Category : Media


Introducing Shampooch, the most pampered dog in the park!

Dog lovers and those who enjoy a little muddy fun are in for a treat in January with the publication of new picture book by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Susan Batori, Shampooch.

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?

Here’s a little sneaky peek at some of the spreads:

You can pre-order your copy here

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Maverick Early Readers on Blank podcast!

Have you heard the ad for the Maverick Early Readers scheme on new podcast Blank which will be broadcast during the episode featuring Michael Rosen?

Have a listen here

Check out the whole scheme of 80 books here with free downloadable audio files and activity packs!

Buy individual books here

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5 STARS for The Snowflake Mistake on Foreword Reviews!

Foreword Reviews has given the US edition of The Snowflake Mistake by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Maddie Frost a sparkling 5 stars in their recent review:

In a floating ice palace high in the sky, the Snow Queen demands perfectly formed, matching flakes. When Princess Ellie is put in charge, she makes a beautiful mistake, giving each one a unique design. Join them both in a winter wonderland of rhyming verses, helpful bluebirds, and frosty fun. Enjoy each special snowflake depicted in creatively textured mixed-media artwork, or follow the instructions for designing an original with scissors, paper, and imagination.’

The jacketed HB edition is priced at $17.99 and is distributed by Lerner Books. Read the whole review with ordering options here.


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Mr Mustachio wins Pips Books at Bed Award 2018!

We’ve just learned the fabulous news that Mr Mustachio by Yasmin Finch with illustrations by Abigail Tompkins has won the Pips Books at Bed Award 2018!

Thank you so much, Glenn and Pip!

Pick up your copy here or pre-order the new Early Reader Mr Tash here

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The Wondrous Dinosaurium hits 30 FIVE STAR reviews on Amazon!

Praise for picture book The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown is growing to Diplodocus proportions! We have just spotted 30 FIVE STAR reviews on Amazon!

A roaring delight’

‘Our current bedtime favourite’

‘Refreshingly different dinosaur story!’

Have a look at some of the amazing comments and buy a copy here

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Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches is a holiday gift giving pick!

Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton with illustrations by Rachel Suzanne has been chosen as a top holiday gift book by blogger and author Marcia Strykowski:

‘This fun book is a great choice for story time. The lyrical repetition throughout will have kids squealing in anticipation of the title line, which is the bear’s response each time Jack politely and patiently offers egg sandwiches. The big ol’ gruff bear is certainly hungry, but what DOES he eat? I have to admit I kept worrying about Jack’s safety as the bear received his large eating supplies. The suspense builds throughout, but all turns out well after Jack’s clever solution, followed by a cute punchline. Bright and cheerful illustrations are a great match for this fun story.’

Thanks, Marcia!  The book will be available in March in the US is a beautiful hardback jacketed edition priced at $17.99 distributed by Lerner Books.

You can buy the paperback edition here and see all of Marcia’s picks and reviews here

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‘An amusing story which can also be used to develop literacy skills, observation and numeracy’ Parents in Touch enjoys Froggy Day!

Have you seen the great review for new picture book Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos from Parents in Touch?:

This charming picture book works well on many different levels – it’s an amusing story which can also be used to develop literacy skills, observation and numeracy (how many frogs on the page?). The forecast says it’s going to be a froggy day… and soon it’s raining frogs. Those pesky frogs are everywhere – in the shops, at the park, holding up the builders… At last the froggy day ends, but look out, as it’s going to be sunny tomorrow! A wonderfully silly book, enlivened by Barbara Bokas’ equally silly illustrations. Great fun.’

Read the review here and buy a copy here

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‘Lovely tale of understanding, being happy to be different and acceptance’ Parents in Touch rave review for Not Yet a Yeti!

Parents in Touch has recently posted a wonderful review for Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Tony Neal:

I knew I was going to love this book as soon as I saw the gorgeous illustration on the cover – and I wasn’t disappointed. Lou Trevelyan’s entertaining and wonderfully humorous text couples perfectly with Tony Neal’s charming illustrations to bring us the story of George, whose family are all yetis… but George has other ideas. George doesn’t want to chase ramblers or make people scream with terror – but that’s what yetis do. George has a MUCH better idea… Luckily, he has some very understanding parents who let George be who he wants to be in this lovely tale of understanding, being happy to be different and acceptance. The illustrations make excellent use of colour and contrast, with brightly coloured George quite different to his white-clad family.’

Thank you! Read the review here and buy a copy here

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10 more higher band Early Readers coming in November!

We are excited to announce that 10 more Early Readers in the higher green, orange, gold and white bands will be publishing on the 28th November. This brings the reading scheme up to 70 titles which will grow further to 100 titles in 2019!

You can see all of the books in the scheme on our new dedicated site and there are free downloadable activity packs and audio assistance videos!

The full list of books (click on the title to pre-order):

S.I.D Snake in Disguise (green band)
Clumpety Bump (green band)
Greedy Birds (green band)
A Knit and a Knot (orange band)
Mr Tash (orange band)
Shooting Star (gold band)
The Freezosaurus (gold band)
Cara the Cowgirl (white band)
Rickety Rocket (white band)
The Magic Helmet (white band)







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Encouraging Early Readers

Have you seen Maverick Early Reader author Clare Helen Welsh‘s piece on young readers for International Literacy Day in I am in Print?

In this post, I have tried to unpick the challenges that young readers face regarding reading and offer some tips using my experience as an EYFS teacher, as an author and as a parent. Learning to read is something that parents and teachers worry about enormously and with good reason. Research tells us that reading is the most important indicator of the future success of a child.’

Have a look at the whole blog here

Visit the Maverick Early Readers website here to download free audio files and activity packs.


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