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Monday, 28 July 2014

Expired - Massive Giveaway: (Winners Announced)

Thanks to Random House NZ and Hachette NZ, TheBestKidsBooks.com have a massive giveaway.

We're celebrating that Gladstone Primary School's library reopening, and what better way to celebrate a library reopening than with a swag of books!

The Prizes are:
3x $10 Amazon Voucher (International Only)
Picture Books (NZ Only):
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox
Hermione Anemone and the Enormous Storm by Ciara Molloy Tan and Michaela Blassnig
The Dot by Peter Reynolds
The Prince and the Potty by Nicholas Allan

Novels (NZ Only):
The Forbidden Library
by Django Wexler

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1&2 by Jeff Kinney
Machine Wars by Michael Pryor
Spooks: A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney
Rage of the Rhino by Bear Grylls
Brotherband: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan
Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by R.A. Spratt
Tale of a Tail by Margaret Mahy
George and the Unbreakable Code by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

NZ Residents you can win more than one prize, all you need to do is have more than one entry!

For our International readers, you can enter to win 1 of 3 Amazon vouchers.

Fill out the form below to enter!

Wow! Thanks so much, I got so many entries for the giveaway. So stoked. These lucky people are the winners (please check your email!):

Sherridan C
Kate S
Maia H
Louis A
Bhuvaneswari D
Nicola H
Christine F
Stephanie K
Shani M
Michael D
Andrea C
Julie M
Ainsley A
Ange B
Cass H
Portia L
Meredith S

Again, thanks to all those who entered and hopefully I will have some more giveaways soon. Happy Reading.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Review: The Prince and the Potty by Nicholas Allan

The Prince and the Potty is a very humorous book based loosely on the current Prince George (Princess Kate and Prince Williams' boy).

The first half of the book details how important potty's are to royal babies and that a lot of prince and princesses became Kings and Queens when they were still in their diapers!

The historical fiction will leave the children wondering if it was true after they have finished laughing because each scene is so silly.

In the latter half of the book, it tells us of the little prince getting his own royal potty, how fancy and how great it is. Yet when he goes to the nursery and the royal potty is left behind, the prince will have to fend for himself and use a normal potty, which causes all sorts of outrage amongst all the royal helpers.

A cute book with cute pictures. This would be a great addition to any day-care, kindergarten or preschool library. 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Review: Hermione Anemone and the Enormous Storm

Hermione Anemone and the Enormous Storm is a cute little picture book by Ciara Molloy Tan and Michaela Blassnig.

A massive storm hits the ocean and while Hermione Anemone is safe in her rock pool, other animals however are not so lucky. As the storm rages on more and more animals take refuge to Hermione' rock pool. She doesn't mind though, as soon enough she's hosting a great party.

As a teacher, I loved the couplet poem style writing, since I had just finished teaching it a 2 months ago. Often we forget the little details in a book; we just assume that it is a typical rhyming story, rather than a deliberate act of writing.

There are also lots of different sea creatures to learn about like abalone, tuna and clams.

The pictures are super cute. People get told 'don't judge a book by its cover', but this can be especially true of children. A great cover and great pictures draw in eager readers (and listeners) like a moth to a flame, regardless of the story. 

If you've got some wee ones, give this book a go. You'll learn about sea creatures and have fun while reading.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Review: Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas is a bit of New Zealand historical fiction. Elizabeth is an elephant seal who decides to call Christchurch her home. Every time locals attempt to take her back out to sea, she manages to find her way back to the Garden City. It also details how much a boy called Michael (and the town) loved Elizabeth. Secretly wanting her to find her way back to town.

What's great about this book is the description of the Elizabeth and what she does. The story line references determination, love and perseverance but what my class kids and I loved is the detail in the book. The illustrations compliment the words and there are some great fun facts about elephant seals at the  back. This was a nice touch and the animal lovers in my class loved this part. What better way to get children interested in animals than having a story about animals and then giving them real life facts about it.
Lynne Cox is an open water swimmer who has written several books. She also has another children's book called Grayson, about how a teenage girl encounters a baby whale off the coast of California.