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Early Readers coming out in Afrikaans!

South African children’s publisher Fantasi Books has sent us the covers for the first four Early Readers (or Eerste Leesboeke in Afrikaans!) which they are publishing in Afrikaans as part of a forty title Early Readers deal. Don’t they look splendid?

We look forward to seeing the next four in production soon!


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Maverick authors out in force at local schools for World Book Day week!

Maverick authors Alice Hemming (author of junior fiction title Rickety Rocket and whose forthcoming junior fiction title Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo has been selected for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge), Lou Treleaven (author of forthcoming junior fiction title Homework on Pluto, sequel to Letter to Pluto and of recent picture books Daddy and I and The Snugglewump), Heather Pindar (author of picture book Beware the Mighty Bitey, selected for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, and Wishker), and Amanda Brandon (author of the Granny Mutton Yarn series –A Scarf and a Half, A Box of Socks and A Knit and a Knot, the first two of which are also Orange band Early Readers) have a very busy schedule of school visits during World Book Day week starting on the 26th of February and including World Book Day on Thursday the 1st of March, through to Friday the 2nd March.

Join them for readings, storytelling and craft activities and celebrate the joy of children’s books!

The full schedule of events is here



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Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine shortlisted for the Dundee Picture Book Award 2018!

We are delighted that our picture book Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine by Alex English and illustrated by Emma Levey has just been shortlisted for the Dundee Picture Book Award 2018!

Alex and Emma will be attending the awards ceremony on the 21st of June at the Whitehall Theatre in Dundee which will be hosted by school children and attended by about 400 pupils.

We are thrilled and excited to be on a shortlist of four titles!

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More info on the award is here

Buy a copy of the book here 



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A lovely story with a positive message: Little Parachutes enjoys Daddy and I

Little Parachutes recently posted a great review for Daddy and I by Lou Treleaven and illustrated by Sophie Burrows:

Daddy and I is a beautifully-produced book with bright, cheerful illustrations to complement the heartwarming message in the story itself. 

The book sends out the message that Daddy’s Day can be a wonderful time, even without expensive outings and presents.’

Thank you so much!

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Read the full review here

Buy a copy here


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Little Parachutes loves the message and the humour in Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans!

New reviewer Little Parachutes, just a stones throw away from the Maverick office here in Horsham, posted a fantastic review for Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans by Jessie Miller and illustrated by Barbara Bakos:

An entertaining and amusing story that encourages children to be comfortable with and proud of who they are.

By using rhyming couplets throughout the book, the author creates a sing-song quality to the tale. Eye-catching illustrations draw the in the eye, whilst the use of cheeky, fun language that will entertain young children, adds to its humour. The message that we can be ourselves is clearly and humorously made.’

Thank you! The fan base for this delightful and quirky book is growing by leaps and bounds!

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Read the full review here

Buy a copy here


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Cath Jones interview with The Letterpress Project!

The Letterpress Project recently posted a wonderful interview with Bonkers About Beetroot and The Smart Hat author Cath Jones.  Cath has been a librarian, teacher and community gardener before deciding to take the plunge to become a full time author of picture books, early readers and junior fiction. In the interview she talks about her earliest experiences as a reader, her favourite books and what qualities make a book exceptional.

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Read the full interview here

Buy a copy of Bonkers About Beetroot here and The Smart Hat here


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‘Would inspire some wonderful discussion’ The Letterpress Project enthuses about Homework on Pluto!

Karen at The Letterpress Project has recently reviewed an advance copy of junior fiction title Homework on Pluto by Lou Treleaven, the sequel to Letter to Pluto, which will be published on the 28th April:

‘The lively illustrations provide a fun and accessible format and definitely add to this funny story which reveals Jon to be quite subversive despite his excellent homework. I like the way that he manages to come out on top and that Mrs Hall doesn’t spot that she is being fobbed off. In this way it continues the great tradition of children’s books that show children to be much wiser and more imaginative that the adults around them. I also think that the story would inspire some wonderful discussion, writing and other creative work on the theme of space and importance of caring for the environment and the community, no matter where one is in the solar system.

 I very much look forward to reading the next book in the series.’

Many thanks, Karen!

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Read the full review here

Pre-order a copy here


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Cath Jones talks about Bonkers About Beetroot on Story Snug!

Story Snug has recently run a wonderful interview with Bonkers About Beetroot author Cath Jones. Find out about how Cath became a writer, her inspiration for the book, her collaboration with illustrator Chris Jevons, some of her favourite picture books and get a sneaky preview of her future book projects!

Read the full interview here and buy a copy of the book here.



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‘This Stone Age read rocks!’ Library Girl and Book Boy reviews Game of Stones

Library Girl and Book Boy recently gave an enthusiastic review of Game of Stones by Rebecca Lisle and amusingly illustrated by Richard Watson:

‘A really entertaining Stone Age romp – it’s one that my own boys have come back to over and over. They love the clever word play in the names of the games and the humorous illustrations. Pod’s inventiveness certainly appeals to my oldest son, who is very taken by the blueprint endpapers!’

Thank you!

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Read the review here

Buy a copy here

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‘Perfect for home and school’: Pink band Early Reader gets a thumbs up from My Book Corner!

Our Early Readers are growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. Our latest fan is My Book Corner which recently reviewed pink band Early Reader Meg and Rat and Puff! Puff! Puff! by Cath Jones and illustrated by Adam Pryce.

These two stories come in one book, part of Maverick’s Early Reader scheme. They are banded as Maverick’s Book Band Pink, which is the first level in Maverick’s scale of reading difficulty.

What I really like about these two stories, is that they are just that – stories. They are told in very few words, with the story being told by Adam’s Pryce’s delightful illustrations too.

‘Meg and Rat’ – Children will love this story. It has a hunt for treasure, a lost map and a great twist, all told in very few words. This story is cleverly written with repetition of sentences, with just one word different. The unexpected end made my daughter chuckle.

‘Puff! Puff! Puff!’ – The repetition of ‘Puff! Puff! Puff!’ throughout this story is great fun. I like how each character’s name rhymes with the type of animal they are. My daughter was fascinated with the last page and studied it for ages.

Each story is complemented with a page focusing on one letter and its formation. There is another page with words to familiarise the reader to, high frequency words, tips for reading the books and a suggested fun activity.

The Early Readers are perfect to share with your child at home, as well as for use in schools.’

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Watch out for more Early Readers coming out this year!

Buy a copy of the book  here and read the review here

See all 40 Early Readers in the scheme here

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