Top Ten Children’s Comics March 2017

 

So… library borrowers are big fans of Snoopy and Charlie Brown!

Did you know that there is a museum dedicated to Charles M. Schulz the Charlie Brown creator!  Snoopy was based on his childhood pet dog Spike. At the museum there is a mural showing the way Spike became the Snoopy character we all recognise today.

What would a comic character of your pet look like?  Let us know in the comments below =)

  1. Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
  2. Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz
  3. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
  4. Tintin, by Hergé
  5. Asterix, by Goscinny and Udzero
  6. Garfield, by Jim Davis
  7. Adventure time, by Ryan North
  8. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
  9. The Smurfs anthology, by Peyo
  10. Chi’s Sweet Home, by Kanata Konami

3 new non fiction for the new school year

Back to school already! The holidays always go so fast. But it doesn’t have to mean there are boring days ahead. heck out these new non-fiction titles that have just arrived in the library. Nothing boring here!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsKindy Kitchen.

Are you a fussy eater? This book will show you how to love your fruit and veges.  In Kindy Kitchen you’ll meet – and eat! – a rainbow fruit serpent, a pineapple crocodile and a cucumber frog, and you’ll discover a new flavour of fun with this amazingly entertaining and seriously adorable cookbook! With its delicious combination of illustrated rhymes and 30 juicy fresh fruit and vegetable recipes, Kindy Kitchen will keep those rumbling little bellies full of what nature intended!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Travel Book.

Planning your next overseas holiday? Check out this amazing new travel book from Lonely Planet kids that will give you ideas on where to plan your trip. From amazing animals and super sights to fun festivals and fabulous food, this book is packed with hundreds of facts about very country on our planet.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsTreasury of Norse Mythology.

Check out all the amazing stories of intrigue, trickery, love and revenge in this amazing treasury of Norse mythology, including those of the thunder god Thor, the one-eyed god and Allfather Odin, and the trickster god Loki. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Scandinavia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Seren: Secret safari

Secret safariSecret safari, by Susannah McFarlane

This is the 12th book in the series. In this book EJ’s mum wins a competition and wins the family a trip to Africa! EJ finds out that the trip was because EJ and her mum were going to do a SHINE mission in Africa!

Recommendations:
Ages: 8-11
Gender: Girls
General: I recommend this book for people who love animals and Secret agents!

3 stars

Reviewed by Seren from Brooklyn, 9 years old

New Non Fiction: Encyclopedias and Handbooks galore!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe childrens encyclopedia of dinosaurs : begin to discover the amazing prehistoric world.

This encyclopedia is a great introduction about the incredible time of dinosaurs. Truly lives up to its expectations providing amazing facts and awesome pictures. Great resource to use for homework on dinosaurs and prehistoric period.

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe childrens encyclopedia of oceans : begin to discover the amazing underwater world.

Dive in and take an amazing voyage of discovery and exploration by reading this fantastic encyclopedia that tells you anything and everything about ocean life. With easy to understand text and remarkable photography, you will be able to unlock the secrets of the sea.

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsTop 10 For Boys 2014.

Breaking news, Boys! Here is a book that holds the coolest collection of facts, feats and fun things for boys to do! From the 10 greatest superhero movies and 10 most successful video games, to the  10 deadliest animals and 10 tallest roller coasters this book will simply amaze you! – I for one am simply amazed!

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Big Book of Awesome Animals.

Get ready to go on a journey where you will uncover the bizarre behaviour and horrid habits of the world’s most unusual creatures. I have to say, they don’t call this “The Big Book of Awesome Animals.” for nothing. You are bound to find information to all the tough and queasy questions you have about your favourite animals.

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWhats where in the world.

There is one word for this book – Awesome! This unique visual encyclopaedia is literately planet earth as you have never seen it. By reading this book, you will take a unique tour of Planet Earth and find out what goes where in the world. Covers diverse topics in six chapters on Geography, Nature, People, History, Arts & Entertainment and Science & Technology, as well as anything and everything from shipwrecks and castles to wildlife and hurricanes,  fantastic picture maps that show you what’s where in the world, the world’s tallest buildings, longest rivers, most dangerous earthquake spots and even where you can find animals that glow! I was very impressed with the world maps. I felt they presented a very clear account of world geography. This book is  perfect for school projects in the areas of geography, nature, history and technology projects.

 

 

The Real Wonders of the World.image courtesy of syndetics

Ready to see the real wonders of the world? This book is just the ticket! Get ready to go on a journey of discovery to find the most awe-inspiring places and experiences on the planet, from the Empire State Building to Death Valley, Dubai’s wonder worlds, and Egypt’s Great Pyramids. Combines traditional world wonders with the ‘real’ wonders of their world. Even better, this is a book not for parents. Great for ages 8-12 year olds.

 

New Non Fiction: Animal, Geography and Knowledge Winter-fest.

 

The Tiger Cubs and the Chimp: The True Story of How Anjana the Chimp helped raise two baby tigers.

This is an amazing book that tells the true story of how two orphan baby tigers were raised and cared on the T.I.G.E.R.S. animal preserve and shared numerous hours playing, cuddling, and swimming with them. But perhaps importantly, the cubs were raised and cared for by two surrogate Mums: A  human animal worker named China and her special helper, Anjana, a Chimpanzee. Yes, I kid you not! Styled as a picture book, I think children of all ages will enjoy everything about this book, from the heart warming story of Anjana and the two tiger cubs, Mitra and Shiva to the beautiful photographs. This book is especially ideal for anyone who has a weakness for wild cats, chimps and baby animals.

 

 

 

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Knowledge Encyclopedia.

There is only one word to describe this book – Wow! This book is truly everyone’s (including Librarians) encyclopedia and knowledge handbook dream! Holds everything that you have ever wanted to know about… everything!  Uses text and computer-generated artworks to provide detailed, realistic explorations of a wide range of topics in six broad categories.  Also includes glossary.

 

 

 

 

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The real Australia : your need-to-know guide for all things Australian.

Planning a trip to Aussie over the school holidays? The check out this all you need-to-know guide about everything and anything Australian. Includes maps, photos and information about what’s hot and all of Australia’s highlights that you really won’t want to miss. You will also get a taste for Australia’s amazing food scene, from beach barbecues to top chefs and tantalizing accounts of the best sights. Another great read that will be enjoyed by children of all ages.

 

 

 

 

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Incredible animals : explore real habitats around the world.

Lonely Planet has done it again by introducing a new series for kids on human/animal geography and places around the world… with a twist! You are able to lift the flap and see what’s inside! Complete with fun illustrations, you will have fun and learn heaps about incredible animals  and their real (and amazing) habitats around the world. This is a great book for kids who enjoy life-the-flap and puzzle books.

Fun New Fiction!

Truth or Dare by Meredith Badger

A window gets broken at school but can Mia and Michiko tell the truth about what happened? One story -two sides.

 

 

 

 

Stories for 7 Year Olds by Great NZ Authors

An awesome collection of stories by NZ Authors including Anna Kenna, Elizabeth Pulford, Kate DeGoldi, Barbara Else and Penelope Todd!

 

 

 

Image Courtesy of SyndeticsStarring Jules #3; Super-Secret Spy Girl

Second grade is over and Jules is on her way to Quebec to film a spy movie, but she misses all her friends, and with only a hockey player and a diva starlet as cast mates in a place where nobody speaks English, she is feeling lonely–and her mother will not even let her go bungee-jumping.

 

 

Twelve Minutes to MidnighImage Courtesy of Syndeticsby Christopher Edge

Penelope Tredwell is the feisty thirteen-year-old orphan heiress of the bestselling magazine, The Penny Dreadful. Her masterly tales of the macabre are gripping Victorian Britain, even if no one knows she’s the real author. One day a letter she receives from the governor of the notorious Bedlam madhouse plunges her into an adventure more terrifying than anything she ever imagined. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author.

 

Night of the Perigee MoonImage Courtesy of Syndetics by Juliet Jacka

All Tilly Angelica wants for her thirteenth birthday is to be normal! But with her changeover party looming and her mad, magical family gathering from near and far, Tilly is set to inherit a terrifying or tantalising talent of her own. But what if she inherits Hortense’s talent of super-smelling, with a huge honker to match? Will her best friend Olivia think she is wonderful or too weird for words? As the enchanted Angelicas gather and Arial Manor becomes a madhouse, Tilly’s troubles are tripled by her creepy cousin Prosper, and his sinister plot to bewitch the family by harnessing the powers of the perigee moon.

New Non Fiction: Just in time for Easter and School Holidays.

With summer now over, Winter is slowly entering the Capital with the cold and nasty periods of gale winds, rain and the odd storm. Also with the school holidays and Easter around the corner, why not pop down to Wellington City Libraries and check out a new range of  non fiction in the Children’s collection for your enjoyment and pleasure, especially as we now have some new handicraft books to give you ideas on potential gifts you can give to your family and friends over Easter, or the odd birthday party here and there.

Check them out here!

The Book of Complete Nonsense.

Are you in the mood for nonsense poems? I am! All your favorite authors including Julia Donaldson, Spike Milligan, Roald Dahl, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and a whole lot more are featured in this fantastic book of rhymes and riddles that are bound to fry your brain. As an added bonus author,  Michael Rosen provides tips on how you can write your own nonsense poems. Fantastic to use if you have a creative writing homework assignment.

 

 

 

 

Africa : everything you ever wanted to know.

In the mood for another ‘not for parents’ read? Check out this new book on everything you ever wanted to know about Africa. This book opens up a world of amazing facts and stories  (probably facts and stories your parents don’t even know) about the people, places, History and culture of Africa. Another brand new read from the Country Series Book from Lonely Planets that  is not a guidebook and it is definitely not for parents.  Great for ages 8 to 11 years.

Also check out last month’s new ‘not for parents’ release: How to be a dinosaur hunter : your globe-trotting, time-travelling guide.

 

 

Philip Pullman’s Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp.

The author of The Dark Materials Trilogy brings to life one of the greatest and classic Arab-Persian stories, (although the story is set in China) ever told. Be prepared to go on a magic carpet ride when reading this vivid retelling of  Aladdin, a poor tailor’s son who becomes a wealthy prince with the help of a magic lamp he finds in an enchanted cave. This is a story that has everything – comedy, drama, fantasy, magic, fear, excitement and a terrific plot.

 

 

 

Brilliant Badges to make yourself.

With School Holidays and Easter just around the corner, this is the perfect book to keep you entertained and give you gift ideas on what to give your family and friends over Easter and even the odd birthday here and there. There are fantastic ideas on how to make your own badges, including how to creat a dotty dinosaur badge, a paper-mache cat badge, a funky bow tie badge, a lollipop badge, a birthday badge  and a feathery chicken badge (A great badge idea for Easter!) Great for kids aged 8 to 12 years.

 

 

 

Crafty Creatures.

Forget buying soft toys when you can make your own, (or maybe get your mum or your nana to help). This book is a treasure trove of animal toys/projects to sew, knit and cross-stitch. It includes over 30 projects ranging from practical phone pouches and coin purses to delightful felt cats and teeny tiny animals ideal for necklaces and key fobs. My personal craft idea favorites from this book are the sock monkeys, ducklings and bunny girls (another gift idea for Easter), giraffes and my little pony, (No, not the Hasbro toys.) Another handicraft book to keep kids entertained over Easter and school holidays. If I could knit or sew, then I would be devouring this book like there was no tomorrow.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Seren: Around the world

Around the worldAround the world, by Matt Phelan

Around the world is a non-fiction … COMIC! I was literaly expecting a dusty old history book, not a fun, picture filled comic! It tells you all about three journeys across the world. I recommend it for 8-12 year olds

3 stars

Reviewed by Seren from Tawa, 5 years old

New Year! New Fiction!

The River Singers by Tom Moonhouse

“Something was approaching the burrow. Something deadly. Something that made Sylvan’s fur bristle with fear . . . Knowing their lives are under threat, Sylvan and his brother and sisters have no choice but to abandon their burrow for ever. Together they set out on an epic journey along the Great River; but with dangers lurking at every turn, will they ever find a safe place to call home?”–Publisher description.

 

 

Image Courtesy of SyndeticsChitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Frank Cottrell Boyce

“The Tootings are stuck in 1966! Somebody’s stolen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and left them behind. But that’s not their biggest problem. Their biggest problem is that Little Harry’s been kidnapped by whoever stole their magical car. There’s only one solution: the Tootings must find the Potts — the family that originally built Chitty. Sharing their combined knowledge of how Chitty works, the families may stand a chance of rescuing Little Harry and finding the most brilliant car in the world. But a fiendish criminal has different plans, ones that involve flying Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the moon and putting an explosive scheme into action.” (Review from Good Reads)

 

 

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon CreechImage Courtesy of Syndetics

“One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of people would leave their child with strangers? All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. As their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, but how long can their happiness last?”– From inside book cover.

 

 

Image Courtesy of SyndeticsRunt by Nora Raleigh Baskin

From different perspectives, explores middle school bullying as Maggie, tired of Elizabeth Moon’s superior attitude, creates a fake profile on a popular social networking site to teach Elizabeth a lesson.

 

 

 

 

Image Courtesy of SyndeticsThe Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan

Robbie and his dog, Ellie, spend the summer at his grandmother Maddy’s house, where Robbie learns many things about his emotionally distant parents and himself.