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‘Great stories which we can all enjoy in equal measure! Bravo!’ Super review for new January Early Readers from Chez L’Abeille!

We have just received a wonderful review for four of our new Early Readers publishing this month from teacher Cathy at Chez L’Abeille:

These new books certainly deliver. One of the things I love about them is that they would be equally at home in the home or in a classroom – so as my day job takes me in and out of many classrooms, I’m going to consider them in that context.

There is a lot of discussion in education currently, about the need for reading books that are “decodable”; that is, closely matched to the phonics knowledge a child has mastered. The recently revised draft Ofsted Inspection Framework makes much of this viewpoint, so many schools I expect, will be looking closely at their reading book shelves and making big decisions about their content. Personally, I think all the Maverick books would be a good addition to any classroom collection.

Maverick have continued to bring children, parents and teachers some great stories which we can all enjoy in equal measure! Bravo!’

Mole in Goal by Amanda Brandon with illustrations by Giusi Capizzi (Orange Book Band/Phase 5 Letters and Sounds). ‘This is a great book in which disability is sensitively explored. The illustrations work well with the text and I particularly liked the way Mole’s point of view is demonstrated, so children can see how he experiences the world.’

The Oojamaflip by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Julia Patton (Turquoise Band). ‘Given that I sometimes have to hear Year 2 children reading as part of my day job, I think this one may make its way into my work bag!’

Wishker by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Sarah Jennings (Purple Band). ‘The nice twist at the end also brings opportunities for considering what happens next. I also felt the language and structure of the text gave it a sightly more episodic feel – perfect for building up the reading stamina as children move into early chapter books.’

Scary Scott by Katie Dale with illustrations by Irene Montano (Gold Band). ‘I loved this story for it’s humour and pace.The tension builds gradually and there are some great Uh-Oh! moments and cliffhangers along the way. There is also another moral dilemma to discuss – how to do the right thing, even if you may lose out is an important consideration for most 6 and 7 year olds!’

Thanks, Cathy! Read the full review here and have a look at all our Early Readers and download free activity packs and audio files here

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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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Granny Mutton hits Village Green Festival, Southend on Sea, on the 8th of July from 1pm!

Amanda Brandon will be sharing Granny Mutton stories and crafts at the Jacqson Diego story patch part of Village Green festival of arts and music, Southend on Sea on Saturday July 8 from 1pm.

For details of the festival go to www.villagegreenfestival.com

Buy a copy of A Knit and a Knot here, buy a copy of A Box of Socks here, buy a copy of A Scarf and a Half here

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SHEEP FUN AT THE LIBRARY!

 

 

Granny Mutton author Amanda Brandon brought socks, scarves and sheep fun to Rayleigh Library recently.

Children checked in for a morning of story-telling and crafts based on Amanda’s farmyard Granny Mutton Yarn series of picture books, plus a chance to see Granny’s famous 13ft long knitted scarf!

Amanda whose latest book A Knit and a Knot features Little Lionel on the hunt for Granny’s missing wool said, “It was great to receive a warm welcome from the town’s children and library staff.”

“The children made some woollen dream catchers and fluffy sheep pictures and then we all enjoyed playing the socks matching game. It was a great to meet so many enthusiastic young readers for the start of World Book Day.”

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GRANNY MUTTON LIBRARY YARNS!

Children’s author Amanda Brandon will be bringing socks, scarves and sheep fun to Rayleigh Library to kick off World Book Day Week (27 Feb-4 March).

There will be story-telling, crafts and book signing from 10am to 12noon on Saturday February 25 based on Amanda’s farmyard Granny Mutton Yarn series of picture books, plus a chance to see Granny’s famous 13ft long knitted scarf!

Amanda’s latest book A Knit and a Knot features knitting mad Granny Mutton and grandson Little Lionel who becomes a detective to find her missing wool. The first book in the series A Scarf and a Half featured in a former Summer Reading Challenge list and was shortlisted for the Heart of Hawick children’s book award.

The free event is suitable for two to seven year olds but to ensure a space contact Rayleigh library on 01268 775830. For details of Amanda’s books go to www.amandabrandon.co.uk

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GRANNY MUTTON IN SIMPLY KNITTING MAGAZINE!

Granny Mutton (A Knit and a Knot, A Scarf and a Half and A Box of Socks) and her love of knitting have gone global thanks to a feature in this month’s Simply Knitting magazine.

The article by Judy Darley in issue 156 features an interview with author Amanda Brandon (below) and reveals how the Granny Mutton farmyard yarns are encouraging grandparents to teach their grandchildren to knit.

The magazine is sold as far afield as Australia and the USA. For more details go to www.theyarnloop.com

 

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What Makes You Think of Winter? Lovely words for A Scarf and a Half on Boolino Blog

What Makes you Think of Winter? ‘When I asked this question around the office this week, one of the first things said was scarves!’

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Read the Boolino blog and the nice review of A Scarf and a Half by Amanda Brandon and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri here

‘Beautifully illustrated, bringing the words to life, and tells a wonderful tale of how being optimistic and sharing can make any situation better.’

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‘Such a sweet story!!’ Kind praise for A Knit and a Knot from a knitting granny on Bookbairn

Charming review of A Knit and a Knot by Amanda Brandon and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri on Bookbairn!

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‘Some incredibly cute characters that you can’t help but love!’

See the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

 

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‘A gorgeous ticklish little story’ Great review of A Knit and a Knot on Read it, Daddy!

Fantastic review of A Knit and a Knot by Amanda Brandon, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, on Read it, Daddy!

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‘We’re adoring Maverick’s picture book range and they’ve got a couple of corkers that we’ve been lucky enough to have been sent for a sneaky peek at.’

See the full review here.

Buy a copy of the book here.

 

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‘We can’t wait to see what she makes next!’ Great review of A Knit and a Knot on Madhouse Family Reviews

Fantastic review of A Knit and a Knot by Amanda Brandon, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, in Madhouse Family Reviews

 

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‘Amanda Brandon and Catalina Echeverri have teamed up again for the latest baa-rilliant story featuring Granny Mutton, a fun character that we have already encountered in A Box of Socks and A Scarf And A Half.’

See the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

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