Category : Media


Spooky Review from Library Mice

“Today I am delighted to be the Halloween pit stop of Giles’ blog tour for The Fearsome Beastie! And what better than a story about a  scary child-eating monster for your Halloween night read?…

The Fearsome Beastie is a great, fun read. I think some parents will be concerned about the monster’s favourite past time as well as its eventual fate but I think that parents are more of the faint-hearted kind than their offspring, who will simply enjoy the drama!  There will undoubtedly be fits of laughter too! ”  To read the full review, click here


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The Guardian: Roll Up For Junior Showtime

Fin & Zoa and the Dog Detectives Book Tour featured in this weeks Guardian Newspaper.

The article explains the importance of events for children’s writers.  Click on the article to increase the size.

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Beastie Book Reviews from All Over the Globe

“Some might argue that this book is too scary, but to that I say it is no more scary than Little Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel.” – Honest Book Review

“In a world seemingly gone topsy-turvy with political correctness, I want to applaud this book.” – Kids Book Review

“With just the right amount of scare and surprise and some laughs thrown in too” – My Book Chatter

“It gives off a nostalgic feeling of traditional stories like Little Red Riding Hood” – Book Wenches

“reminiscent of writers such as Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, and is sure to raise a few eyebrows among it’s readers, it is quickly becoming one of the most talked about picture books of the year.” – Golden Ticket

“Kids love to be scared and Giles achieves this in just the right way.” – My Book Corner

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Congratulations Loretta Schauer – Picture This winner

Maverick Books first met Loretta at the London Book Fair 2011 and loved her portfolio with its quirky but cute characters.

Impressed, we commisioned her to do some greetings cards for Maverick’s sister company, Icarus Arts Publishing.

We were very excited when we heard that Loretta had been shortlisted for the ‘Picture This’ competition!

Waterstone’s second ‘Picture This’ competition in conjunction with The Daily Telegraph and HarperCollins Children’s Books was the search for a new children’s illustrator for Michael Morpurgo’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast to be published by HarperCollins in 2012.

Loretta was shortlisted with six others out of hundreds of aspiring artists. The panel of judges, including Michael Morpurgo himself, had the difficult task of choosing a winner but finally named of north London as the Picture This 2011 winner.

We look forward to seeing the finished book and hope that we may be able to work with Loretta again in the future.

Beauty and the Beast by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Loretta Schauer will be published in autumn 2012 as a Waterstone’s exclusive

More of her work can be seen at

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Julie Fulton on Radio Hereford & Worcester

Julie was invited into the BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester Radio Station to talk about her experiences as an author and her new book Mrs MacCready Was Ever So Greedy.

A witty interview with a bit of fun banter between Julie and host Andrew Easton.  Great interview to listen to if you are a budding author.


Listen to Part 1

Listen to Part 2


Thank you to BBC Hereford & Worcester for sending us the clips.

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Gile Paley-Phillips on Portsmouth Live TV

Live at 5pm – Tune in to listen to Maverick author, Giles Paley-Phillips talking about his book Fearsome Beastie and about the life of an author!  His interview is about half way through.

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Sarah Broadhurst Reviews….

…The Four Little Pigs

“This is a great book for children who loved The Three Little Pigs, the story has the same basic storyline but with some added fun and mischief to keep the big bad wolf away from the pigs.

The book has great illustrations, full of colour, emotion and action. There is plenty to talk about in the pictures of the book. The story is funny and at times I laughed out loud while reading it.

I would recommend this book as a great book to share at story or bed time, it is a book I can see being asked for again and again.” Read full review.


…Sonny The Sea Tractor

I love this scrapbook style of book, where the pages have full page pictures…and have a childlike element in them. The pages all have beautiful backgrounds, with other images layered on top, the words are added last and many type fonts and font size are used, adding interest to the pages.

…I would recommend it to children of all ages, great book to read to children or for children who are beginning to read themselves. A great gift to a child going on their first trip to the seaside or for a book to share. Perfect for boys who love transport, with the Sea Tractor being a [unique] vehicle…” Read full review


 …Get Ahead Fred

“As soon as I saw this book, I knew I would love it.

The book is full of brightly coloured pages with photographs, hand drawn illustrations and models. There is plenty to discuss on each page, the hats alone are fantastic.

This book would make a great gift for young children or also as a book for circle or story time at nurseries, play schools or schools.” Read full review


Thank you Sarah for reviewing our books!

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Fearsome Beastie Wins a Bizziebaby Gold Award!

“My daughter loves to read and was in awe of the beastie. She absolutely loved the book and the way that it was written.” – Emily Shepperson

“She has read the book over and over again to herself it’s now a favourite at bedtime. ” – Emma George

“He did enjoy reading the book, but he does have a very very very vivid imagination and was spooked, but enjoyed being spooked!!!”  – Caroline Coello

To read the full reviews, click here or to buy this award winning book, click here.

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Fin & Zoa on Radio Sheffield

Fin and Zoa whizzed down to Radio Sheffield on Tuesday and had an interview with Paulette Edwards.  To listen to the interview click the image below (interview is about 2hrs10mins in)

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Fin & Zoa in PICK ME UP Magazine

Our cycling authors, Fin & Zoa, have an article in the 400,000 circulation magazine ‘Pick Me Up’!

The article on centre pages is all about their unusual lives with their two dogs in tow. 

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