New Non Fiction: Art splash, Poetry in motion and a special Disney Princess surprise!

New Art Books from Usborne!

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne Introduction to Art.

Prepare to be dazzled and amazed when you read all about Western painting. From Ancient Egyptian tomb decorations to modern art, your head will explode from all overload of knowledge!

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image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne Book of Art.

This will overload your brain with even more knowledge about anything and everything to do with art. This fascinating book covers it all – from Ancient Egyptian tomb decorations to great masters of European painting right up to the present day.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsFrogs are funny! : the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational, Muppets joke book ever!

Frogs are funny. Yep, that book definitely spells that out. For all you Muppet fans, check out this new amazing book that if full of laugh out loud jokes from all the Muppet Movies and shows. Readers beware, hilarity will ensue!

 

 

 

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Who would have thought poetry could be beautiful? This book is certainly living proof and is busting with wonderful NZ poems by writers, such as James K. Baxter, Margaret Mahy and Kyle Meburn, that will make you laugh, cry, jiggle and ponder. A treasury of NZ poems for children makes poetry sing for a new generation.

 

 

 

 

Saved the best for last…

Girls and boys…be prepared to discover your inner (Disney) Princess!

image courtesy of syndeticsDisney Princess: Enchanted Character Guide.

What girl doesn’t dream of being a Disney Princess? Once upon a time I was one of those girls. (Ok, every now and again I still dream) Well girls, your dreams are about to come true. Check out this newly updated Disney Princess: Enchanted Character Guide and prepare to be transported into the enchanting world of Disney princesses where dreams really do come true. This book helps you discover the magical and enchanting world of Disney princesses. You can get to know each beautiful Princess and read their magical story, meet their best friends and worst enemies, plus find out fascinating facts about your favourite Disney Princess. From Snow White and The Little Mermaid to Sleeping Beauty and Merida. After reading this book, I swear I had been transported back to my childhood. Princesses, glitter, this is a book that every girl will love and perhaps may have to fight and claw their way to ensure they get their hands on this precious treasure.

 

Also take the time to rediscover… Princess : The Essential Guide (Revised editon). and Princess : The Essential Guide!

Kids’ Club Review by Rohan: Topgear 100 fastest cars

 100 fastest cars, by Matt Masters

Topgear 100 fastest cars is an awesome book. It tells you about each of the 100 cars in a fast-paced, fun style of writing with fact files about each and every car that include the price, the high speed (in miles) and how cool they are! From the the crazy Koenigsegg CCX to the Maserati GranTurismo, the odd shaped Ariel Atom to the KTM X-Bow, the book will inspire people of all ages. If you happen to know anyone who likes cars, then this is the book for them!

(Hey parents, tell your kids that there are lots of cool cars like these around. They will SERIOUSLY start saving!)

P.S. I have seen a real Maserati GranTurismo!

5 stars

Reviewed by Rohan from Johnsonville, 8 years old

New Non Fiction: Prepare to go Bear Crazy, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” and brace yourself because the Doctor is in!

The Doctor is in!

Boys and Girls, brace yourself because Wellington City Libraries two new Junior Non Fiction Books on Doctor Who and just in time… before the school holidays.

Doctor Who: Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who.
By reading this book, you learn all the  fascinating facts on all eleven incarnations of the Doctor’s adventures in space and time, as well as his helpful companions and fearsome foes. Find out all about the Doctor’s TARDIS, his regenerations, and much, much more! Overall a great book that many fans of the series would enjoy, however might be suitable for ages 10 and up. If this book interests you, you might also want to check out  Doctor Who: The Official Doctionary.

 

 

 

 

 

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Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary.

This book presents an introduction to the popular science fiction television program, dsicussing its characters, plot lines, villains, gadgets, monsters, aliens, weaponry, and spaceships. Overall not a bad read. The style and presentation of this book is similar to Star Wars visual dictionaries. Another book that will be enjoyed by Doctor Who fans. If this book interests you, you might also want to check out Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary.

 

 

 

 

 

RSPCA Animal Care.

The RSPCA  or the Royal Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the United Kingdom has published two new books on animal care.

image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsAll About… Cats and Kittens and All About… Rabbits and Other Small Animals

Overall I think these pet guides are fantastic. Would be ideal for children 9 years and over. Contains lots of information on how to care for rabbits/cats, helping it settle in, types of of behavior to grooming, playing, popular names for  rabbits/cats, and going to the vet.  Also contains some history of The RSPCA in the United Kingdom.
You also might want to check out Looking after Cats and Kittens and Looking after Rabbits.

FACT ABOUT CATS: While chocolate is bad for a cat, yogurt makes a tasty treat. According to Pet Smart NZ, the organisms in yogurt can be especially helpful when your pet is on antibiotics since these medications can alter the “good’ bacteria in the intestines. Most pets will enjoy the addition of a tablespoons of yogurt to their food.

FACT ABOUT RABBITS: Pet rabbits are related to the wild rabbits, hares and pikas. Hares are bigger than rabbits, with longer ears and stronger legs which enables them to run very fast, while pikas are smaller than rabbits and live in North America and Asia.

 

 

 

Bear Crazy…!

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Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue.

Brace yourself for cuteness and… an orphaned polar bear. This book tells the story of orphaned polar bear Kali (pronounced Cully) as he is rescued and whisked away to the Inupiat village of Kali (Point Lay in English), then being raised and reared at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, with zookeepers filling in for his mother and finally finding a permanent home at the Buffalo Zoo with, Luna, a female polar bear as a companion. Overall I enjoyed this book. Absolutely loved the photographs that chronicles Kali’s infant hood. I reckon this is a book that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all age groups and a fantastic addition to the junior non fiction collection just in time for  the school holidays.

You will also like Vicks: The Polar Bear Cub and My Polar Animals Journal : In Search of Polar Bears, Penguins, Whales and Seals.

FACT ABOUT POLAR BEARS: Male polar bears pee down, while female polar bears pee straight behind them.

 

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Wild About Bears.

Wild about bears? You will be after reading this book. This book contains facts and pictures of eight different bear species, ranging from polar bears, sun bears and sloth bears. You will learn everything there is to know about bears, including information about their traits, characteristics and habitat.

 

 

 

 

 

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

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Brutal Games! History’s most dangerous sports.

Forget sports like Rugby, Gymnastics and Horse riding, this book on history’s most dangerous sports takes words like ‘dangerous’, ‘extreme sports’ and ‘life and death situations’ to a whole new level. After reading this book, two words come to mind:  adrenaline rush. Facts about bull riding, cave diving, jousting and gladiator games, you will have all the information you need to release your inner daredevil.

 

 

 

 

If you like the Horrible Histories and Weird World of Wonders series, you might want to give these two new series a go.

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To kick things off, Check out Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, which is part of Hard Nuts of History series. Read all about history’s hardest hard nuts. Who were the most famous (and not so famous) ruthless, brave, fearless and intrepid men and women of all time? Could you fight in the greatest battle ever, or wow the whole world with your brain power?
These awesome books are bursting with remarkable tales of triumph and bravery. You will be amazed and astounded by some of history’s hardest heroes. The books have a similar tone as Horrible Histories and Weird World of Wonders series, comes complete with the silly bits, but perhaps without the gory bits. There is a lot less pages and the text is more simplified, so I think this series will appeal to younger audiences.

 

 

 

 

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What They Don’t Tell You About….

In the ‘What They Don’t Tell You About….’ series by Bob Fowke, there are books on Romans in Britain, Ancient Greeks and Vikings.  If you are looking for another series to read after Horrible Histories, I would recommend the ”What They Don’t Tell You About….’ series. There is a lot of history, gory bits,  silly humor and the odd puzzle in these books, so prepare for lots of reading… and laughing! Definitely no boring bits in this series. Great for anyone who is a fan of Horrible Histories and Weird World of Wonders. Also great for anyone who likes/is interested in History, comics, puzzle books and silly humor.

Top 10: DVDs for November

Looking for something to watch? Try one of these, the top 10 most popular DVDs for November. (Actually, just for fun, this month we’ll post the top 24 DVDs – lots to chose from!)

1. Strawberry Shortcake series

2. Dino Dan series

3. Ninjago, masters of Spinjitzu series

4. The cat in the hat knows a lot about that! series

5. My little pony, friendship is magic series

6. Dinosaur train series

7. Thomas & friends series

8. The Garfield show series

9. Babar and the adventures of Badou series

10. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series

11. Hotel Transylvania

12. Wreck-It Ralph 

13. Escape from planet Earth

14. The little mermaid 

15. Rise of the guardians 

16. Brave

17. Ice age

18. Madagascar

19. Shaun the sheep series

20. Oz the great and powerful

21. The Avengers, Earth’s mightiest heroes! series

22. Arthur Christmas

23. Horrid Henry

24. Room on the broom

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Lachlan: Cartoon Characters

Cartoon Characters, by Paul Mason

My Favourite Cartoon Characters were Ben Tennyson, Tom and Jerry and Patrick Star. I love watching Ben 10 : Ultimate Alien, Ben 10 : Omniverse, Tom and Jerry, SpongeBob Squarepants, The SpongeBob Squarepants movie was awesome so I think you should read it.

4 stars

Reviewed by Lachlan from Tawa, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jimmy: The baby Smurf : a Smurfs graphic novel

The baby Smurf : a Smurfs graphic novel, by Peyo

I think the baby Smurf is a good book. When grouchy Smurf goes to sleep he hears a knock on the door and he finds a baby Smurf. The next day grouchy Smurf takes baby Smurf outside and he shows all the other Smurfs. After that a bird comes and says I need to take baby Smurf away. Then the bird comes back again and says you can keep baby Smurf. The next day grouchy Smurf takes baby Smurf away from the Smurf village and the Smurfs in the village can’t find baby Smurf then grouchy Smurf comes back with baby Smurf. I think this book is good for 6-10 years old.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jimmy from Karori, 8 years old

Top 10 DVDs for June

Looking for something good to watch on these cold winter days? These are the most popular children’s DVDs in the month of June:

1. Dino Dan (Series)

2. Strawberry Shortcake (series)

3. Dinosaur train (series)

4. Thomas & friends (children’s and preschool series)

5. The Garfield show (series)

6. The cat in the hat knows a lot about that! (series)

7. Ninjago, masters of Spinjitzu (series)

8. Babar and the adventures of Badou (series)

9. Dinosaur train (series)

10. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (series)

 

‘Series’ means that there is more than one DVD – a whole series of DVDs! Click on the blue links to find the latest DVD in the series in the catalogue.

Top 10 DVDs for May

These are the most popular children’s DVDs for May. Grab one to watch for the weekend:

1. Thomas and Friends series

2. Dino Dan series

3. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series

4. The Garfield Show series

5. Ninjago, masters of Spinjitzu series

6. Dinosaur Train series

7. Babar and the adventures of Badou series

8. Strawberry Shortcake series

9. The cat in the hat knows a lot about that! series

10. Brave