Kids’ Club Review by Isabella: The bomb

The bombThe bomb, by Sacha Cotter ; illustrated by Josh Morgan

It’s a good book about being individual and not being afraid to stand out. The book itself is about a wee boy who cant do a ‘bomb’ and he tries to do a manu and it fails. Everyone laughed at him but then he becomes number one for doing his OWN thing.

4 stars

Reviewed by Isabella from Miramar and Seatoun School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by elena: Dog days

Dog Days, by Jeff Kinney

I thought it was a very nice but personally it was sort of boring.It was about when Greg explains about when he has to go to swimming practice at 7 o’clock. At church he and his brother misbehave and loses the privileged to go to a water park.A month after that his parents go away and Rodrick calls a friend over and has a party.

2 stars

Reviewed by elena from Miramar and Miramar Christian School , 9 years old

Swimming events at the Olympic Games

The swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are scheduled to take place from 6 to 13 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. The open-water marathon will be held on 15 and 16 August in Fort Copacabana.

Olympic SwimmingA breath-taking sport (literally!), swimming has been in the Olympic Games since Athens 1896. Men and women participate in 16 events, including relays and individual competitions in four strokes – freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. Swimmers must complete a set distance inside the pool, in some cases using any of the above styles, in the shortest possible time

The swimming pool at the Rio Olympics is divided into eight competition lanes, each 2.5m wide.

Most events start from starting blocks, except for backstroke, where the swimmers start from inside the pool. Swimmers must not dive in before the starting pistol is fired – if this happens, a false start is declared and the swimmer at fault is disqualified.

At the Rio Olympics there are 789 athletes from 173 different countries competing in 32 swimming events. You can find out who’s competing from New Zealand at the NZ Olympics website.

Did you know: The pool at the Rio Olympics actually consists of two pools? One for the competition events, and another for warming up. The whole huge building is temporary – it’s designed to be dismantled after the Olympics Games have finished.


School yourself like a fish about swimming! Here’s some awesome books from our library collection: