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Submissions Closing 1st December


Calling all authors! Our submissions will be closing on 1st December for a few months to help us catch up on all the submissions we have received this year and start the new year raring to go. If you have been wanting to submit to Maverick, now is the time to get those manuscripts written, edited and sent in!

Before you do, please remember to ensure all manuscripts adhere to our guidelines on our submissions page. Click here to watch our video and find out what you need to do before you send us your manuscript.

 To submit right now, click here. Good luck and happy writing!

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“Galloping into the big time!” Reviews for our latest books from Pam Norfolk

The lovely Pam, who writes for the Lancashire Evening Post, has written some reviews for our latest books!

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Not Enough for Queen Fluff

“This new rhyming extravaganza, brought to life by Catalina Echeverri’s gloriously detailed and characterful illustrations, sees the born ‘poetess’ on top form […] Lyon works her trademark magic in a story bursting with rhyme, some sound common sense and plenty of giggles as the bunnies fill their burrows with nasty nettles, prickly thistles, stinging bees and wriggly worms to deter their fanciful queen from staying the night.”

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George and the New Craze

Alice Hemming, who is passionate about picture books, plays a winning card in this gentle but fun story with a surprise twist in the tail, while illustrator. Kimberley Scott turns the menagerie of animals into quirky, lovable little characters. Perfect bedtime reading…”

Read the full reviews here

Purchase your own copies through the links below.

Not Enough for Queen Fluff

George and the New Craze



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Pre-order the latest Maverick Books today!

Maverick will be publishing 5 new titles in January and you can pre-order your copies today!

Daniel O’Dowd was ever so Loud – Julie Fulton. Pre-order here.

This is the fourth book in the Ever So series by Julie Fulton. Julie’s rhymes are original and fun, making the Ever So series books a joy to read for both children and parents.

Daniel O’Dowd has a very loud voice and annoys everyone with it.  One day, on a school trip to the Professor McWhizzit’s house, he spies a comet heading towards earth but the Professor has an idea how Daniel’s super sonic voice might save the day…

Other titles in the Ever SO series are:
Mrs. MacCreedy was ever so Greedy
Tabatha Posy was ever so Nosy
Miss. Dorothy-Jane was ever so Vain


Preposterous Rhinoceros – Tracy Guaratnam. Pre-order here.

Written by first time author Tracy Gunaratnam, this is the charming story of how a rhinoceros learns to read so that he can read a bedtime story to his friends. Rhinoceros tries many different ways to ‘dive into’ the book which children will find amusing and by the end, they will be excited about learning to read for themselves.

Disaster! King Lion has lost his voice and cannot read the animals their bedtime story. Luckily Preposterous Rhinoceros wants to give it a go… but how do you go about reading a book?

Robopop – Alice Hemming. Pre-order here.

This is Alice Hemming’s third book published with Maverick. Robopop is a funny story about two children who get more than they bargained for when they wished that their dad would be more normal. It teaches children to appreciate and accept the differences that make people who they are.

“I’m RO-BO-POP, your robot pa. I’m the greatest dad by far. I play golf and I wear ties. I catch spiders – any size!” Dylan and Daisy’s dad invents a robot to show his children that dads don’t come in a box!

Other books by Alice Hemming:
The Black and White Club
Bibbles and the Bubbeles

The Four Little Pigs – Kimara Nye. Pre-order here.

A twist on the traditional tale of  the three little pigs. A twisted tail, you might say…

Tom’s granny is a witch and whenever he goes to stay he has exciting adventures. When Tom says that the Three Little Pigs story is boring, Granny uses a spell to send him into the book.  Tom must be clever to avoid being eaten by the big bad wolf!




The Dog Detectives in an American Adventure – Zoa. Pre-order here.

This is the fourth book in the Dog Detectives series by Zoa. In this book we see Dectective Jack and Deputy Poco Loco travelling across the United States to help a lost Opossum find her way home.

In the fourth book in the series Detective Jack and Deputy Poco Loco are cycling across America, seeing some famous sites. Imogen the Opossum is bored and so she sets off on an adventure but soon discovers that she is hopelessly lost.  Thankfully the Dog Detectives are willing to help…

Other titles in the Dog Detectives Series:
The Dog Detectives: Outback Odyssey
The Dog Detectives: The Great Grizzly North
The Dog Detectives: Lost in London

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I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn featured in Teach Nursery’s Book Club!

Rachel Lyon’s second book I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn is proving to be very popular! Teach Nursery has featured it in their Book Shelf section this month!

“Lyon’s bouncy verses are a pleasure to read aloud, and beautifully complemented by Andrea Ringli’s bold, affectionate illustrations.”

Teach Nursey praised I Wish I’d been born a Unicorn for it’s endearing and relatable tale about wanting to make new friends and discovering what true friendship is all about.

We are thrilled that Mucky is making so many friend’s in the literary  world by being his charming, if hygienically challenged, self! Get your copy on Amazon and fall in love with Mucky!

Click on Mucky below to read the full review. 


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Madhouse Family Reviews

Many thanks to one of our favourite  book review sites; Madhouse Family Reviews.

The way they review each book gives the viewer a very good feel and is extremely helpful to many parents/ grandparents/friends looking for the very best books to buy for children.

Please click on each link for the full review or to buy on Amazon.

A Scarf and a Half –  the full review here to buy on Amazon please click here.

For Yuck said the Yak review –  please click here to buy on Amazon please click here.

Bibble and the Bubbles Review – please click here to buy on Amazon please click here.

I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn – please click here to buy on Amazon please click here.



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Parents in Touch- latest reviews for Maverick Books

“Maverick Books are bringing out some wonderful picture books which really engage children, both through the excellent story telling and through the wonderfully matched illustrations”


Yuck Said the Yak by Alex English                  I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn by Rachel Lyon

A Scarf and a Half by Amanda Brandon        Bibble and the Bubbles by Alice Hemming

To read the latest reviews for our four new picture books please click here.


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Reviews for “Yuck said the Yak”











Five Stars on amazon from  BD Metcalf “Dan Metcalf” (UK)

A real treat!, 29 Sep 2014

“The story is a treat too, and tells the tale of a Yak (yes, Yak) who comes to stay. Alfie is the perfect host, and offers all manner of refreshments, to which the Yak says YUCK!”

To read all the reviews for Yuck said the Yak and to buy online from amazon please click here.


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The Bookbag – Review, ‘A Scarf and a Half’

Amanda Brandon’s first children’s picture book,  fantastically illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, reviewed by The Bookbag.

To read the whole review please click here.

“There are plenty of touches which help this, not only the humour, but also moments like Clickety click…Flicked needles… which utilise sounds within the text, making it a punchy, noisy book to read.”

To buy on Amazon please click here.

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‘Book of the Month”I Wish I’d been Born a Unicorn’ at the Book Centre, Ireland

We are all extremely pleased that Rachel Lyon’s second rhyming picure book has been selected as ‘Book of the Month’ for the Irish Book Centre Bookchain.

Rachel is one of our most talented rhyming authors here at Maverick and we are sure that children are going to enjoy the antics of ‘Mucky’

Please look out for this lovely book in all good bookshops and on line.  Enjoy.

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Four Stars for Yuck! said the Yak!

Yuck! said the Yak is starting to make a name for itself over at The Book Bag.

“Overall, a lovely little book which I’m sure will be a popular staple in library stock before long and which should entertain kids well.”

To read the full review click here .

To buy on Amazon click here.

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