Celebrating Oliver Jeffers : one very cool illustrator & author

Welcome to term 2.

Starting off in the library this week we have a display on one of my own favourite authors and illustrators. I know he is a huge hit with many of the teachers and children too.


Oliver Jeffers is a  hugely popular author and illustrator of children’s books. His book How to catch a star celebrates ten years since publication.

On display we have a number of his books to look through. You can borrow these books next week. Use the library Ipad to click on the QR codes to watch some youtube clips of his books. Here is a little clip to get you started of Oliver Jeffers talking about his drawing techniques.












Happy 70th birthday Michael Morpurgo from Fendalton School book club

Our lovely bunch of book club students created signs to wish author Michael Morpurgo  happy 70th birthday wishes.

As the author we talk about most it was only fitting that we join the celebrations which are happening all over the UK this month.




                                                                                                                            HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY MICHAEL MORPURGO




Here is Michael Morpurgo talking about voyages. Very interesting


And to celebrate even more why not watch this video of the author talking about how he became a writer. Perhaps you might find some ideas for your own creative writing.

And if you want even more, then read about how two years ago, after the earthquakes he sent us some books  here on the Guardian UK website.



Sophisticated picture books

Take a close look at our sophisticated picture books. These books are ideal for any age. 

The stories have impact and the illustrations hold so much more than what you see at first glance.
There are hidden symbols, meanings and concepts that are worth spending time to enjoy.
There is a number of new ones on display in the library but don’t forget the sophisticated books stand also for all the old favourites.
Especially good is anything by Colin Thompson.
The big little book of happy sadness
Random House 2008
  George is lonely but finds a scruffy dog just as lonely as he is in an animal shelter. It is a delightful story, both sad and happy. The illustrations are quirky which perfectly suit George and his grandmother.
2 November 2009

Marc McBride

              23 August 2009

Marc McBride was in Christchurch on the weekend and some of us were lucky enough to see him in action.

He is the illustrator of many book  covers and most famous for the illustrations in the Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda.
Marc McBride writes his own books on drawing. If you want to find out more about him you can check the Scholastic site link.
He was amazing to watch and the picture above took him only an hour.

Where the wild things are


Where the wild things are  by Maurice Sendak

(HarperCollins) This classic story has just been made in to a movie. You can check out the movie trailer for a sneak preview or you can read the book here in the library.
It is always better to read a book first before seeing the movie.
There is also a site with a delightful tribute to Maurice Sendak. Many illustrators have created their own art work inspired by Mr Sendak’s most famous book. It is a very cool site to spend time browsing.

Splat the cat

© Rob Scotton, 2008

Splat the cat is adorable. Here in his first book he is starting school. Another great book to share with your children before they start school.

© Rob Scotton, 2008
Love Splat is his next adventure where he wonders why a certain female friend keeps hitting him and then runs away. 
Thank you to HarperCollins publishers for granting permission to use the cover images. As our children learn the skills to becoming information literate it is important to be aware of copyright breaches. 
Rob Scotton is a wonderful author and illustrator with a fun website. We also have his Russell the sheep books. So pop in to the library or hop online to check out his website.

Anthony Browne named new child laureate

Great news that author and illustrator Anthony Browne has been announced as the new British Child Laureate. This means he is one of the very best.
Here is where you can find out about Anthony Browne and his writing.
And yes we have lots of his books in the library.
Voices in the park
Into the forest
Willy and Hugh
Silly Billy
There are plenty more so just come on in and check one out.

Another birthday. The Gruffalo turns 10

 Julia Donaldson’s delightful creature  the Gruffalo is 10 years old.

 He is so popular he even has his own website. Do check it out and help celebrate by having fun on his birthday.
You can also check out what the author is up to on her own site and see some of the other books she has written.
Don’t forget to come into our library and see other books  Julia has written. Julia was out here in Christchurch some time back and she is indeed a very funny and talented author and performer.

Thank you Tawhiti School

Thank you to the staff and children of Tawhiti school for donating the wonderful book  ” The odd egg” by Emily Gravett.  We were lucky to have some of the staff  visiting us last week from their school  in Taranaki.

Emily Gravett writes and illustrates truly amazing books. Her picture books are both sophisticated and subtle.  Her web site is also amazing. 
The odd egg
Little mouse’s big book of fears
Meerkat mail