Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pippi Longstocking

Another in a series of posts about children's classic books available for borrowing from our school library.

Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking, or Pippi for short, is a character created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. She first became known to the world in 1945 with the publication of Pippi Longstocking,  and this was soon followed by more books about Pippi and her adventures. 

With her mother in heaven and her father lost at sea, Pippi is left to her own devices in a ramshackle house on the edges of a little Swedish village called Villa Villekulla. For company, Pippi has a monkey named Mr. Nilsson, a horse on the porch, and two friends, Tommy and Annika, from the house next door. Pippi has two main possessions, a suitcase full of gold coins (which she used to buy her horse) and a large chest of drawers containing various small treasures. Pippi makes her own rules and nags herself about going to bed at night, her friends Tommy and Annika live a more normal life. Although having little schooling Pippi is very intelligent, in a common-sense sort of way, with most of her opponents not realizing just how clever and crafty she is until she's made fools of them. Pippi has an amazing talent for spinning tall tales, though she usually doesn't lie, she just tells the truth in the form of humorously strange stories.

Pippi Longstocking has a number of  television and movie adaptions.

We have a copy of The Best of Pippi Longstocking which contains three books (Pippi Longstocking , Pippi Goes Aboard , and Pippi in the South Seas) in one volume. Upper Hutt Public Library has  Pippi Longstocking books available in the Children's section.

The above information has been adapted from here, here and here.

You can find more information about Astrid Lindgren and her books here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

End of Term & Holiday Boredom Busters

It's almost the holidays so don't forget to return your library books before the end of the week.

If you get bored over the holidays below are some links to book related web pages & games for you to have a look at.  Make sure it's OK with your parents, grandparents or who ever you are visiting, before you visit any of these webpages.

The NEW Geronimo Stilton World - lots to see and do here.

Visit the World Book Day Games Webpage for links to lots of book related games and activities including: The Gruffalo, Jane Blonde, Astrosaurs, Rainbow Magic, Beast Quest, How to Train Your Dragon and Diary of a Wimpy Kid plus many more...

And don't forget about the links to the magazine webpages listed down the right-hand side of the library blog.  Or you can follow these links:  Upstart magazine, KidzMag and Wacky...But True!.  These websites are likely to have games and competitions you can enter.

Hope you have a great holiday & see you again next term.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Inheritance Cycle - Book 4

Coming soon - but perhaps not soon enough for many....

Publication of the fourth and final book in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle has been announced by Random House NZ. Inheritance will be published simultaneously in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, USA and Canada on Wednesday 9th November 2011.

The first three books, Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr have all been international bestsellers selling over 25 million copies worldwide, with over 120,000 being sold in New Zealand.

The above information adapted from here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Anthony Horowitz

Photo from HERE
One of a series of posts about popular children's authors and their books.

Anthony Horowitz is an English author and screenwriter born in North London in 1956 - in fact it's his birthday today!  Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. His father was a wealthy businessman so Anthony was born into a family of wealth and status, he was raised by nannies and surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. Facing bankruptcy, Anthony's father removed his wealth from his bank accounts and hid it under a pseudonym. He then died and the family was never able to track down the missing money despite years of trying.

At the age of eight Anthony was sent off to boarding school, a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school itself was a horror, with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he made up tales of astounding  revenge and retribution.

Anthony Horowitz's first book was published in 1979, The Sinister Secret of Frederick K Bower, was a humorous adventure for children. Anthony worked on a number of television productions and wrote many books for children & young adults over the next 20 years. Then in 2000 he began his most famous and successful series to date with the Alex Rider novels. The Alex Rider series has sold over ten million copies worldwide and won numerous awards. Stormbreaker, the first Alex Rider mission, was recently made into a movie.  Anthony's most recent series, The Power of Five, begins with Raven's Gate published in 2005. Look out for the latest and final mission for Alex Rider in Scorpia Rising published on 31/3/2011.

In our library we have the Alex Rider series in the Senior Fiction section and Raven's Gate - The Graphic Novel is on the New Books Display this week.

Upper Hutt Library currently holds copies of about 20 children's and teen books written by Anthony Horowitz, also copies of graphic novels, audio books and a copy of the Stormbreaker DVD in the Teen DVD section.

The above information about Anthony Horowitz was adapted from here, here, and here.

Monday, April 4, 2011

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:
  • "Spoon" by Amy Krouse ROSENTHAL
  • "The Wheels on the Bus" by Donovan BIXLEY
  • "Battle of the Worlds : Infernix" by Mac PARK (Boy vs Beast series)
  • "Shadow" by Michael Morpurgo
  • "Two Naughty Angels : Down to Earth" by Mary HOOPER (Two Naughty Angels series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Fantastic Football" by Clive GIFFORD
  • "How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients" by Adrian Dingle
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