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NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Finalists 2011 – Betty Brownlie

My name is Betty Brownlie and I enjoy writing wildlife books for children.   My recent book, The Life Cycle of the Pukeko is a finalist in the non-fiction category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, 2011.

The Life Cycle of the Pukeko is illustrated with beautiful, full colour photographs and is bursting with fascinating information. For example, did you know that the male pukeko builds the nest for his mate, but she will inspect other nests in the area and will choose the best-looking one in which to lay her eggs – even if there are already eggs in it?

You will have fun learning about this interesting bird, and when you see it out in a paddock or poking around in a swamp, you’ll know exactly what it’s up to!

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Naughty Kids Book of Nature by Des Hunt

Des Hunt mentioned in his last post that he likes to look at roadkill because it “provides that opportunity to take a close look at animals.”  Des also shares his fascination with roadkill in his new book The Naughty Kids Book of Nature.  As the title suggests, this is a book about Nature for naughty kids who want to know about squashed hedgehogs and dead pukeko,  and want to see blood, guts and maggots.

It’s a fascinating book, chock-full of information about all sorts of New Zealand birds, insects, amphibians and pests.  You can find out about roadkill, bludgers, reproduction, and living and extinct animals.  Throughout the book there are detailed drawings by Scott Tulloch and fact sheets about the animals.  One thing I really like about this book are the questions and keywords at the end section so you could do a search on the library catalogue or a search engine to find out more about each animal.

This is the perfect book for naughty kids (and not-so-naughty kids) to find out about New Zealand’s wildlife.   10 out of 10

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Sensational new football books

The world seems much quieter now that the Football World Cup has finished and everybody has put down their vuvuzela’s, but I was really enjoying watching the games on TV even though I’m not a very sporty person.  If you’re missing the World Cup too you can always get outside with your football and boot it around, or you could borrow one of the sensational new football books that we have in the library.

The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia has lots of information about playing the game, football legends (including some famous women footballers), the various football clubs, and the major football competitions including the European Championships and the African Nations Cup.  There are heaps of photos of players in action and the best part is that it has statistics about New Zealand teams and players and Australasian football websites that you can visit in the back of the book.  For presentation and the information that it has in it.   7 out of 10

The Football Book published by Dorling Kindersley is one of the coolest football books I’ve seen.  It’s brand new so it has up-to-date information and just looks cool.   It has information about playing the game, particular skills that you need to know,  statistics of different teams (including New Zealand), and information about the World Cup and other football tournaments.  There are also diagrams of the best football stadiums in the world, photos of different football trophies, diagrams to help you learn skills like goalkeeping and taking penalties,  and even a photo of Ryan Nelsen.  This is the best book if you want to know anything about football and a great book even if you don’t like football.   10 out of 10

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Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

Close Encounters of the Wild Kind by Sue Hamilton is a fierce new series of non-fiction books that I jumped out at me the other day when I was looking through our new books.  The covers grab your attention and with titles like Ambushed by a Cougar, Mauled by a Bear, Eaten by a Shark, and Swarmed by Bees you just want to pick them up and find out what they’re about.

Each of the books tells you a bit about the predator, what makes them such so dangerous, and gives you examples of when people have been attacked by them and how they survived.  They also have a very good glossary and index, bu the best thing about them is the fantastic photos throughout the book (lots of teeth-baring, growling and attack-ready poses).

Watch out for Close Encounters of the Wild Kind jumping off a library shelf near you!

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