Mr. Green desperately needs to find a new nanny for his children. In the four weeks since their last nanny left, he has found himself actually having to talk to them, provide them with meals and pay attention to them himself!! And all this has to stop.
Nanny Piggins is a most unusual nanny. She is a pig. … Not just any ordinary pig though, Nanny Piggins has run away from the circus, where she was the circus’ famous flying pig! Mr Green’s three children Derrick, Samantha and Michael think they are incredibly lucky to have her.
Join Nanny Piggins on a series of wonderful adventures, read them all! There are 3 or 4 books in the series so far. (Is that right Zac?)
My favourite chapter was Nanny Piggins and the ‘sherbet lemon that saved the day’, because it seemed that Nanny Piggins had no idea whatsoever that the man who had got in the car was the one of the town’s most wanted criminals.
This book was recommended to me by my best friend Grace and also by my sister Eibhlin, so I would recommend this to ages 7+ because Eibhlin read it when she was 7.
I rate The Adventures of Nanny Piggins 10/10 because it was very funny; there is a one page disclaimer at the front of Nanny Piggins warning that Nanny Piggins’ diet (which consists of chocolate, cake, lollies, icecream and more) is not one to be followed unless you are a pig.
This book is about Emma (Emeralda) and she is a princess. But this princess is not ordinary – she doesn’t like the boring princes her mother likes, she is very clumsy and she has a laugh like a donkey braying! Emma finds her mother annoying and thinks she doesn’t understand her. Emma has an Aunt Grisena who is a witch who does magic and she loves her very much.
Emma loves her castle, in particular the swamp where she goes to get away from her mother. When we first meet Emma she is on her way to the swamp to get away from her mother AND the yucky Prince Jorje. When she arrives she meets [you guessed it!] … a frog! Is the frog really a prince in disguise? Will a kiss solve this spell? This is a very unexpected story so fasten your seatbelt!!!
I give this book a 10 out of 10 and this is a wonderful book. It is for reading age 10 and up but I had it read to me so I was fine.
Eibhlin, age 8
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is a very special book that is told through both words and pictures. It’s just been made into a movie, called Hugo, that looks fantastic and it will be coming out in New Zealand later this year. While you wait for the movie you can borrow The Invention of Hugo Cabret from your library.
What did Saoirse think of the book? Find out in her review here on the blog.
Winter is the best time of year to sit inside and watch movies. We have heaps of different types of movie in the library for you to borrow, from fantasy to adventure, and science fiction to western. Every movie or TV show that you watch has a villain – they could be a witch, a pirate, an evil step-mother or a sinister uncle who is trying to steal his niece and nephew’s inheritance.
Here are my top 5 movie villains:
- The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- The Fratelli family from The Goonies
- Darth Vader from Star Wars
- Magneto from X-Men
Who are your favourite movie villains?
Contact jumps straight back into the story of Jordan, Luke and Peter, three of the inhabitants (or prisoners) of the town of Phoenix. It starts off right where the first book, Arrival ended with Luke, Peter and Jordan hearing the ring of a phone and running off to find out who the phone belongs to. You learn in the first book that the phones and internet don’t work in Phoenix so it’s strange to hear a phone ringing. This mysterious phone sets off a string of events that Luke, Peter and Jordan get caught up in. The people who are in charge of Phoenix discover that the three of them are snooping around, so their principal gives them tasks to keep them busy. This doesn’t stop them investigating the plans of the Shackleton Cooperative to bring about the end of the world, and as they uncover more secrets they find themselves fighting to save themselves and the ones they love.
Contact is fast-paced and so suspenseful that I found I was racing to finish the book. Luke, Peter and Jordan get themselves into some really tight situations in this book and you wonder if they are going to get out of them alive. The part when they are in Ketterley’s office really had me on the edge of my seat, hoping that they didn’t get caught. One of the things I liked best about Contact is that Chris Morphew told the story from a different character’s perspective. We see things from Peter’s point of view, which is quite different from Luke’s in the first book. Hopefully the third book, Mutation will be told from Jordan’s perspective. I’m going to get started on Mutation straight away because I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Recommended for 12+. 10 out of 10