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‘Instant child appeal’ Parents in Touch reviews some recent fiction and non-fiction Early Readers!

Parents in Touch has posted a review of some of our May and June fiction and non-fiction Early Readers:

Jim’s Junk and Fix It by Jenny Jinks (pink band)

‘The lively illustrations give the book plenty of appeal.’

Nuts! and Is that My Ball? by Jenny Jinks (red band)

Lost and found is the theme of the two stories in this book – I like the way there is a link between the two, to make it more meaningful for children.’

The Perfect Spot by Alice Hemming (yellow band)

An entertaining story, which children will identify with as a familiar situation.’

Shy Stan by Katie Dale (blue band)

As children progress through the reading bands, so the stories become longer and more enjoyable, reflecting Maverick’s commitment to always bringing us great story telling.’

Woah! What’s the Weather (turquoise band)

It’s always good to see non-fiction as part of reading schemes and this fits well with the curriculum as well as offering lots of talking points. The spread which shows weather symbols adds a fresh dimension to learning to read and to extracting information from books. There is also a very useful glossary, introducing another learning/research concept.’

Wild and Wacky Animals (purple band)

With excellent colour photos, this is informative and entertaining. The word breakdowns help children pronounce unfamiliar words, extending their comprehension and vocabulary.’

Dress to Impress (gold band)

It’s good to see these familiar characters featuring in books through the reading scheme, as the familiarity is enjoyable for children, who relate well to familiar characters. I like the fact the book includes a map of all the places visited, as map reading is another learning skill children need to acquire, and this simple map is ideal. As with all the Maverick Early Readers, the layout is clear and really makes reading a pleasure.’

Read the whole review here and visit our dedicated Early Reader website here

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More laughs and adventures for Arlo and class 4X coming in March!

Come, come the children of 5P,
Bring your little minds to me,
The door is open; step right in,
A new adventure will begin.

Arlo, Daisy-May, Nathan and the rest of class 4X (now 5P) are back with a completely new teacher: Miss Pythia, with her strange prophetic visions and mysterious box. They are selected to perform A Play in a Day … and of course they choose Pandora’s Box! But when things start to go wrong can they get back on track? And what IS in Miss Pythia’s box?

The hilarious sequel to Summer Reading Challenge 2018 junior fiction title Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming is coming in March!

Pre-order for a special price here

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Story Island Reviews super review of Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo!

A year 4 pupil from ETHELBERT ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL wrote this fantastic review of the junior fiction 2018 Summer Reading Challenge story Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming, and illustrated by Kathryn Durst on the Story Island Reviews site:

One of the most heart-pounding moments in the book was at the rock pool as big as a swimming-pool. Ronnie was streaking on the rocks wearing pants that said Friday on them, even though it was Monday. Everyone was worried that he was going to jump in because this is where the Ichthyosaur lives and Ronnie can’t swim. He jumped in and Arlo counted in his head to 3 but he didn’t come out… read the book to find out what happened next!! 

If you like exciting, fun stories you should read it too.

My favourite part of the book was when the class saw all of the Dinosaurs. There were lots of different dinosaurs and one of them ate Paige’s hairband!

My favourite character was Arlo because he wrote things in his note book that were funny and he was brave.’

Thank you!

Read the whole review here and buy a copy here

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It’s competition time! Smarty Pants Magazine Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo giveaway and review!

Sandie at Smarty Pants Magazine for Kids recently reviewed Summer Reading Challenge title Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming with illustrations by Kathryn Durst:

‘Filled with fun, adventure, and kid-friendly drama.’

Smarty Pants is also running a fab give away! Comment on the review post here by the 22nd August and enter the draw for a copy of the book. Good luck!

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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!

Read the full review here

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