Thursday, May 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Pippi Longstocking!

Pippi Longstocking, the strongest girl in the world, turns 70 this month - though she still doesn't look a day over nine!

Image from Publishers Weekly HERE
Last week kids and grown-ups all over the world celebrated Pippi's birthday you can find out more about them and see other photos at the Publishers Weekly Happy Birthday, Pippi Longstocking article HERE.

You can find out more about the Pippi Longstocking books on my earlier Pippi Longstocking blog post.

Monday, May 25, 2015

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Ribbit!" by Rodrigo FOLGUEIRA; illustrated by Poly BERNATENE
Mature Picture Book:
  • "Asterix and the Cauldron" by Rene GOSCINNY & Albert UDERZO (Asterix series)
Fiction Book:
  • "Amulet : Escape from Lucien" by Kazu KABUISHI (Amulet series)
  • "Blaze and the Dark Rider" by Stacy GREGG (Pony Club Secrets series)
  • "Mud Mega-Mutant" by Mac PARK (Boy vs Beast series)
  • "Water Mega-Mutant" by Mac PARK (Boy vs Beast series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Storm Thief" by Chris WOODING
Non- Fiction:
    • "Europe : Everything You Ever Wanted to Know" by Clive GIFFORD (Lonely Planet : Not For Parents series)
    • "Living on Shaky Ground" by Matthew WRIGHT

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Magnify

    Magnify

    Verb: 
    1) make (something) appear larger than it is, especially with a lens or microscope; increase or exaggerate the importance of.  
    Synonyms: enlarge - boost - enhance - maximize - increase - augment - extend - expand - amplify - intensify;  informal - blow up.
    definition via Google.com

    Image from Pinterest HERE

    This fun picture is possible because the fishbowl acts to magnify the face of the cat. 
    It works the same way that a lens or magnifying glass works because of the curved surface of the bowl and because the light travels through water and glass differently to the way they pass through air. If you'd like to find out a little more about the science behind why this happens you could take a look HERE.

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    On the New Books Display this Week


    Picture Book:
    • "The Empire Strikes Back" by Emma GRANGE (Lego StarWars : DK Readers series)
    • "Mister Wuffles!" by David WIESNER
    Fiction Book:
    • "Fire and Ice" by Shannon HALE (Spirit Animals series)
    • "Middle School : The Worst Years of my Life" by James PATTERSON & Charlie TEBBETTS (Middle School series)
    • "Stolen Stash" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Mystery series)
    Senior Fiction:
    • "The Supernaturalist - Graphic Novel" by Eion COLFER & Andrew DONKIN; art by Giovani RIGANO; colours by Paolo LAMANNA
    Non- Fiction:
      • "The Uga Hunt" by Jill MACGREGOR (Children of the Pacific series)
      • "Billy's Weekend" by Jill MACGREGOR (Children of the Pacific series)
      • "Light and Sound" by Dr Mike GOLDSMITH (Science Kids series)

      Thursday, May 14, 2015

      Creepy Crawlies Book Sculptures


      Image from HERE

      These Creepy Crawlies are from Robert The : Book Works, but I found them first at theberry.com HERE.


      Images from HERE

      You can see more book sculptures HERE, though no more are of creepy crawlies, and HERE'S a link to find out more about the artist who creates the sculptures.

      Monday, May 11, 2015

      On the New Books Display this Week

      Picture Book:
      • "I Wish That I Had Duck Feet" by Dr SEUSS (writing as Theo LeSIEG); illustrated by B. TOBEY
      • "Please Try to Remember the First of Octember" by Dr SEUSS (writing as Theo LeSIEG); illustrated by Art CUMMINGS
      • "LMNO Peas" by Keith BAKER
      Fiction Book:





      • "Catching the Giant Wave" by Thea STILTON (Thea Stilton - Graphic Novel series)
      • "Vampire Brat" by Angie SAGE (Araminta Spook series)
      • "The Hunt for the Golden Book" byGeronimo STILTON (Geronimo Stilton series)
      Senior Fiction:
      • "The Spooks Nightmare" by  Joseph DELANEY (Wardstone Chronicles series)
      Non- Fiction:
        • "Waitangi Day : The New Zealand Story" by Philippa WERRY
        • "Senses" by Jinny JOHNSON (Discover Science series)

        Thursday, May 7, 2015

        Philippa Werry Visit

        Today author Philippa Werry visited St Brendan's and spoke to our Senior Syndicate. Philippa spent her first two sessions with our Year 5&6 students and then after morning tea she spoke to our Year 7&8's. She talked about her writing and how she goes about choosing what to write about and about some of her books. Students were then able to ask her questions - some of these she didn't recall being asked before. Philippa has put some of the questions on her blog here. Is your question there?
        Like many school students, our seniors have recently been studying ANZAC Day and WWI and to finish off her sessions Philippa read her picture book Best Mates, which is set in Gallipolli in WWI. The students were completely transfixed while she read and there was the odd tear filled eye as the story pulled at heart strings.


        Thank you so much for your visit Philippa, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, and thank you Mrs Williams for having the idea to invite her.

        Philippa Werry books we have in our library: ANZAC Day: The New Zealand Story, Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story, Harbour Bridge: My New Zealand Story, Lighthouse Family: My New Zealand Story, Enemy at the Gate, The Great Chocolate Cake Bake-off, The Lost Watch and Wonderful Wheels Day.

        Philippa's visit was part of the New Zealand Book Council's Writers in Schools programme. You can find out more about Philippa and her books on her website HERE and the New Zealand Book Council website HERE.

        Monday, May 4, 2015

        On the New Books Display this Week

        Picture Book:
        • "I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed" by Lauren CHILD
        • "Children Make Terrible Pets" by Peter BROWN
        Fiction Book:
        • "Timmy Failure : We Meet Again" by Stephan PASTIS (Timmy Failure series)
        • "Mystic and the Midnight Ride" by Stacy GREGG (Pony Club Secrets series)
        • "Ice Mega-Mutant" by Mac PARK (Boy vs Beast series)
        • "Ice Mega-Mutant" by Mac PARK (Boy vs Beast series)
        Senior Fiction:

        • "The Maze Runner" by  James DASHNER (Maze Runner series)
        Non- Fiction:
          • "Market Day" by Jill MACGREGOR (Children of the Pacific series)
          • "Materials" by Clive GIFFORD (Discover Science series)
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