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‘There’s trickery, plenty of thrills, friendship, hope and determination aplenty in this twisting, turning Stone-Age tale’ Red Reading Hub is THRILLED by our new junior fiction titles.

Jill at Red Reading Hub, has written a thrilling review of our Maverick Junior Fiction reads, Saviour Pirotta’s, The Stolen Spear and Colin Mulhern’s, Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill:

The Stolen Spear 

The first in a new series set in the Late Neolithic period, on an island in the Orkneys, this is exciting historical fiction for primary age readers.

The focus is on the narrator, young Wolf, and his endeavours to discover who is really responsible for the disappearance of the sacred spear that is stolen from a burial mound during the midsummer celebrations.

With illustrations by Davide Ortu adding to the atmosphere, there’s trickery, plenty of thrills, friendship, hope and determination aplenty in this twisting, turning Stone-Age tale for which the author draws on real historic links and places about which he talks in a note at the end of the book.

Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill

Colin Mulhern tells a tale that blends together comic horror and the classic story of Frankenstein that sees the return of Buttercup Sunshine.

What follows is a bizarre encounter with the extremely weird and seemingly totally mad scientist calling himself Dr Frankenstein and what’s more he has a monster and a storeroom full of jars containing human brains. Buttercup is desperate to find a cure for the zombies but as she discovers, the doc. has other plans of the world destroying kind.

I’ll say no more other than the words ‘bunny rabbit’ and the hope that she succeeds.

Totally crazy but enormous fun and ‘a bit carroty’ in its final moments.

Read the full review here and buy copies of the Junior Fictions here:
The Stolen Spear
Buttercup Sunshine

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‘I can’t wait to read this book to my nephew and I’m sure he’ll ask for Book 2 and 3 soon after.’ Awfully Big Reviews gives The Stolen Spear, an awfully brilliant review.

Chitra Soundar from Awfully Big Reviews, has written an awfully brilliant review of Saviour Priotta’s new junior fiction, The Stolen Spear, illustrated by Davide Ortu:

This is my first historical read set in the Stone Age. The author has weaved in the details and places we know about this generation into the story, while also keeping the language fresh and contemporary. The story is engaging and exciting for young readers and the details of the world will make them curious to find out more.

Weaving this tale of adventure for young people, the author has managed to bring out important themes of being different, being an outsider, how some might exploit others and the value of friendships. The story shows the reader that some things are universal through time. We forge friendships, we get jealous, we are scared of the unknown and how we deal with these is how we define ourselves.

Young readers like Wolf will recognise these patterns of emotions in their real life and see the parallels. This is a great book not just to teach history in a fun way, but also to discuss contemporary issues with the readers.

I can’t wait to read this book to my nephew and I’m sure he’ll ask for Book 2 and 3 soon after.

Thank You!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here.
Available at Amazon.co.uk

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‘I think children age 4-8 would like this book because it is a lot of fun to read.’ Story Island Reviews had a lot of fun with Pod and his search for the perfect pair of winter warmers

Isabelle, a lovely pupil from Ospringe Primary School, has written a PODtacular review of Rebecca Lisle‘s, Stone Underpants with illustrations by Richard Watson:

What is the book about?
‘This book is about a young stone age boy called Pod, who is determined to find the perfect pair of underpants to warm his bottom. So, Pod set out on his journey to make his underpants.’

Who would like this book?
‘I think children age 4-8 would like this book because it is a lot of fun to read. I think that the adventures in the story would really hook the children into wanting to read more.’

Why do you like this book?
‘I like this book because it’s fun and humorous. I like that he is so determined to find the perfect pair of underpants. Overall I think it’s a great book for young children.’

Who is your favourite character?
‘My favourite character was Pod because he was very adventurous and fun and his choice of fabric was extremely strange.’

Thank you, Isabelle and Story Island Reviews!
Read the full review and many more here, and buy a copy here.

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‘From cover to cover, literally, the book consumes you into a world of kitty frolics.’ What’s Good To Do enjoys the feisty felines of It’s MY Sausage by Alex Willmore

Laura from What’s Good To Do has reviewed Alex Willmore‘s feisty feline picture book, It’s MY Sausage:


It’s MY Sausage, written and illustrated by Alex Willmore is a very enjoyable read for children as it is very calm and concise both in wording and illustration, which is something I feel children’s books can often get carried away with and this can cause children to very rapidly loose interest and any adult to need regular pauses to pace themselves which can cause everyone to lose interest. The blurb reads “There are five cats but just one sausage! Which cat will get the yummy, scrummy sausage?” It is to the point and after reading the book is not misleading, you read what you are expecting to read.

Upon opening the book there is the standard “write your name here” however this is awesomely  presented as “This sausage book belongs to” which I found to be a wonderful touch and really keeping the feel of the book together from the very first page, something I feel is very important for engaging new readers, children who may find reading difficult or unenjoyable. 

The layout of the language is not only fun for children but adults too, some parts are underlined, and some are capitalised so whether you are reading aloud or reading silently you can really hear all these individual voices and tones. There is a lot of practice with onomatopoeia in this book too with words such as “Whoooosshh” and “Hmpf” which for new readers or struggling readers can really help them play with the sounds, becoming comfortable with moving their mouths and tongues and place sounds to situations.

I will be honest and say when I first flicked through the book I thought it was bland, however upon reading it I can really understand what the author was trying to achieve and I just wish there were many more books in this style available. From cover to cover, literally, the book consumes you into a world of kitty frolics.

Thank You!
Read the full review here and buy a copy from Hive here.
Also available at Amazon!

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‘This picture book already has a feel of a classic with its distinctive style and concise humour, I’m looking forward to many more reads’ The Ish Mother reviews the PAWsome, It’s MY Sausage

Bec, also known as The Ish Mother, has written a PAWsome review of Alex Willmore‘s debut picture book, It’s MY Sausage, both written and illustrated by the man himself:

I love the simplicity of this book. There’s not a lot of text so it’s really easy for little ones to follow, but every word is used to full effect to tell the story – even the impressive array of onomatopoeias! It’s great fun to read aloud and the words complement the illustrations brilliantly.

Speaking of which, I absolutely love the illustrative style of this book. The drawings are deceptively simple, including lots of details you might overlook at first but that just adds to the cat-and-mouse (or cat-and-sausage) nature of the plot. And the looks on the cat’s faces are just delightful in their expressiveness!

This picture book already has a feel of a classic with its distinctive style and concise humour, I’m looking forward to many more reads with Preschooler!

Thank you!
Read the full review here and buy a copy of the utterly PURRRfect new picture book here.

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‘I can’t wait to read the next instalment’ Saviour Pirotta’s, The Stolen Spear hits the mark for My Book Corner

Sarah at My Book Corner has left a SPEARsome review of Saviour Pirotta‘s new book The Stolen Spear, with illustrations by Davide Ortu:

Saviour Pirotta has created yet another enticing tale in the Wolfsong series. Basing his stories in 2500BC doesn’t phase the reader either because the moment you turn the first page you are immersed in Wolf’s world without a second thought to the era. His diligent research and attention to detail within the text along with Davide Ortu’s brilliant illustrations, make you feel as if you belong in the pages with Wolf as he travels far and wide to find out who he really is.

The ending of The Stolen Spear confirms there are more in the series on the way and I can’t wait to read the next instalment.

Thank you!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here! 
Sarah also had the chance to interview the lovely Saviour, read their interview here!

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‘I’m a big fan of these books – they work well as individual readers but also as books to dip into with groups and the whole class.’ Chez L’Abeille reviews our non-fiction Early Readers

Cathy at Chez L’Abeille has written a great review of our new non-fiction Early Readers; Going Green, City Animals, Food for Thought and Our Place in Space:

The books have the same set up as the other non-fiction readers. Zeek and Finn are providing essential information for extra-terrestrial tourists. This collection has a loose environmental theme, which will appeal to readers interested in the impact humans have on the world around us – a very hot topic.

I’m a big fan of these books – they work well as individual readers but also as books to dip into with groups and the whole class. The environmental issues discussed could be used within science teaching but also to prompt wider discussions about the impact of humans on the earth and beyond. With these discussions becoming more and more relevant in the lives of young people, even down to the Early Years, I think they will find much to engage with here.

Thank You!
Read the full review here and buy copies here!

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‘Another great adventure from the Maverick stable to capture the imagination of the young reader’ The Letterpress Project Reviews Dan Metcalf’s Third Instalment of the Dino Wars Series

Terry at The Letterpress Project has reviewed the third instalment of the Dino Wars series; The Gladiator Games by Dan Metcalf with illustrations by Aaron Blecha:

We’re back on the quest for crystals in this, the third part of a projected quartet of Dino Wars books. We have already reviewed Part One and Two and so I was keen to get my hands on this one to see what Adam and the rest of the crew are facing this time.

How will they survive in the terrifying environment of gladiator games fighting the most fearsome champion that the Rex’s can find? Will cunning and speed save them or is their mission for the crystals doomed?

Well, here’s the twist: if they can survive they can also come away with the crystal they need which is the prized possession of the Games Master who is holding them as prisoner.

And can the boys get into the Games without being rumbled and help them? It doesn’t look likely when they are set to work cleaning out the very basic T. Rex toilets! Hold your nose when you read this bit……

Another great adventure from the Maverick stable to capture the imagination of the young reader and for any teachers wanting to use the series in class, there are a number of suggested discussion points at the end that might help with some structured comprehension.

Thank you!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here!

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‘Maverick Publishing have pulled a blinder on this one – I’m sure KS1 audiences are going to absolutely adore it!’ Mr B reviews Alex Willmore’s New Picture Book, It’s MY Sausage.

Mr. B’s Guided Reading has written an amazing review of brand-new book, It’s MY Sausage, both written and illustrated by Alex Willmore:

There are five cats but only one sausage – which means that our four-legged furry friends are going all out to claim that glorious sausage!

They get up to all sorts in this simple yet hilariously illustrated picture book.

There is plenty of repetition and humour, with the illustrations just as amusing as the text.

Wlllmore does a super job of appealing to his young target audience in this book, which would be an ideal cheer-up tale for a sad child or a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.

Who doesn’t love cats?!

Maverick Publishing have pulled a blinder on this one – I’m sure KS1 audiences are going to absolutely adore it!

Thank you!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here!

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‘I’m not telling you how this one works out because you’ll want to read it for yourself.’ The Letterpress Project gives a SPOOKtacular review of the Buttercup Sunshine sequel

Terry at The Letterpress Project has written a SPOOKtacular review of Colin Mulhern’s Buttercup Sunshine sequel; Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill


Back in June 2018, I reviewed the first instalment of the Buttercup Sunshine series, Buttercup Sunshine and the Zombies of Dooooom, which was great fun and promised a sequel for the Spring of 2019. Well, here it is – Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill.

If you read the first book, you’ll be delighted to know that author, Colin Mulhern has cooked up this one using pretty much the same recipe. In fact, he uses the cunning device of continuing on from the original (and leaving this one with an open-ended thread to be picked up in the next) and spinning a new adventure that references the previous one. But don’t be concerned if you’re coming to this one first because there’s a very handy catch-up at the beginning and I can’t imagine it will tax anyone in terms of getting to grips with the story.

This rollicking story, complete with entirely appropriate goofy illustrations comes from Maverick Arts Publishing and will be a suitable distraction from the new school year for younger readers who don’t mind some scares mixed in with their comedy.

Thank you!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here!

 

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