Archive for March, 2011

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Do you love the Judy Moody series or the Stink series by Megan McDonald?  Later this year you’ll be able to see Judy Moody and her brother Stink on the big screen in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.  While you wait for the movie, you can borrow all the Judy Moody books from the library.

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Congratulations to Shaun Tan!

Shaun Tan, the award-winning author of some of the most amazing picture books, has won the biggest prize for children’s books.  The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was set up in memory of Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, and is awarded every year to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those who promote reading.  It is the richest award for children’s literature, with a grand prize of close to $NZ1 million!

If you’ve never read or looked at a book by Shaun Tan you don’t know what you’re missing out on.  He has illustrated more than 20 books, including The Lost Thing, Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Arrival, and my favourite, Tales from Outer Suburbia.  His illustrations are weird and wonderful, and he can tell an amazing story without using words.  Shaun Tan has been super lucky recently because his short film of his book, The Lost Thing, won an Oscar at the Academy Awards.

Congratulations Shaun!

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Competitions galore!

You can find out about lots of different competitions on our blog at the moment.  If you enter these competitions on the blog you could win some cool book bundles:

  • Let the fun begin – New Zealand Book Month 2011 – add your comments to the blog during March and you could win a bundle of New Zealand children’s books.  There are only 2 days left so you better hurry!
  • Explore Christchurch at your library and win – hunt through our photo collection and find the most interesting photos.  Find your favourite photo in the category that we select, copy the address and post it in a comment on the blog telling us why you like it.  We’ll post the winner’s photo each time and they’ll receive a book prize.  The first category is Costume and Fashion.

You could also enter these cool writing competitions for the chance to win some awesome prizes and even get your story published:


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Alex Rider is back in Scorpia Rising

The 9th and final Alex Rider adventure by Anthony Horowitz, Scorpia Rising is out now.  Place a hold at one of our libraries that are open or online using your library card number and PIN. If you don’t have a PIN, phone us on 941-7923.

Will you read the last Alex Rider book?  We want to know if he’s still one of your favourite characters.

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My favourite NZ books – Leonie Agnew

The best ever NZ children’s book … hmm. That’s got to be The Loblolly Boy. I love the story because it’s dripping with imagination. An invisible kid who can fly? Yes please. That’s my kind of story.

I also love how the author, James Norcliffe, made it seem so real.  Mr Norcliffe paints a dark side to this fairytale which makes it even more irresistible, as the Loblolly Boy discovers that dreams can turn into nightmares, unless you’re willing to take control of your own destiny.

I hear there is a sequel on its way. Stay tuned book lovers…

Leonie Agnew.

Read some books written by Leonie Agnew

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Happy 500th post!

cakeAfter reading heaps of books, discovering new authors, running competitions, learning some funky words, interviewing writers, watching trailers,  and being shaken by thousands of earthquakes we’ve made it to our 500th post!

We would like to thank our Star Bloggers, readers, authors, teachers, librarians and commenters for helping us get here.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

If you think there is something we could do to make our next 500 posts even better, we would love to know.  Just leave a comment with your suggestions.

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My favourite NZ books – Tina Matthews

My favorite NZ picture book at the moment is Herbert the Brave Sea Dog. It’s a true story about a dog that gets lost at sea and then found, still paddling, 30 hours later. If you didn’t know it was true you wouldn’t believe it possible that Herbert could keep swimming and Tim, his young owner, would keep looking for such a long, long time. The story is beautifully told and you can feel how gutted everyone is when Herbert is found to be missing and how elated everyone is when he is found alive. You feel the same.  I’ve loved Robyn Belton’s pictures ever since she did Greedy Cat with Joy Cowley, more than 20 years ago, and when I read Herbert in a shop in Sydney last year I got goose-bumps and bought the book straight away. It’s a great book to read if you’re feeling glum because it reminds you not to give up hope.

I think Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee is a great NZ book too. Everyone knows the story so I won’t retell it (and if you don’t, you really ought to read it!). I clearly remember reading it to my children and I think we were all as excited and scared and delighted as each other. The next time I went to Auckland those extinct volcanoes seemed very menacing indeed. And although the evil Wilberforces are eventually defeated in the book, I think they will be firmly stuck in my mind for the rest of my life.

Tina Matthews

Read some books written by Tina Matthews

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