Kids’ Club Review by Petra: The bad butterfly

The bad butterflyThe bad butterfly, by Sally Rippin

I thought it was quite good but a bit cheesy. Still I thought it quite fun to read. I liked the part when Billie and Jack swap places in their ballet class and Billie does Jack’s part and is
a stomping troll and Jack does Billies part and is a beautiful dancing butterfly.

3 stars

Reviewed by Petra from Khandallah and Other , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Leilia: Ballet backflip

Ballet backflipBallet backflip, by Meredith Costain

It’s a book that I think most girls would like (my brother doesn’t) I like how she try’s to go twisters and do a ballet play I liked how she made up stuff like she’s a human rubber band. It’s a nice book for ages 4-8 and the name suits it

3 stars

Reviewed by Leilia from Karori and Karori West Normal School , 10 years old

Top 10 Children’s DVDs September 2017

Moana has been such a popular movie.  I’m sure that some people must have seen it more than once =)  The te Reo version of Moana that was showing for te wiki o te Māori must have helped make it one of the favourites.  It’s great to see New Zealand actors and singers take part.  Actor, Rachel House is also in the new Thor movie playing a very different role from Grandma Tala!

  1. Moana
  2. Beauty and the beast
  3. Strawberry Shortcake.
  4. Smurfs
  5. Trolls
  6. My little pony, friendship is magic.
  7. The LEGO Batman movie
  8. Ballerina
  9. The boss baby
  10. LEGO Nexo knights

9 New “action packed” Non Fiction to curb the winter blues.

Hey Kids! Welcome to the latest Junior Non Fiction blog post!

July and winter has finally hit and there will days where you want nothing more than to stay inside and hibernate with a hot cup of cocoa and a library book. (Hmmm, sounds like heaven to me!)

Once again, Wellington City Libraries has new “action packed” non fiction bursting through our shelves for your viewing and reading pleasure for boys and girls of all ages.

There are books where the world of Greek mythology, the world of Greek gods and goddesses and… superheroes collides. Not to mention the odd Greek word here and there; Superheroes are featured that boys and girls can look up to; there are books for girls  in the sporting, dancing  and superhero world, hmmm I think I detect a bit of a girl power theme going on and finally books that will help you find the right word for any given situation.


image courtesy of syndeticsHow cities work : explore the city inside, outside and underground.

Lonely Planet kids has done it again with “How Cities Work.” This book allows kids the opportunity to explore the city inside, outside and underground, with lots of cool flaps to lift to see inside buildings, not to mention unfold pages to find out what is going on above your head and udder your feet. Overall a fantastic book that gives a full in depth account to city life as you have never seen it before, and already a popular book amongst kids, which is currently hot on the reserve list.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe right word : Roget and his thesaurus.

Lost for words? You can certainly find the right words in this book. “The Right Word” tells the story of Peter Mark Roget, a brilliant man who took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought, who went on the be the creator of Roget’s Thesaurus, one of the most widely used reference books ever published. A biography and a thesaurus all in one, who could ask for more!

DID YOU KNOW: The word “Thesaurus” means “treasure house” in Greek.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Gods and Goddesses of Olympus.

This book briefly recounts the stories of members of the Greek pantheon. Overall a great read and a fantastic introduction to the Greek Gods and Goddesses.




image courtesy of syndeticsBatman character encyclopaedia.

Brace yourself, Batman and DC Comics fanatics, the latest Batman Character Encyclopaedia has made its way to the shelves at your local library. Discover all the powerful, strange and crazy characters from the world of Batman. Meet your favorite Super Heroes and learn all about the most fearsome super-villains.


image courtesy of syndeticsWonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to The Amazon Warrior.

“Keep faith. Trust  to love. Fight with honor. But fight to win.” – Wonder Woman.

This is a motto worth remembering.

Finally a superhero that young girls can look up to! A guide to the world of  demigoddess, Wonder Woman includes seventy-five years of iconic characters, major story arcs, and key issues, along with information on locations, enemies, and allies. This is a must have read for every comic fanatic and a great companion alongside The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus!

Also check the following trailers to Wonder Woman, which has just been released in theatres and Justice League, which won’t be released until sometime in 2018, down below.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Beginner’s Guide to Netball.

Maria Tuta’ia, New Zealand international netball player takes you on journey to help you become or improve your skills in playing netball and perhaps ensure your career as a future silver fern, heehee. You will learn skills such as how to shoot goals under pressure, master passing accuracy and pull off the perfect dodge.  “Features the basic skills every netballer should be familiar with, no matter what their position. Read about the story of netball as well as Maria’s own journey to becoming an international netball superstar”–Publisher information.

image courtesy of syndetics
The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories.

This book hold beautiful retellings of six of the world’s greatest ballet stories are accompanied by two story CDs read by Juliet Stevenson that is bound to enrich library collections and inspire young dancers. This book is in a word… GORGEOUS! A must have read for the budding ballerina and dance enthusiast.


image courtesy of syndeticsLots : the diversity of life on Earth.

One, two, three …lots!  Find out in this beautiful and brilliant book how all living things – including us – are part of a big, beautiful pattern and depend on each other for survival. With beautiful words from Nicola Davies and exquisite illustrations by Emily Sutton, this groundbreaking book is certain to enchant and inspire children. Overall a fantastic read that that is suitable for young children and serves as an educational resource on biodiversity and conservation.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe ultimate unofficial encyclopedia for Minecrafters : multiplayer mode : exploring hidden games and secret worlds.

Calling all Minecrafters! Looking for a new challenge? Minecraft strikes again! This book presents information on the world of Minecraft, including how and where to play safely online, playing in creative and survival modes, and server plugins for advanced players.


Kids’ Club Review by Ellie: Ballet backflip

Ballet backflipBallet backflip, by Meredith Costain (1955-)

Ella Diaries Ballet Backflips is a great book that teaches you best friends can help in hard times. And that following your dreams can be alot of fun aspecially with your friends.

4 stars

Reviewed by Ellie from Karori and Kelburn Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Juliet: Ballet backflip

Ballet backflipBallet backflip, by Meredith Costain (1955-)

I liked this book. Only a tiny bit. That’s because there wasn’t enough action. I like action. So, it wasn’t the best Ella Diaries book. I think Meridith Costain did this one a bit poorly. Better, please, Meridith Costain.

3 stars

Reviewed by Juliet from Cummings Park and Queen Margaret College , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Alice: Ballet backflip

Ballet backflipBallet backflip, by Meredith Costain (1955-)

I really like this book. The pictures are fun and cool. Ella, the main character of the book has a huge imagination and is friendly but sometimes does not get along with Peach who was her old friend but now is her enemy.

5 stars

Reviewed by Alice from Kilbirnie and Amesbury School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Zahra: Ballet backflip

Ballet backflipBallet backflip, by Meredith Costain (1955-)

This book was about Ella doing ballet. She was sad because she wasn’t the Fairy Queen in the show. She went to twisters gymnastics with her friend Zoe. At the end they could watch the ballet show. Esther Grech the Fairy Queen fell down and hurt her bones and had to go to the hospital.

I love the story. It was about ballet and I go to ballet. My favourite part was when Ella thought she was the Fairy Queen.

My favourite character is Ella because she was the star of the book.

I like the drawings. She made the dots into hearts.

I learnt that sometimes you can’t be the star of the show.

I recommend this book to young girls who want to do ballet or gymnastics.

5 stars

Reviewed by Zahra from Karori and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Ballet backflip

Ballet backflipBallet backflip, by Meredith Costain (1955-)

Great book but could have done better about the book been longer because then it engages people into reading more like me I loved the way Ella is jealous it confuses me in a good way.Great Book.Thanks .

4 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori West Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Naomi: Ballet backflip

Ballet backflipBallet backflip, by Meredith Costain (1955-)

Ella dreams of becoming the Fairy Queen in the ballet recital, but when Esther Grech gets the part what should Ella do?
This book was very good because it kept you guessing about what would happen next. Also the main character is clever and likable. It would have been even better if it had been twice as long. I recommend it for ages 6 plus.

4 stars

Reviewed by Naomi from Miramar and Homeschool , 7 years old