Wednesday, December 13, 2017

End of Year 2017 - Update

(Updated every day or so until 19 December 2017)
Your last remaining overdue books are coming back to the library a few per day. Congratulations to Room 7 & Room 10 who today became the first classes with all student library books returned.
Well done!

The library stocktake is now almost complete. We again have a number of books that are missing - they are not in the library and they are not on issue. We'd love to have these books back again, so if you find any hiding behind shelves or under the furniture, at school or at home, please drop them back to the library before the holidays.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Getting Ready for End of Year 2017

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The Christmas School Holidays are not far away now, but before they arrive there are some important tasks to get done. In the library we are preparing for our annual end of year stocktake!

All library books are due back before this Friday, 8th December. You can help by returning all your library books to the library "As Soon As Possible" and before the end of this week please.

Will your class will be first to return all their library books this year?

If you have any other school books such as journals, junior reading books and class books lying around at home then now is a good time to return these to school too.

Monday, November 27, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Santa is Coming to New Zealand" by Steve SMALLMAN; illustrated by Robert DUNN
  • "Oi Dog!" by  Kes & Claire GRAY; illustrated by Jim FIELD
Fiction Book:
  • "Thea Stilton and the Madagascar Madness" by Thea STILTON (Thea Stilton series)
  • "Creepy Crawly Chaos" by George IVANOFF (You Choose... series)
  • "Dinosaur Trouble : The Lava Melt Shake" by Kyle MEWBURN; illustrated by Donovan BIXLEY (Dinosaur Trouble series)
  • "Dinosaur Trouble : The Great Egg Stink" by Kyle MEWBURN; illustrated by Donovan BIXLEY (Dinosaur Trouble series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Valentine Joe" by Rebecca STEVENS
Non- Fiction:
  • "Electrical Engineering and the Science of Circuits" by Andrew SOLWAY (Engineering in Action series)
  • "Apple" by Adam SUTHERLAND (Big Business series)

Monday, November 20, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Adventures of Beekle : The Unimaginary Friend" by Dan SANTAT
  • "This is Actually My Party" by Lauren CHILD & Dave INGHAM
Fiction Book:
  • "When Nature Calls" by Zack ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
  • "Zombie Swap" by Zack ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
  • "Lulu Bell and the Circus Pup" by Belinda MURRELL (Lulu Bell series)
  • "The Worlds Worst Children 2" by David WALLIAMS; illustrated by Tony ROSS (The Worlds Worst Children series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "The Empty Grave" by Jonathan STROUD (Lockwood & Co series)
Non- Fiction:
  • "Blitzed Brits" by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories series)
  • "Structural Engineering and the Science of Structures" by Andrew SOLWAY (Engineering in Action series)

Monday, November 13, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Ida, Always" by Caron LEVIS; illustrated by Charles SANTOSO
  • "The Prince and the Porker" by Peter BENTLY; illustrated by David ROBERTS
Fiction Book:
  • "The 91-Storey Treehouse" by Andy GRIFFITHS; illustrated by Terry DENTON (Treehouse series)
  • "Friday Barnes : Danger Ahead" by R.A. SPRATT (Friday Barnes series)
  • "Big Nate : What's a Little Noogie Between Friends" by Lincoln PEIRCE  (Big Nate - Graphic series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Spooks : Dark Assassin" by Joseph DELANEY (The Star Blade Chronicles series)
Non- Fiction:
  • "Fruit" by Vic PARKER (Eat Smart series)
  • "Cereals" by Vic PARKER (Eat Smart series)
  • "The Secret Agent and Other Spy Kids" by Allan ZULLO

Monday, November 6, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato" by Lauren CHILD
  • "Do Not Lick This Book" by Idan BEN-BARAK; illustrated by Julian FROST
Fiction Book:
  • "Destiny and the Wild Horses" by Stacy GREGG (Pony Club Secrets series)
  • "Stardust and the Daredevil Ponies" by Stacy GREGG (Pony Club Secrets series)
  • "Tiny Timmy : Kids World Cup!" by Tim CAHILL  (Tiny Timmy series)
  • "Tiny Timmy : On Tour!" by Tim CAHILL  (Tiny Timmy series)
  • "Dumbness is a Dish Best Served Cold" by Jim BENTON (Dear Dumb Diary, Delux series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "The Wrong Train" by Jeremy DE QUIDT
Non- Fiction:
  • "Gorgeous Georgians" by Terry DEARY; illustrated by Martin BROWN (Horrible Histories series)
  • "Drones" by Henry BROOK

Monday, October 30, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Fabulous Friend Machine" by Nick BLAND
  • "A Bad Case of Stripes" by David SHANNON
Fiction Book:
  • "Around the World in Eighty Days" by Jules VERNE & Geronimo STILTON (Geronimo Stilton - Classic Tales series)
  • "Battle of the Mutants : Flamatorax" by Mac PARK (Boy vs Beast series)
  • "Dork Diaries : Frenemies Forever " by Rachel Renee RUSSELL  (Dork Diaries series)
  • "Tom Gates : Family, Friends and Furry Creatures" by Liz PICHON (Tom Gates series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Storm Breaker - Graphic Novel" by Anthony HOROWITZ; illustrated by Antony JOHNSON, Kanako DAMERIN & Yusuru TAKASHAKI
  • "Point Blank - Graphic Novel" by Anthony HOROWITZ; illustrated by Antony JOHNSON, Kanako DAMERIN & Yusuru TAKASHAKI
Non- Fiction:
  • "Popcorn : 100 A-maize-ing Popcorn Recipes to Make at Home" by Carol BECKERMAN
  • "Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls : 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women" by Elena FAVILLI & Francesca CAVALLO 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors" by Drew DAYWALT; illustrated by Adam REX
Junior Browsing:
  • "Where's Kiwi? Around the World" by Myles LAWFORD (Where's Kiwi? series)
Fiction Book:
  • "The Bomber Balloon" by Terry DEARY (World War I Tales series)
  • "The Pigeon Spy" by Terry DEARY (World War I Tales series)
  • "A Lazy Afternoon" by Enid BLYTON; illustrated by Jamie LITTLER  (The Famous Five Colour Short Stories series)
  • "A Horse for Angel" by Sarah LEAN
  • "The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship" by Phillip PULLMAN; illustrated by Fred FORDHAM (The Adventures of John Blake series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Never Say Die" by Anthony HOROWITZ (Alex Rider series)
Non- Fiction:
  • "Veggies : From Farm to Table" by Woody BRAMBLES (From Farm to Table series)
  • "Coding Games in Scratch" by Jon WOODCOCK

Monday, October 16, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Moo and Moo and the Little Calf too" by Jane MILLTON; illustrated by Deborah HINDE
  • "I Am Henry Finch" by Alexis DEACON; illustrated by Viviane SCHWARZ
Fiction Book:
  • "The Phantom of the Theater" by Geronimo STILTON (Geronimo Stilton - Creepella Von Cacklefur series)
  • "Sci-Fi Junior High" by John MARTIN & Scott SEEGERT 
  • "Babymouse : Queen of the World" by Jennifer L. & Matthew HOLM  (Babymouse series)
  • "Babymouse : Our Hero" by Jennifer L. & Matthew HOLM  (Babymouse series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "What the Raven Saw" by Samantha-Ellen BOUND
Non- Fiction:
  • "Super Women : Six Scientists Who Changed the World" by Laurie LAWLOR
  • "Create With Code : Build Your Own Website" by Clyde HATTER 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Kiwi Kids Favourite Books

Kiwi Kids choose New Zealand writers when asked to vote for their favourite books. To read the full article see the NZ Book Council Book Scene post HERE. Find out more about the Whitcoulls Kids' Top 50 Books HERE.
Image : Screenshot from NZ Book Council Book Scene HERE

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Another Harry Potter Book Sculpture

Image from Pinterest HERE

This book sculpture by Jamie B Hannigan. You can see some other Harry Potter book sculptures by Jamie on my earlier post HERE, and more of his book sculptures on his website HERE.

Monday, September 25, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Nighttime Ninja" by Barbara DaCOSTA; illustrated by Ed YOUNG
  • "Witch's Cat Wanted : Apply Within" by Joy H. DAVIDSON; illustrated by Nikki SLADE-ROBINSON
Fiction Book:
  • "Slappy Birthday to You" by R.L. STINE (Goosebumps : Slappyworld series)
  • "A Scare of Dare" by Zack ZOMBIE  (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
  • "Bullies and Buddies" by Zack ZOMBIE  (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
  • "Dork Diaries" by Rachel Renee RUSSELL (Dork Diaries series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Dracula - Graphic Novel" by Bram Stoker; adapted & illustrated by Matt PAGETT
Non- Fiction:
  • "The Planets : The Definitive Visual Guide" senior editor Ben MORGAN
  • "Dairy" by Vic PARKER (Eat Smart series)
  • "Vegetables" by Vic PARKER (Eat Smart series)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Imagine - International Day of Peace

Today is International Day of Peace and today the lyrics of John Lennon's famous song Imagine, about peace and tolerance, are due for publication in a picture book illustrated by Jean Jullien. 
The book is published by Clarion Publishers in conjunction with Amnesty International and follows the travels of a pigeon spreading a message of friendship and hope to other birds.

The above information is adapted from Publishers Weekly HERE.

You can find out more about the book and Amnesty International HERE.

Monday, September 18, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "One Woolly Wombat" by Kerry ARGENT
  • "The Fix It Man" by Dimity POWELL; illustrated by Nicky JOHNSON
Fiction Book:
  • "The War Game" by Terry DEARY; illustrated by James de la RUE  (World War 1 Tales series)
  • "The Last Flight" by Terry DEARY; illustrated by James de la RUE  (World War 1 Tales series)
  • "Little Women" by Geronimo STILTON based on the book by Louisa May ALCOTT (Geronimo Stilton Classic Tales series)
  • "Unicorn Crossing" by Dana SIMPSON (Phoebe and her Unicorn series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "1915 : Wounds of War" by Diana MENEFY (Kiwis at War series)
  • "1917 : Machines of War" by Brian FALKNER (Kiwis at War series)
Non- Fiction:
  • "The Really Big Beliefs Book" by Emma BARNARD, Thomas CHO & Meredith COSTAIN 
  • "Technology" by Peter KENT (Kingfisher Navigator series)

Monday, September 11, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Farmer Ham Too" by Alec SILLIFANT; illustrated by Mike SPOOR
  • "Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed" by Leslie NEWMAN;  illustrated by Amy June BATES
Fiction Book:
  • "Happy Christmas, Five" by Enid BLYTON  (Famous Five Colour Short Stories series)
  • "Well Done, Famous Five" by Enid BLYTON  (Famous Five Colour Short Stories series)
  • "WeirDo : Really Weird" by Ahn DO (WeirDo series)
  • "Study Hall of Justice" by Derek FRIDOLFS; illustrated by Dustin NGUYEN (Secret Hero Society series)
  • "Trouble and the Missing Cat" by Cate WHITTLE (Trouble series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Booked" by Kwame ALEXANDER
    Non- Fiction:
    • "Traditional Chinese Festivals" by Marie-Luise LATSCH
    Browsing Book:
    • "Mechanica : A Beginners Field Guide" by Lance BALCHIN

    Monday, September 4, 2017

    On the New Books Display this Week

    Picture Book:
    • "The Koala Who Bounced" by Jimmy THOMSEN; illustrated by Eric LOBBECKE
    • "The Extraordinary Mr Qwerty" by Karla STRAMBINI
    Fiction Book:
    • "Hilo : The Boy Who Crashed to Earth" by Judd WINICK  (Hilo series)
    • "Hilo : Saving the Whole Wide World" by Judd WINICK (Hilo series)
    • "Hey Jack! : The Bravest Kid" by Sally RIPPIN (Hey Jack! series)
    • "Thea Stilton and the Legend of the Fire Flowers" by Thea STILTON (Thea Stilton series)
    Senior Fiction:
    • "Shadow House : You Can't Hide" by Dan POBLOCKI (Shadow House series)
      Non- Fiction:
      • "Intrepid Explorers" by Anita GANERI (Horrible Geography series)
      • "Earth-Shattering Earthquakes" by Anita GANERI (Horrible Geography series)
      • "Human Body" by Kathleen Weidner ZOEHFELD  (Scholastic Reader series)

      Monday, August 28, 2017

      On the New Books Display this Week

      Picture Book:
      • "Smelly Bill Stinks Again" by Daniel POSTGATE
      • "The Dot" by Peter H. REYNOLDS
      Fiction Book:
      • "A Dog Called Homeless" by Sarah LEAN
      • "Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Voodoo Vultures from Venus" by Dav Pilkey; illustrated by Dan SANTAT (Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series)
      • "Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Mecha-Monkeys from Mars" by Dav Pilkey; illustrated by Dan SANTAT (Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series)
      • "Dog Man Unleashed" by Dav PILKEY(Dog Man series)
      Senior Fiction:
      • "Athlete vs Mathlete" by W.C. MACK (Athlete vs Mathlete series)
        Non- Fiction:
        • "Journey into the Unknown : The Story of Saint Brendan" adapted by  (Science in Action series)
        • "Ancient Rome" by Philip STEELE (Navigators series)

        Monday, August 21, 2017

        On the New Books Display this Week

        Picture Book:
        • "The Tickety Tale Teller" by Maureen HASELHURST; illustrated by Barbara VAGNOZZI
        • "The Cat Wants Cuddles" by P. CRUMBLE; illustrated by Lucinda GIFFORD
        Fiction Book:
        • "Robot Frenzy" by Erik CRADDOCK (Stone Rabbit series)
        • "Ninja Slice" by Erik CRADDOCK (Stone Rabbit series)
        • "Deadly Heist" by Jack HEATH (Countdown to Danger series)
        • "Netball Gems : Hooked on Netball" by B. HELLARD & L. GIBBS (Netball Gems series)
        Senior Fiction:
        • "Roman Invasion : A British Boy AD84" by Jim ELDRIDGE (My Story series)
          Non- Fiction:
          • "Materials" by Anna CLAYBOURNE (Science in Action series)
          • "Light and Dark" by Anna CLAYBOURNE (Science in Action series)
          • "Golden Kiwis" by David RILEY

          Thursday, August 17, 2017

          David Walliams

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

          Image from HERE
          David Walliams real name is David Williams but he has taken the name Walliams as his stage surname. David was born on the 20th of August 1971, in Merton, London.

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          Sunday David!

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          David attended Collingwood Boy's School in Wallington and then Reigate Grammar School. David is a comedian and children's author, you may be familiar with him as one of the judges of the TV show Britains Got Talent. In 2006 David swam across the English Channel raising over 1 million British Pounds for charity and in 2011 he swam the length of the River Thames raising more than 2 million British Pounds for charity.

          David's first book The Boy in the Dress was published in 2008 followed by Mr Stink in 2009. Since then he has published numerous other titles including Gangsta Granny, Ratburger, Demon Dentist, Awful Auntie and more. In addition to the fiction titles above more recently he has also published picture books such as The Slightly Annoying Elephant and There's a Snake in My School.

          Many people say that David Walliams books remind them of books by Roald Dahl.

          Several of David's books have been adapted and released as films for television.

          We have most of the books written by David Walliams in our Fiction or Picture Book areas.

          Upper Hutt Library currently holds copies of most children's books by David Walliams, as well as ebooks of some of them and a copy of the TV movie adaption of Mr Stink.

          The above information about David Walliams was adapted from HERE, and HERE. You can find out more about David, his books and other fun stuff on his website HERE too.  

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