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‘We loved it. Buy it!’ From Baby to Brontë reviews Froggy Day!

We’ve just spotted a lovely review for Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos at From Baby to Brontë:

This is a funny, silly story and we loved it. The play-on-words works perfectly, and there’s lots of onomatopoeia and speech to read out in funny voices. We’ll definitely be reading this again, and I’ll be taking it in for my new class at some point! Buy it! (Resisting the urge to say ‘hop to it’….)’

Thank you! Read the whole review here and buy a copy here

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‘Lovely book that’s a fab family read’ Book Monster Ally enjoys reading Froggy Day to eager library listeners!

Ally at Book Monsters posted a wonderful review today following a reading of Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos to a group of children in her library:

My one concern with reading this to pre-schoolers was whether they would really understand the play on words, but a quick explanation before we started reading the story and the children seemed to understand the concept quite well, and regardless of whether they did or not, they laughed and laughed and made “ribbit” noises and thoroughly enjoyed this book. They all sat impeccably through the whole thing, clearly fascinated.

From my point of view, as a storyteller, I so enjoyed reading it too, the play on words was such fun to read out loud, it allows for lots of dramatic expression and animal noises. There’s enough humour that will appeal to adults in this lovely book that’s a fab family read.

Let’s not forget those illustrations, bright, bold, so much fun and covered in frogs! Barbara Bakos has done a lovely job here, the children loved spotting the frogs and laughing at the silly antics they got up to. It really helped to aid the telling of the story.

Sometimes a tale just needs to be fun, simple, and most of all silly, that’s what so many children love, laughter is what unites us, what better way to get children engaged with reading than a book like this.

For our craftactivity, I made a frog fly catching game (found on the internet), which was simple and quick to make, but children enjoyed making it, and both children and adults enjoyed having a go.’

Thanks, Ally! Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘A delightful and whimsical story’ Armadillo Magazine reviews Froggy Day!

Armadillo Magazine has reviewed new picture book Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos in its latest Winter 2018 issue:

‘This is a delightful and whimsical story for the very young reader.  

The author and illustrator have really brought this story to life; it is all about the play on words that we are so very fond of and young children will be delighted when they grasp what is being said. The illustrator has created a fun world with bright and humorous pictures that really add to the whole story.  It is the kind of book that you can read to an individual or to small groups …

Overall the whole idea of using a single word and then manipulating it in a variety of circumstances would create some fun activities for the classroom.’

Thank you!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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Froggy Day wins Maverick Book of the Year 2018!

After voting from all our authors we are delighted to announce that FROGGY DAY by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos is the winner of the Maverick Book of the Year 2018!

Thanks to all the  Maverick authors who voted -the final result was extremely close- and many congratulations to Heather and Barbara for creating such a fantastic children’s picture book!

The trophy will be presented at our 10 year celebration party in March during the London Book Fair.

You can order your copy here

 

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‘Wonderfully original and unfailingly entertaining’ Midwest Book Review highly recommends Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans!

Midwest Book Review has published a wonderful review of the US edition of Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans by Jessie Miller with illustrations by Barbara Bakos in its online magazine Children’s Bookwatch:

Rooster is so excited when his new skinny jeans arrive: the sparkling stitching, a striking gold hue, and the indigo denim, a dazzling blue! But what will the other animals think of his stunning new style? Charmingly written by Jessie Miller and delightfully illustrated by Barbara Bakos, “Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans” is a wonderfully original and unfailingly entertaining storybook tale for children ages 8 to 12, making it an ideal and certain to be enduringly popular addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for young readers.’

The US edition is distributed by Lerner Books in a jacketed hardback edition at $17.99 which can be ordered here.

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‘Perfect blend of familiarity for children and humour for adults’ Books for Topics enjoys a Froggy Day!

Books for Topics recently posted a cracking review for new picture book Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos:
‘This picture book offers a perfect blend of familiarity for children and humour for adults too. The pictures are bright and the story is simplistic yet memorable and appealing to children from town and country alike.
However, it is the diversity of people such as Jan the female construction manager, which makes Froggy Day my kind of book. With the weather woman stating tomorrow looks to be ‘warm and bunny’, my fingers are crossed for a sequel.’
Thanks! Read the whole review here and buy a copy here
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‘An amusing story which can also be used to develop literacy skills, observation and numeracy’ Parents in Touch enjoys Froggy Day!

Have you seen the great review for new picture book Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos from Parents in Touch?:

This charming picture book works well on many different levels – it’s an amusing story which can also be used to develop literacy skills, observation and numeracy (how many frogs on the page?). The forecast says it’s going to be a froggy day… and soon it’s raining frogs. Those pesky frogs are everywhere – in the shops, at the park, holding up the builders… At last the froggy day ends, but look out, as it’s going to be sunny tomorrow! A wonderfully silly book, enlivened by Barbara Bokas’ equally silly illustrations. Great fun.’

Read the review here and buy a copy here

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‘A lovely book to encourage wordplay and art’ Book Murmuration review of Froggy Day!

Louise at Book Murmuration has posted a cracking review for new picture book Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustration by Barbara Bakos:

Both text and illustration will bring young readers to laughter. The one joke runs through the text and the big question as you turn the page is where will the frogs get next? This anticipation leads to increased amusement when the question is answered. 

This would be a lovely book to encourage wordplay and art. After reading, it would be lovely for children to make their own maps of unusual (imaginative) weather. 

A humorous book which will appeal to young readers. Prepare to be bombarded with plays on words.’

Thanks, Louise, and hope you have a very bunny day!

Read the whole review here and buy a copy here.

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‘A real hoot’ Red Reading Hub enjoys two new picture books and recalls a real Indian frog rain!

Jill at Red Reading Hub recently enjoyed reading our two new picture books and relates an amazing real story about frogs raining down in India!

Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Tony Neal

An offbeat tale of having the courage to be yourself and acceptance that manages to include the creature that seems to be every young child’s favourite at present – the unicorn. For this reason, if nothing else, it’s likely to become a crowd pleaser. Tony Neal’s entire family of yetis are, despite their claims, thoroughly unscary and totally likeable creatures as is George himself.’

Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos

Crazy as Heather’s tale may sound, I was once in Udaipur, Rajasthan during the monsoon season and as we emerged from a café into sudden torrential rain, it did seem as though it was raining frogs: the tiny creatures (not green ones but brown) fell in thousands from the rooftops of all the buildings. Goodness knows how they got up there in the first place but the sight was truly bizarre.

Heather Pindar’s play on words is a great starting point for her gigglesome story and Barbara’s illustrations of the frogs’ frolics are a real hoot.’

Read the whole review here and buy a copy of Froggy Day here and Not Yet a Yeti here

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‘Would make a great fun story for bedtime or happy reading in the classroom’ What’s Good to Read jumps for joy at Froggy Day!

What’s Good to Read recently posted a hopping great review for picture book Froggy Day by Heather Pindar:

Froggy Day is a fun and engaging story. It is different and the children loved reading about frogs falling from the sky, creating problems and certainly gave them a giggle.

The illustrations, beautifully drawn by Barbara Bakos, are bright and fun and bring the story fully to life.

As for educational value, the text is a good size and easy to read for emerging readers and most of it fairly easy for children to read aloud and sound out unfamiliar words. If is also great for maths skills as we used it to count the frogs on each page. It is also great for talking about the story as questions can be asked about what the frogs are doing (i.e., swimming in a mug of tea), which gets the children involved in the story.

Heather Pindar’s Froggy Day would make a great fun story for bedtime or happy reading in the classroom.’

So pleased you enjoyed it! Read the review here and buy a copy here.

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