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10 New Blue and Yellow Band Early Readers Coming in August!

Our 50 title strong Early Readers scheme is about to be joined by another fabulous 10 titles! In August we will be publishing 5 new blue and 5 new yellow band Early Readers bringing the rapidly growing and popular programme to 60 titles. Watch this space as our higher colour bands will also be expanding soon!

‘If you are looking for a breath of fresh air to top up your existing reading scheme, we recommend you give these a try!’ Books for Topics

I must applaud all of the authors and illustrators involved in these books for their brilliant and perfectly pitched work here. Maverick 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.’  Book Monster Ally

‘Maverick Early Readers are a stylish and appealing option for schools looking to expand their range of material for new readers.’  Teach Primary

‘Thoughtfully designed, these fun, brightly illustrated stories are short, accessible and feature themes and characters children will love! ‘  The Learning Hub, Institute of Education, University of Reading


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Axis Magazine highlights new book from Hertford-based author Alice Hemming!

Axis, the lifestyle magazine for East Herts, has published a lovely piece about Alice Hemming’s new Summer Reading Challenge 2018 book Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo! Visit the Leaf Cafe and Bookshop to pick up your copy!


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‘A splendid book which deserves a place on every small person’s reading menu’ Armadillo Magazine enthuses about Not My Hats!

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Armadillo Magazine‘s Summer 2018 issue carries a glowing review for picture book Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley:

‘Marley’s illustrations are a perfect match for the energetic text, with plentiful detail in each spread for a child to explore and talk about whilst being simple, colourful and full of character.  When a two-year-old and a five-year-old both laugh out loud at the same time it’s clear that the book is a gem. In this case it is an absolute riot! The children especially loved Hettie’s ‘hatmosphere’ and had great fun deciding on our own favourite hats (the crab hat, blue hat and fancy hoity toity hat in case you’re interested). Hettie’s increasing emphatic refusal to swap a hat for a gnome, a comb or a dog with a bone was another particular highlight.

With hugely memorable rhyming lists for readers to join in with, this is a splendid book which deserves a place on every small person’s reading menu.  This is a brilliant book for young children. We highly recommend it.’

Thank you so much!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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Mr Ree crashes the dino-mite launch party for The Wondrous Dinosaurium in London!

Lots of fun was had by all who attended The Wondrous Dinosaurium launch party on Tuesday evening at West End Lane Books in West Hampstead. There were dinosaur shaped biscuits and even Mr Ree, the proprietor of The Wondrous Dinosaurium, made a surprise guest appearance!  Many congratulations to author John Condon and illustrator Steve Brown on a great new picture book.  The wonderful reviews have been coming in thick and fast…. If you haven’t got your copy yet you can buy it here!

L to R: Dino biscuits; award winning author Candy Gourlay with John Condon; Mr Ree amuses party guests

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Maverick picture books prepare to delight American readers!

Maverick picture books will delight a whole new readership of children and adults from the 1st of September!

Four of our most popular picture books will be published in the US in beautiful jacketed hardback editions priced at $17.99 each and distributed by Lerner Publishing.

We are so excited to receive these advance copies in the office recently. Aren’t they lovely?


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‘Great suspense and fun dialogue’ My Book Corner rave review for The Wondrous Dinosaurium!

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Leisa at My Book Corner just posted a fab review for The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown (along with a very funny story about a childhood cinema outing to see Jurassic Park!!):

‘The idea’s a simple one – Danny wants a pet. But not just any pet… a giant Jurassic one. Luckily Mr Ree’s the purveyor of prehistoric pets at the local Dinosaurium, wedged on the High Street between the light shop and the locksmith. Mr Ree soon sorts Danny out with a car squashingly big Diplodocus Longus, a drooly T-Rex, a flightly pterodon and the list goes on. None are quite right, but Danny and Mr Ree eventually get on the same page delivering a delightfully satisfying ending for little dino devotees.

John’s packed loads into a wonderfully short text – great suspense and fun dialogue. And Steve’s illustrations are fantastically good fun – with loads of humour for the kids.

Some dino obsessions never die. Happy reading!’

Thanks, Leisa!

See the full review here and buy a copy here

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5 STAR REVIEW ‘A fun story that I loved reading’ What’s Good to Read can’t wait for more Dino Wars!

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David at What’s Good to Read gave Dino Wars: Rise of the Raptors by Dan Metcalf with illustrations by Aaron Blecha a whopping 5 STARS in a recent review:

This is a fun story that I loved reading, and so will children (age 7 years +) will thoroughly enjoy. I can wait for the next instalment to continue the adventure. Dan Metcalf has written the book in a fun style, some of the dinosaur names will be a bit of a challenge for younger readers but it easily to read.

Also, I must mention the illustrator Aaron Blecha. He has created some great comic book style black & white illustrations to accompany the story and are interspersed throughout the book. They are fun and expressive and add depth to the story.

If you have children that love dinosaurs and adventure, then order a copy today! I’m sure they won’t be disappointed.’

Rating: 5/5

Thanks, David! You won’t have long to wait for the next exciting adventure: Dino Wars: The Trials of Terror is out in September!


Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘Thoughtfully designed’ The Learning Hub samples our new pink and red band Early Readers!

The Learning Hub at the University of Reading recently reviewed samples of our new red and pink band Early Readers which have just been published:

Some lovely new review copies from Maverick Arts arrived this week! 

Bands are easily identified by bright, coloured stars on the front and back covers – here we have examples of the Pink and Red books.

The pink and red bands are suitable for children working at Letters and Sounds Phase 2 and there are a number of great features to aid reading, with each story focusing on a particular letter and group of high frequency words. Before the story begins children have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with key words, helping to increase confidence when approaching the main text and there’s plenty of scope for making simple inferences based on illustrations too.

Thoughtfully designed, these fun, brightly illustrated stories are short, accessible and feature themes and characters children will love! Our favourite was ‘On the Log’, which plays with the traditional rhyming sentence ‘the dog sat on the log’ by having all the other animals join in too!’

Have a look at the whole reading scheme here, read the full review here and look out for more blue and yellow band Early Readers coming in August!

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‘Sure to have readers rooting for Zebra and laughing, too’ First Kirkus Reviews notice for Bonkers American release!

We were thrilled to see our very first review online today in Kirkus Reviews for the American edition of Bonkers by Cath Jones with illustrations by Chris Jevons. The book will be published in a hardback jacketed edition (ISBN 978-1-84886-310-1on the 1st of September at a price of $17.99 and distributed by Lerner Books.

Jevons’ cartoon illustrations amplify the silly text’s humor with strong visual characterization and funny details. Sure to have readers rooting for Zebra and laughing, too.’

See the full review here

The review will appear on the print edition of Kirkus Reviews on June 15th.

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‘Lots of fun’ Red Reading Hub enjoys Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo!

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Jill at Red Reading Hub recently enjoyed our Summer Reading Challenge 2018 junior fiction title Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming with illustrations by Kathryn Durst:

Is the outing a success and do they arrive back at school with all seventeen children plus teacher safe and sound? And, are they allowed to go to that eagerly anticipated end-of-year party? You’ll have to get hold of a copy of this action packed story and find out.

With its twisting-turning plot, it’s certainly lots of fun. Packed with zany illustrations by Kathyrn Durst and promises of further adventures to come, let me just say, there’s a whole lot more to class 4X than previous teachers had thought: Mrs Ogg manages to unearth a whole lot of hidden talents therein.’

With such great reviews the book is flying off the shelves!

Read the full review here and buy your copy here

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