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...

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....

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.

Friday, 24 September 2010

KPE Episode 308: "Philomena Wonderpen"

Ala and Mubasshira from Room 17 present "Philomena Wonderpen is a very naughty teacher" by Ian Bone. This intriguingly titled book tells a tale of a very unusual birthday present...

Philomena Wonderpen (her best friend George calls her Philomena Daydreamer) is a little girl who loves to daydream. Perhaps if she could draw her dreams with a magic pen she could make them become real. Then maybe she could even make herself the teacher and then be able to boss the whole class!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

KPE Episode 307: "Storm"

Mubasshira and Selena from Room 17 do a marvellous job of presenting "Storm" by Margaret Beames in this latest podcast from KPE.  "Storm" is another title in the Extreme series, and focuses on the main character facing a personal challenge....

 Erin has never had any doubt about what she wants to do when she leaves school.  She wants to be a farmer like her father and mother.  She finds that being home only at the weekends and during the holidays, is too short a time to enjoy this life that she loves. 
Try as she will, Erin finds that the boring jobs around the farm don’t keep her from daydreaming and, as a result, neither of her parents has any confidence in her ability to concentrate and complete a job properly. Things,however, have a habit of changing and Erin must call on all her concentration and resourcefulness to help her father after he has an accident on the farm.

KPE Episode 306: "Game or Not"

Raenan and Kobe from Room 15 have chosen this Aussie Bite for their podcast. "Game or Not" is written by Archimede Fusillo.

"At Belinda's school, boys play soccer and girls play volleyball. But Belinda wants to play soccer. She's good at it, really good, but she's a girl. Something's got to give..."

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

KPE Episode 305: "Whitebait Fritters"

Darius and Waata from Room 15 have finally published their podcast of "Whitebait Fritters" by Kingi McKinnon.  This is a pretty popular book with Pt England readers and you may have seen Leauma and Sam's earlier podcast of the same book. Of course it is a really interesting story, but we supspect all the talk of food and fishing is popular with our readers too. Why don't you check out both podcasts and see what each pair of podcasters found interesting to them.

KPE Episode 304: "The Cabbage Patch Pong "

Ashleigh and Rita bring us a book by Paul Jennings in this episode of KPE.

In "The Cabbage Patch Pong " Chris is trying to save two old cows that nobody wants. Chris asks dad if he can keep the cows and dad says NO! Chris knows that if he doesn't take the cows they will end up being killed, so he runs away with one of the cows called Petal and one of his siblings.
We know you will enjoy hearing more about this, so take a listen...

KPE Episode 303: "Boxer"

"Boxer" by Ian Charlton is podcast by Kobe and Logan from Room 15.  
Boxer is the greediest, nastiest, rudest pig in the world and is on the rampage again. Dot, her Mum, and her brother Charlie have to rely on Dad to show him whose boss. Then when Dad has to go away to war, Dot is given a new responsibility - Boxer.  We know you will enjoy hearing about this book from these two year 5 boys.

Monday, 20 September 2010

KPE Episode 302: "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"

Starford and Kingston from Room 15 bring us "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson.

They have chosen a classic novel to podcast for this episode and Kingston has done a great job of telling us what this story is about. If you have never read "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" we highly recommend this podcast.
Imagine a scientist who has concocted a potion. With an act of excitement the man tests this potion on himself. With one gulp, he experiences an amazing transformation and so, a disturbing creature arises....
Check it out for yourself!

KPE Episode 301: "The Wish Puppy"

Chante and Brooklyn from Room 15 have been reading a book in the 'Molly's Magic' series called "The Wish Puppy" by Holly Webb.  Molly can talk to animals and in the Molly's Magic series we hear all about her adventures with the animals which come to her father's veterinary surgery. In The Wish Puppy  it's up to Molly to reunite Star the King Charles Spaniel with her twin sister Stella before her magic fades. Star is a wish puppy, you see, and the longer she's separated from her twin the more her magic will fade. This is the second book in the series but each can be read without having read any of the others.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

KPE Episode 300: "Child of Aotearoa"

"Child of Aotearoa" by Melanie Drewery has been chosen as our 300th book to podcast!
That's right - Pt England students since 2005 have managed to review 300 books.  And most of them are New Zealand books.  We do hope you have enjoyed the journey so far.
Tyla and Kayla from Room 17 are our hosts for this episode. 

Melanie Drewery spins a magical tale, weaving the ties from the past that bind us all to this land called Aotearoa. Across the years we have all formed links and connections to the land we call home and no matter where we are in the world we will always feel that pull back to this special place.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

KPE Episode 299: "Bionicle: Trial by Fire"

This episode of KPE is brought to us by Matthew x 2; that's right, Matthew T and Matthew R.  Both of these boys are in Room 17.  They have chosen the second book in the Bionicle Adventures series, "Trial by Fire" by Greg Farshtey. Check it out...

The Toa are searching for the Disks of Power. Without these Disks, they may never be able to defeat the Morbuzak that is destroying the city of Metru Nui. The Matoran say they will help, but at least one of them has his own plans. Will the Toa succeed in their quest? Or will someone that they thought they could trust betray them?

KPE Episode 298: "Friends: Snake and Lizard"

Selena and Ala from Room 17 present "Friends: Snake and Lizard" by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop in this podcast for KPE.
"This is a new book of stories about the daily adventures of the popular Snake and Lizard. Snake is elegant and calm, and a little self-centred; Lizard is exuberant and irrepressible. In this book they meet a frog without its croak, a nosy porcupine and many other creatures of the desert – even human beings. Although Snake and Lizard argue a lot, they remain the best of friends."

KPE Episode 297: "The Wild West Gang"

Matthew and Joshua from Room 17 present "The Wild West Gang" by Joy Cowley.

This is the first book in a series about about Michael and his cousins known as the 'Wild Wests'.

"Michael is an only child of doting parents who believe that it is important to know the right people, say the right things and live in the right kind of house. They are not exactly enthusiastic when their relatives the Wests move into the next street but Michael can't wait to spend more time with Auntie Rosie, Uncle Leo and their five children who are known as the wild West gang. No one in the West family has ever heard of the word "tidy" and they all do exciting things that sometimes get them into trouble."

KPE Episode 296: "Mayday"

Joshua and Kayde from Room 17 have read "Mayday" by G Brassi.
This book is a great read for people learning about Mighty Mariners -as we are at Pt England School this year.  We all know what "Mayday" means and so the title gives us lots of clues about this book.
As well as telling a great tale, we also learn lots about maritime safety rules and what can go wrong on a boat trip.
"Lee, her Dad and cousin are aboard a stricken boat, and there is no one to help them.  They can’t use the radio- it doesn’t work.  Fixing it was another of the jobs Uncle Matt was going to ‘sort out sometime,’ along with the leaking dinghy and the faulty wiring. 
A lapse of concentration sees the Bella run aground on Richard’s Rock, kilometres away from any help.  With the dinghy only big enough for two, Dad prepares Lee and Joey for an epic row to land, and safety.  Dad must stay behind with the sinking Bella and hope that help arrives before he is forced to take to his raft of foam cushions, risking the ocean - and the sharks."

Monday, 13 September 2010

KPE Episode 295: "The Were-Nana"

Selina and Brooke from Room 17 have podcast a book by a New Zealand author called Melinda Szymanik. The book has a very strange title - "The Were-Nana".  Read the snippet below to get an idea of what the story is about, then check out their podcast...
"There’s nothing Simon enjoys more than scaring his little sister, Stella Rosa. And now that the mysterious Nana Lupin is coming to stay, Simon is having great fun. Stella Rosa is afraid. Is her nana really a monster?"

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

KPE Episode 294 : "As Kuku Slept"

"As Kuku Slept" by Erin Devlin is podcast by two students from Room 17, Kayla and Chanel.

Kingi Kereru wakes up one moonlit night to find a possum about to raid his nest and attack his baby, Kuku. He and his mate Queenie chase the possum away, leaving Grandpa Kukupa guarding Kuku's as they fly up to investigate. As they fly further they see hundreds, then thousands, then millions of possums gorging on leaves and berries, and stealing eggs and chicks from nests. Sad and exhausted, they fly homewards. When they stop for a rest, they are encouraged by the sight of people working to save the kereru, setting traps for possums and other pests.

This story tells the story of the kereru, the New Zealand native wood pigeon, which is now a threatened species. You will learn a lot about the threat possums are to our forests and native creatures as you listen to the podcast and read the book.


KPE Episode 293: "Old Bones"

Ala and Selena present "Old Bones" by Bill Nagelkerke in this episode of KPE.

Here is a taster of what this book is about...
Jamie and his family have just moved into a big, old house called Cloverly in
the city, and he is not happy about it. Jamie loved his life on the farm and
blames the move into town on Sue, his dad’s new partner. Jamie resents Sue
for the way she has intruded into his life with his father. The farm is special to
Jamie because it is where he feels closest to his mother, who died during
childbirth. To make matters worse Sue is pregnant herself. The thought of
having a new baby brother or sister is less than thrilling for Jamie.

For weeks Jamie rattles around the rambling, old house. He has left all of his
old friends behind and has no interest in trying to find new ones. Anyway,
there is something unusual about Cloverly. Jamie senses a ghostly presence
in his bedroom. The room is always cold, and he can hear strange sounds
such as running water and trains – even though there are none for miles.

Check out what our podcasters have to say about it below....

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

KPE Episode 292: "Eureka"

This podcast from Sylvia and Kayla is about a book called "Eureka" by Sandy MaKay. We were very priviledged to have Sandy McKay visit our school several years ago and make a podcast with us about another one of her books.
"Eureka" sounds like another great story and we think you will enjoy the way Sylvia and Kayla talk about it. We also think you will enjoy the talents of the photographer for this episode - it looks like they had a lot of fun on their photo shoot!

"It's science fair time again and, as usual, Joey and Todd are stuck for ideas. Their teacher keeps imploring them to look for things in their every day lives that they could make better, but they still don't have a clue. Then, Eureka! Joey decides the thing that needs the most improvement is his frazzled single mother, so he starts experimenting..."

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

KPE Episode 291: "The Dare Club"

"The Dare Club" by Vince Ford is podcast and superbly illustrated by Joshua and Matthew from Room 17. Vince Ford is another very popular children's author at Pt England School and this book is very entertaining. It deals with the subject of bullying and how kids can deal with bullying if they stand up against it together.

KPE Episode 290: "Evil Fred"

 "Evil Fred" by Kylie Begg is Unaloto's first podcast and he has worked with Joe from Room 17 to present this book as a podcast. We know you will also enjoy the animation Unaloto created to illustrate a part of the story they don't get time to talk about.
This book is very popular with Pt England students and we are sure you will enjoy the way these two Year 6 boys discuss the book.  It involves a very evil family, the Rancids, and the way they try to corrupt a very cute dog.  Let them know what you think of their podcast...

Sunday, 18 July 2010

KPE Episode 289: "Snake and Lizard"

Aidan and Kobe from Room 17 tell us about "Snake and Lizard" by Joy Cowley in this episode of KPE.  They point out that we don't have snakes in New Zealand although we do have lizards and skinks. They have drawn some cool graphics to illustrate their podcast as well. Let them know what you think...

KPE Episode 288: "No Big Deal"

"No Big Deal" by David Hill is a novel from the Kiwi Bites series and Dante and Mary have chosen it for their first podcast.  These girls are Year 5 students in Room 15 and they have provided a great resume of this story about the adventures some kids have on a visit to an outdoor pursuits centre.
Have a listen and tell them what you think of their review.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

KPE Episode 287: "Chocolate Porridge"

"Chocolate Porridge" comes from an anthology by Margaret Mahy called "Wait For Me!" and Lola and Oshania from Room 15 have chosen this for their latest podcast.
The story is about a boy who appears to have way too many sisters and who is thwarted in his attempts to learn to cook. He uses his imagination and has a cooking session with interesting ingredients and a very interesting outcome. Have a listen....!