Friday, May 25, 2012

Dinosaur Rescue by Kyle Mewburn

Have you seen the Dinosaur Rescue series on our Star Reads shelf?  We have the fist two out in the library so far... 'T-Wreck-ASaurus', and 'Stego-Snottysaurus'.  
They are written by Kyle Mewburn, who also wrote 'Kiss Kiss Yuck Yuck', 'Ant's Pants', 'The Grumble Bee' and 'Daisy's Maze'...and many more.
Here is a trailer for 'Stego-Snottysaurus' to give you an idea of what the series is like!
Book 3 in the series, 'Velocitchy-Raptor', is on the New Books stand this week, so look out for it!
Dinosaur Rescue is a series that would be perfect if you really like reading chapter books from the Star Readers shelf, and if you have a great (and slightly gross) sense of humour!

Friday, May 18, 2012

NZ Post Winners!

The NZ Post Children's Book Awards for 2012 have been announced!

Overall winner is 'Nice Day for a War' (also winning the Non-Fiction prize)
Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War I

The winner in the Picture Book category is 'Rahui',

while the Children's Choice Award goes to 'The Cat's Pyjamas'.
The Cat's Pyjamas

The Junior Fiction Award was won by 'Super Finn'.
Super Finn

Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators!!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Maurice Sendak - author and illustrator

Maurice Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are (and many other wonderful books) has died this week.  To celebrate his work - and to remind you of how great his books are - here is a link to his most famous book, read by Gwendolyn Sandford.  Some of you will have seen the movie, too!

As a footnote for all the Andy Griffiths lovers out there...last June, I posted a blog link to an Andy video of him reading to his cat.  Can you figure out how to find a previous post and watch the video? (Hint: check the blog archive on the bottom right.....)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Andy Griffiths visit

We were lucky enough to be able to take Kea and Ruru Rooms to Maidstone Intermediate on Wednesday May 9th, to see Andy Griffiths speak.  Andy is the author of 'Just Crazy', 'Just Annoying', 'The Cat on the Mat is Flat', and most recently 'Just Doomed', coming into our library very shortly!

Just Doomed!

 Andy was a truly entertaining speaker, and gave us lots of good ideas for plotting a story...showing us with words, and also with props!  Here are some photos of the day, including Finn, Rory, and Morgan, who got books signed by Andy at the end of the afternoon.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Book People Unite!

In America, a group called 'Reading is Fundamental' give books to children who don't have any - a bit like the Books in Homes programme in New Zealand.  Here is the new TV ad they have produced to publicise their ideas - in America, it is called a Public Service Announcement.  See who you can recognise!

Senior students especially will enjoy this next video, where the characters talk about their experiences in making the ad.  So clever!


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