Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Coraline is 10!

Celebrate ten years of Coraline by joining the author Neil Gaiman and some of his friends as they read chapters from this creepy book HERE.

If you enjoyed listening to Coraline you might also like to visit the earlier blog posts about Neil Gaiman (here) or about spooky book trailers - which includes a link to Neil Gaiman reading from The Graveyard Book (here).

P.S. I found out about the Coraline videos here.

Monday, October 29, 2012

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Underpants Zoo" by Brian SENDELBACH
  • "Beware the Beast from Below" adapted by Sonia SANDER (Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated series)
  • "Hey Jack! : The Crazy Cousins" by Sally RIPPIN (Hey Jack! series)
  • "Secret Safari!" by Susannah McFARLANE (EJ12 series)
  • "The Wyrm King" by Tony DiTERLIZZI & Holly BLACK (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series)
Senior Fiction:
    • "The Book of New Zealand Records and Firsts" by Stephen BARNETT
    • "Snakes" by Jeff CORWIN

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Charlotte's Web

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

    Charlotte's Web is one of several popular children's books written by E.B.White. Charlotte's Web was published on the 15th of October 1952 and is the story of a girl named Fern who loves a little pig named Wilbur, of Wilbur's life growing up on the farm and about his friend Charlotte, a large grey spider, who lives in the barn with Wilbur. When it becomes clear that Wilbur is being well fed for a reason, Charlotte and Wilbur are determined to foil the plans of Mr. Zuckerman, the farmer. So with the help of Charlotte and her “terrific” webs and other barnyard friends, Wilbur becomes the prize-winning pig at the County Fair and the most famous pig ever.

    This month it's the 60th Anniversary of Charlotte's Web and below is a book trailer from HarperKids to help celebrate:

    I found out about this video here.

    Charlotte's Web has also been adapted for film, first as an animated feature in 1973 and more recently starring actors and real animals in 2006.

    Currently we have 2 copies of Charlotte's Web by E.B.White in the Fiction section of our library.

    Upper Hutt Library currently holds 5 copies of Charlotte's Web by E.B.White as well as 2 picture book versions; 2 audio books and a DVD.

    The above information about Charlotte's Web was adapted from here and here. If you'd like to find out more about E.B.White and his books, including his other children's classics Stuart Little and Trumpet of the Swan, you can find more here.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    On the New Books Display this Week

    Picture Book:
    • "Melu" by Kyle MEWBURN illustrated by Ali TEO & John O'REILLY
    • "V For Vanishing" by Patricia MULLINS
    • "A Cat Called Penguin" by Holly WEBB
    • "Nightmare Academy : Monster War" by Dean LOREY (Nightmare Academy series)
    Senior Fiction:
    • "Blitz" by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories Handbook series)
    • "Freak Out!" by Ginjer L. CLARKE

    Monday, October 15, 2012

    On the New Books Display this Week

    Picture Book:
    • "Do Pirates Take Baths?" by Kathy TUCKER illustrated by Nadine Bernard WESTCOTT
    • "Birdmagic" by Holly WEBB (Animal Magic series)
    • "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda" by Tom ANGELBERGER (Origami Yoda series)
    • "Billie B. Brown : The Bad Butterfly" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B. Brown series)
    Senior Fiction:
    Junior Browsing:
    • "I Spy Numbers" by Jean MARZOLLO
    • "The Story of the All Blacks : Spring Bok Fever & Grand Slams" by Kevin Boon
    • "The Story of the All Blacks : Politics & World Cups" by Kevin Boon

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Mrs Keane recommends ...


    Thornspell by Helen LOWE
    (Fairy Tale Adaption/Fantasy/Adventure) Prince Sigismund has grown up listening to stories of magical enchantments, knights and dragons, he'd love to be part of such a fantastical adventure but they're all just stories aren't they?

    The Familiars series by Adam James EPSTEIN & Andrew JACOBSON
    (Fantasy/Animal stories) Find out how Alwyn, a young alley cat without a speck of magic, can become the familiar of a trainee wizard. When the wizard and his fellow trainees are kidnapped Alwyn teams up with the other familiars to save them.

    Alice-Miranda series by Jacqueline HARVEY
    (Girls stories) Alice-Miranda is a perpetually positive seven year old girl who takes herself off to boarding school, just because it appeals to her sense of adventure and regardless of the protests from her tearful parents.

    Three Doors Trilogy by Emily RODDA
    (Fantasy/Adventure) The Warden of Weld asks for volunteers to venture out and find and destroy the enemy. Many young heroes volunteer and none has ever returned. Rye is too young to follow his brothers on this quest, but things change and he feels he must go now if he's to find and help them.

    The One And Only Ivan by Katherine APPLEGATE
    (Animal stories) Ivan the gorilla has spent most of his life with humans and the other animals in the Big Top Mall.  He has only vague memories of the time before his cage until the arrival of a young elephant who reminds him of the importance of family and belonging.

    Friday, October 5, 2012

    Can you see what I see?

    Famingo's everywhere and one or two going the wrong way!
    You can find out more about this picture HERE
    Hint:  If you click on the picture or follow the HERE link above you can see a bigger version of the picture and the 'wrong way' flamingo's might be easier to find.

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Even More Holiday Boredom Busters

    Feeling a bit bored these school holidays?

    If you're at a loose end and can't think of anything fun to do over the holidays you might want to try some of these links out:

    Make your own Captain Underpants Comic 
    Here you can make your own Captain Underpants Comic.

    Professor Poopypants' Name Change-O-Chart  Here you can find out your silly name, and after you've done that you can find out your friends silly names too.

    Do you have what it takes to Save the Dragons in Geronimo Stilton's Kingdom of Fantasy? 
    Take the quiz and find out.

    Or you could visit the online Dear Dumb Diary and Make your own Diary.

    I found all of the above at Scholastic's The Stacks for Kids where there are links to all sorts of other fun stuff too - like Goosebumps!

    Here are some fun Horrible Histories games and other fun Horrible stuff too.

    Here you will find some Billie B Brown Boredom Busters.

    AND if you haven't already seen them check out the other Boredom Buster posts on the library blog too.
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