Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Hello Bookworms!

Am so excited to have received a couple of great entries for the "Oh the places we'll read" photo competition.  Please keep them coming...  Friday of next week is the last day to get them in before judging, so let your imaginations run wild, and get snapping!

My STAR BOOK this week is "The House that Jack Built" by Gavin Bishop.  This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Jack Bull, a new European immigrant to New Zealand in the early 19th century - that's more than 200 years ago!  The illustrations show the story of early New Zealand including the missionaries, traders, Maori, farmers and the Land Wars after the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.  And, it includes those wonderful characters from the original poem "This is the House that Jack Built" - the man all tattered and torn, who kissed the maiden all forlorn, that milked the cow with the crumpled horn, that tossed the dog, that worried the cat, that killed that rat, that ate the malt, that lay in the house that Jack built...  Wonderful!  Come and have a look!

There are lots of other cool books on the new book shelf this week too.  If you like Goosebumps, have a look at "Claws!" (looks scary!), and if you like Geronimo Stilton, we have two new books for you - in one Geronimo goes to Japan, and the other is a graphic book (that's like a comic) where Geronimo tries to save the Olympics from Cat-astrophe!

Jacqueline Wilson fans (and there are lots of you out there!) will love the new Tracy Beaker story, The Dare Game, and in the Quick Picks, Rainbow Magic fans will find a new one called Kylie the Carnival Fairy.

Happy reading everyone!  I'm off to read my book now - hmmmm.... now, where's a good spot to read this afternoon? ;-)

Pssst... the first 10 children to come in to the library and say to me (Mrs O'Leary) "Blogalicious" will win a prize!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

I LOVE, LOVE LOVE to sit and read, so I do it quite often.  When I was a kid, my favourite place to read was in the branches of a big walnut tree, that leaned out over a stream running next to our backyard.  There was a big branch that just seemed to have been designed by God as the perfect place to sit, leaning against the trunk of the tree.  Nobody could see me as I was surrounded by leaves, so I could hide from cleaning my room or setting the table!  Perfect!

So, what is your favourite place to read?  I'd love to see it!  Where do you think is the wackiest place in the world to read?  Would you read there?

This week we are launching a new competition, and I want to see photos of you reading in your favourite places or let your imagination run wild, and insert a photo of you or a friend reading somewhere wierd, or dangerous, or just plain crazy!  Perhaps you might be sitting on top of a cupcake, or skydiving with a book - use your superior computer editing skills to come up with a crazy place to read!  (Have a look at Eamon about to be hit in the head with a flying Angry Bird, on the poster!)

Have a look at the posters which show the rules, and categories for the competition, along with some photos to give you inspiration.  You'll find it here (have a look under the Competitions tab on this blog) or pinned up around the school grounds, and of course, in the library.

Happy clicking, everybody!  And of course, happy reading!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Hi all!

Am very excited this week as we have a cool new competition coming up.  Details will be announced at assembly, and I will then put the poster on this blog for you to refer to when you enter...  Hope you're all feeling very creative and getting out there reading, reading, reading!  Think about your favourite place to read...

We've got some great books on the new bookshelf this week including one from one of my favourite authors, Lauren Child.  It's called Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book, and it's about a boy called Herb who falls into a book of fairy tales!  Can you imagine?  He gets to meet Goldilocks, and Hansell and Gretel, Cinderella and Puss-in-Boots!  Herb learns a few lessons along the way about how to treat his books...

Also on the new bookshelf is a new one about Fancy Nancy, who has grown up a little and is now known as Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth!  Nancy and her best friend, Bree, have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code. But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case? You'll have to read it to find out...

Another new book this week will surely appeal to fans of Robin Hood.  It's called Outlaw, and is by Michael Morpurgo, an awesome author, who has written some wonderful chapter books including War Horse, Best Mate and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.  Mr Morpurgo has rewritten the legend of Robin Hood, who was taken in by a band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest and went on to champion the poor, by robbing the rich!  Exciting stuff!

And, finally, since it's raining AGAIN, have a look at this site for World Book Day.  Its full of games, puzzles and cool, fun things to do, and features so many of your favourite book characters.  Check it out - you'll find characters from Beast Quest, How to Train Your Dragon, Winnie the Witch, the Henderson Boys, the Gruffalo, Rainbow Magic and more...

Happy reading!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Hi there little Bookworms!

I hope you are all enjoying the Olympics as much as I am, although it is really easy to stay up far too late at night watching interesting and crazy sports that you would not normally watch!  But aren't they fascinating?  The athletes must have put in years and years of hard work to get to the Olympics, and it is so heartwarming to see their joy at winning a medal.  I have a couple of new Olympics books out on the shelves today, one of which is Olympics Through Time which gives lots of history of the Olympics from Ancient Greece to today.  It has lovely illustrations and some very interesting facts - did you know that there are almost 11,000 athletes competing in London? 

I also discovered some very exciting news the other day that will please Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans.  Yes, there is a new Wimpy Kid book coming out later on this year, called "The Third Wheel".  It is still a few months away yet, so in the meantime, have a look at this...  Jeff Kinney will teach you how to draw wimpy kid, Greg...