Did you know there is a Scottish version of the David Walliams book Mr Stink? Translated by Matthew Fitt it’s called Mr Mingin, so you can decode the way they talk in Scotland. Your brains are marvellous things and in a few paragraphs it will all start to make sense. And you’ll have some great words to try out on your family and friends =)
- Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling
- Diary of a Minecraft Zombie, by Russell Robinson
- The Volcano of Fire: Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy Series, by Geronimo Stilton
- Gangsta Granny, by David Walliams
- Mr Stink, by David Walliams
- The Boy In the Dress, by David Walliams
- Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
- Warriors series, by Erin Hunter
- The Heroes of Olympus series, by Rick Riordan
The latest adventures from Jeff Kinney and Liz Pichon are on the shelves. Jeff Kinney has the Heffleys escaping the holiday stress for their own special kind of fun in the twelfth Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.
The latest Tom Gates book release saw author Liz Pichon travelling around London in a Taxi covered in Fur! They were handing out free copies of the book Family, Friends and Furry Creatures. Want to read a copy for free? You can! head down to your library and reserve your copy now (it’s really popular!).
- Diary of a wimpy kid series, by Jeff Kinney
- Tom Gates series, by Liz Pichon
- Story Treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths
- Just series, by Andy Griffiths
- Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
- The Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton
- Matilda, by Roald Dahl
- The enormous crocodile, by Roald Dahl
- The bad book, by Andy Griffiths
- Gangsta granny, by David Walliams
The results are in for the highest issuing comics … School antics and fantasy adventures are winners this time round. The school holidays were a really popular time at the library and now the shelves are filling up again as people return their holiday reads.
There is a new smurf comic in the library collection! Five short stories including how Smurflily came across the wall. What wall you want to know? You might have to reserve copy to find out because it’s quite a popular comic book!
Did you know that you can see the miniatures from the Thunderbirds series here in Wellington? Weta Studio Tours will give you an idea of what your comic characters look like in 3 dimensions =)
- Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
- Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
- Amulet series, by Kazu Kibuishi
- Garfield, by Jim Davis
- Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz
- Adventure Time, by Ryan North
- The Smurfs, by Peyo
- Warriors series, by Dan Jolley
- Uncle $crooge and Donald Duck, by Don Rosa
- Thunderbirds, by Gerry Anderson
Its summer holidays! But we all know Wellington is tricksy when it comes to beaching weather, so having a couple of DVDs up your sleeve for a wet day is a good plan.
Movies and TV programmes with your favourite characters are a great way to fill in a few hours and inspire imaginative play. Do you have dress ups as your favourite characters?
2. Fireman Sam
3. Thomas and Friends
4. My Little Pony, friendship is magic
5. Peter Rabbit
6. Bananas in pyjamas
9. Inside Out
10. The Angry Birds Movie
This month’s Top 10 has so many great books in it! The new Annual a group of New Zealand writers, illustrators, musicians and poets have come together, sourced by Kate deGoldi and Kate Paris from Gecko Press.
Lego and Minecrafters have the virtual and real life block worlds covered and beautiful photos from Vesa Lehtimäki show off the lego model world.
Maori myths and legends illustrator and author Peter Gossage, died this year, so it’s a fitting tribute that his books should still be so popular with younger readers. His iconic images live on in the books he created. His illustrations were also part of animated versions, here for your viewing pleasure.
Here’s your Top 10 for December:
1. LEGO, by Daniel Lipkowitz
2. Hacks for Minecrafters, by Megan Miller
3. Harry Potter and the cursed child, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J. K. Rowling
4. Minecraft : Redstone Handbook, by Nick Farwell
5. Star Wars character encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft and Pablo Hidalgo
6. Minecraft. Construction Handbook, by Matthew Needler
7. Small scenes from a big galaxy, by Vesa Lehtimaki
8. Pokemon gotta catch ’em all! published by Scholastic
9. Annual edited by Kate de Goldi and Susan Paris
10. Maui and other Maori legends, by Peter Gossage
There no doubt in anyone’s mind that J. K. Rowling totally owns the December’s eBook Top 10. The world of Harry Potter continues to inspire new readers, but also people love to re-read these books. Re-visiting the books often reveals passages that were missed the first time round. Or when you read a book at a different age you get new things out of the writing, and J. K. Rowling explores different aspects of her characters as the series expands through the school years.
But wait what is that at the end of the list? Squeaking in at the end… Thea Stilton. The Thea sisters are out to solve the theft of a precious ring on a trip to Russia. A figure skating medal and a good reputation is at stake!
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J. K. Rowling
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling
5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling
9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J. K. Rowling
10.Thea Stilton and the Lost Letters, by Thea Stilton
Summer is here! So it’s time to take a pile of comics, find a big shady tree and spend some time letting the gentle breezes turn the pages for you. What would you take with you? Pages of Pokémon? Will you giggle at Garfeild and Titter at Tintin? Some more serious adventuring with Amulet?
There are other really cool titles with great illustrations, we have new titles coming in all the time so come in for a browse or have a look with ComicPlus online.
If you use a tablet or other device you can download so you can read them when you’re you’re out of wifi range or stream them while you’re connected.
1. Pokemon, by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto
2. Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz
3. Garfield, by Mark Evanier and Jim Davis, Cedric Michiels
4. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
5. Adventure time, by Ryan North and Chris Hastings
6. Tintin, by Herge
7. The Smurfs, by Peyo
8. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
9. Asterix, by Goscinni and Udzero
10. Chi’s sweet home, by Kanata Konami
Alan MacDonald is in the Top 10 again with his Dirty Bertie series. Stuck for things to do in the holidays? Then this page was made for you (Dirty Bertie fans only!).
The Dirtie Bertie author honed his skills writing and performing for children in a travelling theatre troupe that visited schools. Having an audience that threw paper at you when they were bored quickly showed him what kids like and dislike! Alan MacDonald has a page on his site dedicated to the drawings that children send him. Do you have access to a scanner? We have one at the library if you don’t. You could send him a picture yourself !
1. Diary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney
2. Tom Gates series, by Liz Pichon
3. Storey Treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths
4. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
5. Dirty Bertie series, by Alan MacDonald
6. The Secret Seven series, by Enid Blyton
7. The BFG, by Roald Dahl
8. The enormous crocodile, by Roald Dahl
9. The world’s worst children, by David Walliams
10. Matilda, by Roald Dahl
Animal adventurers find themselves in and out of trouble in a number of November’s favourite animations. Is your favourite among them?
The Octonauts, topped the charts in November. The underwater explorers show us loads of exciting submarine creatures. Sometimes we get to see them on our door step. Did anyone see the Orcas in Wellington Harbour the other day? Here’s a quick video someone took of one them at Matiu/ Somes Island.
2. My little pony, friendship is magic
4. Bananas in pyjamas
5. Peter Rabbit
6. Fireman Sam
7. Strawberry Shortcake
8. Thomas & friends
9. Inside out
10. Hotel Transylvania