Farewell to Brian Jacques and Redwall [via Christchurch City Libraries Kids’ Blog]

I was sad to learn today that the author of the Redwall series, Brian Jacques, died on 5 February 2011. Brian has written many books in the Redwall series, including Rakkety Tam, The Legend of Luke, Marlfox, and The Pearls of Lutra, as well as the fantastic Flying Dutchman series.  Here are some interesting facts about Brian Jacques:

  • He was caned by a teacher, who could not believe a 10-year-old could write so well, when he wrote a short story about a bird who cleaned a crocodile’s teeth.
  • He left school at 15 and traveled the world as a merchant seaman.
  • He wrote his first story, Redwall, for children at Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool.  Because the children were blind, he made his writing as descriptive as possible, painting pictures with words so that they could see them in their imaginations.
  • He has worked as a railway fireman, a longshoreman, a long-distance truck driver, a bus driver, a boxer, a bobby (Police Constable), a postmaster, and a stand-up comic.
  • He has sold over 20 million books worldwide and they have been translated into 29 languages.

We have lots of Brian’s books in the library for you to enjoy so come and borrow some to see why they are so popular.

Posted by zackids at Christchurch City Libraries – reposted with kind permission. 🙂


New Picture Books added this week:

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These books will be on the New Books shelves soon … Ms. Hill 🙂

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Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

Funny funnyman David Walliams is at it again! He has written his third book (after The boy in the dress and Mr. Stink) and it is just as, well, David Walliams-ish! (In case you watch Little Britain on the TV, he is the tall one).

Billionaire Boy is about a boy, Joe Spud, whose father has gone from rags to riches by earning squillions of dollars making a fabulous new toilet paper. This has made Joe both one of the richest kids ever and the most bullied. Joe has no friends and is known as ‘Bum Boy’ and the ‘Bog Roll Kid’ at his frightfully expensive private school.

When Joe receives a £2,000,000 cheque for his birthday from his dad he confesses that in fact what he would prefer is a friend to share his life with. He moves to the local school posing as a ‘normal’ kid and meets Bob, a fellow ‘fatty’, with whom he forms a friendship. But nothing ever runs that smoothly …

David Walliams writes a very funny book. I loved his description of the curriculum at St. Cuthbert’s School for Boys: how to be beastly to servants, how to play Stately Homes Top Trumps, and how to step over the homeless person as you leave the opera! 🙂

So grab a copy from the QSLibrary (coming soon), OR if you want the free billion pound banknote inside the back cover all for yourself, you’ll have to buy a copy! It is an easy read – lots of pages but larger print so it won’t take you forever to read. Anyone 9+ should love this story.

Ms. Hill 🙂

Before and after!

Check out our NEW LOOK Library … Out with the blue, in with the new. 🙂

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EXTRAORDINARY! … Term One at QPS for 2011

How was your Christmas break?

Fun or boring?

Filled with excitement or just chillin’?

Leave a comment below telling me about anything EXTRAORDINARY that happened to you in the holidays and be in to win a prize to start your year. Leave your name and room number so I can contact you if you win.

If blogging is new to you, come and tell me instead. I’ve heard some great stories so far. 🙂

 Ms. Hill 🙂

My quote for the day …

“Libraries remind us that truth isn’t about who yells the loudest but who has the right information”

(then Senator) Barak Obama at the American Library Association Conference June 27, 2005