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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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‘This thrilling story has enough comic gory details and humour to appeal to young readers’ Armadillo Magazine enjoys the dark humour of Buttercup Sunshine and the Zombies of Dooooom!

Armadillo Magazine has published a cracking review of junior fiction title Buttercup Sunshine and the Zombies of Doooom by Colin Mulhern in its latest Winter 2018 issue:

A story equally dark and funny, this book introduces a character who is feisty, practical and fearless.  Confronted by imminent danger Sunshine reacts with a totally rational approach, which offsets brilliantly the wacky scenario producing laugh-out-loud moments.

This thrilling story has enough comic gory details and humour to appeal to young readers who will also enjoy the funny cartoons that punctuate every chapter.

This book is presented in a friendly and accessible layout to attract reluctant readers as well.’

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

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‘A delightful and whimsical story’ Armadillo Magazine reviews Froggy Day!

Armadillo Magazine has reviewed new picture book Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos in its latest Winter 2018 issue:

‘This is a delightful and whimsical story for the very young reader.  

The author and illustrator have really brought this story to life; it is all about the play on words that we are so very fond of and young children will be delighted when they grasp what is being said. The illustrator has created a fun world with bright and humorous pictures that really add to the whole story.  It is the kind of book that you can read to an individual or to small groups …

Overall the whole idea of using a single word and then manipulating it in a variety of circumstances would create some fun activities for the classroom.’

Thank you!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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Arthur Darvill to read FUM tonight on CBeebies Bedtime Story!

We are very excited to learn that Dr. Who’s Arthur Darvill will be reading FUM by Karl Newson with illustrations by Lucy Fleming this evening at 6:50pm as the Bedtime Story on CBeebies!

Don’t forget to tune in!

You can buy a copy here

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‘A beautiful, brilliant book’ Father Reading Every Day loves a seasonal tale of wintry magic: The Snowflake Mistake!

Father Reading Every Day recently posted a great review for The Snowflake Mistake by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Maddie Frost:

This is a beautiful, brilliant book that is absolutely perfect for this time of year – it should be a bookshelf must-have and is one I imagine we will come back to again and again in the coming months! The story has equal parts magic and excitement, is rhymed perfectly and flows from the tongue when reading aloud and is accompanied by beautiful wintery illustrations. It’s also really nice to see a female lead taking on a challenge and solving problems all by herself; something that is still way to rare in picture books!

A perfect read for the winter months that will engage and enthrall children of all ages. T really enjoyed this one and told me, “the princess is rainbow magic and I like the snow and it’s cold and beautiful.” He spent a good while going over this one on his own, tracing letter shapes, counting, jumping, reading and cuddling his way through the story!

You can, and should get a copy of this one.’

Thank you!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘A must-have for any child’s library’ Smarty Pants Magazine for Kids reviews the Snowflake Mistake!

US based reviewer Smarty Pants Magazine for Kids has just posted a wonderful review for The Snowflake Mistake by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Maddie Frost:

This rhyming picture book is truly a must-have for any child’s library.’

Read the full review here and buy a copy from US distributor Lerner Books here and for dispatch to all other parts of the world here

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‘Maverick Early Readers tick all the boxes… they have made a huge difference’ Our Early Readers help The Merry Bookworm solve a picky reader problem!

We’ve just spotted a lovely review from The Merry Bookworm which encapsulates how our reading scheme differs from the others – it engages children and allows them to ENJOY reading:

If, like me, you have a young child who is bored of school reading books, you’ll know it’s not always easy to find alternatives that match their reading ability.  You might find, however, that a new range of Early Readers, published by Maverick Arts Publishing, solves your problems!  Maverick have taken fun, interesting picture books and adapted them so that children can make the transition from listener to reader; more importantly, they have aligned the books to the Institute of Education’s book banded system, so that you can always find stories that are perfectly suited to your child’s current reading level.

My son is notoriously picky when it comes to reading books.  He is not at all interested in Biff, Chip and Kipper – in fact, they are responsible for him perfecting his (rather impressive) eye-roll!  He wants stories that make him laugh, capture his imagination and have proper storylines, rather than texts that are built around various phonic sounds.  He also wants full-colour, interesting illustrations as he really enjoys looking at the pictures before he reads the words on the page.  These Maverick Early Readers tick all the boxes.  If I put a school reader and a Maverick Early Reader in front of him, he will always pick the Early Reader first and immediately crack on with reading it enthusiastically, whereas school books very seldom hold his attention and I have to continually encourage him to read (which is like pulling teeth at times).  My son also loves the quiz at the end of each book, which is great for checking understanding.  I can say, hand on heart, that they have made a huge difference to his love of reading (and my stress levels…) and have been worth every penny.’

Thanks, Lorraine! Read the full review here

Check out all the books in the scheme here and download free activity packs and audio files. Look out for 30 more titles publishing Spring 2019!

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Froggy Day wins Maverick Book of the Year 2018!

After voting from all our authors we are delighted to announce that FROGGY DAY by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos is the winner of the Maverick Book of the Year 2018!

Thanks to all the  Maverick authors who voted -the final result was extremely close- and many congratulations to Heather and Barbara for creating such a fantastic children’s picture book!

The trophy will be presented at our 10 year celebration party in March during the London Book Fair.

You can order your copy here

 

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