Saturday, 31 December 2011

KPE Episode 402: "Muddletopia"

Gabriel and Ahsin from Room 17 review a book from the Kiwi Bites series, "Muddletopia" by Kyle Mewburn.

Muddletopia is the most confusing planet in the galaxy. Not only is it completely flat but all the buildings look the same. The most confusing thing of all is that, at first glance, everyone looks alike. One day, Queen Malvina decides to make life easier by putting labels on everything, including people. She believes this will make Muddletopia a much less muddled place to live. However when a big earthquake shakes up Muddletopia everyone discovers just how confusing labels can be.

KPE Episode 401: "Gulliver's Travels"

Starford and Waata review the classic tale, "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift in this episode of KPE.  Many kids have seen the movie made from this book, but as these boys share, it is a great idea to read the book too.  Check out their podcast and tell them what you think of the story.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

KPE Episode 400: "Chicken Feathers"

This is an amazing event in the history of Korero Pt England -KPE has published 400 episodes today.
That means Pt Englanders have reviewed 400 books!
Ka pai Pt England kids!

Litia and Vivienne from Room 17 are the producers of this celebration podcast and have done us proud again.
They have chosen "Chicken Feathers" by Joy Cowley for this landmark episode, and we know you will enjoy their review. And check out the very cool photography while you listen...

Joshua lives with his parent on a farm with three thousand chickens. Joshua has been around chickens so long that he knows just about everything that there is to know about a chicken. But then Joshua meets Semolina who is quite different from any other chicken he’s ever seen.

Joshua’s father Tucker gives Semolina to his son one day. “She’s a character this one… Too old to lay, fights with the other chickens,” Tucker says. But Joshua likes the scruffy old chicken with ragged feathers nonetheless.

Then Joshua learns the truth about Semolina. The old chicken can talk just a like a human. Joshua tries to tell his parents but they don’t believe him.....

Monday, 5 December 2011

KPE Episode 399: "Follow that Lion"

Jessica interviews Makalita from Room 17 for this episode of KPE. "Follow that Lion" by Rosemary Hayes is a book in the Aussie Nibbles series.

Hector's mum does some very strange things, but even he is astonished when his mum brings home a lion, and expects it to be a vegetarian. The lion wants meat desperately, and so follows a mad chase. 

They say the author's message is to get a pet that you can look after properly!  And we're guessing that a lion doesn't quite fit the bill...

KPE Episode 398: "Only Tadpoles have Tails"

"Only Tadpoles have Tails" by Jane Clarke is the latest podcast by Maru and Caroline from Room 17. This is a lovely story about friendship and responsibility.

Kicky the frog is upset that he still has his tadpole tail. He endures teasing from the other rainforest frogs because he is the only one who still has a tail. Although his friend assures him that it's only a matter of time before it falls off, he is still impatient - until piranhas attack and Kicky's tail saves the day. The tail helps him to swim faster and escape the piranhas, before it finally drops off. 

Sunday, 4 December 2011

KPE Episode 397: "Lucy's Bear"

Caroline and Maru from Room 17 are pleased to share their review of "Lucy's Bear" by Philip Holden in this episode of KPE.

Theodore Bear is Lucy's constant companion, and certainly the best dressed teddy bear in Auckland. He secretly longs to play rugby for New Zealand, but at present he is quite content to accompany Lucy on an adventure-packed South Island holiday. 

Saturday, 3 December 2011

KPE Episode 396: "Meet The Kreeps New Step-Mummy"

Brooklyn interviews Maru about "Meet The Kreeps New Step-Mummy" by Kiki Thorpe. This is the second book in the Kreeps series.

Polly can't believe that her dad actually likes Veronica Kreep. But that doesn't compare to how she feels now that the two are getting married! And if Polly thought the Kreeps were bizarre, that was only because she hadn't met the extended Kreep family yet! One thing's for sure, marrying a Kreep is anything but boring! Polly Winkler just wants to be a normal kid in a normal family. When you're ten, that's hard enough. But it's even harder when your dad decides to marry the mother of the weirdest family in town!
Polly seems to be the only one in her family who sees how strange the Kreeps really are. Her older sister is too busy cheerleading to notice anything and her younger brother is consumed with preparing for the county spelling bee championship.
With the Kreeps around, Polly is always at risk of dying of embarrassment. But at least she knows that life will never be boring!

KPE Episode 395: "The Lost Watch"

Makalita interviews Jessica about Phillipa Werry's very popular book, "The Lost Watch".

This is a great story about about things going wrong when someone had forgotten to "be in the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time"!  And the courage it takes to own up when you have done the wrong thing.