Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

Barney Palmer is eight years old and he is almost normal. In the Palmer family one person in each generation has supernatural powers. Barney discovers that he is haunted. I really enjoyed this NZ book. It is extremely well written and exciting.

3 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lauren: How Māui fished up the North Island

How Māui fished up the North IslandHow Māui fished up the North Island, retold by Donovan Bixley ; advised and translated by Dr Darryn Joseph

This book was good and a little bit funny in one part. I didn’t like way the older brothers treated Maui; they didn’t show much respect to him. The cartoon pictures were good and I liked the little bit of Te Reo in it. Maui’s little dog was so cute!!

4 stars

Reviewed by Lauren from Johnsonville and Churton Park School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The nature of Ash

The nature of AshThe nature of Ash, Mandy Hager

Ash McCarthy is enjoying his life as a student but is forced to return home because his Dad dies. Not only does he have to protect his brother, but the whole country is falling about politically and Ash has to discover the truth. I LOVED this book as it was well written, thrilling, and had great characters. Luckily there is a sequel so I can keep reading it,

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Sticking with pigs

Sticking with pigsSticking with pigs, Mary-Anne Scott

Wolf has a younger brother who is very sick and his Dad now how to care for Davey. Wolf feels forgotten until his uncle takes him on a pig hunt. But this pig hunt is not what he thought it would be. I thoroughly enjoyed Sticking with Pigs as it was exciting and eventful.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Greta: Cook’s cook : the cook who cooked for Captain Cook

Syndetics book coverCook’s cook : the cook who cooked for Captain Cook by Gavin Bishop.

 

I loved the watercolour pictures and the fact the book had recipes – they ate kangaroo, dog, albatross, turtles, stingray and pease porridge! I learnt about where Captain Cook and his people travelled, about the places and the people who lived there, and that they visited other countries too – not just New Zealand.

5 stars

Reviewed by Greta from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Greta: Granny McFlitter, the champion knitter

Granny McFlitter, the champion knitterGranny McFlitter, the champion knitter, Heather Haylock ; (illustrated by Lael Chisholm)

I recommend this book for all kids! I loved the illustrations and how Granny put her talent to good use. The book is about a Granny who’s family doesn’t like having all of her knitting and when something bad happens can Granny save the day? Yes she can! My favourite quote in the book is “but did Granny stop knitting? Oh no she did not! She kept right on knitting…Like it or not!”

4 stars

Reviewed by Greta from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 9 years old