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Some gentle life lessons, fabulous expressive illustrations and an aMOOsing story: Story Snug reviews The MOOsic Makers!

Catherine at Story Snug has just delighted us with her great review of new picture book by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos, The MOOsic Makers,  publishing this month:

The text is fun to read and full of wonderful cow puns – MOOtiny, liMOOsine, MOOOOOving… We love Barbara Bakos’ illustrations, her farm animals have fabulous facial expressions, especially Esme and Billy who feel sidelined as Celery and Nutmeg’s success grows. There are so many amusing little details in the pictures, we particularly enjoyed reading all the posters and love the way that Celery and Nutmeg’s pink dresses get used again!

The MOOsic Makers shows children to be wary of trusting strangers and also highlights the importance of staying true to your ideals and beliefs. It also advocates supporting family and friends when the going gets tough. Celery and Nutmeg’s heads were turned by the thought of the money they could earn although ultimately their hearts were always in the right place.

This is a fun story and we love the way that the animals raise money. It would be great to see more of The MOOsic Makers!’

Thanks, Catherine! Read the whole review here and preorder your copy for just £6.95 here

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Udderly super review of The MOOsic Makers is MOOsic to our ears!

Bec at The Ish Mother has just posted a super review for The MOOsic Makers by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos which is publishing on the 28th of this month:
‘I enjoyed this story – as I said, cows and puns, what’s not to love? 
It’s a story about using your talents for good whilst not changing to suit others, being wary of strangers and supporting the people who are closest to you. It can be tricky to explain to young children that people don’t always have good intentions, so Mr Smarm is an excellent character for introducing this topic. Heather Pindar is great at writing fun, puntastic animal stories and we’re big fans of Barbara Bakos’s illustrations – her farmyard scenes are always fun to study!
If your little one loves farm animals, music or just a lot of mooing I really recommend this book!’
Thanks, Bec!
Read the full review here and preorder a copy for just £6.95 here
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‘A hit with young listeners’ Red Reading Hub enjoys two new picture books!

We are delighted to see that Jill at Red Reading Hub has published a wonderful review of two new picture books:

The MOOsic Makers by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos (publishing 28 July):

Full of MOO-puns and craziness, Heather and Barbara’s teamwork has created a satisfying tale of determination and cooperation that will be a hit with young listeners.’

The Pirate Who Lost His Name by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Genie Espinosa (published 28 May):

Lou Treleaven and Genie Espinosa’s take on the seemingly ever-popular pirate tale features a very forgetful piratical character.

So bad is his memory that, despite having all the other necessary pirate requirements, he’s forgotten his own name.

That isn’t quite the end of Lou’s rollicking tale but let’s not spoil the surprise throwaway finale, which will likely make young listeners squawk with delight. They’ll also delight in Genie Espinosa’s zany, larger than life characters executed with a super-bright colour palette.’

Thank you, Jill. Glad you enjoyed the books!

Read the full review here and preorder a copy of The MOOsic Makers here and buy a copy of The Pirate Who Lost His Name here

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‘Guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face’ FIVE STARS from Story Island Reviews for Froggy Day!

Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos was recently reviewed by pupils from Ospringe Primary School, Faversham, on Story Island Reviews:


‘It was a great book. Definitely great for younger children who are guaranteed to enjoy it!’ (Lee)

‘This book is very delightful and guaranteed to put a smile on your child’s face when they read it.’ (Annabelle)

‘This was a hilarious book for younger children.’ (Sophie)

‘This book was more than astonishing and delivered more than my expectations.’ (Felicity)

This book is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face – even on the froggiest of days.’ (Leo)

The pupils rated this book 5/5

5 stars

Read the full review here and buy a copy for the special price of £6.95  here

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‘Several themes which would make it a very useful story for any classroom’ Chez l’abeille reviews The MOOsic Makers!

Cathy at Chez l’abeille has just posted a great review for picture book The MOOsic Makers by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos (publishing 28 July):

Although, on the surface, this story appears quite straightforward, there are several themes which would make it a very useful story for any classroom. Nutmeg and Celery, the talented duo are lured by the scent of fame, but have to become DisCOW musicians instead.  Georgie Smarm, music industry baddie extraordinaire, tells the girls that their preferred checked shirts and straw hats are for boys and instead they must wear pink and glitter! Joni is a capable, cowgirl boot wearing character too. Discussing these characters would make a very interesting starting point for conversations about gender, image and personal preferences.

Music clearly plays a large part in this tale. Nutmeg plays a mandolin, which is not a typical instrument in most children’s musical repertoire and certainly not mine!  Listening to fast, finger picked mandolin would be an exciting way to introduce the story and create a sense of the western environment it is set in.

I also felt that this story would be of value to read with slightly older children. The perils of forgetting your friends and your true self, in pursuit of quick fame and glory, might not be so evident for younger listeners but children who have been steeped in the overnight success seen on X Factor or Britain’s’ Got Talent, could find some insight into the dangers of being seduced by all that glitters.

The story is riotously chock-ful of puns, which will have children laughing and adults groaning in equal measures. Some may need explaining but all will add to the pleasure of the read.’

Thanks, Cathy, for such a thoughtful review!

Read the full review here and pre-order the book here

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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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