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.
Books for Topics just posted a wonderful series of reviews for three of our newest picture books:
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
Read the full review here
‘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.’
Read the review here
Buy a copy of this fantastic book here
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.
Read the full interview here
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!
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
‘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.’
Read the full review here
Buy a copy here
Armadillo Magazine has just made its Winter 2017 reviews live and we are so pleased two of our recent picture books are included:
‘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.’
‘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.’
Read the full reviews here