Monday, October 15, 2018

On the New Books Display this Week



Picture Book:
  • "The Unscary Book" by Nick BLAND
      Fiction Book:
      • "The Dragonsitter to the Rescue" by Josh LACEY (The Dragonsitter series)
      • "The Dragonsitter's Party" by Josh LACEY (The Dragonsitter series)
      • "The Weekend Gumboots" by Heather ROSS
      • "The 104-Storey Treehouse" by Andy GRIFFITHS (Treehouse series)
      • "Evil Emperor Penguin" by Laura Ellen ANDERSON
      Senior Fiction:
      • "The Death Cure" by James DASHNER (The Maze Runner series)
      Non- Fiction: 
      • "You Are Awesome" by Matthew SYED

      Monday, September 24, 2018

      On the New Books Display this Week




      Picture Book:
      • "The Cat Wants Kittens" by P. CRUMBLE; illustrated by Lucinda GIFFORD
          Fiction Book:
          • "The Misadventures of Max Crumbly : Middle School Mayhem" by Rachel Renee RUSSELL (The Misadventures of Max Crumbly series)
          • "Spooky Winnie" by Laura OWEN; illustrated by Korky PAUL (Winnie & Wilbur series)
          • "Winnie the Twit" by Laura OWEN; illustrated by Korky PAUL (Winnie & Wilbur series)
          • "The Port of Peril" by Ian LIVINGSTONE (Fighting Fantasy - You are the Hero series)
          • "Sparks!" by Ian BOOTHBY; illustrated by Nina MATSUMOTO
          Senior Fiction:
          • "Finding" by David HILL
          Non- Fiction: 
          • "Game On 2018" by Gamers for Gamers
          • "Aotearoa : The New Zealand Story" by Gavin BISHOP

          Monday, September 17, 2018

          On the New Books Display this Week





          Picture Book:
          • "My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks" by Hanoch PIVEN
              Fiction Book:
              • "Sage Cookson's Fishy Surprise" by Sally MURPHY (Sage Cookson series)
              • "The Poppa Platoon World War Chew" by Danny KATZ; illustrated by Mitch VANE
              • "The Dragonsitter Takes Off" by Josh LACEY (The Dragonsitter series)
              • "Back to Scare School" by Zac ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
              • "Zombie's Birthday Apocalypse" by Zac ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
              Senior Fiction:
              • "Parvana - A Graphic Novel" based on the original book by Deborah ELLIS; adapted from the feature film directed by Nora TWOMEY
              Non- Fiction: 
              • "Minecraft Guide to : Enchantments and Potions" by Stephanie MILTON (Minecraft Guide series)
              • "Minecraft Guide to : Exploration" by Stephanie MILTON (Minecraft Guide series)

              Monday, September 10, 2018

              On the New Books Display this Week



              Picture Book:
              • "The Wolf's Colourful Coat" by Avril McDONALD; illustrated by Tatiana MININA
                  Fiction Book:
                  • "I'm Slappy's Evil Twin" by R.L.STINE (Goosebumps : Slappyworld series)
                  • "The Barrel Burglary" by Terry DEARY (World War II Tales series)
                  • "The Phantom Farm" by Terry DEARY (World War II Tales series)
                  • "Winnie's Alien Sleepover" by Laura OWEN (Winnie & Wilbur series)
                  • "Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads" by Michael ROSEN (Uncle Gobb series)
                  • "Wings of Fire : Dragonet Prophecy - Graphic Novel" by Tui SUTHERLAND; illustrated by Mike HOLMES (Wings of Fire - Graphic Novel series)
                  Senior Fiction:
                  • "Carnage" by Michael ADAMS (The Seven Signs series)
                  Non- Fiction: 
                  • "LEGO : Absolutely Everything You Need to Know" by Simon HUGO



                  Thursday, September 6, 2018

                  What LEGO Book Cover is that? #2

                  Below are 5 more classic or popular children's book covers which have been turned into LEGO pictures using the website HERE.  I borrowed this great idea from 100 Scope Notes HERE.

                  How many books can you name?
















                  Monday, September 3, 2018

                  On the New Books Display this Week




                  Picture Book:
                  • "Bobby, The Littlest War Hero" by Glyn HARPER; illustrated by Jenny COOPER
                      Fiction Book:
                      • "The Warlock of Firetop Mountain" by Steve JACKSON & Ian LIVINGSTON (Fighting Fantasy - You are the Hero series)
                      • "The Dragonsitter's Castle" by Josh LACEY (Dragonsitter's series)
                      • "The Dragonsitter's Island" by Josh LACEY (Dragonsitter's series)
                      • "The Great Chocoplot" by Chris CALLAGHAN
                      • "Hot Dog! - Circus Time!" by Anh DO (Hot Dog! series)
                      Senior Fiction:
                      • "Scorch Trials" by James DASHNER (The Maze Runner series)
                      Non- Fiction: 
                      • "ANZAC Animals" by Maria GILL; illustrated by Marco IVANCIC
                      • "Cards and Tags" by Florence TEMKO



                      Thursday, August 30, 2018

                      Fifi Colston Visit




                      Today author & illustrator Fifi Colston visited St Brendan's. She talked about some of the books she has worked on, a different book with each Syndicate. She also held a writing workshop with a small group of children who are very interested in writing.

                      First Fifi read the picture book Far, Far from Home written by Elizabeth Pulford to the Junior syndicate and spoke about how she illustrated the book.

                      Before morning tea she spoke to the Upper Middle and Senior syndicate about her research and the process she followed while working on illustrations for the book Torty and the Soldier written by Jennifer Beck Fifi explained how she had visited Torty, who is still alive and spends time with different families in the Little family now that the soldier, Stewart Little, is no longer alive. Fifi also explained how she took extra care to make sure the scenes and soldiers uniforms in the book were true to how they would have been during World War I.


                      After morning tea Fifi spoke to the Middle syndicate about her book Wearable Wonders. A few lucky students got to dress up and everyone learn't about how to use free stuff and recycled items to create Wearable Wonders!


                      Before lunch a group of 16 students from the Upper Middles and Seniors spent about an hour with Fifi for a writing workshop. Together they created a story starter, deciding on the traits of the main character, April Muffin, and her background story. It was interesting to see the very different directions the story took even though the students all started with the same initial idea.

                      Fifi's visit was organised through the New Zealand Book Council "Writer's in Schools" programme with the support of Creative New Zealand.

                      Monday, August 27, 2018

                      On the New Books Display this Week




                      Picture Book:
                      • "Puffin the Architect" by Kimberly ANDREWS
                          Fiction Book:
                          • "Winnie Spells Trouble" by Josh LACEY (Winnie and Wilbur series)
                          • "Dragon Rider : The Griffins Feather" by Cornelia FUNKE (Dragon Rider series)
                          • "A Funny Thing Happened to Simon Sidebottom" by P. CRUMBLE; illustrated by Dean RANKINE (Simon Sidebottom series)
                          • "Johnny Danger : Lie Another Day" by Peter MILLETT (Johnny Danger series)
                          Senior Fiction:
                          • "Dawn Raid" by Pauline (Vaeluaga) SMITH (My New Zealand Story series)
                          Non- Fiction: 
                          • "Guinness World Records : Amazing Animals Vol.1" 
                          • "Origami" by Paul JACKSON




                          Monday, August 20, 2018

                          On the New Books Display this Week





                          Picture Book:
                          • "The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)" retold by Philemon STURGES; illustrated by Amy WALROD
                              Fiction Book:
                              • "The Dragonsitter" by Josh LACEY (The Dragonsitter series)
                              • "Zombie Goes to Camp" by Zac ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
                              • "Zombie Family Reunion" by Zac ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
                              • "Sage Cookson's Singapore" by Sally MURPHY (Sage Cookson series)
                              • "Hamish and the Neverpeople" by Danny WALLACE (Hamish and ... series)
                              Senior Fiction:
                              • "The Warden's Daughter" by Jerry SPINELLI
                              Non- Fiction: 
                              • "Periodic Table" by Sean CALLERY & Miranda SMITH



                              Monday, August 13, 2018

                              On the New Books Display this Week



                              Picture Book:
                              • "My Most Fabulous Book" by Leonie YOUNG; illustrated by Lisa THOMPSON
                                  Fiction Book:
                                  • "Mighty Mitch! : Howzat Heroes" by Mitchell STARC (Mighty Mitch series)
                                  • "Tracy Lacy For Classy Captain" by Tania LACY
                                  • "WeirDo : Messy Weird!" by Anh DO (WeirDo series)
                                  Senior Fiction:
                                  • "Scorpia - Graphic Novel" by Anthony HOROWITZ & Antony JOHNSTON; illustrated by Emma VIECELI
                                  • "The 1000 Year old Boy" by Ross WELFORD
                                  Non- Fiction: 
                                  • "Angry Aztecs"  by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories series)
                                  • "Stormin' Normans"  by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories series)

                                  Monday, August 6, 2018

                                  On the New Books Display this Week





                                  Picture Book:
                                  • "The ANZAC Violin" by Jennifer BECK; illustrated by Robyn BELTON
                                      Fiction Book:
                                      • "Poppy's Place - The Homemade Cat Cafe" by Katrina CHARMAN; illustrated by Lucy TRUMAN (Poppy's Place series)
                                      • "Middle School : Dog's Best Friend" by James PATERSON; illustrated by Jomike TEJIDO (Middle School series)
                                      • "Dinosaur Trouble : The Runaway Coat" by Kyle MEWBURN (Dinosaur Trouble series)
                                      • "Dinosaur Trouble : The Secret Hunt" by Kyle MEWBURN (Dinosaur Trouble series)
                                      • "Cameo, the Street Pony" by Kelly WILSON (Showtym Adventures series)
                                      Senior Fiction:
                                      • "Auggie and Me" by R.J. PALACIO
                                      Non- Fiction: 
                                      • "Game On! 2018"
                                      • "The Slime Book" 

                                      Monday, July 30, 2018

                                      On the New Books Display this Week


                                      Picture Book:
                                      • "My Meerkat Mum" by Ruth PAUL
                                      • "ANZAC Biscuits" by Phil CUMMINGS; illustrated by Owen SHAW
                                          Fiction Book:
                                          • "Hamish and the Worldstoppers" by Danny WALLACE (Hamish and ... series)
                                          • "Astrid the Unstoppable" by Maria PARR
                                          • "The Bad Guys : Episode 7 - Do-you-think-he-saurus" by Aaron BLABEY (The Bad Guys series)
                                          Senior Fiction:
                                          • "A Monster Calls" by Patrick NESS
                                          Non- Fiction: 
                                          • "Ripley's Believe it or Not! 2018"
                                          • "Go Girl : A Storybook of Epic New Zealand Women" by Barbara ELSE




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