Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Alphabet

Here is a great short video of  The Alphabet.

It's along the lines of "A is for Apple, B is for Box ...." but it uses some considerably more complex words - and is very clever indeed.

I found out about this video here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:
  • "George's Dragon" by Claire FREEDMAN
  • "Gypsy Day on the Farm" by Jennifer BECK
  • "Catmagic" by Holly WEBB (Animal Magic series)
  • "Dirty Bertie : Germs!" created by David ROBERTS (Dirty Bertie series)
  • "Pick'n'Mix Volume 2" by Various N.Z. Authors
Senior Fiction:
  • "Spring" by Sian SMITH
  • "The Dentist's Surgery" by Sue BARRACLOUGH

Monday, September 19, 2011

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:
  • "My Friend Fred" by Hiawyn ORAM
  • "A Nice Walk in the Jungle" by Nan BODSWORTH
Senior Fiction:
Junior Browsing:
  • "Club Penguin : A Search-and-Find Book" 
  • "Changes in Animal Habitats" by            Steve PARKER
  • "Flags of the World" by Julie Ellis

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Inheritance Cycle - Interviews

Recently I discovered these short videos of Fan Question sessions with Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Cycle series.  Less than two months too go now till the release of the final book in the series, Inheritance, due out in November.

I first found out about these interviews here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:
  • "Magic Pony : Snow Bandits" by Elizabeth LINDSAY (Magic Pony series)
  • "Tantrums and Tiaras" by Sarah HORNE (Molly & Mimi series)
  • "Muncle Trogg" by Janet FOXLEY
Senior Fiction:
  • "Taking the Chequered Flag" by Michael PANCKRIDGE & Pam HARVEY
  • "How to Improve at Playing the Piano"       by Lisa HARROD
  • "Knights & Castles" by Phillip STEELE

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Cat's Pyjamas

Recently Clonard House students spent time during a reward fun afternoon helping to create the cat and his pyjamas from the picture book  The Cat's Pyjamas by Catherine Foreman.
In the book The Cat wears a different set of pyjamas to bed each night of the week and his dreams each night relate to the pyjamas he's wearing. When he wears his space pyjamas he dreams about space, when he wears his jungle pyjamas he dreams about the jungle and and so on until he wears his monster pyjamas.....
You can see all of the great collage versions of the cat and his pyjama's created by Clonard House on display in the Library now.

Here's a sneek peek at some of them:

A big thank you to Clonard House for all your wonderful work on these and thank you also to Mr Keegan who climbed the ladder to staple them all up on the library wall.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cornelia Funke

 Photo source

Another in a series of posts about popular children's authors and their books.

Cornelia Caroline Funke (pronounced: FOON-ka) was born  in Dorsten, Germany, on 10th December 1958, she has a sister and two brothers. As a child Cornelia wanted to be an astronaut but instead she studied education theory at Hamburg University and then went on to study book illustration at design college. She began a career as a book illustrator but soon realized that she wanted to write and illustrate her own stories.  During the 1980s and early 1990s, she became well-known as an author of children's books in her native Germany, with the Ghosthunters (Gespensterjäger) and Wild Chicks (Wild Hühner) series of books. But her international breakthrough came in 1997 when Dragonrider and later The Thief Lord (2000), both huge successes in  Germany,  were  published  in  English and  brought  her  writing  to  an international audience.

Cornelia is best known for the Inkheart trilogy (Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath) the first book of the series has been adapted into a movie.  Cornelia has been writing for about 25 years and has written more than 40 books.  Some 18 of her books have so far been translated into English, and this number is set to increase.

Books by Cornelia Funke we have in our library:  Princess Pigsty - a Picture Book; and copies of  Igraine the Brave; When Santa Fell to Earth; Dragonrider;  Saving Mississippi and the four books in the Ghosthunters series in the Fiction section. Also Inkheart and The Thief Lord in the  Senior Fiction section.

Upper Hutt Library currently holds copies of 14 children's books and 4 teen books by Cornelia Funke and  one Teen DVD.

The above information about Cornelia Funke was adapted from here, here, here and here.

For more information about Cornelia Funke and her books you could visit the Cornelia Funke Fansite.

Monday, September 5, 2011

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:
  • "Don't Panic Annika!" by Juliet Clare BELL
  • "Walking Through the Jungle" by Debbie HARTER
  • "Candyfloss" by Jacqueline WILSON
  • "Dancing Dreams and other stories" by Emma THOMPSON & Helen BAILEY (Felicity Wishes series)
  • "Rockataur" by Ali SPARKES (Monster Makers series)
Senior Fiction:
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