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Primary Times Review our new Books









Two very good reviews for ‘The Jelly that Wouldn’t Wobble’ by Angela Mitchell and ‘Grandma Bendy by Izy Penguin.

To read the reviews please click here

To buy the books please click here

In stock the first week of May.


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Library Mice Review, Goblin & The Girl

One of our favourite review sites.

Please click here to see the review from library mice

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Wahm Bahm Reviews

Wahm Bahm was recently listed as one of the top 10 kids’ book blogs and so we are really pleased that they were able to review two of our books:  Sparkle’s Song and the Fearsome Beastie.

Here are a few quotations from their review:

“I love the illustrations in Sparkle’s Song (and the girls were both quite taken by the glitter on the cover). The detail is gorgeous and you can almost feel the texture of the paint. The book is printed on very thick paper stock, which really does justice to the illustrations (and adds to the tactile effect. The detail does make it less attractive to LaLa (who is two and a half), but RoRo (five and a half) really liked the illustrations, too.”  Read more



“The appeal of The Fearsome Beastie is the combination of rhyming couplets (young children always seem to like rhymes) and the rather gruesome and exciting story. As with Sparkle’s Song, it does have a happy ending, though (I have to admit being a little concerned at first, though I have to remind myself that the girls will happily read some of our older Ladybird fairy tales, where the death count can really mount up).”  Read more

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Kids Book Reviews Reviews Goblin & the Girl

“As I read this book my heart ached for this young girl. Difference, we know, is something to be celebrated not ignored, however when you are younger the only thing you want is to conform. To belong. You don’t want anyone to see your flaws, somehow, you think it makes you weak and so you hide within yourself.” Read more

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Review for Beastie in the Telegraph

The Fearsome Beastie Cover

Following hard on the heels from a great review from Julia Eccleshare of the Guardian, here is what the Telegraph say!

The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley-Phillips (Illustrated by Gabriele Antonini) is a Gruffalo-like monster story with catchy rhymes and colourful drawings.

“Picture books that children will relish”

By Martin Chilton, Digital Culture Editor, The Telegraph

To buy the Beastie from the maverick shop please click here


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Easter Book Reviews

Here are some of the reviews posted up over Easter:


Really Missing Sleep Blog

Grandma Bendy – “I like it that I can start drumming into my children at this young age that crime does not pay and how sad Grandma Bendy was when she was burgled which made her hand herself in!”  Read more

The Jelly that Wouldn’t Wobble – “I quite like the idea of a Princess still being demanding on her 89th birthday as if she was a small child.”  Read more


The Book Sniffer

Goblin and the Girl – “This story perfectly illustrates that kindness can make a world of difference to a lonely child or pug and that love and friendship make the world turn round!”  Read more


Our Book Reviews

The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble – “With bright and exciting colours, the illustrations by Sarah Horne are fun as the story unfolds.. and what a fun idea, surely ALL jellies wobble.”  Read more

Sparkle’s Song – “The pictures and colours compliment the story very well but it’s not a sweet tale of a happy child. The story is more about Sparkle helping her aunt to come to terms with the death of her sister and so bringing about the return of music and laughter to a house that has forgotten how and why. So the story does end on a happy note.”  Read more

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Grandma Bendy Reviewed!

A fantastic first review for Grandma Bendy by Izy Penguin from Kooky Toon Book Corner.

“This is a very kooky book which of course means I love it! Izy Penguin (isn’t that a wonderful name!) is a brilliant writer and gifted illustrator. She’s written a few books already: No Pets, Freddie & Friends, and I Spy. Grandma Bendy is the the only one I’ve read so far but I’m on the hunt for her other books too.

Look out for the little mice that pop up in the corners of the book with excited little exclamations as the story goes on: “The rotters have nicked the goldfish!!” and “Doesn’t Bendy look grey!” ” Read the full review by clicking here!

– Nina Koo-See-Lin

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Book of the Month. Reviewed by Julia Eccleshare

We are thrilled that The Fearsome Beastie has been selected and reviewed by Julia Eccleshare, Children’s Editor of the Guardian.

The Fearsome Beastie is Book of the Month one of the most respected review websites,

To read the review and to buy the book from  the love reading site please click here.

Click here to see The Fearsome Beastie on the maverick shop.

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First Review for…The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble

We have just had our first review for our new book ‘The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble’ written by Angela Mitchell and illustrated by Sarah Horne.

The review is from The Kooky Toon Book Corner – here are a few quotes:

“This is such a fantastic book. It’s an absolutely hilarious debut book from Angela Mitchell, who also works as a Librarian (my dream job!). I love that the Princess is 89 years old but is still as spoilt as a child. Her birthday badge simply states “I rule!” The illustrations by Sarah Horne are wonderful and really bring to life this colourful and comical tale. Her characterisations are perfectly drawn and add to the whole slapstick spectacle. It really was a joy to read. Now I can’t wait to tuck in to a bowl of glorious wibbly wobbly jelly. Let the party begin!”

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Grand Opening Day March 30th


Welcome to the maverick shop where you can buy great  children’s books puzzles toys.

Our official launch is Friday March 30th.

We will have some special offers on the site from 10.00 a.m to 10.00pm so please come back and check us out!

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