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Another 5 STAR review from The Bookbag for Early Reader Bam-Boo and I Wish!

We are thrilled that another 5 star review has just come out for red banded Early Reader Bam-Boo and I Wish by Alice Hemming and illustrated by Julia Seal!

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‘The illustrations in the book support the story perfectly. Panda is very cute, and all the colours are bright and attractive. You can use the pictures too for figuring out what’s happening in the story, if you get a bit stuck. I think these early reader books are great, and this one is a particular favourite in our house. Simple, but very sweet! Definitely recommended for your little ones who are just starting out on their reading journey.’

Read the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

There are 40 titles in our Early Reader series across eight colour bands. You can order all of the titles from major library and school suppliers or from The Book Depository here

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‘Definitely recommended!’ 5 STAR review from The Bookbag for Early Reader Buzz and Jump! Jump!

The Bookbag recently gave our red banded Early Reader Buzz and Jump! Jump! by Alice Hemming and illustrated by Louise Forshaw an amazing 5 star review.

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‘I felt this was pitched at the right reading level, with fun pictures and two entertaining stories. My son really enjoyed reading it, and he hasn’t seen the books in this series as being ‘homework’ but instead fun books to read and enjoy multiple times. Definitely recommended!’

Read the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

There are 40 titles in our Early Reader series across eight colour bands. You can order all of the titles from major library and school suppliers or from The Book Depository here

 

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Author Alice Hemming to visit two schools for World Book Day!

Alice Hemming, author of George and the New Craze, A Gold Star for George and The Black and White Club will be visiting two schools around World Book Day:

Wednesday 22nd February

She will be participating in the KS1 and KS2 assemblies and running workshops with Year 2 students at Fairlands School in Stevenage

Friday 3rd March

She will be reading her stories in the library with Early Years and Year 1 students at St Cedd’s in Chelmsford

 

 

 

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The Black and White Club one of this month’s bestsellers at Boolino!

The Black and White Club by Alice Hemming is named as one of this month’s bestsellers at Boolino!

 

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Have a look at the full list here

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“A fantastic book, superb stories, well written and loved by all!”

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We are so thrilled to say that Rickety Rocket has scooped the Bizziebaby Gold Award! The collection of three space stories received some amazing 5* reviews, here are some of our favourite comments:

“A very easy book to read or be read for a child. The characters in the book were very believable and easy to relate to. The children could easily pretend they were one of the characters as they all had an individual personality. Would definitely purchase as I particularly liked that there were three different stories in the book.”

“This book is very stimulating and really captured Zac’s imagination, he didn’t want to put it down! This is a great book, both for reading aloud to younger children and for older children to read alone. The story has wonderful description and plenty of humour along with fun and endearing characters. I would definitely consider buying this product and hope there will be more by this author.”

“Not only did my daughter love it her younger brothers also enjoyed listening to the story being read out loud and were drawn to the great illustrations. We loved this book so would certainly purchase and will be getting one for my nephew as a present. Have already been recommending. A fantastic book, superb stories, well written and loved by all.”

Congratulations to author Alice Hemming and illustrator Emma Randall!

Read the full reviews here.

Buy Rickety Rocket here.

 

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“A big thumbs up” from Booklover Jo for our new junior fiction!

Booklover Jo and her daughter have kindly read and reviewed our new junior fiction titles which we are pleased to hear, went down a real treat!

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Rickety Rocket by Alice Hemming and Emma Randall

 

“This lively and fun adventure is bound to amuse and delight children who find themselves lost in space information books (excuse the pun) […] With hilarious energy filled illustrations, children will be captivated by this galactic treat.”

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Letter to Pluto by Lou Treleaven 

“Warm and funny, Jon and Straxi are unlikely penpals, but they soon forge a friendship via their hilarious exchanges where they find out that despite their differences they have a lot in common. Using a letter format is a really interesting concept for children and Lou’s witty illustrations make this an engaging read […] The underlying environmental message is told in a very subtle manner but provides a starting point of conversation with younger readers. An original and lively story which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

Thank you for the fabulous reviews Jo! We’re pleased that these galactic adventures were thoroughly enjoyed! Both Letter to Pluto and Rickety Rocket will be released 28th October and are available for pre-order now.

Read the full reviews.

Pre-order Letter to Pluto 

Pre-order Rickety Rocket

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“We giggled our way through Grandma Bendy and the Great Snake Escape.”

Catherine, who writes at Storysnug, has reviewed Grandma Bendy and the Great Snake Escape by Izy Penguin and we’re pleased to hear that it was a hit!

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“We giggled our way through Grandma Bendy and the Great Snake Escape. This fun first chapter book has lots of humorous action, amusing events and funny illustrations which keep a young reader turning the pages. If you’re looking for a book to bridge the gap between a picture book and a first chapter book this is definitely one that we would recommend. It would make a great addition to a Key Stage One classroom or library.”

Grandma Bendy and the Great Snake Escape is out 28th October and is available for pre-order now. Released alongside the manic tale are Rickety Rocket by Alice Hemming and Emma Randall and Letter to Pluto by Lou Treleaven.

Read the full review from Catherine here.

Pre-order Grandma Bendy and the Great Snake Escape here

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ITV Signed Stories celebrate Irish Sign Language Awareness week!

We’re very pleased to announce that three of Maverick’s favourite titles will be shown next week on RTE, Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster.

RTE have an Irish Sign Language programme, Signed Stories, which is on every day and features members of the RTE team enthusiastically telling stories with props and backdrops and all manners of exciting things making story time and picture books accessible to young, deaf children.

Next week is Irish Sign Language Awareness week and to celebrate, RTE will show three of Maverick’s stories on the programme.

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These include The Black and White Club by Alice Hemming, Grandma Bendy by Izy Penguin and The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble by Angela Mitchell.

These three titles are also included on the ITV signed stories app.

The stories will be shown next week from the 19th September.

For more information about Irish Sign Language, visit ISL Everywhere

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Maverick Junior Fiction: “Perfectly suited!”

We are so excited to break into the fiction world of children’s publishing this October with our first three junior fiction titles. Cheryl, who writes at Madhouse Family Reviews, has kindly review the titles, sharing them with her son who is fast becoming a confident reader himself!

It’s lovely to see that Maverick books are “growing up” at the same rate as Pierre, leading to a much more interactive bedtime story time

Rickety Rocket by Alice Hemming and illustrated by Emma Randall 

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“Stacey and her friends repeatedly show that it’s important for friends to stick together and help each other out – and finding a way to get one up on the annoyingly arrogant twerps in your life (like Astro Pete or Jack Boom and Jill Zoom) is just the icing on the cake ! Pierre loved the stories (particularly the part where Stacey’s jetpack gets her all wrapped up in a washing line full of spotty pants !) and was very proud of managing to read them out loud to me.”

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“Pierre giggled as he read all about the madcap antics of Lucy and the other residents of Pumperton, plunged into terrified chaos as they try to escape the scary snake. I laughed myself when he triumphantly announced “Look Mum, more pants !” at one point in the story (thick organic woolly ones from the health food shop, no less !). We also enjoyed the mini story by Spag Bol the dog at the end of the book, seeing how he got up to his own adventures unnoticed!”

Letter to Pluto by Lou Treleaven 

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“It’s a totally enchanting book, with brilliant messages for children about how exciting it is to write real letters (not just emails or Facebook updates), how you can still be friends with someone who (at first glance) has nothing in common with you and the importance of respecting the natural balance of the environment. As a teacher myself, I also couldn’t help smiling when I read the letters from Mrs Hall to Jon at the end of the book – it’s a tough life being a teacher sometimes!!”

Thank you for the lovely reviews Cheryl, we’re pleased that you and Pierre enjoyed our new titles so much!

Read the full reviews here.

Pre-order the books by clicking the links below.

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Grandma Bendy and the Great Snake Escape 

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“Cool stuff, don’t miss ’em in October!” Read it Daddy reviews Junior Fiction titles

Phil and Charlotte who write as an epic team for Read it Daddy have reviewed our brand new junior fiction titles! Here’s what they had to say:

“Bringing together some of the brilliantly talented authors and artists who have worked on Maverick’s winning Picture Book range, these are books designed for the 6 to 9 year age group, attractively formatted with awesome covers and illustrations […] Cool stuff, don’t miss ’em in October!”

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Rickety Rocket by Alice Hemming and illustrated by Emma Randall

“This neat little collection of stories (Rickety Rocket, Jetpack Jelly, and Picnic Planet) are great little space-based stories […] Space-obsessed girls and boys are going to love this fizzing, whizzing and exciting adventure. “Rickety Rocket” arrives with a sonic boom this October.”

Pre-order Rickety Rocket here.

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Grandma Bendy and the Great Snake Escape by Izy Penguin 

“An old blog favourite who we’re DELIGHTED to see again! [Grandma Bendy] is an exciting early reader book that’s full of characterful illustrations.”

Pre-order Grandma Bendy and the Great Snake Escape here.

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Letter to Pluto by Lou Treleaven 

“The story is a delightful observation on childhood with an air of fantasy mixed in for a really nicely original and engaging story. Who knows, it might even inspire you to begin a classroom activity or home activity writing to a pen-pal yourself.”

Pre-order Letter to Pluto here.

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