Kids’ Club Review by Ara: Dragon captives

Dragon captives / McMann, Lisa

The unwanteds quests book 1 ( dragon captives)
Rated 9 to 15 plus
It has been ten years since the final battle between Artimé and warbler island and the residents have had peace from that battle forward. Until now…. Alex, the head mage of Artimé has his hands full with his twin sisters, Fifer and Thisbe. They inherit a strange destructive magic which Alex must try to stop for the safety of his people and his sisters. It makes Fifer and Thisbes life boring and they always have nothing to do. When pans daughters and brothers ( they are dragons who appear in island of graves and so forward,) come back for their replacement wings because they have outgrown them, Fifer and Thisbe, ( and their friend Seth!) try to help the dragons and that leads them on a journey to the land of dragons. They must find a way out and stay together to keep safe as they find that this place is not safe at all. I rate this book 4.5 out of 5.

Ara Wyatt

5 stars

Reviewed by Ara from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ara: Phoebe and her unicorn : a Heavenly Nostrils chronicle

Phoebe and her unicorn : a Heavenly Nostrils chronicle / Simpson, Dana

Phoebe and her unicorn number 1
Get ready for an epic tale about a normal girl and a sparkle crazy unicorn! Phoebe and her unicorn is a well written graphic fantasy that 7 year olds will DIE FOR. Phoebe is a 7 year old who has a normal dweeby life as a part nerd. She gets bullied a lot by a girl named Dakota who is extra fashionable and sort of snotty. The unicorn / Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is a cool, sparkly, bright unicorn who is approximately around 13 years old? Phoebe and Marigold first meet when Marigold is staring into a puddle and gazing at her reflection ‘mesmerised’ by her reflection. This book is a graphic novel and I am going to rate it 3 stars because it was kind of not interesting at some points.

3 stars

Reviewed by Ara from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ara: Matilda

Matilda / Dahl, Roald

Be ready for a great tale for all ages! This book is about a 7 or 6 year old girl who is very smart but her parents, who are ratbags don’t let her go to school. Matilda’s father sells second hand cars that look like they work but they don’t because they run on sawdust. Matilda’s mother on the other hand just stays at home doing nothing. They think she’s four years old!!! When she goes to school she meets two teachers: Mrs trunchbull and Mrs honey. Mrs honey is Matilda’s teacher in her first year and is amazed at how smart she is. Mrs trinchbull is the evil principle who is Mrs honey’s only living relative. Join Matilda on her journey as she unfolds the mystery of her secret powers and the life of Mrs honey. This book is rated 5 stars
because of how heartwarming it is and the beautiful language.

5 stars

Reviewed by Ara from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ara: The bad beginning

The bad beginning / Snicket, Lemony

The series of unfortunate events #1
Look away because this series is full of sad unfortunate events. Three kids ( Violet the oldest, Klaus the kid in the middle, and Sunny the baby. ) lose their home in a fire and their parents die. Their parents are rich so when Violet comes of age they will inherit a large fortune. But beware! A sinister villain plots to steal their fortune. He takes them in and forces them to do all his housework. What will happen next??? I rate this book 3 out of 5 because some of the language is kind of hard to understand.

3 stars

Reviewed by Ara from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 10 years old

Festive Family Storytimes are Around the Corner!

Meri Kirihimete, Pōneke!


It’s that time of year again! The festive season is right around the corner, which means that our libraries are getting themselves all ready to provide storytimes most merry and mirthful for your jollification. So, why not grab the family, jump in your fuzziest pyjamas (or cheeriest Christmas costume) and head on down to your local library to join in on the fun?

There will be stories, songs, crafts, and maybe even some special visits from a certain portly gentleman at some locations. You’ll be in for an extra-special treat if you go along to the event at Arapaki Library on Manners Street — you’ll get to hear different festive stories from all over the world, even some in different languages!

All of these events are free, family-friendly, and suitable for children of all ages with their caregivers.

Where and When?


Wednesday 9th December

Arapaki (Manners Street) Library, 5.30 – 6.30pm

Thursday 10th December

Island Bay Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Khandallah Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Friday 11th December

Newtown Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Monday 14th December

Brooklyn Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Miramar Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Tuesday 15th December

Te Awe (Brandon Street) Library, 4.00 – 4.45pm

Johnsonville Library, 4.00 – 4.45pm

Thursday 17th December

Karori Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Wadestown Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Friday 18th December

He Matapihi (Molesworth Street) Library, 10.30 – 11.15am

Saturday 19th December

Johnsonville Library, 2.00 – 2.45pm

Sunday 20th December

Te Awe Library, 2.00 – 2.45pm

Monday 21st December

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library, 10.30 – 11.15am