Monday, March 31, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Splat Says Thank You !" by Rob SCOTTON
  • "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear" by Don & Audrey WOOD
Fiction Book:
  • "Zac Runs Wild" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power : Spy Camp series)
  • "Zac Wipes Out" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power : Spy Camp series)
  • "Hunted" by Maggie STEIFVATER (Spirit Animals series)
  • "The Worst Witch" by Jill MURPHY  (The Worst Witch series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Behemoth" by Scott WESTERFELD (Leviathan trilogy)
  • "Horribly Hillarious Joke Book" by Terry DEARY
  • "Trains : Safe and Sound" by Julie CHATTON

Thursday, March 27, 2014



1) cause to feel sudden shock or alarm.
Surprise - frighten - scare - alarm
definition via

This picture is from HERE  (Picture number 61)

Sure looks like someone, or something, has managed to startle this guy, or perhaps he's read one too many ghost stories!

Monday, March 24, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Hector - An Old Bear" by Dorothy BUTLER; illustrated by Lyn KRIEGLER
  • "A Hare, A Hound and Shy Mousey Brown" by Julia HUBERY; illustrated by Jonathan BENTLEY
Fiction Book:
  • "Beck Beyond the Sea" by Kimberley MORRIS (Disney Fairies series)
  • "Diary of a Frog" by Sally SUTTON
  • "Goblins vs Dwarves" by Philip REEVE
Senior Fiction:
  • "Cup Magic : Auckland / San Diego 1995" by Susan BATTYE (My New Zealand Story series)

  • "Trains" by Emily BONE
  • "Essential Emergency Care for First Aiders" by New Zealand Red Cross

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mrs Keane recommends ...

Picture Books:

It's a Book by Lane Smith

Zou and the Box of Kisses by Michel Gay

My Name is Elizabeth!
by Annika Dunklee & illustrated by
Matthew Forsythe

Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich

The Children Who Loved Books by Peter Carnavas

Monday, March 17, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Revenge of the Sith" by Elizabeth DOWSETT (Lego : Star Wars series)
  • "A Bear Tale" by Robert INGPEN
Fiction Book:
  • "Water Beast" by Mac PARK (Boy vs Beast series)
  • "Captain Underpants and the Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers" by Dav PILKEY (Captain Underpants series)
  • "Tiger Tangle" by Jackie FRENCH (Animal Rescue series)
Senior Fiction:

  • "The Freedom Merchants" by Sherryl JORDAN 
  • "Nelson Mandela" by Kadir NELSON
  • "A 19th Century Railway Station" by Fiona MACDONALD

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chris Riddell

Photo by Plad2 from HERE
Another in a series of posts about popular children's authors and their books

Chris Riddell is an illustrator and author of children's books and a political cartoonist. He was born in 1962 in South Africa where his father was an Anglican priest, and moved with his family to England when he was aged one year.  Chris studied art and design and was later taught illustration by famous children's author/illustrator Raymond Briggs.

Chris is well known for his collaborations with Paul Stewart on Children's books such as Muddle Earth, Corby Flood and the Edge Chronicles. More recently he has written and illustrated the Ottoline books and Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.

Chris has won numerous awards including the Nestle Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals.

Currently we have 6 books written (or partly written) and illustrated by Chris Riddell in the Fiction section of our library and Wendel's Workshop in the Picture book section. We also have a number of other books illustrated by Chris Riddell.

Upper Hutt Library currently holds copies of about 8 children's books by Chris Riddell.

The above information about Chris Riddell was adapted from HEREHERE and HERE. You can find out more about Chris, his books and other stuff  HERE too.     

Monday, March 10, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Crossing" by Phillip BOOTH; Illustrated by Bagram IBATOULLINE
  • "The Very Brave Bear" by Nick BLAND
Fiction Book:
  • "Diary of a Sea Lion" by Sally SUTTON
  • "A Masterpiece for Bess" by Lara BERGEN (Disney Fairies series)
  • "Pilot & Huxley" by Dan McGUINESS (Pilot & Huxley series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Itch" by Simon MAYO 
  • "Jet Planes" by Chris OXLADE (Millitary Machines series)
  • "Submarines" by Chris OXLADE (Millitary Machines series)

Monday, March 3, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Far, Far From Home" by Elizabeth PULFORD; Illustrated by Fifi COLSTON
  • "Attack of the Clones" by Elizabeth DOWSETT (Lego : Star Wars series)
Fiction Book:
  • "Club Penguin : Star Reporter" by Tracey WEST (Club Penguin - Pick Your Path series)
  • "Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Hard Luck" by Jeff KINNEY (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)
  • "Pearlie in the Park" by Wendy HARMER (Pearlie series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Nowhere To Run" by Carol DRINKWATER (My Story UK series)
  • "How to be a Confident Kid" by Kay DRUMMOND
  • "Nic's Lunchbox" by Nic BROCKELBANK
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