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Axis Magazine highlights new book from Hertford-based author Alice Hemming!

Axis, the lifestyle magazine for East Herts, has published a lovely piece about Alice Hemming’s new Summer Reading Challenge 2018 book Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo! Visit the Leaf Cafe and Bookshop to pick up your copy!

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‘Lots of fun’ Red Reading Hub enjoys Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo!

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Jill at Red Reading Hub recently enjoyed our Summer Reading Challenge 2018 junior fiction title Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming with illustrations by Kathryn Durst:

Is the outing a success and do they arrive back at school with all seventeen children plus teacher safe and sound? And, are they allowed to go to that eagerly anticipated end-of-year party? You’ll have to get hold of a copy of this action packed story and find out.

With its twisting-turning plot, it’s certainly lots of fun. Packed with zany illustrations by Kathyrn Durst and promises of further adventures to come, let me just say, there’s a whole lot more to class 4X than previous teachers had thought: Mrs Ogg manages to unearth a whole lot of hidden talents therein.’

With such great reviews the book is flying off the shelves!

Read the full review here and buy your copy here

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‘Eventful story that is brought to life with plenty of lively illustrations’ The Letterpress Project reviews Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo!

Karen at The Letterpress Project recently posted a cracking review for Summer Reading Challenge 2018 title Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming with illustrations by Kathryn Durst:

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Apart from liking Arlo and the other interesting characters, I really enjoyed this eventful story that is brought to life with plenty of lively illustrations. It is packed with interesting information about dinosaurs and also provides opportunities for talking about what happens in schools, and what doesn’t. I rather think that most children would like a teacher like Mrs Ogg who has faith in their abilities and gives lots of encouragement, although perhaps she is a little bit too unconventional for more than a few weeks. Luckily she is soon followed by Miss Pythia who is going to be their teacher the following year. She seems very promising because, as Arlo writes in his notebook:

We’ve just met her but I can tell that things are going to be ‘ interesting’ She seems to know exactly what is happening without looking. Almost as if she has special powers …’

I think that there will probably be another story on the horizon to tell us much more about this.

Thank you!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘I was impressed by how suited this was to younger middle-grade readers’ Book Murmuration reviews our new junior fiction!

Louise at Book Murmuration has just posted two lovely reviews for our new junior fiction titles:

Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming with illustrations by Kathryn Durst:

A lovely chapter book which reminded me of Mr Majeika. A class of children comes together under the leadership of a less-than-normal teacher. This will be popular with children who dream of having an adventure instead of an ordinary school day. I love the illustrations and design.’

Dino Wars: Rise of the Raptors by Dan Metcalf with illustrations by Aaron Blecha:

An intriguing dystopia for the very youngest readers. This would be lovely for newly confident readers who are ready for a more involved plot. Although I have read similar quest stories, I was impressed by how suited this was to younger middle-grade readers. The main characters make a great team, and I love the set-up and backstory.’

Many thanks, Louise!

Read the full review here 

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‘A hilarious adventure with plenty of twists and turns’ Armadillo Magazine reviews Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo!

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Armadillo Magazine has posted a great review for Summer Reading Challenge 2018 book Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming, illustrated by Kathryn Durst:

[The book] finds the completely unruly, disobedient and unteachable 4X in need of a teacher who can teach them, welcome Mrs Ogg and the adventure of a lifetime!  A trip to the zoo can’t possibly be the answer can it?  Well when it is no ordinary zoo and Mrs Ogg is no ordinary supply teacher, yes, it can!  A hilarious adventure with plenty of twists and turns …’

We are so glad you enjoyed it!

Check out the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘Super-original and humorous’ Books for Topics reviews our three new junior fiction titles!

Books for Topics just posted some cracking reviews for our three new junior fiction titles:

Homework on Pluto by Lou Treleaven:

A fun chapter book on the theme of space, that suitably fills the chasm between this topic’s many great picture books and those middle grade novels pitched at older readers.  Readers will delight in the way in which the story unfolds with skilful humour and creativity, as the imagined space settlement on Pluto is steadily brought to life through the sequence of letters.’ 

Dino Wars: Rise of the Raptors by Dan Metcalf with illustrations by Aaron Blecha:

This is the first in a planned series of four Dino Wars books. A quick and action-packed read, this book follows the story of Adam, who lives with his friends in a futuristic city where humanity is on the brink of extinction after the devastating Dino Wars. This early chapter book is a good choice for dinosaur fans who enjoy action and adventure.’

Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming with illustrations by Kathryn Durst:

This super-original and humourous story has been selected for the The Reading Agency Summer Library Challenge 2018 and is one of my favourite books from Maverick Publishing so far.    …A laugh-out-loud adventure where classmates Arlo, Daisy-May and Nathan navigate the strangest school trip ever and Mrs Ogg quite remarkably manages to bring the best out of each child in the class. A really fun story that I recommend for 6-9 year olds.’

Many thanks, Alison!

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Maverick authors out in force at local schools for World Book Day week!

Maverick authors Alice Hemming (author of junior fiction title Rickety Rocket and whose forthcoming junior fiction title Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo has been selected for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge), Lou Treleaven (author of forthcoming junior fiction title Homework on Pluto, sequel to Letter to Pluto and of recent picture books Daddy and I and The Snugglewump), Heather Pindar (author of picture book Beware the Mighty Bitey, selected for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, and Wishker), and Amanda Brandon (author of the Granny Mutton Yarn series –A Scarf and a Half, A Box of Socks and A Knit and a Knot, the first two of which are also Orange band Early Readers) have a very busy schedule of school visits during World Book Day week starting on the 26th of February and including World Book Day on Thursday the 1st of March, through to Friday the 2nd March.

Join them for readings, storytelling and craft activities and celebrate the joy of children’s books!

The full schedule of events is here

 

 

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Maverick Books selected for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018!

We are delighted to see today The Reading Agency announced that two of our books are selected for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018. The theme next year is Mischief Makers!

Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming with illustrations by Kathryn Durst is our second junior fiction title by Alice. It follows the story of Arlo and his best friends Daisy-May and Nathan as he tries to keep the infamous class 4X out of trouble.  After the last one ran away screaming, they have a new supply teacher. Maybe it’s her animal skin dress or bone earrings but Mrs Ogg doesn’t seem to be quite what anyone is expecting…

Publishing in April!

Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Susan Batori was published 28th November and has already received some great reviews!

See all of the Summer Reading Challenge 2018 titles here

Buy a copy of Beware the Mighty Bitey here

 

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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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