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...