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‘Strong characterisation…and some wonderful humour’ – Madge Eekal reviews Arlo, Miss Pythia and the Forbidden Box

Thank you to Madge Eekal for another detailed review about our new book Arlo, Miss Pythia and the Forbidden Box by Alice Hemming and Mike Garton.

‘An entertaining and easy to read story for emerging readers.

The story is written in simple language to make it accessible to emerging readers but still has strong characterisation (particularly of Arlo who narrates the story) and some wonderful humour. I’ll give you just one example that made me laugh out loud. There’s a short scene in chapter one when Arlo is listing the things that he believes make Miss Pythia weird. When he points out she shares her name with an Ancient Greek priestess, Daisy-May replies: “So what? … My surname is Bacon and I’m a vegetarian. It means nothing.”

While the writing is entertaining and easy to read, the plot also has just the right amount of interest and intrigue for the age range. I especially liked the twist about the fate of the class kitten. (Sorry, it’s a plot twist so I can’t tell you more!) The themes about friendship and the importance of teamwork are also well handled, being subtle enough not to detract from the plot.

I can’t conclude a review without a quick mention of the fun black and white illustrations by Mike Garton. Deliberately childlike, these are likely to appeal to the target readership while, as an adult, I had more appreciation for the things children won’t consciously notice such as the diversity amongst the characters.’

You can read her full review here.

The first book Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo opened up a great adventure for Arlo and friends and we are excited to see what happens next in Arlo, Miss Pythia and the Forbidden Box. You can order these titles here.

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‘Brilliant’ Fab review from Gemma and son at Mummy’s Waisted for new Early Readers!


Gemma and her 5 year old son at Mummy’s Waisted enjoyed sampling our new blue and yellow band Early Readers publishing at the end of this month:

My son is between Reception and Year One and I wanted to carry on with the good progress he’d made at school during the Summer Holidays.

The Maverick range is brilliant for this. It’s arranged into coloured bands, with plenty of titles available in each one. They all have bright colourful characters and fun stories. Many of the books in the range have accompanying resource packs and activity sheets (available through the website).

We tried out The Space Race from the yellow band and A Job for Pop from the blue band. Both were very suitable for my son, with engaging words that he could read or spell out.’

Thanks, Gemma!

Read the full review here and buy copies of the Early Readers from Hive Books here

You can either have the books delivered to your home or support your local bookshop by collecting them from your chosen shop who then get a percentage of the sale.

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‘A hilarious and warm-hearted narrative’ Book Murmuration is charmed by AdoraBULL!

Louise at Book Murmuration just posted a very thoughtful review of AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore:

‘The story is right up to date. It uses internet trends and smart-phones to tell an age-old narrative. This means it could also be used to discuss the pressures of social media. Alfred looks online and sees cute animals. Does this mean he needs to change himself? It is great to see modern-day problems reflected in children’s books.

Alfred also learns about his own beauty. When he stops trying to copy others, he does something genuinely cute. This is an important message at a time when young people feel increasingly pressured to alter their appearance.

A book full of laughs and fuzzy-moments. A lovely bedtime story.’ 

Thanks, Louise!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘Awesome’ Nayu’s Reading Corner rave review for Beware the Mighty Bitey!

Nayu’s Reading Corner recently gave a wonderful review for Beware the Mighty Bitey (part of the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge) by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Susan Batori:
‘I accepted this book for review without seeing the cover – the synopsis on it’s own had me smiling away and intrigued! I find piranhas cute just as I do crocodiles, they tend to be used in picture books with humour so my imagination was running wild. The story is awesome! 
The piranhas are as hilarious as I’d hoped, their expressions and thoughts as they tempt animals to go on their falling apart bridge was clear to see and funny, with lots of great words and different fonts used to bring the story even more to life than it already is. Their hungry nature is depicted perfectly, with a surprise end that I didn’t see coming, which is always a pleasant surprise in picture books. I’m not sure how much the Mighty Bities would want their tale publicised, but I certainly want everyone to read it!’ 
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DINO-TASTIC first review from The Letterpress Project for Dino Wars: Rise of the Raptors!

Terry at The Letterpress Project just posted a wonderful pre-publication review of Dan Metcalf‘s new book coming out on the 28th of April Rise of the Raptors, the first in a four book series Dino Wars:

‘Let me just say that the excitement and the fun levels are satisfyingly high!

At the end of the book you also get a teasing little taster of the next instalment in the quest to make sure you keep reading – always a clever little ploy I think.

American born, UK-based Aaron Blecha has done the comic-book style illustrations that feature throughout the book and which will keep the younger reader amused. I especially like the occasional full page illustration like the one of Stryker’s monument that the team stumble on when they first smuggle their way into Raptor City.

I’m pretty sure that younger readers who discover this first book will want to stick with the four instalments and they’re going to look forward to each new publication with some eagerness I suspect.’

Thanks, Terry – We are really looking forward to publication day!

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‘A wonderful story full of enchantment and wonder’ Books for Boys reviews The Snowflake Mistake

Louise at Books for Boys recently posted a wonderful review of wintry treat The Snowflake Mistake by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Maddie Frost:

‘This is a mesmerising rhyming book that will make you wish for a white Christmas. … a magical story that celebrates the beauty in diversity because things that are different are no less special.’

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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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Bonkers About Beetroot wins Maverick Book of the Year!

Maverick authors and illustrators gathered for the annual Christmas party last Saturday night at the Brass Monkey pub in London. Each had one vote for Book of the Year out of 4 titles shortlisted by Maverick staff Kim, Steve, Aimee and Val.

The winner was announced in great style by Charlie Bullock of Pandora Books…. the fabulously original  Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones and illustrated by Chris Jevons! Sadly, Chris could not be with us on the night but here are some lovely pictures of Cath proudly holding her trophy. And what a well deserved winner too!

If you fancy a copy of the winner you can order here!

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Cath Jones wows young fans at book events in September and October!

Cath Jones enjoyed a fun visit to The Sheen Bookshop on the 13th of September where she read from her Early Reader The Smart Hat and got stuck into some zany hat making!

On the 13th of October she met a gaggle of eager young fans at the Stream Walk Community Garden in Whitstable for a preview reading of her new picture book Bonkers About Beetroot. What a wonderful morning!

If this look like fun don’t miss Cath’s upcoming events! Our full calendar of author events is here.

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‘This laugh-out-loud story is packed with fun’ Lancashire Evening Post goes Bonkers About Beetroot!

The Lancashire Evening Post relished our latest picture book Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones and wonderfully illustrated by Chris Jevons:

Starring an optimistic Zebra and a pessimistic Penguin, this laugh-out-loud story is packed with fun, frolics and a fantastic cast of animal characters.

Debut author Cath Jones lets her imagination run wild in this wacky safari adventure brought to life by Chris Jevons’ vibrant illustrations. No child can resist this riot of colour, creative antics and a VERY large beetroot!’

Many thanks, Pam!

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