Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Lucky Feather.

The Lucky Feather is about a pirate who drives a bus, but he can not drive the bus without his lucky feather, but one day he loses his feather.This is a very good story and I give it three stars.

This story is written by Joy Cowley.

By James B.

Mrs Wishy Washy's farm.

Mrs Wishy Washy's farm is about a middle aged lady that runs a farm. Mrs Wishy Washy is always cleaning her animals. One day a pig a cow and a chicken deside to run away because they do not like being washed. This is a verry good book and I give it three stars.

This story is written by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller.

By James B

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Clever Gribbles

Asia and Silas make a rocket skateboard for Fred 's Birthday he takes a ride but damages some of neigheds and it damages to a cop car their all in BIG Trouble their parents are away so they and a cop go to their house the cop meets Creep. Asia comes up with a plan to get them out of this mess Mr Munch and Mrs Munch dress up like their parent with the cold the plan work so eveything is fix for the Gribbles.By Matthew S

Friday, August 5, 2011

The moon and farmer mc phee

Farmer mc phee has a farm with all his animals they are
very good till it comes to night the moon makes them dance
and sing but the farmer is not
very happy. he trys to stop them

but all they want to do is dance and sing
but will the farmer be happy
by zarah

Blackberry Patch

Blackberry Patch is a wonderful story about a tall girl and her little sister that go down to the blackberry patch. To get blackberrys for there mother. But things change where Taylor Rachels younger sister finds a catterpiller. Then accidetly eats it. So Rachel find a nother catterpiller for Taylor. Then they go home and had a nice blackberry pie for tea.
I gave it a 4\5

By Nadia

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bow Down Sadrach

this story is about to kids that have a clidstale horse
is it very old and their dad is sending him to the dog meat factory. will they get him back ?

By Brooke

The Amazing Gribbles

Fred,Silas and Asia Gribble are three amazing kids who all invent thing Fred has a pet snake called Creep and Asia has a parrot called Birde Creep is trying to eat Birde. Mrs Munch is the cook for the Gribbles but she scare of snakes so she quits her job and takes all the cook books.The Gribbles don't know how to cook lucky Fred has a robot that Fred had for the school science fair that start out for building but decide to use it for cooking instead it went well at first but it still had bugs but Mrs Munch come back to cook for them and she loves Creep.It a interesting Book.By Matthew S

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Drum is an old dog that lives at the town dump. He go's for a walk around town evryday. One of his favourit one of his favourit spots to visit is a little cafe in the middle of town. But one day he was playing frizzbe whth one of the boys from the cafe on the back road. The beead truck came early and Drum was hit. Visotors from all over town came to see how Drum was doing. He lay in the cafe day after day he made a slow recovery. Soon he was back on his feet. Yay a happy ending. I gave it a 5/5

By Nadia


By margret mahy

Down the back of the chair i wonder what you will find.
Its like a whole diffrent world down there
if you like books that are abously wild this is your type of book.
its filled with all types of things like dragons ,lost wills and snakes
all because . . .

by zarah

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Madame Spry and the Blue Diamond

Madam Spry is a very sly spy with a red leather suit, fly-foot boots and a faithful dog named Hugo at her side. When Madame Spry gets called out to solve a mystery about a missing blue diamond, her suspects are few. She gets frustrated when she just can't figure it out. Will she be able to solve this mystery and put the thieves away?
I would recommend this book because it's great, really funny and mysterious.

By Maddy.

The Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate.

The Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate is a good book. It's funny and has good illustrations. It has a good story line. The book is about a fierce little woman who lives alone on a pier in a little house. All she ever does is fish out of a little hole and knit socks. One day she meets a wicked pirate. At first she won't let him in, but after a while she gives up and lets him. They start talking and before you know it, they get married and have 4 children.
I think any one would enjoy this book.

By Maddy.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hill and hole Review (By Jackson)

Hill hole are best of friends but often think of switching. They soon discover you should always be careful of what you wish for because it might just come true

Hairy Maclarys hat tricks book review

Hairy Maclary wants to play with his skimmer on a very windy day. there is a wedding party down in the park and then hairy maclary wants to show of his incredible retrieving skills

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kiss kiss yuck yuck (review By Jacckson)

Kiss kiss yuck yuck is a story about a little boy whose aunty always kisses him and he hates the slopy kisses who doesn't but his aunty has a accident and changes his heart forever.

Greedy Cat And The School Pet Showand

this story is about a cat that doesnt want to be in the school pet show
but katie still drags himn along. He smells the sausages and off he goes in a flash.steals them and hides were will they find him?...

Greedy Cat and the School Pet Show

Katie and Greedy cat are going to the schools pet show. but greedy cat didn't want to go. Katie put a big green bow round his neck but he still didn't want to go. At the pet show their was sheep, goats, chicks and ducks but Greedy cat still didn't want to goso he chewed on his bow amd walked slowly until greedy cat smelt the sausages and sprinted away and grabed them from the sausage man. at the end off the day greedy cat got a ribbon for being the fattest cat.

By Cameron

The Little Tractor

One day on the edge town their was a little tractor and a guy with sticky up hair. But the boy grew up and the tractor grew old. the tractor sat in a shed until one day in got sold to a guy but the little tractor didn't like it so he stoped so it went back to the sales yard and got sold and sold again until one day the little tractor was very happy because..............

By Cameron

trouble in the super market

trouble in the super market is a story about a witch who likes to create trouble for the people in the supermaket this book is a chapter book and i think it is recommended for children under the age of 13
by taylab

greedy cat

Gready cat and the school pet show is about a cat named greedy cat who does not not want to go to the school pet show but greedy cat tries to do wat ever takes not to go to the pet show how will this story end. BY rhys

down the back of the chair

down the back of the chair is a wounderful story about a poor dad who loses his key but when toddler mary suspects thier down the back of the chair thier lives will change forever i think that this book is recommended for all children under the age of 11
by tayla b

the little tractor

The little tractor book is about a little who wonce lived in a little house just out of the town then he was sold to a car sales yard then some peoplepeople bought it and then brought it back what will happen next.By RHYS

Monday, July 11, 2011

Zachary Quack Mini Monster by Lynley Dodd book review

Zachary Quack is making a mess and he gets more than he bargins for, While chasing a dragon fly once the dragon fly has had enough Zachary Quack is running for his life. If you are adventurous and wild this book is for you. I recommend this book for toddlers.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Its a story about a little boy who has a certain family member who visits all the time and allways gives him kisses and he doesn't like them who doesn't have family like that anyway after a slow and painful recovery to an axcident will his heart change.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Chicken Licken By Gavin Bishop

“Goodness gracious me!The sky is falling. I must go and tell the queen.” What classic and Timeless words from the one and only Chicken Licken!!!! This is a great retell of one of our favourite tales known all over the world! Chicken Licken! This book is great for all ages, as a bedtime story or just for reading yourself! I love the illustrations in this book because they just help bring out the classic feel too the book, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars!!!!

RATS!!!!!! By Gavin Bishop.

Miss Polly Piper's house is infested with rats, they are everywhere!!!
They put her off her breakfast, destroy her furniture and DISGUST her friends!
Will anyone ever be able to stop this mayhem before they eat her out of house and home???????? One morning, just a normal infested tireless morning there's a RAT-A-TAT-TAT at the door! Will this be the end to all the mayhem the rats produce??
Well...... READ IT TO FIND OUT!!!!!!! I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars for its awesome illustrations and great wording!

The Little Tractor By Joy Cowley

I thought this was a fantastic book. It is about a little tractor working on a farm. In a few years it goes into a car sales. It gets bought by a guy who uses it to take his boat in and out of the water. The tractor geos on a adventure but to find were he geos you will have to read.

By Kyle
Madam Spry and the Secret Plans by Joy Cowley

I thought it was a great book. It was exciting, funny and I didn’t want to stop reading. This book is about Madam spry and her going. Mean while her dog is staving at home waiting for steak. Will he get steak when Madam a spry returns? I recommend this book for people aged eight to ten.

By Kyle

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

“Coming Up” is a story about two cousins who went to play at a river. Over the top of the river there was an old bridge. When a truck went over the bridge it fell into the river. The two cousins go to save the driver.

By Shannon

go horatio!

go horatio! by jack lasenby
is a good chapter book for people aged 9-10+
because it's about a girl that wants a puppy
then gets promised a kitten then gets a big
old cat that is not a wonderdog, but she wants
to train him as a wonderdog or a wondercat,
but then her brother goes on the computer and invites
over a movie stunter, but it's actually a girl called
hellan who had a dog called scuba and goes
overboard with training horatio and they get
thrown into a world of weirdness...

by leon

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Down the Back of the Chair

By Magaret Mahy

When Dad loses his keys little toddler Mary suspects that they are down the back of the chair. What else will they find down there, maybe a packet of pins or one of the twins down the back of the chair. This is a great read aloud book for ages three and up.

By Quintin.

The Cheese Trap

The Cheese Trap

Two little mice are hungry so they set off to find some cheese. On their way they are spotted by the old Grey Cat and she plans to catch them. What will they do?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Recycled- By Sandy McKay

Colin comes from a family of people who can't even recycle a peanut-butter container. How can a developing eco-warrior live like this? He can't! So he sets up recycling bins and after a lot of work his family finally start trying.

When his class go on a school trip to the local recycling centre he meets Paddy, the owner of the plant. Soon Colin starts working there in the weekends, for Paddy. When the Council threaten to close the recycling plant down Colin and his class soon begin helping, by setting up a protest on the day that Paddy is evicted.

What will happen to the towns only Recycling centre ?

This is a good book for Children between the ages of 10-12.

There is also a sequel to this book called 'Colin Goes Bush'.

By Sinead

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Three Little Pig

The Three Little Pigs
By Gavin Bishops

In this retake of the classic story by Gavin Bishop the pigs leave home but when the wolf eats the first two pigs how does the third fend for him self. And how will the wolf try and get the third little pig. For all ages 5 and up is my age recommendation.

By Tom
Hairy Maclary was eating his lunch one day when he heard a "WROWW-W-W-W-W-W-W."Hairy Maclary was off with a scatter got all his dog friends on the way. But what happens next?...

Caterwaul Caper is a childrens fiction book,
Written by Lynley Dodd. I think this book is great for all ages and girls and boys.

By Karen:)

The Little Tractor

The family farm has been sold and the family has to find a new home for Little Tractor. Not just any home will do for Little Tractor he needs a special home. Where will he go?

Chicken Licken
By Gavin Bishop

Chicken Licken is walking around when bang something hits him on the head. The sky is falling shouts chicken licken I must alert the queen and on his way he meets some friends of his but he also meets a mean stranger in this funny story for anyone 5 and up.
By Tom

Hairy Maclary Hat Tricks

All Hairy Maclary wanted was to play fetch but everybody was too busy to play with him until Miss Plum came along. One throw wasn't enough for Hairy Maclary. Fortunately for him there was a wedding and all the hats blew away and he finally got to play fetch.

I would recommend this book to both boys and girls of all ages and it is a really good read.

By Brianna

Lucky for Some

Lacey Turner is a city girl who moves to the country with her family. Her whole world turns upside down. She is the only girl in her class at school and is forced to play Rugby with the boys. So when her school has it's concert, she puts together a dance for her and the boys. Will the dance be a sucsess of will it fail? You will have to read it to find out. Lucky for Some is a good read. I rated it 4/5 and I think it is aimed for girls 10 and up.

By Tayla A

My Dad, the All Black. By Sandy McKay

Will is 12 years old and an outstanding rugby player. Everyone says that he gets his talent from his All Black father. After Will’s rugby team lose a game he wonders if he plays rugby because he loves the game or because everyone says he should? When Will’s Granddad dies, Will meets his Uncle Jim. Why has Jim stayed away from Will and his Mum for so long?

This is a good book because it tells you lots of facts about rugby and how it originated, and also information about the 1999 Rugby World cup. I think that this book would be good for children between the ages of 9-12

By Sinead
The Downhill Crocodile Whizz and other stories.
By Margaret Mahy

A monstrous man-eating plant is on the loose and Minnie, the girl with the magical green ear, comes to the rescue. Wonderful Red stretch-wool socks take Mr Snowgrass off to the Jellybean Day School for Clever Boys. This book is great for children five and up.
Watch out for Crocodiles on roller skates.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hairy Maclary Showbusiness

Title: Hairy Maclary Showbusiness
Author: Lynley Dodd

One day Hairy Maclary went to a cat show with his owner, the owner tied Hairy Maclarys lead to a tree. Hairy Maclary wanted to go inside to see what all the meowing and other sounds were. Hairy Maclary broke the lead and ran inside. When he ran inside he made the cats meow even more and the owners, judges and all the spectators very unhappy.
But by the time judging came around guess who won the prize for the scruffiest cat...

By Karen

Find me a Tiger Review

Can you find me a tiger... lizard, seal, forg, lion, moth, crocodile, chick, polar bear, bird, flounder, fawn and a black cat? The're all in: Find me a tiger by Lynley Dodd if your looking for them. Instead of a story book, this is more of a find it book as your are looking for the animals hidden in the unique surroundings they blend into on each page of this great book. I would recommend this book to anyone who can read (this post). I rate this book a 4/5.

Title: Hairy Maclary Showbusiness
Author: Lynley Dodd

Hairy Maclary Showbusiness is about the adventures
of Hairy Maclary when he goes to a cat show. He was tied up
outside but he was curious as to what was going on inside. So he
decided to snap the lead and go inside. The people were not very
happy and were chasing him everywhere to try and catch him and
fortunately they ended up catching him before he completely trashed
the place. In the end he won a prize for being the scruffiest cat.
I strongly believe that you will enjoy this book and all the rest in the

By Brianna

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

End of the Alphabet

By Fleur Beale

Ruby Yarrow is a good girl who does lots of work at home for her mother. Her brother Max is supposed to help but Ruby thinks it's easier to do the work herself. Her friend Tia disagrees and thinks Ruby shold stop letting people walk all over her. Can she do it? Is she strong enough? End of the Alphabet is a great read with lots of twists and turns. I would rate it 4/5 and for girls aged 12 and up.

By Tayla A

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hairy Mclary Scattercat

Hairy Mclary Scattercat is, in my opinoin, one of the best picture books by Lynley Dodd I have ever read. It Starts off with Hairy Mclary all frisky and excited and he feels like he could chase a few cats. So he chases Greywacke Jones... ...and Butterball Brown and Pimpernal Pugh and Slinky Malinki and Mushroom Magee and... no i'm not telling you the next one because that is a suprise. I would recomend this book to any one who can read and I give this book 4/5.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mr Shark

Mr Shark

By Joy Cowley illustrated Bob Kerr.

Mr Isele cleans boats.  Everyone calls him Mr Shark.   One day people from out of town hear of Mr at the age of 5-11

By Matthew

Who wants to be a millionare??

Who wants to be a millionaire?
By Sandy McKay

Imagine your ordinary family now imagine the same family winning six MILLION dollars in lottery!!!

That is exactly what happened to the Guest family everything is great for a while until the word gets out about the win. The family start receiving crank phone calls and hundreds of begging letters.

Aren’t all millionaires happy you will have to read this book to find out...
By Sinead

Hairy Maclary Scatter Cat

Hairy Maclary Scatter Cat

By Lynley Dodd.

Hairy Maclary was full of excitement he wanted to play he wanted to chase. So he found Greywacke Jones but he chased her away he tried once more with Butterball Brown but chased him under a rickety door. He tried pimpernel Pugh, Slinky Malinki
And Mushroom Magee. Until he came across Scarface Claw who chased and chased him all the way home… I think this would suit boys and girls of all ages. By Maddy.

Questions kids ask Joy Cowley

This book is about Joy Cowley. The book was edited by Penny Scown Designed by Tracey Moroney and printed in New Zealand by Wright and Carman. It is all about Joy Cowley from the age of seven months old till the age of sixty years old. I think the writer of this book did very well at getting all the facts about her together. The book was first published in 1996. I enjoyed reading all the interesting facts about Joy Cowley’s family and the fascinating life she led. I also found out that she has written over four hundred kids books most of them are in journal stories. She has also written some chapter books my personal favorite would have to be Bow down Shadrach.

By Nadia

Trouble in the supermarket

Trouble in the supermaket
by Margaret Mahy

Mr Delmonico is teasing the word witch and she cant hold herself back she tries to ignore him but she cant resist but to lose her temper i think this book is recommended for kids under 13 margaret mahy is a fantastic author that shows alot of pride in her work and i think that all kids an enjoy it to find out what happens to the word witch please read on ...

by Zarah

Down the back of the chair
by Margaret Mahy

dad has lost his keys and if they cant find the keys then their will be no work and there is no work then they cant get any money
little baby mary says why dont we look down the back of the chair dad puts his hand down the chair and guess what he finds... i think that this book is recommended for kids under 13
Margaret Mahy is a splendid author and i think that you would enjoy the book as much as i did to find out more about what happens to dad and his family please feel free to read more.
by Tayla bell

Bow down shadrach

Title bow down Shadrach

Author joy Cowley
Suitable for 8 and up
Bow down Shadrach is a bout a girl named Hannah and a horse name Shadrach go on a adventure to nelson and on their way they hide Shadrach in caravan. And there is a lot more things that will happen you will have to read it to find out if they get their…

by Rhys

The limping man (By Jackson)

The limping Man.
By Maurice Gee.
The third story in this epic trilogy is set to be a good one. This story takes place century’s ago when they where still witch hunting was still around. A little girl and her mother gets captured by witch hunters but her mother saves her live by sending her down some tunnels while her mother suicides before her capture. The little girl travels along and together they try take down the limping man.Jackson.
When mum went funny
By jack lasenby
This is about 4 kids and their mum
This book is suitable for kids aged between 8-14, I think.
It’s funny when mum gets her funny ideas and complains about the kids not helping her on the farm by moving the steers round or helping her get the vegetables and cook
Their tea things like that

Greedy Cat and the School Pet Show

Greedy Cat and the school pet show

By Joy Cowley illustrated by Robyn Belton

Greedy Cat doesn’t want to go to the school pet show he hisses and spits until he gets to school then he smells sausages Greedy Cat steals the sausages and runs away Katie looks every where for him where could he be… I think this book would suit boys and girls of all ages.

The Pirates' Mixed-up voyage

The Pirates mixed-up voyage

Margaret Mahy. Illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain

Captain Lionel Wafer and his crew: Toad, Brace-and-Bits and Winkle go off on an adventure to catch a famous inventor by the name of Humbert Cash-Cash … or at least steal his doorknob which is a single giant diamond. The Pirates can’t read numerals or numbers and they end up on the wrong island, owned by Mrs. Mangle. This is where their string of troubles starts... This book is great for early chapter book readers and is suitable for all ages.

Chicken Feathers

Chicken Feathers

By Joy Cowley

Illustrated By David Elliot

This story is suitable for ages 11 and up and is a really good book.

In the story chicken feathers there is 5 main characters called Josh, Tucker, grandma, Annalee and Elizabeth. They live on a chicken farm and they have 2000 chickens. Josh’s mum is having a baby in 3 months and she is sick and in hospital and the doctor said that his mum will have to stay in there until she has had the baby. So their Grandma comes and looks after the house and cook all the food for them. Josh has a pet chicken called Semolina who is a old chicken who can talk. But the only person she will talk to is josh and . . . . .

by Cameron

Piano Rock by Gavin Bishop

Ever heard of Gavin Bishop….? If not I would highly recommend the story Piano Rock as your first choice!!!!!!!! This story is about Gavin’s idyllic 1950’s childhood living beside the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Catching trains, going to school on a horse and even eating mutton every day! Many book reviewers have praised the magnificent illustrations that go along with this book. The also love how he has used two different techniques using black and white but also throwing in some colour aswell. In my opinion the illustrations bring the story to life. I f you want to buy this book it usually sell for about $26.99 so get into any of your good bookseller and get yourself a copy!!!!!!!!  By Alysha
Greedy Cat
And The
School Pet School
By Joy Cowley

One day at Katie’s school they have a pet. But one problem greedy cat doesn’t want to go. But when they get there everything changes….This is a funny book guaranteed to make you laugh. I recommend this book to anybody between the ages of 1 and10.
Title: Hairy Maclary from Donaldsons Dairy
Author: Lynley Dodd

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson Dairy is a book about a terrier dog named Hairy Maclary and his friends. Have you ever wondered what would scare a dog...? In this case it is a big, scary, black cat called Scarface Claw the toughest Tom in town. Hairy Maclary and his friends such as Hercules Morse as big as a horse, Bottomley Potts covered in spots, Muffin Mclay like a bundle of hay, Blitzer Maloney all skinny and bony and last but not least Schnitzel Vonn Crum with a very low tum are very scared of Scarface. This book is a very good read and I would recommend this book to boys and girls no matter what the age. I can guarantee that you would enjoy this book. If you enjoy this book you should deffinently read the rest of the books in the series. I would rate this book 4/5.

By Brianna

Diary Farmer

Dairy farmer

Illustrated by David Hill

Photographed by Colleen Bride

Dairy farmer is a great book.  It tells you about what kind of dairy farms there are and what they do. They get up at 5 o’clock in the morning. I think this book would be suitable for every one but you have your own answer.     

Title: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
Author: Lynley Dodd

Hairy Maclary is a terrier dog from Donaldson’s Dairy, he has 5 friends who are Hercules Morse, Bottomley Potts covered in spots, Muffin McLay like a bundle of hay, Bitzer Malony all skinny and bony, Schnitzel von Krumm with a very low tum.Last but not least the meanest in the town SCARFACE CLAW! He is the fattest, meanest, scariest cat in town, Hairy Maclary and his friends are all scared of him…
I rate this book for boys and girls and all ages because Lynley Dodd is great for writing children’s stories.

By Karen.

Slide the Corner

Slide the Corner

By Fleur Beale

Slide the Corner is a book about Greg Mannering. He has a passion for cars and dreams of being a Rally Driver. But his dad thinks Rally driving is a waste of time and petrol. He puts this dream aside. Then his luck changes when he meets Holly and Brad Chatterton. He finds himself the co-driver in rally’s and he gets himself a job in Brads car workshop. Slide the Corner is a really great book. I think it’s aimed at boys but I enjoyed it anyway. I think its suitable for kids aged 10 and up.

By Tayla A

hairy maclarys showbusiness book review

Hairy Maclary is at it again. He is causing chaos at the annual cat club show. Chasing everyone and everything in his path. I like this book because it is a little bit like me and my dog. it is also very adventurous. If you like getting up to mischief and going crazy then this book is for you. I believe this book is for younger children. By Harry

Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers

‘Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers’ is a great picture book by Lynley Dodd. It starts off with a wonderfully decorated Christmas tree with tinsel and bows and everything. But then, things won’t be quite the same as they used to be when that sneaky cat Slinky Malinki comes along... This book would mostly be suitable for an audience of year 1 and up. The thing I like the most about this book is how silly the ending is, but that’s another story (not really but you get the idea). I give this book a 4/5.



By Gavin Bishop

Suitable for ages 5 and up
One day Bidibidi was looking around for grass on the hills when he saw a rainbow and he said that’s where I want to be. So off he went on his dangerous adventure down hills, through valleys, over a stream meeting many friends along the way to his beloved rainbow which led him to a mysterious man

Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm

Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm

By Joy Cowley Illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller

This book would be suitable for 3 year olds to 12 year olds.

Mrs. Wishy Washy’s farm is about a duck, a cow and a pig who hate the old tin bathtub. So they run away into town to find a new barn, but they find themselves in trouble in the animal jail.  How will they get out...