Kids’ Club Review by francesca: School daze

School dazeSchool daze, by Zack Zombie

this is great…a bit creepy! Fiction book, not game strategy. fun read! Zac zombie is the main character and his favourite things to do are play with friends Skeely, Slimey and Creepy…and eat cake! Recommend for ages 8 who like playing mindcraft!

4 stars

Reviewed by francesca from Khandallah and , 8 years old

Some fun new fiction for you to try out!!!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsHappy Bethday by Knife & Packer

So I’m being chased through the park by a pack of angry zombies, I’ve got cake mix on my face and MY MOST EMBARRASSING PHOTO EVER IS IN THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE! Beth Orsen is back for her third hilarious adventure. And with a zombie party, Granny’s baking contest and Beth’s baby photos accidentally being printed in the school magazine, life is about to get messy again!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsPodkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood

A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs. Podkin One-Ear is a legend: a fearsome warrior rabbit whose reputation for cunning and triumph in battle has travelled the ages. When a travelling bard arrives at Thornwood Warren on Midwinter night, he is warmly welcomed. In return for food and lodging, he settles down to tell the tale of Podkin One-Ear – and soon the rabbits are enthralled to hear the story of how one lost little rabbit overcame the cruellest enemy imaginable, and became the greatest warrior their land has ever known.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWelcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sister were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn’t care about politics – all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes. Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. But no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them – until they have no choice but to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go, when you cannot go home?

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWhat not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed. It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…? When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth…

Image courtesy of SyndeticsAn Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

It’s 1944. Elizabeth and Karli live in Dresden where their mother works at the zoo. When the zoo director announces that the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok if the town is bombed, the childrens’ mother moves a young elephant into the back garden to save her. Then the allied bombs begin to fall and the whole family, elephant included, must flee the city.

 

Top 10 Children’s comics January 2017

Plants vs Zombies has hit the Top 10!  If you like the comic do you like the game? Get the background on how the suburbs became the battleground for warring zombies and mutant plant life.

Have you discovered a new comic series in the holidays? Let us know your favourites in the comments =)

  1. Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
  2. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
  3. Peanuts series, by Charles M. Schulz
  4. Garfield series, by Mark Evanier, Cedric Michiels and created by Jim Davis
  5. Tintin series, by Hergé
  6. Asterix series, by Goscinny and Udzero
  7. Adventure Time, by Ryan North
  8. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
  9. Plants vs Zombies, by Paul Tobin
  10. The Smurfs anthologies, by Peyo

 

 

 

4 New Non Fiction: Heroes and Wizards vs Zombies and Monsters.

image courtesy of syndeticsBeastworld: Terrifying Monsters and Mythical Beasts.

Step into a spine-chilling world of terrifying mythical beasts from ancient myths, strange sightings and folklore. Mythical beasts includes Bigfoot, the Loch ness monster and the kraken.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHarry Potter: The Character Vault.

Unlock new information about your favourite characters from the Harry Potter movies with this book profiling the good, the bad, and everything in between. Concept art, behind-the-scenes imagery, and film stills track everyone from Harry, Hermione and Ron to Dobby, Mad-Eye Moody and Dolores Umbridge, telling their complete stories as they evolve throughout the film series. A must read for all the Harry Potter fans out there.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsZombies: The truth behind history’s terrifying flesh-eaters.

Zombies, are they real or some made up story? Only reading Zombies: The truth behind history’s terrifying flesh-eaters, will allow to separate fact from fiction. This book describes ancient history, medieval lore, and modern portrayals of zombies in today’s popular culture. A must read for anyone who is interested in information about zombies… or who wants to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsPaws of Courage: True Tales of Heroic dogs that protect and serve.

Inside each courageous canine beats the heart of a hero. Readers will cheer for the hero dogs featured in this collection, profiled with stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery, friendship, heroism, and devotion. Great for ages 10 years and over.

 

 

4 great new books for kids

Clare and her Captain by Michael Morpurgo

On holiday in the Devon countryside, Clare is bored by her parents’ squabbling and longs for an adventure of her own. Her summer is transformed by a new friendship with retired horse Captain and his reclusive owner. This is a must-have for every fan of Morpurgo’s classic storytelling and Rayner’s highly sought-after artwork, and a gift to treasure for young and old.

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMemoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton

“My name is Adam Meltzer and the last thing I remember was being stung by a bee while swinging at a robot-shaped pinata on my twelfth birthday. I was dead before the candy hit the ground”. ‘Memoirs of a neurotic zombie’ is narrated by the hilarious Adam Meltzer – pre-teen, worrywart, and now zombie. Adam’s family gets the fright of their lives when he turns up at their door … three months after his funeral. Soon Adam’s back at school trying to fit in and not draw extra attention to himself, but when he sees his neighbour Ernesto transform into a chupacubra, and the beautiful Corina (Adam’s number one mega-crush) turns out to be a (vegan) vampire, undead life is never going to be the same again. This is a hilarious adventure caper all about friendship and being yourself … even if you’re undead.”

 

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

An eccentric like all Helmsleys, eleven-year-old Archer escapes his overprotective mother and recruits two friends, Oliver and Adelaide, to help him plan a rescue of his long-lost grandparents, world-famous explorers who disappeared atop an iceberg in the Antarctic.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsUpside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski

With their magic being unpredictable, Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are sent to the upside-down magic room at Dunwiddle Magic School.

 

 

New Non Fiction: The Monster Issue.

The Usbourne Big Book of Big Monsters and some little ones too…

Your one stop monster encyclopedia has arrived at Wellington City Libraries! Featured is everything you have every wanted to know about monsters. Read and get the information about monsters you may know, like dragons and serpents, some featured in mythology like the Scylla, Cyclops and Cerberus, the three headed dog. You will even read about mixed up monsters (human/monster hybrids) like the minotaur and the chimera. Overall an amazing book. Great to use if you are studying the mythology of monsters and beasts.

Warning: This book contains some seriously scary monsters! Do not read before bed or when the wind is howling outside.

 

Let’s rock! : science adventures with Rudie the origami dinosaur.

Ready to rock with Rudie the oragami dinosaur? Let her take you on a journey back to the prehistoric ages and discover  how sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks are formed. Complete with pictures and easy to understand facts, Let’s Rock is the sort of book that makes the average rock look cool. As an added bonus, you will also find a craft activity enclosed on how to make an origami T.Rex. A science and craft book in all one. You can’t beat that?

 

 

Zombies and Electricity.

Doing a science project on electricity? Like graphic novels? Ready for another two for one deal? Check out Zombies and Electricity. In cartoon and graphic novel format, uses zombies to explain the science of electricity. What’s even more amazing I read an article recently that zombies are becoming a new tool to teach kids about science and mathmatics. (See FACT down below) This is the sort of book that makes science interesting and explain how electricity works the the simplest way possible. Great for ages 9 to 12 years.

FACT: Zombies are becoming a new tool to teach kids about science and mathmatics. The loss of coordination in the zombie/undead display is a prime example of  damage caused to the nuclei, which is at the base of the forebrain known as the basal ganglia.

TIPS FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS (AND LIBRARIANS): To teach kids about the regions of the brain that handle problem solving and impulse control, tell them zombies have highly compromised frontal lobes. If you want to explain the cerebellum to kids,  tell them  zombies must have damage to that area because they can’t walk well.

 

The Unsolved Mystery of Bigfoot.

We all know the story of Bigfoot… or do we? In many areas of North America, people have claimed to see a Bigfoot in the woods. Read this book allows you to explore the unsolved mysteries that have fascinated people for years. You will also learn why some people believe the legend is real and why other don’t. Are they real? Are they fake? You be the judge.

 

 

 

Big Cats.

The information and pictures contained in this book shows without question that big cats are some of the world’s most agile, powerful and beautiful animals.  Explore grasslands prowled by hunting lions, get close to quarrelling cheetahs, playful leopard cubs and powerful jaguars, and discover all the amazing big cats that live around the world. I thought this book was fantastic. You will learn everything you need to know about big cats including how big cats hunt, their habitat, anatomy, breeding and how to save their amazing species from extinction.

FACT: Pet cats belong to the same family as wild cats. Cats lived with people 5,000 years ago. They guarded stored of food from mice. Now cats are our companions.

 

Monsters University.

Seen the movie? Now read and enjoy this fantastic photo-filled movie book. Relive the story of the lovable monsters from Monsters Inc., (and before ‘Boo’.) Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan. We know them as  an inseparable pair now, but that wasn’t always the case.  From the moment these two mismatched monsters met, they couldn’t stand each other. This unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley became the monster world’s greatest scare team. So join Mike and Sulley on their journey at Monsters University and meet their frightening professors, talented opponents and quirky new friends.

 

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Jimmy: Horrid Henry’s nightmare

Horrid Henry’s nightmare, by Francesca Simon

I think Horrid Henry’s nightmare is a funny book and a scary book. Rude Ralph is not scared of the graveyard ghost or the alien acid monster or the zombie mummy. But when Henry tries to scare perfect peter he gets in big trouble. I think this book is good for 7-11 years old people. Have a really good time reading it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jimmy from Karori, 8 years old