Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Race to the end of the world

Race to the end of the worldRace to the end of the world, A.L. Tait

This book was about a boy called Quinn who was asked to apply to be one of the King’s scribes. The King wants a map of the world. Quinn was asked to be one of the lucky 3 candidates to go. This book is about Quinn’s adventures trying to map the world. I really enjoyed this book as it was full of adventure. It is also the first book in the series so there are more to read. I think children who enjoy adventure will also love this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Maxwell: Maps

Maps, by Aleksandra Mizielinska

From the book maps I have learnt a lot about other countries but it would be better if the pictures were more realistic.

4 stars

Reviewed by Maxwell from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 7 years old

Marvellous Maps

If you love looking at maps you are going to love this book.

Its a map book with a difference.

There is a collection of 52 highly illustrated maps with details not only of geographical features and political borders, but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural events and many more fascinating facts associated with each region.

For instance I learnt that muesli was invented in Switzerland. The Netherlands have the tallest windmills in the world and Croatia includes more than one thousand islands. WOW.

You can spend hours pouring over this book. From immense mountains to tiny insects and everything in between, this book is great fun.

They have even named a boy and girl from each country.

Would you like to know what they called the children from New Zealand?

Sorry I am not going to tell you. You will just have to come and borrow it to see!


“Chuck Dugan is AWOL” by Eric Chase Anderson

“Chuck Dugan is AWOL: a novel with maps” by Eric Chase Anderson


Do you like video games?

Would you sometimes rather play video games than read a book?


Oh well, I like books so I am going to wah on to you about them.


BUT, pull your eyes away from your games for just a minute because… this book is a lot like a video game. Not a very flash one mind, maybe one from the 90’s, but it’s fast paced, it’s adventurous and it’s addictive. You’ll want to keep reading and reading until you get to the next level – I mean, um, chapter.


Player One: Chuck Dugan is AWOL. AWOL means Absent With Out Leave. Chuck is AWOL because he powers up and escapes in the night from his fancy pants navy school. Wagging school is a bit of a cheat but he has very good reasons. Lots of books are about evil stepmothers – well, Chuck is about to upload an evil stepfather called The Admiral, who is a rogue and a scoundrel and a meany. Chuck has to insert all his coins to stop his mother marrying, and find his real father’s secret treasure before The Admiral and his sons/goons can get their greedy mitts on it (and clock the game). Chuck encounters knifes, pistols, drowning, beatings, fireworks (yes, fireworks in the eye! Yow!) And all the other nasty tricks in the brothers’ inventory.


Chuck is always an optimist though, even when he is down to one life and hardly any strength bar. He is a brave boy with big ears who has seen “snakebite, fear, and a man shot in the knee”. Chuck is always willing to beat his own high score.


Are you a junior inventor? A master of disguise? A red head? Chuck is, and these mad skills – maybe not the red hair – help him to defeat the baddies. This multileveled adventure includes boats, flying bicycles (the popcycle), pirates, boats, spy gadgets, deep sea diving, butlers, secret passages and more boats.


Oh and I almost forgot to tell you: BONUS POINTS! This book has MAPS. Eric Chase Anderson is a brilliant illustrator and he has decorated his book with cool maps of all sorts of things. (If you have drawn a map please show me, I love maps but alas I am hopeless with a ruler).


Trivia: Eric Chase Anderson is Wes Anderson’s brother. Wes Anderson made the film “Fantastic Mr Fox”, based on the Roald Dahl book. Have you seen it? It is rad. Eric Chase Anderson is the voice of Kristofferson Silverfox in the film.


I really liked “Chuck Dugan is AWOL” and I hope you will put down your controller and pick this book up soon.


 “Chuck Dugan is AWOL: a novel with maps” by Eric Chase Anderson