To kick start the blog, I'm promoting Kiwi Write4Kidz members' new books. Kiwi Write4Kidz is a writers' group for adults who like to write children's tales, with members all over New Zealand.
The WereNana by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson, Scholastic
Simon loves to scare Stella Rosa, especially with his stories. Most of the time Stella Rosa can cope, but now her grandmother, Nana Lupin, is coming to visit from a far-away country and Simon whispers that Nana Lupin is a Were-Nana (like a werewolf)... and Stella Rosa believes him. The darkly robed figure that comes through the arrival gate at the airport does look like a Were-Nana after all ... and Stella Rosa is afraid because whe hasn't been given the special potion that Simon says she should have drunk to protect her!
Perfect for children who like to be frightened (just a bit) and for sisters who like to see brothers get their just rewards...
ISBN:9781869438692 - RRP $16.99
The Maketu Whitebait by Werohia, illustrated by Vonnie Sterrif
Three whitebait friends learn about survival in the water. Their first predators - as eggs on the banks of the Maketu estuary, are mice, who think they are chocolate. They mature along the coastline of Aotearoa for 5 mths and if they make it past the fritter stage and those nasty human beings, they then have Mr Eel to contend with. The Eel of all eels, Mr Tuna prefers his raw and wriggly. Reading age 6 to 10.
Just the book for children who are fascinated in eels...
ISBN: 978-0-473-13457-0 - RRP $17.00
Oh No Mr Possum by Erin Devlin, illustrated by Greg O'Donnell, Puffin
When Mister Possum and his greedy family refuse to change their diet of luscious New Zealand trees a plan is hatched to return these hungry visitors to their native Australia.
Comes with a CD with Oh No Mr Possum song. Great for classroom sing-a-longs and school assembly performances.
ISBN 13: 9780143503064 - RRP $19.95
Chapter Books 8-12 year olds
Jack the Viking by Melinda Szymanik, Scholastic
Jack is having trouble with some boys at school, and one day he is ambushed. After a hit on the head, he comes to in the harsh tribal times of the Vikings. Jack must prove himself, and in doing so he finds an inner strength to take back to his own life.
Melinda expertly weaves past and present in this rollicking adventure...
ISBN: 13: 978-1869438708 - RRP $18.00
Egghead by Clare Scott, Walker Books
The story of a boy who ends up with egg on his head - and who triumphs as a result!
When their teacher sets a class experiment to look after an egg for a whole week as though it were a baby the class is excited but it’s going to be a l-o-n-g week. Soon, there are several casualties and Paddy is devastated when, at the end of the week, the school bully smashes his egg all over his head. He is further humiliated when footage of the incident turns up on YouTube! But disaster is soon turned into triumph with an unexpected ending.
A short, fast-paced novel, laced with a good dose of humour - an enjoyable read.
ISBN: 9781921150814 $14.99
Dogs on the Job by Maria Gill, Puffin
Have you ever wondered what type of working dogs there are in New Zealand? What sort of training these dogs have to go through? Whether your dog might qualify? Author, Maria Gill, interviews dog handlers and observes dogs on the job: Meet an acting dog going through the moves for an advertisement; see a mobility dog picking up the keys for his handler who is in a wheelchair; find the search and rescue dog that can trail scents 24 hours old; and read about more dogs on the job in this engaging book.
Georgeous photographs of working dogs and easy-to-read text boxes.
ISBN: 978-0-14-350280-7 - RRP $25.00
Growing Gardeners by Dee Pigneguy, Papawai Press
Growing Gardeners explains the science of organic gardening so that budding gardeners can create wonderful gardens that will feed their families. While having fun growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables readers learn that sustainable living starts in their own organic backyard garden. In the current economic climate, and with increasing concern for sustainability, this book is a great starting point for the many people who may have lost touch with the joys and benefits of a backyard vege garden and who have not grown up with the skills and knowledge needed to start one.
All the information you need to start an organic garden at home or at school.
ISBN: 978-0-9582966-0-1 - $22.00