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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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Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine shortlisted for the Dundee Picture Book Award 2018!

We are delighted that our picture book Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine by Alex English and illustrated by Emma Levey has just been shortlisted for the Dundee Picture Book Award 2018!

Alex and Emma will be attending the awards ceremony on the 21st of June at the Whitehall Theatre in Dundee which will be hosted by school children and attended by about 400 pupils.

We are thrilled and excited to be on a shortlist of four titles!

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More info on the award is here

Buy a copy of the book here 

 

 

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‘My new favourite!’ Book Monsters goes wild for Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine

A wonderful review for Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine (also on the book list for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017!) by Alex English and illustrated by Emma Levey

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‘The writing by Alex English reads so wonderfully. It’s in rhyme and flows like a real classic picture book which almost anyone can confidently read out loud. Full of expression and fun, but with few words so the important message being explained is not lost on young children. I read this out loud a few times and it sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to do so at a storytime soon.’

Read the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

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Two Maverick books chosen for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017!

We are delighted that two of our book have been chosen for the Reading Agency’s Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge this year!

Mine, Mine, Mine Said the Porcupine by Alex English and illustrated by Emma Levey is a charming story of sharing and friendship

The New LiBEARian by Alison Donald and illustrated by Alex Willmore is sure to please both book and bear lovers and is the perfect choice for a library reading challenge!

Participate at your local library now!

See the full list and more about the challenge here

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‘A gentle lesson in sharing’ Terrific review of Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine in Red Reading Hub

Lovely words for Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine by Alex English, illustrated by Emma Levey, in Red Reading Hub.

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‘A gentle lesson in sharing delivered in a rhythmic text easy enough to read so that those around Alfie’s age can try it for themselves. Emma Levey portrays the porcupine as hirsute making him appear cuddly rather than a prickly character and he certainly knows how to talk with his eyes.’

See the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

 

 

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“It made me smile. Simple as that.” Charming review for Mine Mine Mine said the Porcupine

Bookmonster Ally has written a lovely review for Mine Mine Mine said the Porcupine by Alex English and Emma Levey, follow up book to Yuck! Said the Yak.

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“So, hand in hand, the writing and illustrations in Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine work together to reinforce the importance of friendship and imagination in playtime to children in a fun, colourful and characterful way. Lovely, really lovely. It made me smile. Simple as that. And even if a child plays wonderfully well, doesn’t need to learn to share, is the friendliest chap in school, it’s still a bundle of giggles for anyone to listen to at bedtime or storytime. In honesty, the more books we have that show children how vital friendships are the better.”

Read the full review here.

Buy Mine Mine Mine Said the Porcupine here.

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“An enchanting picture story ” Review for Mine Mine Mine Said the Porcupine

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Alfie is developing a habit of entertaining rude guests; first a fussy yak and now a selfish porcupine! Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post, has a written a lovely review for Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupinethe follow up story to Yuck! Said the Yak by Alex English and Emma Levey.

“The often forgotten joys of sharing and friendship take centre stage in another wonderfully wacky and imaginative book from Alex English complemented by Emma Levey’s big, bold, eye-catching illustrations which capture all the quirky humour of the story.”

Thanks for the brilliant review Pam! Read the full review here.

Pre-order Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine here. Out 28th November.

 

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Early reader gift set loved by Toppsta users!

Our early reader gift set is currently ranked number 4 for books for five years on Toppsta! The five book set has received some brilliant reviews as well and has five stars! Here are some of the reviews:

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“The perfect starter books for a child who is learning to read. I’ve read these with my nephew and he really enjoyed them and gave him confidence with reading.”

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“What a brilliant set of books to help learning to read. All great stories with exciting characters and good storylines.”

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“This is absolutely brilliant set of books for a child who is learning to read! […] The stories are just enough simple and short not to overload and make it into a task, illustrations are colourful and funny and the stories itself are a great read.” 

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“I found that my 4 year old loved the pictures in each book, and my 6 year old could easily read the books to herself.  Each book has a little quiz at the end that was fun to do together too.”

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“Wow what a great set of books my girls loved all of these especially the 4 little pigs,my 5 year old reads them on her own and my 3 year old loves to have them read to her.”

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“Ideal for a beginner reader.”

Check out the set on Toppsta here. 

Buy your copies by clicking the links below:

I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn 

Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers

Grumpy King Colin

A Gold Star for George

The Four Little Pigs 

 

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“A wonderful addition to any classroom” – review for Maverick early readers

Laura, who blogs at The Butterfly Mother has written a lovely review for our new set of Maverick early readers. She called them, “a wonderful addition to any classroom as their humorous content will really engage the children.” And she had lots of lovely things to say about each of the stories as well!

Grumpy King Colin

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“A fabulous message to any unruly toddler or preschooler in my opinion! Caterpillar really finds King Colin’s antics funny and we’ve had a good laugh with this one.”

Buy Grumpy King Colin here.

A Gold Star for George

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“Firstly, that winning isn’t everything and secondly, that having friends who appreciate you is much more important than being the best at something.  These are great lessons for children, especially those who have just entered the school environment where they are becoming aware of being compared to other children for perhaps the first time.”

Buy A Gold Star for George here.

I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn

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“This is another great book about friendship and also a great way to teach children to become comfortable with who they are.”

Buy I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn here.

Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers

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“Two extremely popular topics for children’s books – pirates and construction – are combined here in a really unique and fun way.  And again, another fab message about how children don’t want to be pigeon-holed.”

Buy Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers here.

The Four Little Pigs

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“I seem to have come across a lot of books lately which are a modern twist on a classic fairy tales but this is one of my favourites. Plus there are a couple of great twists that give the traditional content a really fresh look.”

Buy The Four Little Pigs here.

 

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“Irresistible little books to inspire and entertain new readers.”

Pam, who writes for the Lancashire Evening Post, has written a great review for the our latest Early Reader, which “has proved so popular with teachers, librarians and – most important of all – young readers.”

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A Gold Star for George by Alice Hemming 

“Alice Hemming, who is passionate about picture books, provides the ‘aah’ factor in this appealing and heart-warming story while illustrator Kimberley Scott turns the menagerie of animals into quirky, lovable little characters.”

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Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers by Alex English 

“Alex English serves up a real treasure trove of treats in this fun-packed story which follows Brad on his voyage of discovery through the high seas, and Duncan Beedie’s lively, detailed illustrations, including the motley crew of dastardly pirates, are a delight.”

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“This charming, addictive adventure, full of quirky characters and lively illustrations, conveys subtle messages about standing up to bullies, having faith in your own abilities and learning that a problem shared is a problem halved.”

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I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn by Rachel Lyon  

“Andrea Ringli provides the colourful, characterful illustrations for a story that resonates with warmth, wisdom and camaraderie.”

Unicorn ER Spread2 JPEG LRGrumpy King Colin by Phil Allcock 

This funny, cautionary tale from author Phil Allcock will be a favourite with every mischievous child, and the unique illustrative style of Steve Stone, who excels in bold pictures full of expression and humour, has a special appeal for young children..

A wonderfully anarchic story that makes learning fun.”

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Thank you for your brilliant review, Pam! Read the full review here.

You can get your own copies of Early Reader books below:

A Gold Star for George

Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers

The Four Little Pigs

I Wish I’d Been Born A Unicorn

Grumpy King Colin

 

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