Beyond the Page is back in July 2019!

I know we’re only halfway through the school term, but we had some big news we couldn’t wait to share with you — the Beyond the Page festival is returning from 6-21 July 2019! Beyond the Page is New Zealand’s largest literary festival for kids and their families, and this year we’ve organised over 140 free events at libraries and community centres from Island Bay to Ōtaki!

We’re super excited to be able to introduce our four headline acts to you here. For full details about these events, check out the Beyond the Page website, or follow the festival on Facebook!

First up is Bea Lee-Smith from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Join her on a magical journey into the world of Hansel and Gretel.  Through music and mime, children will learn simple ballet steps and positions. This interactive telling of an old favourite tale will be a great appetizer for you and your family in advance of the RNZB’s exciting new production of Hansel and Gretel later in the year. Suitable for pre-schoolers and primary school aged children.

Next up we have the amazing New Zealand author Donovan Bixley. Donovan has had over 100 books published around the world — I can’t even imagine what it’s like having one book published! His show will have you laughing with amazement as you dive into a world of letters, words, and fuzzy doodles. Suitable for children aged 5+ with their caregivers.

Our next headliner is the fabulously spellbinding storyteller Tanya Batt. Tanya describes herself as a “green-fingered witch, a word warbler and a story stitcher” — which sounds like just my cup of tea! You can join Tanya in one of her imagined worlds as part of this year’s festival, with amazing costumes, live music, and tantalising tales to boot. Suitable for children aged 4+ with their caregivers.

Last but certainly not least is Toro Pikopiko, New Zealand’s most established puppetry theatre company. Yep, you heard that right — puppets! And over 80 of Toro Pikopiko’s amazing hand-crafted puppets star in their incredible rock-art musical extravaganza, Te Rereka (The Flight). This incredible show is bound to inspire and amaze — so don’t miss out! Suitable for children of all ages with their caregivers.

There will be heaps more info coming out soon about the rest of the festival schedule. There’s everything from zine-making and book-creating workshops to robots, coding, and theatre-making. Keep checking the Beyond the Page website and at your local library as the school holidays draw closer to keep up to date with what’s on in your neighbourhood!

Kids’ Club Review by Lucy: The world’s worst children

The world's worst childrenThe world’s worst children, David Walliams ; illustrated in glorious colour by Tony Ross

I thought it was quite funny . It had cool pictures. The children in the stories were very naughty and funny. I don’t think there could be any one as naughty as that in real life. I recommend this book to any children, either naughty or nice.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lucy from Wadestown and Wadestown School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lucy: One Christmas wish

One Christmas wishOne Christmas wish, Katherine Rundell ; illustrated by Emily Sutton

It was fun to read a book on line. It had beautiful pictures. I thought the characters were great, especially the horse and Theo. They did funny things. My favourite page was the Christmas morning scene.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lucy from Wadestown and Wadestown School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lucy: Kiwicorn

KiwicornKiwicorn, Kat Merewether

I liked the surprise at the end of the book. I liked the descriptive words and it was fun to see which ones I thought I might have. This is a great book for anyone.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lucy from Wadestown and Wadestown School , 6 years old