Kids’ Club Review by Eve: The magic school bus inside the Earth

The magic school bus inside the EarthThe magic school bus inside the Earth, by Joanna Cole ; illustrated by Bruce Degen

This book is about an adventure. And in that adventure they go inside the earth. The thing I do not like about it, is that it has too many speech bubbles. And they also go shooting out of a volcano. The volcano also erupts. And in some scenes, ms. Frizzle and the school bus change.

3 stars

Reviewed by Eve from Karori and Karori West Normal School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Brianna: The Magic Treehouse – Racing with Gladiators

The Magic Treehouse – Racing with Gladiators, by Mary Pope Osborne

When Jack and Annie travel back to the time of the Romans, it’s peaceful and warm. But things are about to get much hotter… They’ve landed in Pompeii on the day that Mount Vesuvius will erupt and destroy the whole city. They have to escape! But getting back to the treehouse means heading towards the burning volcano…It’s a race against time for Jack and Annie in their most dangerous adventure yet!

5 stars

Reviewed by Brianna from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Rohan: Volcanoes

VolcanoesVolcanoes, by Rob Shone

Graphic Natural Disasters: ‘Volcanoes’ is an interesting book which has beautiful pictures and very realistic drawing. This book is mostly comic-style but also has some pages of background information about volcanoes. The mini-comics are about the eruptions of three famous volcanoes: Krakatoa (erupted in 1883), Mount St. Helens (erupted in 1980), and Vesuvius (erupted in A.D. 79). The background information also includes how a volcano forms and erupts, and has a few images of volcanoes such as Popocatépetl (whose nearby residents prefer to live within the view of the volcano rather than stay far from it!).

The book is clearly non-fiction because it is about many real eruptions that have happened in the past. The volcanoes described are still present today!

So, Rob Shone and Terry Riley have brought to you this colourful, informative book about one of the many natural disasters which rage around our planet. It has an amazing, stunning picture right on the front cover and if you open it… there, in front of your eyes is a world of pictures that bring the volcanoes to life!

Read this book as soon as possible and if you can, try reading the whole series! The other books in the series are Avalanches & Landslides, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tornadoes & Superstorms and Tsunamis & Floods.

5 stars

Reviewed by Rohan from Johnsonville, 8 years old

Odd Stuff: Volcano creates a new island

A volcanic eruption has created a new island in the sea South of Tokoyo, Japan.

The island hasn’t been named yet (the Japanese Government is waiting to see if it sticks around or sinks back into the sea), but it’s 200m wide and is just off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, which is also known as the Bonin Islands.

The Japanese Coast Guard managed to grab some incredible footage of the island:

 

Volcanoes are cool, and we have heaps of them in and around NZ, so it pays to know a bit about them…

 

Kids’ Club Review by chiara: Racing with gladiators

Racing with gladiatorsRacing with gladiators, by Mary Pope Osborne

The book was a bit freaky when the volcano erupted but the rest of the book was great. The book was so good that I didn’t put the book down until I finished it. The happiest moment was when one of the gladiators saved Jack and Annie.

4 stars

Reviewed by chiara from Miramar, 10 years old

Volcano!

Yesterday Tongariro, a large volcano in the middle of the North Island, erupted. Scientists had been expecting some volcanic activity from Ruapehu, a volcano next to Tongariro, and the Tongariro eruption was a little surprising.

New Zealand has many volcanoes because we are located on the edge of the pacific ring of fire. The volcanoes located in the middle of the North Island – Ruapehu and Tongariro are some of our most active.

Tongariro is 1,978 metres high and first erupted 275,000 years ago. It is made up of at least 12 separate cones. Ngāuruhoe, which most people think of as a separate mountain, is actually one of Tongariro’s cones (the most active one) and has itself erupted more than 70 times since 1839 (the last eruption from Ngāuruhoe was 1973-1975).

Did you know that scenes from The Lord of the Rings movies were shot on and around Mt Tongariro? Cool!

Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand has some great info about New Zealand’s volcanoes – you can find out about why we have so many, where they are, the different types, historic eruptions and how the active ones are monitored.

GNS Science has a great page about New Zealand Volcanoes. These are the guys who do all the monitoring and scientific work around our volcanoes. Check out this cool video explaining about our volcanoes.

And don’t forget that if a volcano erupts in your area that you’ll need an emergency plan to help you get through. Civil Defence have some great advice about this on their site. Similar to be prepared for an Earthquake, but with a few key differences.

Of course there are books! Lots of books! Here are some of my favs: