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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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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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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 – 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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The Art of the Adventures of Tintin

If you’re as excited about The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn as I am you’ll be watching all the different movie trailers, looking at images from the movie, and maybe even wishing you were Tintin.  I loved the cartoon series of Tintin as well as the books and the movie looks amazing.  While you wait for the movie, there is an amazing book that you should check out called The Art of The Adventures of Tintin.

I find it really interesting finding out how movies are made, how they choose the actors to play the characters, what costumes they choose, and how they decide where to shoot the movie.  The Art of the Adventures of Tintin is overflowing with all this information about The Secret of the Unicorn.  There are introductions by the brilliant Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson who are directing and producing the movie.  They talk about why they decided to make this movie and how important it was to get the details correct.  The author of the book (and Lead Conceptual Designer for the movie), Chris Guise takes you on a kind of tour of the movie, showing you some of the amazing art work and design from the team at Weta Workshop that has gone into the movie.

The book is split into four sections: The Film Makers, The Beginning, The Characters, and The Environments.  The Beginning gives some background on Tintin’s creator, Herge, and shows you how the designers came up with the look of the movie.  My favourite section of the book is The Characters.  You get to see what Tintin could have looked like in the movie, and I really think they picked the right image for the movie, because some the early images look pretty strange.  You see how they created all the main characters and find out how they made them look so realistic.  The Environments shows you how the designers made the sets, props and vehicles look exactly like Herge imagined them.

If you’re a Tintin fan or even just like seeing how movies are made, The Art of the Adventures of Tintin is the perfect book for you.  There is so much detail and so many images in this book that it will keep you entertained for hours.  I can’t wait to see how all these aspects of the film have come together when The Secret of the Unicorn is released in New Zealand on 26th December.

10 out of 10

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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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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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Horrid Henry in 3D

Here’s the first look at the Horrid Henry movie in 3D that is coming out later this year.  It looks hilarious and the cast looks amazing.  While you wait for the movie you could read all about Horrid Henry’s antics in his books that we have in the library or watch the cartoon series that we have on DVD.

What’s your favourite Horrid Henry story?

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 trailer

The final Harry Potter movie, Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released in cinemas on 14 July.  While you wait, you can borrow all the books in the series and the movies on DVD from your library.

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What is your favourite fantasy movie?

Vote for your favourite fantasy movie.

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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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Harry Potter Film Wizardry

Harry Potter Film Wizardy is a guide to the harry potter movies including the  dealthly hallows.  It shows you how everything is film.  Hey here’s a fact in the movie 5th movie – when Draco got bitten by the Hippogriff  and Hagrid carried him that was a platic model of him!  That was the most saddest part of the story!  I cried a bit though (everybody at my school would know why and some of the librarians).  Anyways there are loads of facts such as interviewing the  actors!

Thanks Cammrar

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Megamind and Gulliver come to cinemas

To celebrate the release of  Megamind and Gulliver’s Travels in cinemas we have some books to give away.  Thanks to Random House Books we have a copy of Megamind: The Novel and the Megamind 3D Movie Guide, and thanks to Penguin Books we have a copy of the Gulliver’s Travel’s movie novelization to give away.

Saoirse is the winner of the Megamind books and Eibhlin is the winner of the Gulliver book.  Congratulations! Your prizes are on their way.

For more great movies to watch, check out our Read the book – then see the film page on the Kids website.

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Get Tangled this Christmas

Tangled is a new adaptation of the story of Rapunzel and it looks really funny.  You can enter our Tangled colouring competition these holidays to win a cool Tangled prize pack.  Look out for the competition at your local library.

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What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

It’s that time of year when we start watching Christmas movies.  There are plenty to choose from, including cutesy ones like Santa Buddies or funny ones like Elf.  Here are my top 5 Christmas movies:

  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  2. Elf
  3. The Santa Clause
  4. Home Alone 2
  5. The Muppet Christmas Carol

We have lots of other Christmas DVDs to help you celebrate the holidays so have a look at your library.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

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Return to Narnia in Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Opens in cinemas on 9 December.  Read the book before you  see the film – get Voyage of the Dawn Treader from the library now.

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