7 new children’s non fiction about deadly beasts, famous people and cooking up a storm!

Kids, the school holidays are flying by and the library has some new and exciting non fiction books for your viewing and reading pleasure. So come on down and grab books about deadly beast that roamed the earth a million years ago, as well as some that only exist in the world of fiction and fantasy; famous people who changed the world and cooking up a storm in the comfort of your own kitchen where the world of Science and The Gruffalo comes to life that will make your tummy rumble.


image courtesy of syndeticsDay of the Dinosaurs.

Travel back in time to a period where dinosaurs roamed the earth. This amazing book features eye catching illustrations, as well as information about dinosaurs in terms of diet, how they lived on land, water and in the skies, as well as how they defended themselves and their territory  from four different prehistoric periods: the Triassic, the early Jurassic, the Late Jurassic and the Cretaceous. This is a thrilling read for any budding palaeontologist.


image courtesy of syndeticsAtlas of Animal Adventures.

Prepare for a  journey of amazing discovery. Featured in this is an amazing collection of images and information about every animal known to existence, as well as nature’s most unmissable events from between the two poles, including epic migrations, extraordinary behaviours, and Herculean habits.


image courtesy of syndeticsGruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes.

Delights such as  Owl Ice Cream, Scrambled Snake, Roasted Fox, and of course… Gruffalo Crumble from the lovable picture, The Gruffalo comes life with this awesome cookbook, filled with recipes and ideas for every meal, that is bound to keep Gruffalo fans of all ages busy in the kitchen. Other tasty favourite that catch eye are caterpillar twists, orange eyes and even a Gruffalo cake. With this book, you are all set for a Gruffalo themed morning/afternoon tea, birthday part or even a Halloween party. These tasty delights are already starting to make my tummy rumble!


image courtesy of syndetics.How to draw orcs, goblins, and other wicked creatures.

Where the world of orcs, goblins and artistic creations collide. This simple and easy to read book will teach readers how to draw orcs, goblins, hags, and several other wicked fantasy creatures where you will be able to bring your own Lord of the Rings to life.



image courtesy of syndeticsFrida Kahlo : the artist in the blue house.

The artwork and the photographs of Frida Kahlo comes to life with this gorgeous new art book with a charming narrative and fascinating pictures that provide an engaging introduction to the life of Frida Kahlo and her creations.



image courtesy of syndeticsScience Experiments you can eat.

Dig into a feast of fun where you’re the scientist and the kitchen is your laboratory. This book that gives you all everything you need where you can test your science theories, make some amazing discoveries and eat your results!  Includes information on how to make rock candy, grape jelly, cupcakes, and popcorn.


image courtesy of syndeticsNadia : the girl who couldnt sit still.

A cute and easy to read biography of the young Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci. This book goes into full detail of how some of the ways her energy got her into trouble as a child, how she became involved in gymnastics, and how practice and determination led her to become an Olympic champion. This is the greatest picture book biography since Different like Coco.

Have a go at Gymnastics at Johnsonville Library

Johnsonville Library is having a special visit from…

Vivo Rhythmic Gymnastics on Friday 20th February 2015 at 6pm.

Come along to watch gymnasts at all different levels demonstrate their skills.

After this you will be able to have a go on the apparatus yourselves so make sure you come prepared for heaps of fun. See you there!












Kids’ Club Review by Florence: Diamond

DiamondDiamond, by Jacqueline Wilson

Diamond, also known Ellen-Jane is a brilliant gymnast, but not all people want her showing off in the market for money. When her family starts starving, her father sells her for 5 guineas to become a circus acrobat. Becoming the star of the show, Diamond takes the stage by surprise and marvels the audience with her tricks. Backstage it takes a whole new turn for springboards and backflips. What will become of Diamond?
My favourite character was Madame Adeline because she used to be the star of the show and she is really nice to Diamond. My least favourite character was Beppo the Clown, because he forced Diamond to do tricks that she wasn’t old enough for e.g. the springboard.
If I had to rename the book I would call it “The Amazing Acrobatic Child Wonder”.
I really liked this book and I recommend it for girls 7-10. People who have read Jacqueline Wilson – this will blow your socks off! There is even an appearance from Emerald Star from the world of Hetty Feather.

4 stars

Reviewed by Florence from Kilbirnie, 9 years old