The Pudding Problem (Lyttle Lies 1)

Author/Illustrator – Joe Berger33980482

Age – 7+

Sam Lyttle is a liar. He can’t help it, it just happens. After all, life is complicated. So of course, anything and everything that happens at home that shouldn’t – is automatically blamed on Sam.
School is complicated too – especially when it comes to Feeny, the class bully. The school legend says that if you cross Feeny 3 times, life as you know it will change forever.

Unfortunately, Sam crosses this line.
1) A lie about an imaginary cheese burger
2) Theft of a foot long super salami
3) Saving a cat from Feeny’s dog

Now he has to face the famous Feeny deadeye, AND face up to his family about the broken items at home.  Will he finally tell the truth? Will he survive Feeny?

Part Black & White Graphic format and part novel, this story is funny! The truth is finally divulged to his family – or is it? Loved the conclusion.

(Series, School, Friends, Bully, Lies, Magic, Family, Funny)

 

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Lily Max (3) – Sun, Surf, Action

Author – Jane Bloomfield

Illustrator – Guy Fisher

Age – 8+

Lily Max is looking forward to meeting her BFF Greer at the beach for the summer holidays. They have planned to hang out together the whole holiday at Way Wave Bay – surfing, sunbathing and having fun.

But things aren’t going to plan. The batch they hire has no view of the sea as advertised, the movie that Lily Max’s mum is supposed to be employed by is experiencing major delays, and Greer seems more interested in a boy called Ryder than hanging out with Lily Max.

She feels hurt by the snub, but tries to make the most of it, selling things at the local market, enjoying the sunshine, learning to surf with her surfie dad, and finding out more about the history of the Bay and the topic of the movie.

There is a lighthouse at the end of the Bay that is just asking to be explored. But everyone says it is dangerous and to keep away from it. It can’t be that bad can it? Lily Max has a plan to test Greer’s friendship once and for all.

I liked the character of Lily Max. She is believable, funky, funny, kind, and a design/fashion freak! She is always looking at what people are wearing and how they are wearing it. Her ideas for new styles or fashions are never ending, and I think any young, keen designers will gobble this story up and also get a mystery in the mix.

(Fashion, Style, Design, Series, Friendship, Jealousy, Movie)

Hilda and The Black Hound (4)

Author / Illustrator – Luke PearsonHilda and the Black Hound (#4)

Age – 8+

Hilda has joined the Sparrow Scouts and wants to make her mum proud by achieving her first badges. But camping hasn’t turned out that well, and neither has insect collecting or any of the others that her fellow scouts are aiming for. Hilda has been spending all her time looking for a Nisse (a house spirit) that has been thrown out on the street for stealing.

But the Nisse denies it and suddenly other Nisses are in trouble too. Does it have anything to do with the huge black wolf that has been seen in Hilda’s city of Trolberg? Is everyone in danger or is everything just a big misunderstanding? Hilda is determined to find out.

This is my favourite out of Hilda’s four adventures so far. She is a determined, animal loving, feisty little girl who just wants the best for the Nisse – and maybe even the dreaded black wolf too. With fantastic muted colour illustrations and full graphic novel format, Hilda and the Black Hound might also explain where things go when they disappear down the back of the couch or behind a piece of furniture…

(Graphic Novel, Series, Magical Creatures, Scouts, Badges, Courage)

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)

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 enjoy 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 Blabey36127504

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)