Kids’ Club Review by Micah: Maui and other Māori legends : 8 classic tales of Aotearoa

Maui and other Māori legends : 8 classic tales of AotearoaMaui and other Māori legends : 8 classic tales of Aotearoa, by Peter Gossage (1946-)

I think that book is pretty good.
My favourite bit was probably How Maui found the secret of fire – especially when he kept telling lies to his aunty. I reckon he was pretty tricksy. I liked it how he amazed the people of his village by making the fire. I also felt pretty sorry for his aunty, losing all her fire-nails.
I like the way the books has more than just one story – but is a whole collection.
I liked the pictures as well.

3 stars

Reviewed by Micah from Johnsonville and West Park School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Charlotte Bailey: Maui and other Māori legends : 8 classic tales of Aotearoa

Maui and other Māori legends : 8 classic tales of AotearoaMaui and other Māori legends : 8 classic tales of Aotearoa, by Peter Gossage (1946-)

It was a good book because when Maui got into the boat at the bottom his brothers didn’t notice because they wanted Maui to not come. He surprised them and made them go to a different place to fish. When he got to the place where he wanted to fish his brothers fell asleep.
My favourite legend was Pania of the Reef because she went back to land and had a baby. I also like the bit when Maui got the magic jawbone from his Grandfather.
I think this book would be good for 6 year olds and up.

5 stars

Reviewed by Charlotte Bailey from Johnsonville and West Park School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: The fish of Maui

The fish of MauiThe fish of Maui, by Peter Gossage (1946-)

I think Maui is a real trickster. I like it when Maui pops out and scares his brothers. I would recommend it to people from another country wanting to learn more about Maori traditions.

2 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Cummings Park and Ngaio School , 7 years old

6 new children’s non fiction summer entertainment guide

December marks the first month of summer, the countdown to Christmas and the end of 2016. Let’s hope 2017 is an even better year! So for your reading pleasure, the library has some new non fiction available from your local library for lazy days in sun – if cricket doesn’t tickle your fancy or the occasional rainy days. Check out books about Marvel’s heroes, Star Wars, building your own lego creations and classic childhood favourites. Enjoy!


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Cuckoo and the warbler.

The cuckoo and the warbler tells the unique story of one of the most remarkable wildlife relationships in New Zealand, between pipiwharauroa, the shining cuckoo, and riroriro, the grey warbler. Although rarely seen by humans, the interaction of these two native birds is a striking example of nature’s inventiveness – a drama that comes to life through the exquisite illustrations of Heather’s hunt’s latest book.


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Ultimate Peter Rabbit.

A childhood classic and favourite of all time. Journey into a world where Beatrix Potter’s creations comes to life in the gorgeous visual guide. Meet the real Peter Rabbit, (Beatrix Potter’s childhood pet), discover real life places that inspired all of Potter’s works and pore over original archive illustrations, sketches and photographs.


image courtesy of syndeticsAwesome Lego Creations.

A must have for all the lego fans out there! Grab hold of this book and have a blast with building new lego toys, including animals, scenes and working contraptions.




image courtesy of syndeticsThe Amazing Book of Star Wars.

Start your Padawan’s training off right with The Amazing Book of Star Wars, the perfect introduction for young fans to the Star Wars galaxy. Large pictures and short, simple sentences bring Star Wars to life for children as they learn about the brave heroes, helpful droids, amazing aliens, and powerful foes from the saga. Favorite characters and fascinating vehicles are explored in a fun, age-appropriate way, from Yoda and Luke Skywalker to the Millennium Falcon and BB-8″–Publisher’s website.


image courtesy of syndeticsMaui and other Maori Legends.

A very special collection of exciting, magical Maori myths and legends of adventure and intrigue. A great resource to have on hand for Maori language week and Matariki.




image courtesy of syndeticsMarvel : absolutely everything you need to know … 

Packed with fun facts, bizarre-but-true tales, and quirky insights into everyone’s favorite Marvel comic characters, including The Avengers, Spider-Man, and Daredevil. little-known facts and information about the iconic Marvel characters.




To celebrate summer and Christmas, check out this awesome clip where Irish pop star, Ronan Keating and Kiwi actor, Julian Dennison put a Kiwi spin on a much beloved classic Christmas carol Winter Wonderland, with a lyrical twist for the Southern Hemisphere and recorded for Air New Zealand.  In Summer Wonderland, the duo sing about prickles on the lawn, passing around a can of mozzie spray, and tucking into pavlova. This Christmas carol really showcases and beautifully captures the sprit and essence of a Kiwi Christmas! Check it out!