The Bad Guys: Episode 1 by Aaron Blabey
They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys . . . and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys’ first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad
Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?
Dragon Knight: Witch by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley (Book 3)
A witch’s curse and brussel sprouts are bad enough. But will Percy’s revenge be the end for Merek? From the creators of Dinosaur Rescue comes an outrageous and revoltingly funny medieval adventure series that’ll set you on fire!
Stan the Van Man by Emma Vere-Jones and illustrated by Philip Webb
Sometimes, being helpful is not enough . . .
When the mail van driver walks out, Miss Mickle from the Post Office store is left in a right pickle. Enter Stan, a helpful chap who offers to drive the delivery van. Unfortunately Miss Mickle doesn’t give him the chance to explain that he actually can’t read … and parcel pandemonium ensues! When the angry recipients storm the Post Office and find out the reason for the misdeliveries, they decide to band together to help Stan learn to read.
The Bloodtree Chronicles: Sanspell by Elizabeth Pulford
When the Bloodtree loses its last leaf, there will be no more stories in the Silvering Kingdom . . .
The Silvering Kingdom is the home of fairy tales but the kingdom and all those within are in danger of vanishing because the Bloodtree – the source of all stories – has been poisoned.
‘Sanspell’ is a story that has been cursed. It is up to Abigail to enter the fairy-tale world, where she is known as Spindale, and save the story tree. Together with Flint, whose mother Trinket is being held captive by the evil Rackenard, they set off on a journey: three drops of Trinket’s blood is what is required to save the tree. The race is on . . . but can they survive the wicked Zezmena’s spells?
Tyranno-sort-of-Rex by Christopher Llewelyn and Scott Tulloch
Everyone’s heard of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Diplodocus a Tyranno-Sort-of Rex and a Bit-odd-ocus?
When the ship carrying boxes of dinosaur bones to a dreadful storm, the boxes are broken and the bones museum curator is tasked with the job of putting them the next day’s exhibition – with curious results!
Scholastic New Zealand are publishing some wonderful new picture books in July, including books about birds, dinosaur dads, and a retelling of a piggy tale. The best part is that they’re all by New Zealand authors and illustrators! I’ll be reviewing them here on the blog throughout the month, but here’s your chance to get your hands on them.
Thanks to Scholastic NZ I have a pack of their wonderful new picture books to give away. The pack includes a copy of One Little Fantail by Anne Hunter and Dave Gunson, My Dinosaur Dad by Ruth Paul, and The Three Little Pigs retold and illustrated by Gavin Bishop.
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is Debbe.
Children love singing and dancing to songs like ‘The Wheels on the Bus,’ ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm,’ and ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It.’ In the last few years there have been a number of books, based on these action songs, that have been given a Kiwi twist. Donovan Bixley’s The Wheels on the Bus and Old MacDonald’s Farm, and Do Your Ears Hang Low by The Topp Twins and Jenny Cooper, are recent favourites of mine. Scholastic New Zealand, along with Kiwi entertainer Pio Terei and illustrator Stevie Mahardhika, have just released a Kiwi version of ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It,’ called If You’re a Kiwi and You Know It!
They have taken the original action song and given it a Kiwi twist by adding in some of our wonderful wildlife. Kids can join in the song and dig for worms like a kiwi, dive and play like a dolphin, strut around like a pukeko, slither away like an eel, and many more. The actions are easy to do and you can have a lot of fun pretending to be different creatures. Stevie Mahardhika’s illustrations are beautiful and they get funnier as you go through the book. I love how each of the animals pretends to be a different animal (the kiwi and pukeko trying to dive like a dolphin and flap their flippers like a seal are absolutely hilarious!).
The book comes with a great CD of Pio Terei singing the song (and just the guitar accompaniment), as well as a Te Reo Maori version of the song. Thank you so much Scholastic New Zealand for including the Te Reo version of the song on the CD and for including the Te Reo lyrics in the back of the book (rather than as a separate book). This is a godsend for librarians like myself who will use this book and CD in their preschool sessions in the library, and for parents all over the country. We certainly need more bilingual books of this quality. Get a copy of If You’re a Kiwi and You Know It! from your library or bookshop now, and sing and dance along with our wonderful wildlife.
4 out of 5 stars
Is there a kid in your life who loves cooking or would love to learn how to cook? You have to get them Nic’s Cookbook, by an inspirational young New Zealander called Nicholas Brockelbank.
Nic lives with muscular dystrophy and was the 2012 ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). He started cooking when one of his teachers suggested it might help with his schoolwork, and has since shown significant improvements in reading, spelling and maths. He put together his first ‘cookbook’ when he was eight years old, as a Christmas present for family and friends. This photocopied booklet of recipes was so popular he wrote another one and set up a website (www.nicocool.com) to sell the recipe books and artwork to raise money for the MDA, the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund and the True Colours Charitable Trust. The website also describes aspects of Nic’s life with muscular dystrophy from his point of view, like having a wheelchair and undertaking lots of hospital appointments and tests.
Nic, with the help of his mum and the wonderful people at Scholastic New Zealand, has produced his own cookbook, that contains some very yummy, easy-to-make recipes. They’re perfect for kids who want to learn how to cook and it’s all food that kids will love, from savouries and rice paper rolls to chocolate slice and lamingtons. There are heaps of photos to show you the delicious food and to help kids with the trickier parts of the recipes. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and Nic gives you lots of handy hints throughout the book. There’s a very handy page at the start of the book which helps kids to understand the different terms used in the recipes and what each of the measurement abbreviations mean. The things I really like about the book are that Nic lists the equipment needed for each recipe and he tells you how many people each recipe should serve.
Not only is Nic’s Cookbook full of great recipes, it’s also great value. It’s only $10 and 50% of the royalties from the book are going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. At that price you can grab one for every kid you know!
To celebrate the release of Scholastic’s new interactive series, The Infinity Ring, I’m giving away 2 copies of the first book, A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner. It’s a very cool new time travel adventure series, perfect for fans of The 39 Clues. To learn more about the series you can read my post here on the blog.
Thanks to everyone who entered. This competition is now closed.
Scholastic NZ are also running a really cool competition on their website to celebrate the release of the series. All you have to do is register and play the Infinity Ring game on http://www.scholastic.co.nz/assets/pdf/tileE.pdf and you go in the draw to win iPods and iPads.
Blue Gnu is a delightful, tongue-twister of a book about friendship and being different, written by one of our best children’s writers, Kyle Mewburn and illustrated by new talent Daron Parton. If you’re not already hooked on Kyle Mewburn’s books, you will be once you read Blue Gnu.
Thanks to Scholastic NZ I have 2 copies of Blue Gnu to give away. All you have to do to get in the draw is enter your name and email address in the form below. Competition closes Wednesday 15 August (NZ only)
This competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. The winners are Christine and Gabrielle.