Saturday, 25 December 2010

KPE Episode 336: "Ollie's Bubble Bother"

"Ollie's Bubble Bother" by Julie Mitchell is podcast by Senolita and Mary from Room 15. This zany story tells what happens when a boy called Ollie eats soap.  We don't recommend eating soap!


Monday, 20 December 2010

KPE Episode 335: Big Fish Little Fish

Unaloto and Kobe podcast "Big Fish Little Fish" by  Melanie Drewery.
Jeremy wants to win the local fishing competition. He has his heart set on the first prize of a spinning sure-catch reel and a snap-resistant rod. He has plans to go out on his friend's dad's speed boat, but then his grandad offers to take him out in his old rowboat - and his mum accepts on his behalf!

The author's message is that it's not the size of the fish, it is the reason for catching the fish that counts. A section at the back of the book has information on fishing and the whaling industry in New Zealand.


Friday, 3 December 2010

KPE Episode 334: "The Witches"

This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch. Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him.
Check out what Kade and Matthew R from Room 17 have to say about this famous book.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

KPE Episode 333: "Trapped"

A short, action story about teenagers whose boat overturns trapping one of them underneath. The illustrations on every page are realistic rather than cartoony.
Dante and Lola from Room 15 are our hosts for this podcast from KPE.  Have a listen and tell them what you think!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

KPE Episode 332: "River Crossing"

Josh is 12-yrs-old and his summer holidays are about to change. His best friend Steve has been killed in an accident and Josh now has to spend the summer on his aunt and uncle's farm, much to the disgust of his cousin Brian. But when Brian falls over a bank, it is up to Josh to save him...

You will enjoy listening to Joe and Kobe discuss this book.  Let them know what you think....

KPE Episode 331: "The Princess Test"

In this humorous retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea," Lorelei must pass many difficult tests in order to prove that she is a true princess and win the hand of Prince Nicholas.  Mubasshira and Jarna from Room 17 do a great job of bringing this book to life through their podcast....

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

KPE Episode 330: "Scary Story"

Starford and Waata have enjoyed yet another of Joy Cowley's wonderful books written for New Zealand kids.  
Ross Beansack, the big hairy author, has been asked by young readers to write a story about ghosts. The very modern publisher is horrified when she hears of his plans. "We don't do ghosts," she says. "Go back home and save the rainforest." Ross Beansack sets off to do his own research in the local haunted house ...

KPE Episode 329: "Treasure Deep"

Litia and Ashleigh have brought us a podcast about another one of David Hill's fabulous books - Treasure Deep.
Glyn and Api are best mates, they always have been. That they come from different backgrounds, Api is Maori and Glyn is Pakeha, is something that neither has given a thought to, until now. But problems start to appear, and Colin the Cop doesn't help matters. The boys make a scary discovery in nearby sandhills, which turns their world upside down.

Monday, 29 November 2010

KPE Episode 328: "Black Gold"

Darius and Crusader bring us this novel by Julia Owen for their latest KPE podcast.
Ollie and Rimu have been planning and dreaming about their week at the coast for two months - one week of fishing, swimming, and camping all by themselves. No adults, far away from the rest of the world, free to do whatever they want, whenever they want.
Equipped with only the bare essentials, they head off into the dawn for what would turn out to be a much more exciting and dangerous adventure than they had dared to hope for.
Other people had set up camp in their cave! These people were armed and very dangerous-looking. Whatever they were up to, they had nearly finished and were making ready to leave very soon.
When Ollie was captured, Rimu has to use his wits to out-think the crooks.
Aided by the abused Storm, he set in action a daring plan to rescue Ollie, free the contraband and escape the clutches of the avenging poachers.

We know you will enjoy this book...

KPE Episode 327: "The War of the Worlds"

"The War of the Worlds" by HG Wells is a world famous science fiction classic and this version of his book is retold by Pauline Francis.  This is the story of large metal cylinders which fall to earth, signalling the beginning of a Martian invasion. The Martians gradually take over London and the surrounding area, causing death and destruction.
 Kayde and Matthew T from Room 17 have really enjoyed reading this and share their thoughts in this podcast.

KPE Episode 326: "Yo, Shark Bait"

Rory has always loved fishing. He loves getting out on the water and enjoys
the thrill of reeling in a really big fish. But everything changes when Rory goes
out with his family during a fishing competition. His Uncle Eddie hooks a huge
shark and Rory accidentally falls in the water. Luckily, a petrified Rory is
rescued before the shark can do any damage, but the incident affects him
deeply. He begins to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. Fishing no longer
holds the same appeal.
After this incident occurs Rory’s school principal puts him in charge of
organising the school’s fishing competition. Rory can’t face the idea of going
out on the water again, but feels he has to organise the event or he will look
foolish in front of his peers. Rory forms a committee which includes his best
friend Sam, a new student called Susi and two other girls called Adele and
Christine. To Rory’s horror, Mr Lonigan insists that Rory’s archenemy Bart
also be involved. Bart knows about Rory’s encounter with the shark and takes
every opportunity to taunt him about it......
This is a very exciting story and Aidan and Matthew have lots more to share in this podcast. Check it out...
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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

KPE Episode 325: "Aristotle"


Aristotle is the story of a little kitten who did not know that cats have nine lives. His mother decided to let him go to his new home totally unaware of this important fact. Her decision was based on the realisation that he was much bolder than his brothers and sisters and had such an adventurous nature that she knew he would use them all at once.

When he goes to live with Bella Donna, his nine lives expire one by one at an alarming rate. Falling out of trees, down chimneys and getting trapped under milk-jugs are just some of his exploits.

Escaping from Gripper the dog and avoiding being run over by a lorry simultaneously, leaves Aristotle with his ninth and final life. Is it just a coincidence that he has survived several narrow squeaks and lives to old age or might it have something to do with the fact that Bella Donna is not just an ordinary cat-owner?

Check out this podcast by Brooklyn and Jay'Lee and tell them what you think.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

KPE Episode 324 :"Alien Time"

Shawn and Joe from Room 17 review "Alien Time" by Donna Malane

Jasper is a pretty normal eleven-year-old New Zealand kid, until one night he has an alien visitor, who gives him a gift that enables him to see into the future. When he discovers his Dad doesn't appear to have a future, he has to rely on his wits and friend Elliot to try and save him.

Check out their podcast and let them know what you think...

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

KPE Episode 323 :"Attacked"

"Attacked" by G Brassi,  is the story of a fishing adventure which takes place around the islands near Whitianga in Coromandel, NZ.
Joshua and Shawn from Room 17 have created this podcast.


Monday, 1 November 2010

KPE Episode 322: "Ambushed"

Aidan and Joe from Room 17 share another exciting book by Fleur Beale with us in this latest podcast from KPE. Here's a little background about "Ambushed" to wet your appetitie...
Richard is the only one of his family who doesn’t want to leave Cray’s Creek.  He and his friends try everything they can think of, to get his parents to change their minds, but to no avail. At his new school in his new town, Richard finds it impossible to make friends.  Both his sisters seem to have no trouble at all.  He is lonely, bored and very homesick when a group of boys take him under their wings.  Unfortunately for them, when they try to bully Richard they find he is not going to become a another of their victims.  Richard sets out to orchestrate ‘the revenge of the newcomers’ – and there is no shortage of willing accomplices.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

KPE Episode 321: "Saving Moonbeam"

Selina and Aneisha from Room 17 have chosen "Saving Moonbeam" by
Sherryl Clarke for their next podcast.  This is a horse story, which is quite different for Pt England kids. 
Gemma, the heroine of the story, can see that the poor horse is starving, and she plans to help him any way she can.  Why is everybody trying to stop her?

Bill Nagelkerke’s "Old Bones"

We are very proud at KPE to be mentioned on the Christchurch City Libraries Kids Blog on October 21st. We are also proud of Ala and Selena for their podcast of Old Bones, which is highlighted - because it is set in Christchurch.
Well done KPE podcasters. As they said on their blog, Keep 'em coming!!


KPE Episode 320: "Too Ghoul for School"

"Too Ghoul for School: The In-Spectres Call" by B. Strange is the latest podcast from Kayde and Matthew T in Room 17.  The "Too Ghoul for School" series is another very popular series of books that Pt England students love to read. Titles in the series include: "Silent but Deadly, The In-Spectres Call, Ghoul Dinners, The Bubonic Builders, Attack of the Zombie Nits, School Spooks Day, French Fright, Terror In Cubical Four".
We see that these books are also available on Nintendo DS as an interactive reading experience.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

KPE Episode 319: "Captain Underpants"

Captain Underpants stories never fail to please our readers at Pt England School and this book is no exception. Matthew R and Joshua from Room 17 bring us a delightful podcast where they review some of the goings on in "Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy". This is the first two-part story of Captain Underpants book series.
Captain Underpants books are so popular that they even have a Wikipedia page.   

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

KPE Episode 318: "The Killer Cat Strikes Back"

Brooke and Kayla from Room 17 present "The Killer Cat Strikes Back" by Anne Fine

This is the third book in the series about Tuffy the Killer Cat
Tuffy, the killer cat, knows what he likes. And he isn't loving the 'art' that Ellie's mum brings home from her new class. So what's a cat to do?
A scratch here just happens to shred a painting. A nudge there somehow slips a clay pot off a shelf.
Dad hopes a particularly hideous sculpture will be next, but Tuffy's having none of it.
The killer cat will go his own sweet way!


Thursday, 7 October 2010

KPE Episode 317: "The Gizmo"

"The Gizmo" by Paul Jennings is Joshua and Matthew's latest podcast.  You will have noticed that these boys have read heaps of books this term!

This popular Australian author is a hit with our students, and this podcast is about the first book in the Gizmo series.  

When Stephen gives into peer pressure and steals a small round toy, strange things begin to happen.....


Wednesday, 6 October 2010

KPE Episode 316: "Ozzie Kingsford"

Seini- Mino and Sylvia from Room 17 have been reading 
(Five and a bit days in the life of) "Ozzie Kingsford" by Val Bird.
Ozzie and his family get ready for the visit of Uncle Rusty from London. 

As Ozzie says: Prediction: This forthcoming social event will throw my parents into a state of pre-visitor-tension, and our family will suffer from disharmony. And it does. Mum goes into a frenzy of getting the house tidy (read - Ozzie has to clean his room!), the lawn mowed and the menu prepared. The Brat, Snoops, Ozzie and Dad all suffer. Add to that a huge storm, the fact it's nearly Christmas and a few little Ozzie-disasters and it's chaos.
Another hilarious story from Val Bird with brilliant illustrations from her daughter Rebecca Cundy, the second in this series.


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

KPE Episode 315: "Josh Kronfeld: Awesome"

Our next rugby podcast is about the Awesome "Josh Kronfeld", player for Otago and the All Blacks.
Joshua and Matthew R from Room 17 have a good old rugby supporters yarn about Josh Kronfeld, the All Blacks and all things rugby. As we count down to the Rugby World Cup being held in New Zealand in less than a year, we are beginning to talk about rugby more and more. So look out for a few more of these podcasts....


Monday, 4 October 2010

KPE Episode 314: "CIA: The Moo-my's Curse"

"Cows In Action: The Moo-my's Curse" by Steve Cole is presented by Erene and Matthew from Room 17.
Professor McMoo is a very clever cow - so clever, in fact, that he has managed to build himself a time machine from discarded farming machinery. He and his two cow friends, Pat and Bo Vine live on the Barmer farm, in fear of the hideous farmer's wife, Betty. But they are also star agents of the CIA - Cows in Action, a crack team of cow commandos! In the future, cows live peacefully with humans as equals, not as food. But some cows in the future try to use the technology of time travel to interfere with history - and the Prof has to help stop that! In "The Moo-my's Curse", the CIA must travel to Ancient Egypt where they suspect a time-travelling ter-moo-nator is impersonating Tutankhamen. As they race through ancient pyramids and encounter terrifying mummies, will they have time to unravel the mystery and restore history to the way it should be? 

Sunday, 3 October 2010

KPE Episode 313: "Lucky Dog"

"Lucky Dog" by Barbara Brenner is podcast by 
Erene and Joshua from Room 17.
Jack is a mutt with a surprising story to tell.  He is rescued from an animal shelter by Baxter and taken to live with their family.  Together they get into all kinds of adventures and you will hear about some of them during this podcast.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

KPE Episode 312: "The Time Machine"

Joe from Room 17 has been reading "The Time Machine" by HG Wells and Joshua is his DJ for this podcast. This classic novella was published way back in 1895 and was the first book to use the idea of a machine to travel way into the future. 

A group of men, including the narrator, is listening to the Time Traveller discuss his theory that time is the fourth dimension. The Time Traveller produces a miniature time machine and makes it disappear into thin air. The next week, the guests return, to find their host stumble in, looking dishevelled and tired. They sit down after dinner, and the Time Traveller begins his story about where he has been. Way into the future and the year 802,701 AD!


Friday, 1 October 2010

KPE Episode 311: "Bill's New Frock"

Brooke and Selina from Room 17 have chosen to podcast "Bill's New Frock" by Anne Fine for this latest episode of KPE. They have also created a short animation of the first time Bill sees himself in a frock - a PINK frock!
If Bill sound's like a boy's name to you, then you will be wondering where the frock comes in.
You need to check out this podcast and all will be revealed....
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Brooke and Selina from Room 17

Thursday, 30 September 2010

KPE Episode 310: "Michael Jones: Awesome"

Erene and Joshua talk rugby in this podcast. And not just any old rugby either.
They talk about one of the greatest All Blacks ever; Michael Jones.
The book they have chosen is a biography and it follows the Ice Man through his outstanding career playing rugby for his clubs, for Auckland and then for New Zealand.
You will be interested to hear some of the things they have learnt about him and some of the lessons thay have learnt from his example.
Check it out....

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

KPE Episode 309: "Just Annoying"

Kobe and Unaloto from Room 17 have been reading "Just Annoying" by Andy Griffiths.
Is this the right book for you?
You find out if you will enjoy this book by taking a test!!

Take the Annoying Test and find out. 
Answer Yes/No.... 
  • Do you ask, 'Are we there yet?' over and over on long car trips? 
  • Do you like to drive people mad by copying everything they say and do? 
  • Do you hog the shower and use up all the hot water? 
  • Do you enjoy asking silly questions that have no real answers? 
  • Do you swing on the clothesline whenever you get the chance? 

Score: One point for each 'yes' answer. 
If score is 3-5, then you are obviously a very annoying person. You will love this book. 
If score is 1-2, then you are a fairly annoying person. You will love this book. 
If score is 0, then you don't realise how much fun being annoying can be. You will love this book.