Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Arapū toi

Arapū toi / Wairama, Moira

This simple picture book is about the Maori alphabet. It has poems for each letter. While i cannot speak Maori, I found that I could understand a lot of what was written. This book is a brilliant way to learn Maori.

3 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Imogen: Summer days : stories and poems celebrating the Kiwi summer

Summer days : stories and poems celebrating the Kiwi summer. /

it was about stories and poems that various people wrote.
i enjoyed of how it was a pattern so it would go story, poem, story poem. i also enjoyed the illustrations.
I would recommend to my friends.
I most enjoyed , My Other Jandal poem by Don Franks. I was excited to see a poem by Margaret Mahi too.
I would take another poem book out the library to try.

5 stars

Reviewed by Imogen from Khandallah and Cashmere Avenue School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Harshit Kumar: Arapū toi

Arapū toi / Wairama, Moira

I rated this book 5 stars because it tells us about the poems written from different alphabet letters and easy to understand for all kids. I liked the poem written from the letter U because it tells us about the stars that shine in the bright night sky. I also liked the poem written from the letter T because it tells about the whales that swim in the blue ocean.

5 stars

Reviewed by Harshit Kumar from Tawa and Hampton Hill School , 9 years old

Tūhono is Live!

The day has finally come — Tūhono, our poetry journal for young Wellingtonians, has officially been released as of the 11th of January 2021! Nearly 200 of you took part, so head on over to OverDrive or Libby to borrow it now!

We are having physical copies printed as well, so soon you’ll be able to find Tūhono 2020 on the shelf at your local public or school library. We will also be giving two copies to the National Library of New Zealand, where they will be preserved for the rest of time (the legal term is ‘in perpetuity‘) as part of the cultural heritage of this country. What a fantastic achievement for everyone who contributed!

Two-page spread from the Tūhono eBook, featuring poems by Jordan, 11, and Esther, 8.

A small sample of what you can expect to find in Tūhono.

There are some very important people whom I would like to thank — Stephanie Poulopoulos (my partner-in-crime, and the amazing librarian who buys all of the kids’ and teens’ books for our collection), Ligia Horta (who designed the book — what an amazing talent she is!), Monty Masseurs (who helped get everything set up online), Bridget Jennings (who wrote the catalogue record for the book, making sure you can actually find it online), and Celeste Mackintosh (who helped organise the online submissions throughout the month of November 2020). Hats off and a round of applause for these wonderful, talented librarians who helped make our dream of publishing our own book of poetry a reality!

Go forth and read! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and maybe — just maybe — you’ll feel connected with everyone else who put something of themselves into this incredible book.

Kids’ Club Review by Aiex Mumford-Smith: Mophead : how your difference makes a difference

Mophead : how your difference makes a difference / Marsh, Selina Tusitala

Other kids should read this book to learn not to call people mean names. I liked this book because it was funny when she was called Mophead. The author has to tie her hair up so that no one called her names. But then she deiced it was ok to have it wild.

5 stars

Reviewed by Aiex Mumford-Smith from Cummings Park and Ngaio School , 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Mophead : how your difference makes a difference

Mophead : how your difference makes a difference / Marsh, Selina Tusitala

Mophead is a picture book about a 10-year-old girl called Selina who is bullied as she has a lot of hair that is different to everyone else’s. She is always trying to fit in by tying up her hair. One day she meets Sam Hunt, a famous NZ poet and it changes her life. No longer is her hair tied up-it’s free and WILD.
This is a nice story about learning to accept yourself and discovering your passions. This is the author’s story and it is inspiring.

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old