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.

          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)

            Wednesday, June 14, 2017

            New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017 - Picture Books


            Fuzzy Doodle by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Donovan Bixley

            Gwendolyn by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton

            My Grandpa is a Dinosaur by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones, illustrated by Richard Fairgray

            That's Not A Hippopotamus by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Sarah Davis

            The Singing Dolphin / Te Aihe i Waiata by Mere Whaanga


            Visit the blog again next week for the Junior 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 12, 2017

            On the New Books Display this Week

            Picture Book:
            • "I Need a Hug" by Aaron BLABEY
            • "Nursery Rhymes - Well-loved Verses to Share" illustrated by Susie LACOME
            Fiction Book:
            • "Astronaut Academy : Zero Gravity" by Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy series)
            • "Sage Cookson's Ring of Truth" by Sally MURPHY (Sage Cookson series)
            • "Twisted Journeys : Terror in Ghost Mansion" by Paul D. STORRIE (Twisted Journeys series)
            • "Twisted Journeys : The Treasure of Mount Fate" by Jeff HINKE (Twisted Journeys series)
            Senior Fiction:
            • "The Hollow Boy" by Jonathan STROUD (Lockwood & Co. series)

            Non- Fiction:
            • "50 Things You Should Know About Titanic" by Sean CALLERY
            • "Farming" by Jen GREEN (The Geography Detective Investigates series)




            Thursday, June 8, 2017

            Coming Soon .... Book Fair 2017


            Where: In the Library

            When: Opens Week 9, Term 2


            St Brendan's Book Fair 2017 will be open before and after school on weekdays between the afternoon of Monday, 26th June and the morning of Friday, 30th June. Check back here soon for more information about Book Fair opening hours. All purchases from the Book Fair help to earn free books for our school library.

            Looking forward to seeing you there.


            Tuesday, June 6, 2017

            On the New Books Display this Week





            Picture Book:
            • "Stickley Makes a Mistake! : A Frog's Guide to Trying Again" by Brenda S. MILES; illustrated by Steve MACK
            Fiction Book:
            • "Billie B. Brown : The Bully Buster" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B. Brown series)
            • "Ghost Works : Death by Doll & My Hands Aren't Mine" by James LEE (Ghost Works series)
            • "Ghost Works : The Zombie Train & Dead of Night" by James LEE (Ghost Works series)
            • "Unicorn vs Goblins" by Sally RIPPIN (Phoebe and her Unicorn series)
            • "The Treasure of the Sea" by Thea STILTON (Thea Stilton series)
            Senior Fiction:
            • "Geek Girl : Sunny Side Up" by Holly SMALE (Geek Girl series)

            Non- Fiction:
            • "You Tube : The Story of the Iconic Business" by Adam SUTHERAND (Big Business series)
            • "Air Force" by John TOWNSEND (Action Force : World War II  series)

            Monday, May 29, 2017

            On the New Books Display this Week

            Picture Book:
            • "Dangerous!" by Tim WARNES
            Fiction Book:
            • "Five and a Half-Term Adventure" by Enid BLYTON; illustrated by Jamie LITTLER (Famous Five Colour Short Stories series)
            • "George's Hair is too Long" by Enid BLYTON; illustrated by Jamie LITTLER (Famous Five Colour Short Stories series)
            • "Frankie Potts and the Wicked Wolves" by Juliet JACKA (Frankie Potts series)
            • "Treasure Hunters" by James PATTERSON & Chris Grabenstein (Treasure Hunters series)
            Senior Fiction:
            • "Maus II : A Survivors Tale" by Art SPIEGELMAN (Maus series)

            Non- Fiction:
            • "Undercover Operations" by Adam SUTHERAND (Radar series)
            • "Art and Entertainment" by Jon RICHARDS & Ed SIMKINS (The World of Infographics  series)

            Monday, May 22, 2017

            On the New Books Display this Week

            Picture Book:
            • "Have You Seen My Tail?" by Kathryn HARPER (Katie-Jane series)
            Fiction Book:
            • "Cici : A Fairy's Tale - Believe Your Eyes" by Cori DOERRFELD; illustrated by Cori DOERRFELD & Tyler PAGE (Cici : A Fairy's Tale series)
            • "Cici : A Fairy's Tale - Truth in Sight" by Cori DOERRFELD; illustrated by Cori DOERRFELD & Tyler PAGE (Cici : A Fairy's Tale series)
            • "Most Wanted : The Haunter" by R.L. STINE (Goosebumps Most Wanted series)
            • "Timmy Failure : Sanitized For Your Protection" by Stephan PASTIS (Timmy Failure series)
            Senior Fiction:
            • "Skyfire" by Michael ADAMS (The Seven Signs series)

            Non- Fiction:
            • "The World's Worst Tornados" by John P. BAKER (BLazers series)
            • "London" by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories  series)
            • "Rotton Rulers" by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories  series)




            Monday, May 15, 2017

            On the New Books Display this Week




            Picture Book:
            • "Rosie to the Rescue" by Kyle MEWBURN; illustrated by Flux Animation
            Fiction Book:
            • "Hey Jack! : The Worst Sleepover" by Sally RIPPIN (Hey Jack! series)
            • "Hey Jack! : The Big Adventure" by Sally RIPPIN (Hey Jack! series)
            • "Ella Diaries : Friendship S.O.S." by Meredith COSTAIN (Ella Diaries series)
            • "Storm and the Silver Bridle" by Stacy GREGG (Pony Club Secrets series)
            • "WeirDo : Super Weird" by Ahn DO (WeirDo series)
            Senior Fiction:
            • "Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Graphic Novel" by Rick RIORDAN; adapted by Robert VENDITTI; illustrated by Atilla FUTAKI (Percy Jackson - Graphic series)

            Non- Fiction:
            • "Police to the Rescue Around the World" by Linda STANIFORD (Heinemann Read & Learn  series)
            • "Ambulances to the Rescue Around the World" by Linda STANIFORD (Heinemann Read & Learn  series)

            Monday, May 8, 2017

            On the New Books Display this Week




            Picture Book:
            • "The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch" by Ronda ARMITAGE; illustrated by David ARMITAGE
            • "The Cat Got My Tongue" by Kathryn HARPER (Katie-Jane series)
            Fiction Book:
            • "House of Robots : Robot Revolution" by James PATTERSON (House of Robots series)
            • "Dirty Bertie : Horror!" by Alan MACDONALD; illustrated by David ROBERTS (Dirty Bertie series)
            • "Frankie Potts and the Postcard Puzzle" by Juliet JACKA (Frankie Potts series)
            Senior Fiction:
            • "The Graveyard Book : Vol 1 - Graphic Novel" by Neil GAIMAN & P. Craig RUSSELL
            • "The Graveyard Book : Vol 2 - Graphic Novel" by Neil GAIMAN & P. Craig RUSSELL

            Non- Fiction:
            • "The Worlds Worst Earthquakes " by John P. BAKER (Blazers series)
            • "The Worlds Worst Floods " by John P. BAKER (Blazers series)
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