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Crochet Now has gone bonkers for Bonkers about Beetroot!

Crochet Now magazine has run a piece on Bonkers about Beetroot author Cath Jones‘ local crochet group who decided to create the characters from the popular picture book which won Maverick Book of the Year in 2017!

You can buy a copy of this lovely title here



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Maverick authors vote on Book of the Year 2018!

Voting has commenced!

Maverick authors are busy voting on the 2018 Maverick Book of the Year from a shortlist chosen by the Maverick office staff:

AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore
Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming with illustrations by Kathryn Durst
Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos
The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown

The winning author and winning illustrator will enjoy a small cash prize, plus of course the trophy which will be engraved and presented at the Maverick 10 year celebration party next March at The London Book Fair.

Last year’s winner was the amazing Bonkers about Beetroot by Cath Jones with illustrations by Chris Jevons. Watch this space for an announcement of the winner for 2018!

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‘This is exactly the kind of book that I love to read aloud to groups of children’ Books for Topics reviews 3 New Picture Books!

Books for Topics just posted a wonderful series of reviews for three of our newest picture books:

Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley:

Everything about ‘Not My Hats!’ makes for a very happy storytime, from the brightly patterned illustrations to the slightly random cast of characters to the hilarious sets of rhyming strings. Tracy Gunaratnam is a master of rhyme and rhythm and there is something really delightful in the way the lines in this book roll off the tongue.’

AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore:

Whimsical and endearing… This story is humorous and the accompanying illustrations are filled with witty details that are pleasing to both young children and adults alike.’

Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones with illustrations by Chris Jevons:

A truly original picture book…This is a really funny story that is suitable for a laugh-out-loud story time in EYFS and KS1.’

Thanks, Alison!

Read the full review here

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‘A truly original picture book’ Books for Topics recommends Bonkers About Beetroot for reception and KS1 class use!

Books for Topics recently posted a wonderful review for Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones with illustrations by Chris Jevons:

‘This is a truly original picture book that, like its name, is just a bit bonkers! It tells the story of an innovative zebra who is looking for a way to bring in visitors to Sunset Safari Park to save it from being closed down. In true entrepreneurial spirit, Zebra decides to grow the world’s most enormous beetroot which, with a nod to the story of the Enormous Turnip, becomes so big that the only thing to do is to eat it. However, eating the beetroot has unintentional and colourful consequences for Zebra in a humorous twist. This is a really funny story that is suitable for reception and KS1 and would fit well with topics about plants and animals.’

Thank you!

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Read the review here

Buy a copy of this fantastic book here

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Cath Jones interview with The Letterpress Project!

The Letterpress Project recently posted a wonderful interview with Bonkers About Beetroot and The Smart Hat author Cath Jones.  Cath has been a librarian, teacher and community gardener before deciding to take the plunge to become a full time author of picture books, early readers and junior fiction. In the interview she talks about her earliest experiences as a reader, her favourite books and what qualities make a book exceptional.

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Read the full interview here

Buy a copy of Bonkers About Beetroot here and The Smart Hat here


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Cath Jones talks about Bonkers About Beetroot on Story Snug!

Story Snug has recently run a wonderful interview with Bonkers About Beetroot author Cath Jones. Find out about how Cath became a writer, her inspiration for the book, her collaboration with illustrator Chris Jevons, some of her favourite picture books and get a sneaky preview of her future book projects!

Read the full interview here and buy a copy of the book here.



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Maverick picture books #1 and #2 most viewed book reviews on My Book Corner!

The New LiBEARian by Alison Donald and illustrated by Alex Willmore was the top viewed book review and Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones and illustrated by Chris Jevons was a close second on book reviews blog My Book Corner.

Thanks Emma and readers!

See The New LiBEARian review here

See Bonkers About Beetroot here


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Rave review for Bonkers About Beetroot from Book Monsters!

Book Monster Ally posted a rave review for Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones and illustrated by Chris Jevons recently as part of her Advent calendar:

Bonkers about Beetroot has plenty to offer. It shows the process needed to grow plants (something we are often asked for as part of school projects) and teaches children not to give up, to fight for what they believe in and not be put off by people who may doubt them. But fundamentally, this is just a brilliantly fun and of course bonkers story for children.’

Thanks, Ally!

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Read the full review here

Buy a copy here

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‘Highly recommended for nurseries, classrooms and libraries and for family use’ Armadillo Magazine Winter 2017 reviews!

Armadillo Magazine has just made its Winter 2017 reviews live and we are so pleased two of our recent picture books are included:

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‘In Bonkers About Beetroot, Cath Jones has written a great story about the determination to succeed and achieve what you want despite the negative attitudes of people around you, and Chris Jevons‘s artwork really brings it to life.  As with other picture books form Maverick, it’s size and distinctive square shape make it ideal for sharing with a little one by your side, but it will also be a good one to read aloud in class as children will love it – finding lots to laugh at along the way.’ 

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‘This is a lovely picture book that cheerfully smashes gender stereotypes.  What a delightful protagonist Rooster is, and what important messages his return to confidence and pride gives, in particular that there is nothing wrong in being different; that everyone can be special in their own way.  

The rhyming text is funny and clever, and begs to be read aloud.  The illustrations are wonderfully colourful and exuberant and complement the words perfectly.  Highly recommended for nurseries, classrooms and libraries and for family use.’

Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans is by Jessie Miller and illustrated by Barbara Bakos.

Read the full reviews here

Buy a copy of Rooster here and Bonkers here

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An Advent calendar full of Maverick delights!

Leyla at This Day I Love made a fantastic Advent calendar for her girls which this year has 7 Maverick books, along with chocolate and a few other surprises!
Here is what she has put behind the doors and some lovely comments on each book:
I have a feeling the girls are going to laugh at this book. A book which uses the word Bonkers on nearly every page and also features a huge pile of manure is sure to make them giggle. Plus there is a rather funny surprise at the end too!
Daddy and I by Lou Treleaven and illustrated by Sophie Burrows
When I read this book I absolutely loved the flow of the rhyme which tells a beautiful story between the bond of a Father and daughter. In fact that is perhaps the only word needed to describe this book, Beautiful. Everything from the story, the way it flows to the illustrations which are all just beautiful. A perfect bedtime story for the girls.
Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton and illustrated by Rachel Suzanne
I think my girls might relate to this book, especially my eldest, given how fussy an eater she is. It is a rather comical story about a very fussy bear. A bear who does not eat egg sandwiches, I wonder what he does like to eat?
The girls are already familiar with Pod from the story Stone underpants. Pod’s little brother Hinge is bored so he sets about to make the best game ever. I thought he had it with Crackit to be honest! The illustrations really set the story alive.
The Mighty Bitey are a little bit cheeky and a little bit cunning and also more than a little bit hungry. Will their plan succeed though? I think the girls are going to find the ending to this story rather amusing.
I love this book. A book that teaches about self-confidence and that it is more than OK to be you. Written so beautifully and with absolutely perfect illustrations to tell the story, I cannot wait until the girls unwrap this book so I can read it to them.
Any child who reads this book, and likes pirates, I think will be secretly wishing they got to have the same adventure. Classroom 3 have to help the pirate find the buried treasure, are they up for the challenge?
Thanks, Leyla! We’d love to hear how the girls enjoy the books! See the whole post here.
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