King Flashypants (3) and the Toys of Terror

King Flashypants and the Toys of Terror: Book 3Author / Illustrator – Andy Riley
Age – 6+

Emperor Nurbison is up to his old, evil tricks again – or is he? Suddenly after years of being horribly mean and dastardly, he seems to have turned over a new leaf. He’s opened a toy store, changed his evil laugh to a giggle and has declared himself NICE!

Everyone in Edwinland are buying his new dolls and loving them too. Edwin isn’t happy that his best friend Megan the Jester would much rather play with her Nurbison doll than the super hero costume he made her. He’s determined to find out what Nurbison is up to.

Jam-packed with hilarious illustrations and slapstick humour, this is the 3rd book in this series and even funnier than the last. Would make a great (silly) read a loud.

(Humour, Funny, Silly, Evil, King, Best friends, Toys, Series)

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The Wizards of Once

Author/Illustrator – Cressida Cowell34455798

Age – 8+

Xar is selfish, impulsive and full of himself. After all, he is the son of Encanzo, the King Enchantor. But he is the youngest son, and his magic hasn’t come in yet, causing him embarrasment and worry.

Wish is the daughter of Queen Sychorax, the most evil queen in the Warrior Empire. Wish is also impulsive, daring, and rebellious, but also caring and kind.

They are taught from birth that the other is a foe, an enemy, one to be slain if need be. But these two venture out into the darkness on the same night, breaking the strict rules of their forts. Wish is looking for her friend, a magical spoon that has run away. Xar is hoping to catch a witch. Everyone knows witches are extinct, but Xar believes if he can catch one and harness its magic, he will finally make his father proud of him and quieten his older brother’s taunts.

But there is something else out in the darkness. Something wild and evil, which throws them together into a uneasy pact to help the other. Not only do they have to face their angry parents, the something’s power has been growing their whole lives and they have unwittingly unleashed it.

Told directly to the reader, this is an exciting story about a prince and a princess unlike any other. Xar is a weedy, annoying brat and Wish has a limp and an eye patch. But both have loyal sidekicks who will defend them to the death. Xar’s magical creatures are funny and fantastical and Wish’s assistant bodyguard is new at the job and trying to be brave. Full of mystical pencil sketching illustrations, this was a great read with an unanswered question at the end – who is narrating the story?

(Courage, Bravery, Wizards, Witches, Magic, Warrior, Friends, Magical Creatures, Series, Scary, Humour)

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain

Author – Julie LambThe Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain

Age – 8+

Summer Rain is a laugh a minute – at least the boys at school think so. She’s always cracking a joke or laughing stuff off. It’s her way of fitting in and dealing with things at home. Not that it’s bad or anything, it’s just… embarrassing. When her dad is away during the week for his work, Summer stays with her fun, a little crazy and a whole lot stingy Pop. The thing is, Pop isn’t poor, Summer has seen a bunch of bank statements to prove it.

Now 12, Summer is feeling like she’d like to change from the tom-boy she is – just a little? A popular girl at school starts showing an interest in her, which confuses Summer, but she begins to enjoy some ‘girl stuff’ for a change.

Things are just fine until a woman starts to show an interest in Pop. Surely she’ll be gone again as soon as she realises how crazy-stingy Pop is? Summer is suspicious, and digs a little deeper into this woman’s past. She doesn’t like what she finds, but Pop just won’t listen!

All is revealed in the end, with the reason for the girl’s interest, Pop’s solution and Summer being just who she wants to be.

This story may be set in NZ, but girls everywhere (especially tom-boys, like I once was), will really enjoyed the trials of Summer at school, home around her small town. This book won the Best 1st Book of the Year Award in the NZ Children’s Book Awards 2017. And it definitely deserved it. Loved it!

(New Zealand, NZ, Kiwi, Funny, Humour, Tom-boy, Friends, Award)

Aliens vs Bad Guys – The Bad Guys (6)

Author / Illustrator – Aaron BlabeyAlien vs Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #6)

Age – 6+

They’re back in a new adventure! These bad guys are now The Good Guys Club – and they’ve just saved the world from the evil Dr Rupert Marmalade. The world is celebrating!

Meanwhile, in deep space….
These good guys are hiding from an alien with multiple bums. Legs has found a way to escape, but then he’s taken by the alien! Snake is keen to leave NOW, but the others won’t leave Legs behind. One by one they are taken by the alien, leaving Snake all alone.

Will he save his own skin and leave, or will he finally understand what Wolf has been trying to tell him. Be a Good Guy for a change!

Another hilarious book in this series, with a few hints of an ALIEN movie we might know.

(Funny, Humour, Action, Courage, Brave, Friendship, Spaceship, Space)

The Little Vampire

Author/Illustrator – Angela Sommer-BodenburgThe Little Vampire

Age – 8+

Tony loves horror stories. One night while he is watching a scary movie on TV he decides to get a drink from the kitchen. But in the darkness of his house and halfway back to his room he realises his TV has been turned off. He knows it wasn’t his parents – so who or what is in his room?

He finds something completely unexpected – a little vampire. This young vampire is called Rudolph and is looking for a friend. He likes reading just as much as Tony – especially stories about vampires. And he is soon flying off into the night with a copy of Dracula under his cloak.

Rudolph comes to visit weekly and even takes Tony to his crypt in the local cemetery. But Tony has to be wary of Rudolph’s family, Rudolph’s little sister who has a crush on him, and his own Mum and Dad’s questions about his new friend that only seems to visit late at night.

With 12 million copies sold of this classic tale written in 1979, this story is proven to be popular. Due out in an animated movie soon, the movie will be just as loved. (Not due out until approx May 2018 in NZ.)

(Scary, spooky, freaky, vampire, friendship, crush)

Aunt Nasty

Author – Margaret MahyAunt Nasty (Early Reader)

Illustrator – Chris Mould

Age – 5+

When their Aunt Nasty writes to say she is going to visit, Toby and Claire’s family try to find an excuse to stop her. But she’s a witch, and Mum is worried what might happen if they say no.

Claire moves out of her room, leaving the cobwebs and placing a bouquet of poisonous flowers especially for their aunt. When she arrives she orders quiet during the day, because she will be at witch meetings every night, and they dare not upset her.

When her stay is near an end, they begin to breathe easy, but in all the tip-toeing around and upheaval, they’ve forgotten something REALLY important. Can Aunt Nasty help? She is a witch after all…

(Witch, New Zealand, Kiwi, Humour, Funny, Family, Magic)

 

 

Charlie and the Karaoke Cockroaches

Author / Illustrator – Alan Brough35492510

Age – 7+

Charlie has been given a strange, shiny, black box to look after by his even stranger friend Vivien. She gave him strict instructions to guard it – then disappeared! Something else strange happened too. A huge man arrived at their classroom yelling – “Where are they?”

Where are who, and who is he? Why did Vivien give him the intensely stressing responsibility of looking after the box and where has she gone? These are just a few of the trillion questions Charlie wants to ask. But as he’s ready to explode with the worry of it all, his army-mad friend Hils (Hilary) just might be able to help.

Just like the first story in this series (Charlie and the War against the Grannies), this adventure is just as crazy-zany-bonkers! Charlie has been given the job to protect three ancient singing karaoke cockroaches, while their real protector (Vivien) tries to lead a determined cockroach exterminator away from them. Full of charts, lists and musings from Charlie along the way, this episode is hilarious!

(Humour, funny, crazy, Friends, Mystery, Quest)