If you have ever wanted to know more about how to hunt and fish – this is the book for you!
How do you skin a rabbit? How do you catch an eel? How do you shoot a gun? Find out in this guide written just for kids. The photos show you these amazing skills in action, and much, much more.
So, if you want to be the next big game hunter or catch the BIG fish, borrow this book.
Click here to find The Beginner's Guide to Hunting & Fishing in our library.
Click here to find out more about hunting and fishing, including events at Fish& Game's Kid's Corner
Max from Havelock North has been keeping in touch with reading over the summer, using the Red Rocket Readers. Her reported in on Shark and Crab by Julie Ellis:
"The shark wanted to eat the crab but it didn't because the crab said, 'I will help you if you don't hurt me.' The shark got stuck in the net which was coming down. He yelled, 'Help! Help!' The crab thought about the promise and then he chomped the net open. The shark was free and then they did a high five and had a party together."
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Here's a fantastic read for anyone who loves reading about the sinking of the Titanic. You will learn about how it was built and how the disaster unfolded, as well as hear first-hand accounts from survivors.
The Titanic by Senan Malony was reviewed by Harry from Havelock North who thought it went on "for too long" for him, but he said it would be appreciated by fanatics like his brother.
Alice Pechey, aged 7 from Havelock North, reviewed this book for the Summer Beach Read Programme and gave it a one-star rating. She said, "This story is about Captain Mac who is a ship's captain. He needs ten men to sail at half past ten. He gets nine men and then got Rick who got sick because he was scared of heights. Pam offered to work on the ship. She could climb up the mast!"
Good work, Alice.
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Alice from Havelock North particularly liked The Pinkerrific Playdate.
"A new girl came to school and Pinkalicious asked her for a play date. When Pinkalicious got home she planned her play date. Peter, her brother, said that this would be the best play date ever, but Pinkalicious said that he was not invited. Her mother asked her to include Peter. When her friend came they did not stick to the plan, but had a wonderful play date anyway."
"The Twits is a funny story about Mr and Mrs Twit. The Twits like to play nasty pranks on each other like putting frogs in beds, worms in food and pretending that each other is shrinking. The monkeys Mr and Mrs Twit own can't put up with this behaviour so they make up a plan to get rid of these rotten creatures!" reports ten year old Olivia from Havelock North.
The Twits are truly foul, Olivia, and even put glue traps in the trees to catch birds. I think it's hilarious when the African Roly-Poly bird turns the tables on the Twits and helps the Wuggle-Wump monkeys make them believe they are upside down.
To bring the world of Roald Dahl to life, visit his website: http://www.roalddahl.com/ and try out the Wonkalator and Flying Peach games.
Many of you will already be familiar with the Goosebumps series if your enjoy horror fiction.
Leo from Havelock North told us about Who's your Mummy? which is part of the Horrorland series. It is set in the scariest theme park on the planet. Ordinary children are being invited to the park and getting trapped there. Leo tells us why: "It's about two children who go to their uncle's house. He's really interested in Egypt. The uncle is a sort of baddie as he tries to take all their hair to keep the mummies fresh so that he can eat them."
Sounds very gruesome, Leo! I heard that Slappy the Dummy and Monster Blood are some of the vile villains the children encounter on their trip too - so, be warned, this story is not for the faint hearted!
The Go Girl! series by Chrissie Perry has been a favourite with primary school age girls for almost ten years now. The refreshing series revolves around a group of friends and how they tackle everyday challenges at school and home such as first sleepovers, playground troubles and dealing with boys' antics.
For the Summer Reading Programme, Olivia from Havelock North read the Secret Club. "Secret Club is about Tamsin who starts in a new school. She makes friends with a girl called Ivy and a girl called Casey who are both in a secret club and wear special ankle bracelets. Tamsin really wants to join, but when Casey starts being really mean she thinks she's never going to be in the secret club."
You may like to read this title if you're starting a new school this year.
Shiver me timbers! Pirate fanatic, Evan from Havelock North, liked looking at the pictures in The Top 10 Worst Nasty Pirates by Fiona MacDonald which tells the true stories of some very famous pirates from around the world. "I liked the Barbarossa Brothers the best because they have a ginormous pirate ship, but Zheng Yi Sao has the best sword. Once, there was a big explosion on a pirate ship. I also liked Blackbeard because he's on 'Pirates of the Caribean'."
This book is part of the Top 10 Worst series which explores the facts and science behind many interesting topics such as the most vicious villains, scariest dinosaurs and much, much more. Click on the links above to see what is available in our libraries.
Olivia from Havelock North recommends The Witches by Roald Dahl and gives it a five star rating.
"The Witches is about a little boy and his grandmother who know how to spot a witch. When he meets his first witch he escapes unharmed, but the second time he isn't so lucky. The boy and his grandmother need to stop these vile creatures from a turning all the children in England into MICE!!"
To find out how they do this, you can borrow the book or DVD from one of our libraries. It is also available as an audio book on Overdrive. To check availability, click on the link above.
Summer Reading Programme