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Rave review for Bonkers About Beetroot from Book Monsters!

Book Monster Ally posted a rave review for Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones and illustrated by Chris Jevons recently as part of her Advent calendar:

Bonkers about Beetroot has plenty to offer. It shows the process needed to grow plants (something we are often asked for as part of school projects) and teaches children not to give up, to fight for what they believe in and not be put off by people who may doubt them. But fundamentally, this is just a brilliantly fun and of course bonkers story for children.’

Thanks, Ally!

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‘Highly recommended for nurseries, classrooms and libraries and for family use’ Armadillo Magazine Winter 2017 reviews!

Armadillo Magazine has just made its Winter 2017 reviews live and we are so pleased two of our recent picture books are included:

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‘In Bonkers About Beetroot, Cath Jones has written a great story about the determination to succeed and achieve what you want despite the negative attitudes of people around you, and Chris Jevons‘s artwork really brings it to life.  As with other picture books form Maverick, it’s size and distinctive square shape make it ideal for sharing with a little one by your side, but it will also be a good one to read aloud in class as children will love it – finding lots to laugh at along the way.’ 

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‘This is a lovely picture book that cheerfully smashes gender stereotypes.  What a delightful protagonist Rooster is, and what important messages his return to confidence and pride gives, in particular that there is nothing wrong in being different; that everyone can be special in their own way.  

The rhyming text is funny and clever, and begs to be read aloud.  The illustrations are wonderfully colourful and exuberant and complement the words perfectly.  Highly recommended for nurseries, classrooms and libraries and for family use.’

Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans is by Jessie Miller and illustrated by Barbara Bakos.

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Buy a copy of Rooster here and Bonkers here

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‘A suspenseful tale from Heather Pindar to keep listeners on the edges of their seats’ Red Reading Hub snaps up Beware the Mighty Bitey

Red Reading Hub was thrilled to review Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Susan Batori:

A suspenseful tale from Heather Pindar to keep listeners on the edges of their seats, deliciously illustrated by Susan Batori with toothsome scenes of ferocious fish and musical mammals.’

Thanks, Jill!

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‘How could any youngster resist the sheer joy and silliness of all this?’ The Letterpress Project enjoys a trip to the Stone Age!

Terry at The Letterpress Project posted a wonderful review recently for Game of Stones by Rebecca Lisle and illustrated by Richard Watson:

How could any youngster resist the sheer joy and silliness of all this? On top of that there’s the big, bold cartoon-like drawings that spread themselves over the full page and frequently give you a full double page panorama.

This is another visually stunning picture story book from Maverick Arts Publishing and it keeps up their reputation for top quality children’s picture books.’

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‘We can’t get enough of this humorous story’ Books for Topics reviews two new picture books!

Books for Topics recently posted reviews of two of our latest picture books:

Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Susan Batori

‘This highly original story features a group of Mighty Bitey Piranhas who are lurking in a jungle water pool waiting for their next unsuspecting snack to come along. Filled with music and mayhem, this brightly illustrated and delightfully rhythmical story is heaps of fun. The piranhas are not the only things surreptitiously lurking in the pages of this book, however, as there is also an unexpected twist at the end that we never saw coming!’

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Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton and illustrated by Rachel Suzanne

‘We’ve had plenty of fun enjoying Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches this week and we can’t get enough of this humorous story with an irresistible repeated refrain! This story features a small boy called Jack, who is busy preparing a plateful of egg sandwiches when he is interrupted by the appearance of a large bear. Undaunted, Jack tries to offer the bear some sandwiches but as the story climaxes it becomes apparent that the bear has a very different sort of lunch in mind! The story evokes elements of both The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Green Eggs and Ham, creating a wonderfully amusing new world of its own where boys negotiate lunchtime with bears in the most matter-of-fact kind of way. We love the bold, colourful illustrations that contrast the cartoon-like enormous bear with the photo-style collages of egg sandwiches, perfectly encapsulating the way in which the story merges the mundanity of lunchtime with the ludicrousness of the bear. We highly recommend this book and we are certain that this one will quickly become a story-time favourite.’

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Teachwire reviews Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches

Teachwire recently posted a lovely review for Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches in its new school books section:

‘Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches is a hilarious story about a boy who loves egg sandwiches and a very fussy bear who has other ideas.’

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‘A real hoot!’ My Book Corner enjoys the humour in Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches

My Book Corner just posted a stunning review for Julie Fulton‘s new book Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches:

‘Fulton’s narrative takes us through hilarious twists and turns that will have you giggling over your sandwiches. I love the playful tone of Rachel Suzanne’s contemporary illustrations – that first image of Jack concentrating on making his sandwiches is just wonderful.

Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches is a real hoot!’

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See the full review here and read My Book Corner’s interview with Julie Fulton.

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Parents in Touch reviews our latest picture books!

Parents in Touch has just posted some cracking reviews of our latest picture books!

‘I always look forward to new books from Maverick Arts Publishing – I know I am going to be enjoying great stories along with superb illustrations – and this latest batch lived up to expectations.’ 

Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton and illustrated by Rachel Suzanne:  ‘Hilarious and very satisfying story’

Game of Stones by Rebecca Lisle and illustrated by Richard Watson‘It’s great to see a sequel to a popular picture book, as children will really enjoy re-visiting old friends in a new story… wonderful laugh-aloud book… superbly illustrated by Richard Watson.’

Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Susan Batori‘The tables are turned in a hilarious story which children will love. Illustrated with great style and verve by Susan Batori.’

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Lancashire Evening Post reviews three new picture books for Christmas!

Pam at the Lancashire Evening Post has just reviewed our latest picture books:

Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Susan Batori

‘An exhilarating adventure for little ones.  Batori provides the wonderfully bright, busy and colourful illustrations while Pindar, who has over twenty years’ experience as a teacher, delivers an offbeat, comical adventure that proves to be more than an open-and-shut adventure as the piranhas’ devilish plot is well and truly sunk. Jingle, jungle laughs for Christmas!’

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Game of Stones by Rebecca Lisle and illustrated by Richard Watson

Game of Stones – another brilliant book from Maverick – is the sparkling sequel to the hilarious Stone Underpants and sees Lisle and Watson on top form. Their entertaining and innovative story, packed with wonderful inventions and wild and wacky illustrations, ends on a hilarious high note at a playground called… Stonehinge! Christmas just got creative!’

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Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton and illustrated by Rachel Suzanne

Fulton has fun with this action-packed story which uses repetition, comedy and the art of surprise in a most delightful way. Suzanne captures the humour of the story with her bold, colourful illustrations making this a delicious treat for all the family to enjoy.’

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Buy Beware the Mighty Bitey here, Game of Stones here and Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches here

 

 

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Another stellar review for Maverick Early Readers!

We have just received some wonderful comments from Caroline Smith, a retired senior early years teacher and former Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award Coordinator:

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These were a great success. They cheered up my grand-daughter, who was finding the ones in class rather dull.

These books were ideal for an early reader. The stories are fun, complemented well by the illustrations which greatly enrich the simple stories.  The vocabulary is well structured, and not contrived, which is often the case with phonic-based text.

I was very impressed with the introductory pages which enabled key words in the story to be identified in advance, (great to use the little pictures) and ‘tricky’ words practiced. I also liked the letter-tracing pages, -although many schools now do the looped ‘k’ and an alternative to glue in place might be useful.
The books are a good size for small hands, and look more like ‘real’ books than a reading scheme which therefore builds self-esteem.

They were used in tandem with ‘Jolly Phonics’ and another well-known reading scheme, and these books were much preferred by my tester.  This was due to the interest and enjoyment level, and the satisfaction of reading and understanding the story instantly, partly due to the illustrations.  Because they were funny, she approached the embedded text with anticipation.
Above all, these books are fun. My tester wants to re-read them and goes back especially to ‘Bam-boo’ and ‘Can I have my ball back?”
I am passing them on to the Primary one teacher with a recommendation to buy the set as enrichment Readers.
Well done again, Maverick.  You have a knack of knowing what children want to read.’

Thank you, Caroline!

See the full list of 40 Early Readers here 

 

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