Top 10 Childrens DVD’s May 2016

Monsters and dragons and minions, oh my! There are some great favourite movies amongst the DVD listings for May.

Adventures abound for Geronimo, the popular mouse hero of middle fiction continues on his world wide escapades.  Fancy writing your own article for The Rodent Gazette?  What adventure would you report to the editor? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

Here’s your Top 10 for last month:

1. My little pony, friendship is magic

2. Inside out

3. Strawberry Shortcake

4. Minions

5. Hotel Transylvania

6. Dragons

7. Geronimo Stilton

8. Legends of Chima

9. Home

10. The new adventures of Peter Pan

Top 10 Children’s eBooks April 2016

Fantasy and adventure are the picks for those that read electronically.  You can stream or download titles easily using the Library apps from Borrow Box or Overdrive.  Where will your adventure take you?

Theme parks can recreate the magic of locations created in the imagination of authors and give you a taste of what it’s like to wander around in them. Universal Studios has recreated Daigon Alley and Hogsmeade complete with wands, butter beer and a fire breathing dragon atop of Gringotts.  Now the challenge is on! what amazing location in a book or comic would you like to see recreated? Let us know in the comments below.


1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by, J.K.Rowling

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by, J.K.Rowling

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by, J.K.Rowling

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by, J.K.Rowling

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by, J.K.Rowling

6. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien

7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by, J.K.Rowling

8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by, J.K.Rowling

9. The Ugly Truth: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, by Jeff Kinney

10. Mission Hurricane: The 39 Clues: Doublecross Series, by Jenny Goebel

Russian Dragons

Russian dragons are hydras, which means that they have many heads. The number of heads they have is always in multiples of three, six, nine, or twelve. To kill a Russian dragon a slayer must cut off all of the dragon’s heads.

They have four legs with bird-like clawed feet, and bat-like wings. They breathe fire and have arrow-shaped tongues. They have horny, hooked noses with sharp beaks which they use to rip their prey apart!

They live in mountain caves and their favourite food is human flesh. Russian dragons are sneaky and deceitful, but not very smart despite having more than one brain!

If you enjoyed this post and want to read more, you can find out more about dragons in The Dragon Companion: An Encyclopedia by Carole Wilkinson. All the facts in this post were taken from this book.

Some new books about dragons that you might like to read are:

George and the Dragon: and a World of Other Stories by Geraldine McCaughrean

Day of the Dreader by Cressida Cowell

The Fire Ascending by Chris D’Lacey

Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Beast Child by Ben Chandler

Dragon Castle by Joseph Bruchac

Dragon’s Revenge by Amy Tree

Flight to Dragon Isle by Lucinda Hare

What Do Dragon Symbols Mean?

In history, and in legends, dragons were used to represent ideas.

Western dragons were a symbol of evil, or the devil. Scandinavian dragons symbolised greed or pride. But in China the dragon was a symbol of good luck, protection and fertility. Because of this, Chinese emperors used the dragon as their symbol.

Western dragons were not only used to represent evil. Dragon images were also used by kings and their armies on their war standards. They used the image of a dragon to represent power and strength.

In medieval Europe the images of dragons as representing good and bad existed at the same time. Churches had images of saints killing dragons to show good triumphing over evil. But they also had dragon gargoyles. These were stone water drains in dragon shapes, on the outside of buildings, to guard against evil spirits.

If you enjoyed this post and want to read more, you can find out more about dragons in The Dragon Companion: An Encyclopedia by Carole Wilkinson. This is an adult book, but it is okay for kids to read too. All the facts in this post were taken from this book.

Books written for kids about dragons that you might like to read are:

The Nargun and the Stars by Patricia Wrightson

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Indigo King by James A. Owen

The Search for the Red Dragon by James A. Owen

The Books of Umber #2: Dragon Games by P. W. Catanese

Kids’ Review by Samuel

Beast Quest #1: Ferno: The Fire Dragon by Adam Blade

Ferno the Fire Dragon is the first book of the amazing Beast Quest books by Adam Blade. Avantia is in great danger. The country, once protected by seven large beasts, has been betrayed by the dark wizard Malvel. He hypnotised the beasts, turning them away from the great country. Only a hero can save Avantia. Is it Tom, son of Taladon the Swift? Setting out to free the beasts of Avantia, Tom risks his life for the Beast Quest. 4 stars.
Review by Samuel of Karori

Heraldic Dragons

In the Middle Ages knights painted symbols on their shields, and crests on their helmets, so they could be identified in battle. These symbols became family coats of arms. Heraldry is the study of these coats of arms.


Often knights had dragons in their coats of arms as a symbol of power, strength and bravery. Different kinds of dragons were featured:


Amphisbaena:     A dragon with two heads – one at the end of its tail.


Amphitere:         A legless, winged dragon.


Basilisk:             A dragon with the head of a cockerel.


Dragon:             A heraldic dragon has four legs and an arrow-tipped tongue and tail.


Hydra:               A dragon with seven heads.


Wyvern:             A two-legged, winged dragon.