Thursday, August 17, 2017

David Walliams

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

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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.

Happy Birthday for
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.  


Monday, August 14, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week







Picture Book:
  • "Watch Me Throw the Ball!" by Mo WILLEMS
  • "Today I Will Fly!" by Mo WILLEMS
Fiction Book:
  • "Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot" by Dav PILKEY; art by Dan SANTAT (Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series)
  • "Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury" by Dav PILKEY; art by Dan SANTAT (Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series)
  • "Five Have a Puzzling Time" by Enid BLYTON; illustrated by Jamie LITTLER (Famous Five Colour Short Stories series)
  • "When Timmy Chased the Cat!" by Enid BLYTON; illustrated by Jamie LITTLER (Famous Five Colour Short Stories series)
  • "Unicorn on a Roll" by Dana SIMPSON (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Skulduggery Pleasant : Resurrection" by Derek LANDY (Skulduggery Pleasant series)
    Non- Fiction:
    • "Rugby, the Players, the Skills and the Style" by David RILEY 
    • "Bulging Brains" by Nick ARNOLD; illustrated by Tony DE SAULLES (Horrible Science series)



    Monday, August 7, 2017

    On the New Books Display this Week






    Picture Book:
    • "Ninja Nan" by Hollie HUGHES; illustrated by Natalie SMILLIE
    • "Pig The Winner" by Aaron BLABEY
    Fiction Book:
    • "The Bad Guys : Episode 5 - Intergalactic Gas" by Aaron BLABEY (The Bad Guys series)
    • "Middle School : Ultimate Showdown" by James PATTERSON (Middle School series)
    • "Billie B Brown : The Best Project" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Brown series)
    • "Billie B Brown : The Soccer Star" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Brown series)
    • "Netball Dreams" by Thalia KALKIPSAKIS (Go Girl series)
    Senior Fiction:
    • "Geek Girl : Forever Geek" by Holly SMALE (Geek Girl series)
    Non- Fiction:
    • "All About Money" by Alvin HALL 
    • "Rotten Romans" by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories series)




    Monday, July 31, 2017

    On the New Books Display this Week




    Picture Book:
    • "Piranahs Don't Eat Bananas" by Aaron BLABEY 
    • "Busting" by Aaron BLABEY
    Fiction Book:
    • "Weir Do : Totally Weird!" by Anh DO (Weir Do series)
    • "Weir Do : Crazy Weird!" by Anh DO (Weir Do series)
    • "Legends of Zita the Spacegirl" by Ben HATKE (Zita the Spacegirl series)
    • "The Return of Zita the Spacegirl" by Ben HATKE (Zita the Spacegirl series)
    Senior Fiction:
    • "Shadow House : The Gathering" by Dan POBLOCKI (Shadow House series)
    Browsing Book:
    • "Pokemon Essential Handbook"
    Non- Fiction:
    • "The Holocaust - The Origins, Events, and Remarkable Tales of Survival" by Philip STEELE
    Reference:
    • "The Treaty Times Thirty - Translating the Treaty into Thirty Languages" by The New Zealand Society of Translators



    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Another Book to the Movie Screen

    The first trailer for the movie adaption of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, filmed in New Zealand and USA and due to for release next year.




    We have a graphic novel adaption of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle in our library.


    Monday, July 24, 2017

    On the New Books Display this Week





    Picture Book:
    • "Let's Go For a Drive!" by Mo WILLEMS
    • "I Broke My Trunk!" by Mo WILLEMS
    Fiction Book:
    • "Twisted Journeys : Nightmare on Zombie Island" by Paul D. STORRIE (Twisted Journeys series)
    • "Mary Anne Saves the Day" by Mary Ann MARTIN, illustrated by Raina TELGEMIER (Baby-Sitters Club - Graphic Novel series)
    • "Claudia and Mean Janine" by Mary Ann MARTIN, illustrated by Raina TELGEMIER (Baby-Sitters Club - Graphic Novel series)
    • "Good Old Timmy" by Enid BLYTON (The Famous Five - Colour Short Stories series)
    Senior Fiction:
    • "Bastion Point : 507 Days on Takaparawha, Auckland ,1977-78" by Tania ROXBOROGH (My New Zealand Story series)

    Non- Fiction:
    • "Special Forces" by Henry BROOK
    • "Juices and Smoothies" by Pamela CLARK (Food Editor)

    Monday, July 3, 2017

    Book Fair 2017 - Update

    St Brendan's Book Fair has wrapped up for another year. A BIG Thank You to everyone who came along and supported our major library fundraiser. Sales again this year earned us a whopping 40 free new books for our library collection. An extra special thank you to the families who purchased a "Red Dot" book for donation to the library - keep a look out for them on the library “New Book Display” early next term, they'll all have special Book Fair 2017 Donation book plates inside!

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017 - Non-Fiction


    From Moa to Dinosaurs : Explore and Discover Ancient New Zealand  by Gillian Candler, illustrated by Ned Barraud

    Jack and Charlie : Boys of the Bush by Josh James Marcotte and Jack Marcotte

    The Cuckoo and the Warbler by Kennedy Warne, illustrated by Heather Hunt

    The Genius of Bugs by Simon Bollard

    Torty and the Soldier by Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Fifi Colston


    See the list of Te Reo Maori, Young Adult and other award finalists here.

    Images via New Zealand Book Awards Trust

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017 - Junior Fiction



    Helper and Helper by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop

    My New Zealand Story : Bastion Point by Tania Roxborogh

    Sunken Forest by Des Hunt

    The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain by Julie Lamb

    The Impossible Boy by Leonie Agnew


    Visit the blog again next week for the Non-Fiction finalists or if you can't wait till then have a look here for a list of all the finalists.

    Images via New Zealand Book Awards Trust

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    On the New Books Display this Week



    Picture Book:
    • "The Seven Kites of Matariki" by Calico McCLINTOCK; illustrated by Dominique FORD
    • "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf : A Story About Bullying" by Jeanie RANSOM; illustrated by Jennifer ZIVOIN
    Fiction Book:
    • "Ella and Olivia : Happy Campers" by Yvette POSHOGLIAN (Ella and Olivia series)
    • "Newsprints" by Ru XU
    • "Snot Chocolate" by Morris GLEITZMAN
    • "The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig" by Emer STAMP (The ... Diary of Pig series)
    • "The Seriously Extra Ordinary Diary of Pig" by Emer STAMP (The ... Diary of Pig series)

    Non- Fiction:
    • "Football" by Clive GIFFORD
    • "Boudica and Her Barmy Army" by Valerie Wilding (Dead Famous series)

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