Movie recomendations and reviews : Walt Disney from E to H

Continuing the list of must-see Walt Disney DVDs, in alphabetical order, this covering movies from E to H. Looking for A-D? Here it is! Check out the list and see what movies tickle your fancy and that you want to watch during the drizzly spring weather and during the next round of school holidays.


image courtesy of amazon.comEnchanted. Prepare to go on a journey where the world of animation and live action collides. Giselle (Amy Adams) finds herself in a bit of pickle when she torn away by the “love of her life”, Prince Edward and banished from the animated “fantasy” land of Andalasia by the evil queen into a “harsh reality” in the form of the gritty streets of the real, modern-day Manhattan that does not abide by the principles of happily ever after.

So now this pampered princess must rely on her wits alone, (no fairy god mother, fairy dust and enchantments to help her out of this one) survive in the real world and figure out how to get back home, but add further complication, Giselle begins to fall in love with the cynical, no-nonsense divorce lawyer who has come to her aid, making her question her choice of who Prince Charming is in her eyes.

What I love about this movie is the transition that Giselle under goes from pampered princess waiting for a knight in shining armour to sweep her off her feet to  a tough, no-nonsense heroine that must save the day, not to mention the world and her true love from the evil clutches of the wicked queen. I think girls will really enjoy this movie.



image courtesy of amazon.comFrozen. I never get sick of this movie, nor do I ever get sick of renditions of “Let It Go“.

Frozen takes you on magical and icy journey where fearless optimist Anna, teaming up with Kristoff, his reindeer Sven  and a hilarious snowman named Olaf must  find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

I cannot stress enough how fantastic this film is! I absolutely loved it! This is a very entertaining girls movie and a celebration the bond of friendship, sisterhood and  the Scandinavian culture that is sure to thaw a frozen heart. I haven’t enjoyed a Disney film this much since The Lion King.



image courtesy of amazon.comThe Good Dinosaur. If you loved the movie, The Land Before Time, then this is the movie for you.

What if an asteroid never hit earth and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.



image courtesy of amazon.comThe Hunchback of Notre Dame. Quasimodo, after being trapped and ridiculed by his guardian, the sinister Frollo, for the way he looks, finally ventures from his tower to take part in the joyous festival of fools.

However things go pear shaped when  the crowd cruelly rejects him because of the way he looks. But he finds a likely friend and ally in the equally persecuted, gypsy Esmeralda, who rescues him in knight in shining armour style. Together, as well as joining forces with dashing soldier and three comical gargoyle statues, named Victor, Hugo, and Laverne. They have to do battle with Frollo to save the people and the city of Paris.

This film is a reminder to see people as they are rather than how they appear and that sometimes beauty is held in the eye of the beholder. Another great family movie about the true meaning of friendship and celebrating individuality!

Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Who ever said that September was a boring month.

Not where Roald Dahl is concerned!

September is Roald Dahl’s birth month, and each year around the world, libraries, schools and the like celebrate this day, also known as Roald Dahl Day.

However this year, on the 13th of September, a big event, not to mention the biggest party in history, is about to take place. Roald Dahl will be 100 years old, that is if he was still alive, and there are celebrations around the world for Roald Dahl 100, focusing on Roald Dahl’s stories, characters and delivering a year packed with surprises and treats for everyone.

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Want to take part in the celebrations? Here’s how!

Visit the Roald Dahl website, where you will find  information about Roald Dahl as well as activities, games and quizzes.

Dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl book character for Dahlicious Dress Up Day.

Download your Roald Dahl Day 2016 party pack, whether you’re celebrating at home, in school or out and about.

Get crafty and whip up a delicious feast inspired from Roald Dahl’s novel. Fore more ideas, click here.

Read and relive your favourite Roald Dahl stories. Wellington City Libraries holds a huge array of Roald Dahl books, including The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and movies for your reading pleasure. Also check out this previous blog post for ideas on what are great  Roald Dahl movies to watch.

This year marks the 50th anniversary since The Magic Finger was published – another milestone moment in the history of Roald Dahl, not to mention the some new Roald Dahl junior non fiction added to the collection: Roald Dahl Whizzpopping joke book and Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary.


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Well you’re at it, why not read about his remarkable life. Read Boy, that presents  humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school, and Going Solo, that tells the story of his adventures as an adult, first in Africa, then learning to be a wartime fighter pilot and discover what led him to becoming the world famous author that he is known as today.

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Top 10 Children’s DVDs August 2015

Fairy tales retold makes number four in August’s children’s movie faves. Cinderella has gone through so many adaptions! This is latest from Kenneth Brannagh as director (he did the first Thor movie) features a stella cast with Helena Bonham-Carter as the fairy godmother and Kate Blanchette. Brannagh is also slated as director for the new Artemis Fowl movie – based on the series by Eion Colfer. If I was a betting type I would defiantely back that movie as making the Top 10 when it hits the library shelves!

1.  My little pony, friendship is magic.

2.   Legends of Chima.

3.   Strawberry Shortcake.

4.   Cinderella

5.   Dragons

6.   Home

7.   Lego friends.

8.   Paddington.

9.   Dino Dan.

10.Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.




Top 10 Children’s fiction July 2015

Heaps of library books were taken home over the school holidays! So what were the favourites? Below are the Top 10

Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking a.k.a. Pippi Longstocking has made a daring foray into the Top 10. The Delicatessa is tongue in cheek, of course due to her amazing feats of superhuman strength!  Astrid Lindgren has been honoured with her own bank note.  Her visage – with a drawing of our heroine Pippi – will grace the kr20 note to be released in Sweden October 2015,  that’s the average price of a hot chocolate here in New Zealand.

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

2.   Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

3.   Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

4.   Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald

5.   Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

6.   Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

7.   The 39-storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths

8.   The 26-storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths

9.   The boy in the dress by David  Walliams

10. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Top 10 children’s fiction for April 2015

The series books are holding their own in the popularity stake but, classic author, Roald Dahl has a serious fan base out there

1. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

2. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell

3. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

4. Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald

5. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

6. Matilda by Roald Dahl

7. Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

8. The 52-storey treehouse by Andy Grifiths

9. Awful Auntie by David Walliams

10. Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Kids’ Club Review by Minmini: The folk of the Faraway Tree

The folk of the Faraway TreeThe folk of the Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton

The mother of Joe Beth and Frannie got a letter. They didn’t often have letters.This letter was from a old friend of their mother. She was I’ll and needed to go on a long holiday. She had a daughter called connie who was rather spoiled. The children had the choice of looking after her while the mother gone. They said yes. Connive didn’t believe in Madigan but then she goes to the faraway tree will she believe in magic now?

4 stars

Reviewed by Minmini from Miramar, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Minmini: Five go off in a caravan

Five go off in a caravanFive go off in a caravan, by Enid Blyton

The famous five Julian,Dick,George and Anne. The famous five are going off in a caravan two actually Julian and Dick were to share and George and Anne were to share.They were going to follow a circus that had a boy called Nobby. George is a girl who’s real is Georgina but she insisted in being called George because sha wanted to be a boy. When the caravans arrived they set off to Merran Lake. When they arrived they got ice cream. The next day they saw no by and his terrifying uncle tiger dan and his only friend Lou. They are horrible. They are up to some thing but what? Read the book to find out

4 stars

Reviewed by Minmini from Miramar, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Xandi: The return of the king : being the third part of The lord of the rings

The return of the king : being the third part of The lord of the rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien (ADULT FICTION)

The Lord of the Rings is about a hobbit named Frodo and a few brave friends who go on a quest to destroy the one ring in the Cracks of Doom. (The one ring is a ring of power which the dark lord Sauron wishes to use to conquer Middle Earth). In this book the fellowship of the ring has separated even further. Frodo has been taken captive by the Orcs and Sam is trying to rescue him. Aragon, Legolas and Gimli, fresh from the desperate battle of Helms Deep, take part in the battle of the Black Gate. Merry and Pippin are recovering after taking Isengard from Saraman with the help of the Ents. Will the fellowship of the ring manage to destroy the one ring in Mt Doom and defeat the dark lord Sauron or will the dark lord have complete dominion over Middle Earth? This is a great read. I just had to keep on reading it to the end, it was a thrilling story. This is the final installment in The Lord Of the Rings trilogy and in my opinion the best book in The Lord Of the Rings.

5 stars

Reviewed by Xandi from Karori, 11 years old