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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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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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