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How to Have a Movie Night

There’s nothing better then sitting on the sofa with some friends, some popcorn and some free DVDs!

Kids DVDs

1.   Choose a day and a time that will suit a lot of people. If you choose a Friday or Saturday night, people won’t have school the next day. Think about how many movies you want to watch, if each one is about an hour and a half, you’ll need at least four hours to watch two movies (once you include time for eating and talking).

2.   Invite people. Give people lots of notice so they (and their parents) can organise things. The more the merrier! Get everyone to bring a small snack or drink so there is heaps of yummy stuff to eat.

3.   Choose some movies! Did you know the library has heaps of kids movies on DVD? And they are all free for you to take out? You can even reserve the ones you think look good and get them send to the library closest to your house! Here are some great picks:

Epic
M. K. is shrunken to the size of the tiny citizens of a forest that is in deadly danger. Can M. K. help save their Queen, their tiny world, and save our world too? This is a very exciting movie with great animation.

Lost Medallion: The Adventure of Billy Stone
Two friends uncover a long-lost medallion that transports them back in time. They must survive the perils of the past as well as outwit the evil Cobra!

Cover of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals! A sequel to the awesome Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Monsters University
When Mike and Sulley first meet at university they are sworn enemies, but when their mutual dislike gets them thrown out of the School of Scaring, they join forces to compete in the school’s annual Scare Games and become friends.

Mr StinkMr Stink Book Cover
Chloe invites Mr Stink (a stinky, neighbourhood tramp) to secretly live in her garden shed. Chloe must keep this secret from her family, while her Dad is keeping a secret and Mr Stink is keeping an amazing secret too. This movie is based on a hilarious book by David Walliams.

The library is getting new DVDs all the time so check out the full list on our catalogue.

4.   Arrange some comfy chairs, bean bags, cushions and blankets around the TV.

5.   Have fun!

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What movies do you want to see these holidays?

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Go behind the scenes of your favourite movies

You might have been lucky enough to go to the movies in the school holidays.  There was plenty to choose from, including Brave and The Amazing Spiderman.  We’ve just got two cool new books in the library that take you behind the scenes of these movies and tell you more about the characters.

Brave: The Essential Guide gives you extra information about the characters in the movie and the places it was set.  You can take the grand tour of Castle DunBroch, learn Merida’s likes and dislikes, find out about the clans, learn some top tips for archery and swordplay, and read more about the story of the movie.  There are heaps of pictures from the movie, some of the best quotes from the characters, and fact boxes with extra information about the main characters.  I really like the ‘Who Suits Merida?’ section where the different clans say why Merida should choose them.

Spiderman: Inside the world of your friendly neighborhood hero contains everything you ever wanted to know about Spidey.  This book is chock full of pictures of Spiderman, from his very first appearance through to his latest reincarnation.  You can learn all about his costume, the man behind the mask, Peter Parker, his friends and family, his love interests, his enemies, and the main events in his life.  If you want to learn more about Spidey’s latest nemesis, Lizard, or past villans, like Doctor Octopus and Sandman, you can find it all in this book.  Did you know that there have been hundreds of different artists who have brought Spiderman to life over the years?

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Hugo movie – what do you think?

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Win a Hugo movie prize pack

If you’ve read Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret you’ll know what an amazing story it is.  It’s a magical story told through a mixture of words and pictures.  The book has been transformed into a wonderful new movie, called Hugo, by a great director called Martin Scorsese.  The trailer is really cool and I can’t wait to see the movie.  You can let us know what you think about the movie in our poll.

This week you can win a Hugo movie prize pack.  We have a copy of The Hugo Movie Companion and a Hoyts movie pass to give away to one lucky person.  All you have to do to get in the draw is tell us: What is your favourite Brian Selznick book (Invention of Hugo Cabret or Wonderstruck) and why?  Leave a comment on this post with your answer, as well as your name and email address (so that we can contact you if you win).

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition.  The winner was:

  • Darren

There were also two runners up who won a Hoyts movie pass:

  • Josiah
  • Noah

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Win a War Horse Prize Pack

War Horse is one of the movies I can’t wait to see.  It’s directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the amazing book written by Michael Morpurgo.  To celebrate the release of the movie we have 4 War Horse prize packs to give away, thanks to Hardie Grant Egmont.  Four lucky kids will win a copy of the book and a double movie pass to go and see the movie.

All you have to do to get in the draw is leave a comment telling us:  What is your favourite animal story and why? Leave a comment on this post with your answer and your name and email address (so that we can contact you if you win).

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.  The winners of the War Horse prize packs are:

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War Horse movie – what do you think?

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Books into movies – what’s your favourite?

There have been heaps of children’s books made into movies.  Some of the movies are really good – the actors playing the characters are exactly as you pictured them and they stick to the story.  Others are really bad and the story has been changed so much that it’s completely different from the book.  Some of my favourite movies based on books are:

What are your favourite books that have been made into movies? Add a comment and you’ll go into the draw to win a Hoyts children’s movie pass.

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Adventures of Tintin movie review

I’ve been looking forward to seeing The Adventures of Tintin since I heard the movie was being made, so I went to the very first screening on Boxing Day.  All of the pictures and movie trailers I’ve seen for the film made it look amazing and I wasn’t disappointed. 

The Adventures of Tintin is a mish-mash of three different Tintin stories, Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham’s Treasure and The Crab with the Golden Claws, so there are locations and characters from each of these books (minus Professor Calculus).  The opening credits really set the scene with an endless action sequence that highlights lots of different Tintin stories.  The movie opens with Tintin’s creator, Herge, making a guest appearance in the market where Tintin discovers the model of the Unicorn.  The story rockets along like all good Tintin adventures and you meet some of your favourite Tintin characters, including Captain Haddock and Thompson and Thomson.

The motion capture animation is amazing, making the characters look real while still looking like Herge’s illustrations.  The characters use their catch-phrases, including my favourite ‘Billions of blue, blistering barnacles!’  There are some brilliant action sequences throughout the movie, especially in Bagghar (this part made me crack up laughing as well).  I saw the movie in 3D but I’m sure it’s just as great in 2D.  Whether or not you’re a fan of Tintin you should go and see The Adventures of Tintin for your dose of action, adventure, and laughs.   It’s perfect for anyone from 7-107.   10 out of 10 – my favourite movie of the year!

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What Do You Think??

Do You Want To See Arthur Christmas??

a   yes definately

b  Not sure maybe

c  No way

d i have already seen it ( if you have already seen it please DO NOT tell us what happens)

Please leave your answer in a comment below

Cheers Erin

 

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The Adventures of Tintin movie – what do you think?

Make sure you enter our MASSIVE Tintin competition to win heaps of cool Tintin prizes.

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Books at the Movies these holidays

Our Summertime Reading Club starts on Friday, giving you the chance to win prizes just for reading books.  You can read all about how to join the Summertime Reading Club here on the blog.

Throughout the Summertime Reading Club we’re going to be highlighting some of the great movies that are coming out these holidays.  You may have noticed that there are lots of movies based on books – Hugo (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, and War Horse (based on the book by Michael Morpurgo).  We’ll be having lots of exciting giveaways where you can win copies of the books and movie passes.

Our first competition, starting Friday, is all about Tintin, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Books at the Movies – The Adventures of Tintin Competition

There are so many great movies coming out in cinemas in the Christmas holidays, and the one I’m most looking forward to is The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.  The movie is based on three of Herge’s Tintin books – The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure.

Thanks to HarperCollins NZ, Random House NZ and Hardie Grant Egmont we have a MASSIVE Tintin prize pack to give away.  The winner will get a copy of the amazing book, The Art of the Adventures of Tintin, a set of the Tintin movie tie-in books, a Tintin poster and a movie pass to go and see the movie at Hoyts.  One runner-up will win a Tintin poster and a movie pass.

Thanks for entering our Tintin Competition.  Here are our lucky winners:

Main prize winner is – Leo
Runner up – Bryn

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The Hunger Games trailer and book giveaway

The first full-length trailer for the Hunger Games movie has just been released and you can watch it here.  It’s being released on March 23, 2012 and it’s going to be one of the biggest movies of the year.  The movie is based on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which is the first book in one of the most exciting series you’ll ever read.  Here’s what our Star Blogger Rhys said about it:

“Prim Everdeen is chosen as a representative for the hunger games while she is still 12 years old, Katniss, her big sister, volunteers to go instead of Prim and she goes to save her sister. Without giving too much away being selected isn’t a good thing. I reckon that they are a great series and that if you like fighting, romance (sort of) and cunning plotting you should read them.  I’d recommend them to anyone over 10.  They are great for adults too.  They are some of the best books I’ve read, and I have read some really, really good books.”

The movie looks like it’s going to be absolutely amazing and you can see what it’s like in this trailer:

If you’ve been dying to read The Hunger Games to find out why it’s so great or you would just really like to have your own copy, we’ve got one to giveaway.  To get in the draw, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us why you should win the book.  Competition closes Friday 25 November.

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Time Freeze

Science fiction grabbed me as a teenager. I was an impatient reader and loved short sci-fi stories packed with ideas. They had cool surprise endings too, like Arthur C Clarke’s All the Time in the World about a man who freezes time; and Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder where an insect changes history. I still treasure my copy of Bradbury’s Golden Apples of the Sun – cost me 65c new in 1970; about an hour’s raspberry picking then.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was also great with it’s spiritual physics and the ending when the disembodied alien brain is defeated. It’s the inspiration for a sci-fi novel I’m working on. I like what L’Engle said about writing too:

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

I loved sci-fi movies too, like Planet of the Apes (1968, final shot pictured), and movies where scientists battled giant insects – the stop-motion animation so endearing. The monsters often attacked Tokyo so I made this the setting for my latest novel Wings, about bees battling giant hornets.

That’s all for now about the stories that made me. Tune in next blog for some writing tips.

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Celebrate Tintin Month these school holidays

This month Christchurch City Libraries is hosting a month-long celebration of Tintin and Belgian culture. There are lots of events that you can come along to during the school holidays including:

  • Tintin and Belgian culture corners in community libraries
  • Tintin readings by members of the Belgian community
  • A Tintin colouring competition for children
  • Screenings of original animated Tintin films
  • Previews of the new movie

We are showing Tintin in Tibet at Shirley Library on Tuesday 18 October from 2:00-2:45pm and I’ll be dressing up as my favourite character.  To find out what is on at each library, check out the library events page.  Here’s the latest Secret of the Unicorn Trailer for you to enjoy.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret movie trailer

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.

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Who is the best movie villain?

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:

  1. The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  2. The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  3. The Fratelli family from The Goonies
  4. Darth Vader from Star Wars
  5. Magneto from X-Men

Who are your favourite movie villains?

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The BEST school holiday ideas

Summer readingYay – holidays! The only problem with the holidays is figuring out what to do, so we’re here to help fight boredom with the BIGGEST list of ideas.  You can help us add to the list as well by telling us what you’re doing.

So…

  1. Go to the library.  You can get books to read when you’re wrapped up warm inside, DVDs to watch on a rainy day, audiobooks to listen to in the car, plus heaps more.  Find out about the libraries that are open.
  2. Enter our Make-a-monster, invent-a-demon Star Author Competition here on the blog.
  3. Walk around the Botanic Gardens and have fun in amongst the trees.  There are lots of great places to hide or you could have a leaf fight.
  4. Go to your local park and play on the playground or have a game with your friends.  Take a ball or a frisbee and use up all your energy.
  5. Go swimming at one of the Christchurch City Council pools –  Pioneer Leisure Centre and Jellie Park are still open.
  6. Go and see some of the cool movies on these holidays.  There’s the last Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part 2, Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, or Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  7. Play some board games or card games with your friends and family.  You can even make your own and challenge your friends.
  8. Make your own book trailer for your favourite book.  All you need is PowerPoint, Movie Maker and a bit of creativity.  Here are some instructions to get you started.
  9. Write a story or a poem and send it through to us and we could publish it on the blog.
  10. Bake something yummy like a cake or some biscuits.  Check out our books on baking.
  11. Learn a new skill like  magic tricks, juggling, skateboarding or knitting.
  12. Go to a KidsFest activity.  There are heaps on around the city and we have some great FREE events in the library, including Pandemonium at the Library and The Adventures of Tintin story readings.

If you have any other cool ideas, especially ones that are free, add a comment and let us know.

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

This is the first full-length trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn movie, directed by Steven Spielberg.  The movie isn’t due out until December 26th 2011, but you can borrow all the Tintin graphic novels from your library.

If you’re a Tintin fan like me you could also go to The Adventures of Tintin story readings on Thursday, July 21, 2011, from 10 – 10:45am at New Brighton Library.  Check out the Christchurch City Libraries website for more information.

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