ever! Even worse: the human has taken a liking to Mavis!  In the sequel, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire.

 

The Witches.

Nine-year-old Luke finds that saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy who has been turned into a mouse.

Monster High. Ghouls rule.

Ghouls Rule unearths an old conflict between ‘Normies’ and monsters – and things are about to get scary. For years, students at Monster High were warned that Halloween was a night to stay inside and avoid conflict at all costs. But Frankie and her friends discover that ghouls and ‘Normies’ once loved to spend the holiday together. The ghouls decide to turn back the clock and use the night to celebrate their individuality and show that it’s okay to ‘Be Yourself. Be Unique. Be a Monster’.

Room on the broom.

“The story of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. When the gang saves the witch from a fearsome dragon she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone!”–Container. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson.

Kids’ Club Review by Leela: What makes me me?

What makes me me?What makes me me?, by Robert M. L. Winston

Through games and activities this book helps children learn about themselves. It has lots of questions about how life works and questions about what you like doing which tell you about how you think and your personality. I really enjoyed it.

4 stars

Reviewed by Leela from Karori and , 5 years old