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Seaford Scene

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Our Book Review – Fearsome Beastie!

With Illustrations by Gabrielle Antonini
Good Old Gran!
review by The Mole

“…I can name but a few that I would call true classics – and can still (8-10 years later) recite some of them. This book deserves to become one of those classics. Don’t misunderstand though the pictures are beautiful and action provoking in their own way, but the poetry in this book is extremely ‘catchy’. It has a rhythm that scans well throughout. The story line is not over simplified but is also not over complex and not only makes an excellent shared reader but the choice of font makes it ideal as well for an early reader book.

The subject matter is the beastie in the dark that children tend to get worked up at. I don’t think I am giving too much away if I say that Gran saves the day…  Don’t they always? That’s why we love them.

My only regret with this book is that at 13 my daughter doesn’t want picture books at bedtime any more!”

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BookDad Review for Fearsome Beastie

“The story begins like most other ‘monster in the dark looking for some yummy children to eat’ tales, but I just wasn’t expecting an axe-wielding grandmother to save the day. Seriously.

My first thought upon reading it was, “WOW, this is crazy! But so cool!!” I suppose though this can be taken as a fine compliment, especially when followed by the fact that The Fearsome Beastie reminded me of such writers as Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein and Tim Burton.

Fans of those authors will be overjoyed with this book. Phillips’ tale is brilliantly funny and his rhymes make for a fantastic read aloud. Antonini’s illustrations are amazing as well and are a perfect compliment for this wildly hilarious take on the classic fairy tale.”

Reviewed by Chris Singer

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Giles in the Sussex Express

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Beastie gets Reviewed by the Book Sniffer

The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley-Phillips has already started getting great reviews…

One of our favourites is the Book Sniffer’s review.   Here is a  sneeky peek:

“One often gets the feeling that young pups these days are ever so slightly mollycoddled in the scary story department, so thank goodness for the latest offering from cooler than ice Giles Paley-Phillips!

…Thank goodness the nanny state has taken her eye off the ball and let this little treasure through the net!

…THEN my friends we are introduced to possibly one of the most kick ass (apologies for the use of street slang) grannies the picture book world has seen for some time!”


To read the whole review click here!

Thank you Book Sniffer for the fantastic review.

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Ask Granny – Nice Bear Naughty Bear

Nice Bear Naughty Bear is the perfect gift for grandparents to buy for their grandchildren…So what better place to promote it than at

As we all know, Grannies know what’s best!

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Kimara Nye at Downsend School

As part of Downsend School’s Book Week, Kimara Nye was invited to read ‘The Four Little Pigs’ to the children.

Although the event was in January, we have just received the newspaper clippings and so wanted to share them…

Article from Leatherhead Advertiser


Front Page of the Surrey Advertiser

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Listen with Maverick

Children’s book iPad apps are fantastic for interactivity but not everyone can afford an iPad –and that’s exactly why we’ve launched Listen With Maverick. In a return to classic, Jackanory-style storytelling, Listen With Maverick website lets children focuses on the words and pictures, allowing them to take in the details. All distractions are removed, as the background of your computer screen fades away. And, so that everyone can enjoy all the illustrations the book has to offer a pan and zoom tool gives you movement around the book.

Listen with Maverick is launching with The Four Little Pigs, written by Kimara Nye. The story is a twist of a traditional fairy-tale, which makes a perfect bedtime story.

You can watch the ‘Lite’ version for free by clicking here. To buy the full-version click here.

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Nice Bear Naughty Bear Wins Bronze Bizzie Baby Award

Nice Bear Naughty Bear has won a bronze award with three very nice reviews from Bizzie Baby review site.

Here are a few quotes from the reviews:




“I loved the size, illustrations and quality of the book. The text is also clear to read so it’s simple for children to understand and follow.”

– Stacey Hunter – Maisy & Lewis Ages 4 & 6 Years


 “Chloe liked the book and was interested in it straight away; she started reading it herself and enjoyed it a lot. She liked the story and enjoyed the different personalities.”

Amanda Byrne – Daisy-Mai & Chloe Ages 3 & 6 Years


“…the quality of the book is impressive and the illustrations inside the book were more appealing to a three year old when compared to the front cover…It sparked conversations about manners, thoughts and feelings and also the importance of being kind to others. My overall impression of the book is that it is very thought provoking, explores emotions and it gently highlights consequences of behaviors, very ideal.”

Clair Tucker – Eloise 3 Years

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World Book Night!

There’s lots happening in the publishing industry this week, what with World Book Day (yesterday) and World Book Night (tomorrow). Maverick believe that books are precious and powerful things so these events are a great way of sharing your favourite books.

On World Book Night a million books are being given away for free…So even more reason to get involved!

We would love to give away hundreds of our books but we simply can’t.  Nicola Morgan , an author, thinks that World Book Night should be about buying a book to give away – why not? A book is a fantastic gift for any age group.

To take another step further wouldn’t it be lovely if World Book Night was more child friendly?  World Book Day has been very successful at schools etc but isn’t really celebrated in the home.  So perhaps World Book Night should also be about bedtime/nighttime and parents taking the time out of their busy schedules to sit down and read to their children?

However you celebrate – I hope you have a good World Book Night!

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