Category : Media


‘Lively text’ Kirkus Reviews enjoys feasting on Beware the Mighty Bitey!

Kirkus Reviews has published a fantastic review for the US edition of Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Susan Batori:

‘The deeply colored rainforest illustrations with the characters’ heavy, black, sketchy lines were done digitally and look ready for animation. The lantern-jawed piranhas with their many teeth are fearsome and funny at the same time (one has a napkin and knife and fork at the ready ). Just as only “a single twisting twine” is left holding the bridge together, a butterfly’s tiny weight upsets everything. The dangerous fish get ready for their lunch—but a surprise turn of events creates quite a different meal. With a little nod to “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” this original tale with its repetitive action and lively text will get kids involved in read-aloud sessions. The musicians live to play at the party, but some kids may feel a little sorry for those charismatic piranhas. (Picture book. 5-7)’

Read the full review here and pre-order a copy of the US hardback edition distributed by Lerner here (published in April) and order the paperback edition here.


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‘Great stories which we can all enjoy in equal measure! Bravo!’ Super review for new January Early Readers from Chez L’Abeille!

We have just received a wonderful review for four of our new Early Readers publishing this month from teacher Cathy at Chez L’Abeille:

These new books certainly deliver. One of the things I love about them is that they would be equally at home in the home or in a classroom – so as my day job takes me in and out of many classrooms, I’m going to consider them in that context.

There is a lot of discussion in education currently, about the need for reading books that are “decodable”; that is, closely matched to the phonics knowledge a child has mastered. The recently revised draft Ofsted Inspection Framework makes much of this viewpoint, so many schools I expect, will be looking closely at their reading book shelves and making big decisions about their content. Personally, I think all the Maverick books would be a good addition to any classroom collection.

Maverick have continued to bring children, parents and teachers some great stories which we can all enjoy in equal measure! Bravo!’

Mole in Goal by Amanda Brandon with illustrations by Giusi Capizzi (Orange Book Band/Phase 5 Letters and Sounds). ‘This is a great book in which disability is sensitively explored. The illustrations work well with the text and I particularly liked the way Mole’s point of view is demonstrated, so children can see how he experiences the world.’

The Oojamaflip by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Julia Patton (Turquoise Band). ‘Given that I sometimes have to hear Year 2 children reading as part of my day job, I think this one may make its way into my work bag!’

Wishker by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Sarah Jennings (Purple Band). ‘The nice twist at the end also brings opportunities for considering what happens next. I also felt the language and structure of the text gave it a sightly more episodic feel – perfect for building up the reading stamina as children move into early chapter books.’

Scary Scott by Katie Dale with illustrations by Irene Montano (Gold Band). ‘I loved this story for it’s humour and pace.The tension builds gradually and there are some great Uh-Oh! moments and cliffhangers along the way. There is also another moral dilemma to discuss – how to do the right thing, even if you may lose out is an important consideration for most 6 and 7 year olds!’

Thanks, Cathy! Read the full review here and have a look at all our Early Readers and download free activity packs and audio files here

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‘A great book’ Fab review for Yuck! Said the Yak at From Baby to Brontë

We’ve just spotted a wonderful review for Yuck! said the Yak by Alex English with illustrations by Emma Levey at From Baby to Brontë:

We really enjoyed this story… I like the way that yak turns out not to be a fussy eater, actually, in the end. He’d just been offered the wrong things. He points out that all yaks like grass, and Alfie’s offers, though well-intentioned, were ill-informed. It’s a good lesson for us sometimes, when we think we know best for our children or pupils, to remember not to push or own preferences and assumptions onto others. Sometimes we need to ask the questions and listen rather than just giving what we think is best. We’re all different, right?

A great book. Thanks for the choice, Daddy!’

Thanks! Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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Time to meet the most pampered dog in the park – Shampooch is nearly out!

Dog lovers and those who enjoy a little muddy fun are in for a treat on the 28th of this month with the publication of new picture book by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Susan BatoriShampooch.

Heather and Susan are the winning team behind previous books Beware the Mighty Bitey (Summer Reading Challenge 2018) and Strictly No Crocs.

With whiskers waxed, nose polished and diamante collar in place, Shampooch is the most pampered dog in the park. But will she manage to avoid all the dirty distractions?

You can order your copy for a special price of £6.95 here

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10 new Early Readers publishing this month!

Not long now before the next 10 new Early Readers are published on the 28th of this month!

These include titles in the orange, turquoise , purple, gold and white bands, bringing our list of Early Reader titles to 80. In March we will publish another 10 titles and in May a further 10 to take the scheme up to 100 books!

Visit our new Early Reader dedicated website where you can find free downloadable audio files and activity packs!

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‘Lovely book that’s a fab family read’ Book Monster Ally enjoys reading Froggy Day to eager library listeners!

Ally at Book Monsters posted a wonderful review today following a reading of Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos to a group of children in her library:

My one concern with reading this to pre-schoolers was whether they would really understand the play on words, but a quick explanation before we started reading the story and the children seemed to understand the concept quite well, and regardless of whether they did or not, they laughed and laughed and made “ribbit” noises and thoroughly enjoyed this book. They all sat impeccably through the whole thing, clearly fascinated.

From my point of view, as a storyteller, I so enjoyed reading it too, the play on words was such fun to read out loud, it allows for lots of dramatic expression and animal noises. There’s enough humour that will appeal to adults in this lovely book that’s a fab family read.

Let’s not forget those illustrations, bright, bold, so much fun and covered in frogs! Barbara Bakos has done a lovely job here, the children loved spotting the frogs and laughing at the silly antics they got up to. It really helped to aid the telling of the story.

Sometimes a tale just needs to be fun, simple, and most of all silly, that’s what so many children love, laughter is what unites us, what better way to get children engaged with reading than a book like this.

For our craftactivity, I made a frog fly catching game (found on the internet), which was simple and quick to make, but children enjoyed making it, and both children and adults enjoyed having a go.’

Thanks, Ally! Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘A clever tale’ Kirkus Reviews enjoys Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches!

Kirkus Reviews has published another amazing review for one of our books coming out in the US in March, Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton with illustrations by Rachel Suzanne:

‘This sufficiently cockamamie story is complemented by broadly cartoonish, digitally collaged artwork, and young readers will enjoy both the dawning realization that the bear wishes to eat Jack and chiming in on its repeated, increasingly energetic declarations that “Bears don’t eat egg sandwiches!” A clever tale about ursine dietary restrictions. (Picture book. 4-8)’

Read the whole review here and pre-order your copy of the American edition distributed by Lerner here. You can order the edition published in the UK here.

The other 3 titles releasing in the US in March are:

Hamster Sitter Wanted

Pirates in Class 3

Beware the Mighty Bitey


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Three Maverick titles selected for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge!

We were thrilled to learn this week that three of our titles have been selected for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge!

The theme is Space Chase and our selected titles are:

The Space Race (Early Reader – Yellow band) by Jenny Jinks with illustrations by Serena Lombardo (order here)

Letter to Pluto by Lou Treleaven (order here)

Turns Out I’m an Alien by Lou Treleaven (publishing in May – you will be able to pre-order very soon)
Our first ever middle grade fiction title tells the story of 11 year old Jasper who discovers his foster parents have been keeping a pretty huge secret from him… he’s an alien! So when Earth is in danger from Emperor Iko Iko Iko, Jasper and his foster sister Holly embark on a very crazy adventure in space!

Check out the brilliant list of books here and take part in your local library this summer!

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FUM read by Arthur Darvill on CBeebies Bedtime Story!

Dr. Who’s Arthur Darvill did a wonderful reading of FUM by Karl Newson with illustrations by Lucy Fleming on Tuesday 8th January on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.

If you missed it or want to hear it again listen to the story here

You can buy a copy here

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‘A very good book to use if teaching celebrating differences’ Books for Topics praises Not Yet a Yeti!

Books for Topics recently reviewed new picture book Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven with illustration by Tony Neal:

The text is rich in language that makes the story an engaging and entertaining read for children. The book is full of fantastic illustrations by Tony Neal that bring the story alive. They help to tell a tale of courage, acceptance and finding yourself.

Curriculum links: This is a very good book to use if teaching celebrating differences. Also a useful book to use if looking at the weather or different climates and an excellent resource for teaching direct speech and synonyms for said.’

What a wonderful review!

Read the full review here and buy your own copy here

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