Category : Media


Keep Reading this Summer…Giles on the Radio

Children in Sussex are being encouraged to keep their heads in the books this summer on Sovereign Radio.  Maverick author, Giles Paley-Phillips has his say.  To listen to the snippet, click here.

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GiggleApps Reviews the Four Little Pigs

Just found a lovely review from for our app The Four Little Pigs app.

Here is a few quotes from the review:

“The Four Little Pigs is a really fun and creative interactive iPad app which brings a new twist to the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs…

…and it is nice that these words are highlighted when read…

…The illustrations used here are wonderful, and I especially like the images of Tom as the fourth pig, looking like a half- boy/ half-pig creature – great fun…

…The illustrations used here are wonderful, and I especially like the images of Tom as the fourth pig, looking like a half- boy/ half-pig creature – great fun.”

To read the full review click here!  Thank you GiggleApps for the review!

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Parenting Without Tears Reviews

The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley-Phillips

“Fantastic vibrant illustrations accompany this rhyming tale of the Beastie that isn’t quite what it appears to be but nevertheless ends up where he ought… It’s a dark tale, in spite of the jokes and classic fairy tale ending, so not one for younger children (say under four years) or those of a more nervous disposition.

Interestingly the author, Giles Paley-Phillips, quotes Roald Dahl as a significant influence and the humour and drama is definitely of his ilk. The Fearsome Beastie is certainly a change from the tamer, more run of the mill kids books you tend to come across.”

PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥

Mrs MacCready Was Ever So Greedy by Julie Fulton

“Like an extended limerick, this amusing book with jolly visuals and a surprising ending, kept my sons giggling and saying “yuk!” all the way through.

Lots of great lists of food to talk about and engage with, as well as an underlying lesson in avoiding gluttony! The straightforward and simple pictures as well as the rhythmic narrative would probably make this suitable from two years upwards.

I suspect that it might become a firm favourite in our house.”

PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Thank you Parenting Without Tears for reviewing our books.

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The Dog Detectives mentioned on TV

The Dog Detectives Tour had a mention on Portsmouth Live TV – they talked about the upcoming event at Portsmouth Waterstone’s, which is taking place at 11am-1pm on the 20th July.

To view the video please click on the picture below (the call out is at 24minute in).

Thank you to the presenter Sally Tickner and Portsmouth Live TV.

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Reviews from Parents in Touch

The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley-Phillips 

“A lovely read-aloud book with text that really flows…Granny turns the tables, making this into a story that can be read at bedtime without scaring the children!! Vibrant illustrations by Gabriele Antonini capture the story wonderfully – especially the expressions on all the faces. don’t worry – it’s not a bit scary and would make a lovely bedtime story.” (Read full review)

Mrs MacCready Was Ever So Greedy by Julie Fulton

“Adults will love reading this aloud and children will love listening to it! As you can guess from the title, it is written in rhyme. Children will love to go ‘YUK’ as they hear about all the things greedy Mrs MacCready eats – especially the cherries with worms wriggling out of them!…Stunning bright illustrations by Jona Jung make this really eye-catching and fun – make sure you take time to appreciate all the amusing details. Great fun.” (Read full review)

The Dog Detectives: Lost in London by Fin and Zoa

“…I love the way this book draws the reader in and makes him part of the book. The story is sprinkled with clues (in rhyme) for the reader to unfold, meaning children really stop and think rather than skimming through it. Great for encouraging reasoning in a fun way. The illustrations, by Monika Suska, are stunning – bright and packed with acutely observed detail…An ideal book to share with children before, during or after a trip to London – and don’t miss the facts at the end. I love it – really stands out from other picture books.” (Read full review)

Please Bear’s Birthday by Avril Lethbridge

“…. Children will readily identify with the story which gently gives an important message about good behaviour and the fun everyone can have together when everyone behaves well. It would be a great book to read to get everyone to sit down and calm down during the excitement of a party. The book has a slightly old-fashioned feel, which I loved. In a word full of hustle and bustle and bright colours it is good to slow down and read a traditional story with charming softly coloured illustrations….” (Read full review)

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Sarah Broadhurst Reviews

Sarah Broadhurst met our Maverick author, Julie Fulton at one of her many events (you can read about it on her blog).  She kindly offered to review some of our books.  Here are snippet from the reviews:

Mrs MacCready Was Ever So Greedy

“Another book written in rhyme and this one is so much fun!

The book is full of brightly coloured illustrations which accompany Julie Fulton’s text perfectly. The story is funny and will appeal to children of all ages…Mrs MacCready is a great gift for any young child; it is a great book to share and also introduces children to the idea of healthy eating and portion size! Young children will enjoy listening to the story being read to them, the rhymes will encourage children to join in the story. The book would also be good for early readers.” Read full review

The Fearsome Beastie

“This book will appeal to any children who like monsters and beasts rather than fairy tales. A great gift for little boys who don’t like the nice, happily ever after tales we grew up with…the illustrations are of a very high quality and superbly coloured. The moral of the story is a good one and its gruesomeness will appeal to children of all ages.

…there are so many talking points: feelings and emotions, the pictures show a wide range of emotions…” Read full review

Lost in London

“As soon as I opened the pages to this book I was attracted to the bright colours and clear pictures adorning every page of this book. The text is in a very clear font and size, perfect for a story to share at story time in a classroom or at home at bedtime.

A great book to introduce children to the landmarks of London…The search for the ravens is interactive with the children reading the story as they can search the pictures to find the six missing ravens too.

The book also ends with a double page spread of facts about London and gives further information about London and its landmarks.” Read full review

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Lost in London Reviewed by the Library Mice

Thank you to the Library Mice for the fantastic review of Lost in London – it was a lovely thing to read on a Monday morning.

Here is slightly shortened version of the review  (you can read the who review here):

Lost in London is a really sweet book which I think will be really enjoyed by its targeted audience. The text flows well with some lovely rhyming sequences. The artwork is vibrant and offers a detailed yet child-friendly portrayal of central London.

…this is a gentle, well-pitched introduction for a younger audience. Little readers are encouraged to help find the ravens by trying to work out what the riddles mean as well as look for clues by looking more closely at the illustration. This will create not only interaction with the story but also with the adult readers, as they collaborative try to work it out.

…I think Lost in London will also be a fantastic book if you are planning to take young children to London for the first time….In fact, there is a double spread full of London facts at the end of the book, which I thought was really well done.

Lost in London is a fun, entertaining read, and well worth having a look as an introduction both to London and to the detective genre.”

To buy this fantastic book, click here.

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Please Bear Reviews

Review by Debbie Ludford (@debbieludford)

“Published on beautiful paper that makes turning the pages a pleasure…Read this book to a small selection of 6 year olds and hope fully instilled a little of the importance of the use of good manners…All the Bears bring talking points to the book and the children started to say that the bears shouldn’t scream or moan and that it is in fact very rude. Made referring to the book when the children had ‘little episodes’ easy for them to see how we too can be like the bears and how it’s not nice. Also made pointing out the nice things that children can do so much easier.

A wonderful book that helps show how nice a child can be.”

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Armadillo: Words and Pictures

It isn’t often that our books are reviewed alongside each other…So when Please Bear’s Birthday (our only pre-school book) was put against Mrs MacCready and the Fearsome Beastie it didn’t bode well.

Words such as “overtly moralistic” were mentioned once or twice in reference to Please Bear’s Birthday, but this does not deter us, as the old fashioned values actually make this series popular with grandparents (the first book sold out of its first print run!).

But the review did improve with the “big, bright and funny” Mrs MacCready, where Julie, the author, was described as “accomplished”. 

The reviewer, emphasises the importance of good flowing rhymes and strong, vibrant pictures that catch a child’s attention and holds it.  Very informative.

To read the full review/article for yourself, click here.

With so many good reviews for these three books, it’s not surprising we have a negative one every now and then – we’re not afraid to admit it.  We are grateful for all reviews as we are still a relatively new publisher and want to know all about our audience…parents and children alike.

To review one of our books, please get in contact through the form on the contact page.

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Lost In London – Reviewed by ‘Book Reviews for Mums’

“Dog Detectives – Lost in London is such a fab book, it is the story of some ravens playing hide and seek and going missing! Everyone is worried for London for if the ravens go missing the kingdom could crumble according to legend. Good job the dog detectives get on the case.  This is a delightful story of two dogs searching for the missing ravens. Their search takes them all over London and they describe all the most significant landmarks as they go. It’s a great way for kids who have visited to relive what they have seen or just to share this glorious city with a child.

The pictures are wonderful: full of humor, London features, funny dogs and foxes. The riddles and little poems delight and this really is a lovely little book.  A great souvenir form a trip to London or prior to going.”  – Becky Goddard-Hill

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