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Tracy and her Horde of Hamsters Tour Croydon Libraries!

Tracy Gunaratnam has been very busy with her horde (yes, that is the correct collective term!) of hamsters touring three Croydon libraries this month. She read her latest book Hamster Sitter Wanted (with brilliant illustrations by Hannah Marks) and the ever popular Preposterous Rhinoceros (illustrated by the talented Marta Costa) and joined in various craft activities with her young fans.

L to R: New Addington Library (15th August), Bradmore Green Library (16th August), New Addington Library and Sanderstead Library (8th August).

If you enjoyed these events or wish you’d been there, don’t miss Tracy at South Norwood Library, 23rd August at 3pm or Norbury Library, 31st August at 2:30pm!

You can buy Hamster Sitter Wanted here and Preposterous Rhinoceros here 

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Rufty-tufty roaming cats supported in Woking!

Heather Pindar has donated copies of her recent picture book Wishker (illustrated by Sarah Jennings) to her local Woking and District branch of Cats Protection. She adopted her big-whiskered cat Madge at this branch who later became the inspiration for the wish granting cat Wishker in the story. Since its publication in May Wishker has been flying off the shelves so a very big thank you from Maverick to Heather, Madge and to the Woking and District branch of Cats Protection for making the book possible!

 

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Cats Protection is a national charity working for a world where every cat is treated with kindness and understanding of its needs. To learn more about donating or adopting a cat visit the website here

Buy a copy of Wishker here

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Another 5 STAR review from The Bookbag for Early Reader Bam-Boo and I Wish!

We are thrilled that another 5 star review has just come out for red banded Early Reader Bam-Boo and I Wish by Alice Hemming and illustrated by Julia Seal!

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‘The illustrations in the book support the story perfectly. Panda is very cute, and all the colours are bright and attractive. You can use the pictures too for figuring out what’s happening in the story, if you get a bit stuck. I think these early reader books are great, and this one is a particular favourite in our house. Simple, but very sweet! Definitely recommended for your little ones who are just starting out on their reading journey.’

Read the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

There are 40 titles in our Early Reader series across eight colour bands. You can order all of the titles from major library and school suppliers or from The Book Depository here

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‘Definitely recommended!’ 5 STAR review from The Bookbag for Early Reader Buzz and Jump! Jump!

The Bookbag recently gave our red banded Early Reader Buzz and Jump! Jump! by Alice Hemming and illustrated by Louise Forshaw an amazing 5 star review.

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‘I felt this was pitched at the right reading level, with fun pictures and two entertaining stories. My son really enjoyed reading it, and he hasn’t seen the books in this series as being ‘homework’ but instead fun books to read and enjoy multiple times. Definitely recommended!’

Read the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

There are 40 titles in our Early Reader series across eight colour bands. You can order all of the titles from major library and school suppliers or from The Book Depository here

 

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Hamsters in Irish Tatler!

Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Hannah Marks has received a charming little notice in the latest issue of Irish Tatler!

‘A cheerful, witty tale that will be familiar to anyone who takes care of kids.’

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Out on the 28th of August! Pre-order here.

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‘I was incredibly impressed by the quality of these books’ Book Monster Ally loves our Early Readers!

Sheffield children’s librarian Ally at Book Monsters recently gave what may well be the best Early Readers review we’ve ever had! Ally praised the quality of the writing and the illustrations and said:

‘I must applaud all of the authors and illustrators involved in these books for their brilliant and perfectly pitched work here. It’s a tricky level to target, but all involved have done a superb job. Younger reader books are certainly getting better generally as we realise the importance of nurturing children’s love of reading early on, and Maverick arts publishing have really pulled out all the stops with their very own collection. I’m hugely impressed with the high quality of their younger readers’ series. If you want bright, colourful, funny and entertaining, yet well designed and educational books for young children, then I’d suggest giving these a go.’

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Thank you so much, Ally! We really appreciate it! We are feeling some Sheffield love for Maverick just now as The New LiBEARian by Alison Donald and illustrated by Alex Willmore is also up for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award!

Read the full review here

All 40 Maverick Early Readers are available from Amazon, The Book Depository, bookshops, wholesalers and library and school suppliers.

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Maverick signs 4 book Dino Wars series with author Dan Metcalf!

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Browns Books for Students stocks the full range of Maverick Early Readers!

Browns Books for Students is now stocking the full 40 titles across 8 colour bands of Maverick’s Early Readers scheme!

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Some of our recent reviews:

‘Maverick’s Early Readers are attractive books that aim to bring the fun of bedtime stories to learning to read, whether in the classroom or at home – and they certainly succeed.’  Parents in Touch

‘I really like these engaging little books that are well designed, saturated with colour and action packed pictures. I like that they use a range of authors and illustrators because this makes them even more diverse. The stories are simple but funny with lots of emphasis on looking at detail in the pictures as well as learning to decode the text. I would imagine that any young child would feel a great sense of satisfaction as they complete each one and be delighted to re- read with confidence and to move on to the next one in the relevant band.’  The Letterpress Project

Schools: don’t miss out your back to school order! You can order from Browns Books for Students here

 

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‘Engaging little books that are well designed, saturated with colour and action packed pictures’ The Letterpress Project reviews some Early Readers!

The Letterpress Project recently reviewed a selection of the pink, red and yellow band Early Readers and highly praised many different aspects of the scheme. Thanks, Karen!

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‘I really like these engaging little books that are well designed, saturated with colour and action packed pictures. I like that they use a range of authors and illustrators because this makes them even more diverse. The stories are simple but funny with lots of emphasis on looking at detail in the pictures as well as learning to decode the text. I would imagine that any young child would feel a great sense of satisfaction as they complete each one and be delighted to re- read with confidence and to move on to the next one in the relevant band.’

Read the full review here

All 40 Early Readers titles can be ordered from The Book Depository, Amazon, and the major wholesalers and library and school suppliers.

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‘Guaranteed to have the kids…… and adults giggling the whole way through!’ Stone Underpants is the FIRST in a month of reviews from OBC Mini Reviewers

Orchard Book Club Mini Reviewers has undertaken to publish a book review each day in the month of August and we are thrilled that Stone Underpants by Rebecca Lisle and illustrated by Richard Watson is the first book chosen to be reviewed!  A very big thank you to Lily-May and Mummy!

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‘Its a fun read with beautiful illustrations, its also bright and colourful which keeps Lily-May’s concentration (always a bonus in my book!)’

If you love Stone Underpants you won’t want to miss Pod’s next hilarious adventure publishing in November, Game of Stones!

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Read the full review here 

Buy a copy of the book here

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