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‘The best book-banded series I have come across’ The Merry Bookworm reviews some new higher band Early Readers!

Lorraine at The Merry Bookworm has posted another wonderful review for our recently published higher band Early Readers:

Max the Sheepdog by Cath Jones and Illustrated by Valeria Issa: Purple Band

This is a lovely story about a young dog trying to find his way in life. Its underlying message is that everyone is good at something, even if it takes them a while to work out what it is. Hugo really liked Valeria Issa’s bold and distinctive illustrations, particularly the sheep who rudely pulls its tongue out!’

The Chicken Knitters by Cath Jones and Illustrated by Sean Longcroft: Gold Band

This is a cleverly-written book which wraps humour around the issue of animal welfare, resulting in a funny, warm-hearted story that everyone will enjoy. We loved Sean Longcroft’s quirky illustrations, particularly the chickens wearing their funky knits! As soon as Hugo saw the cover of this book, he immediately pointed out that the pictures reminded him of another Maverick book he really enjoyed – Nanny Ninja – which was also illustrated by Sean. It shows just how much notice children take of book illustrations!’

The Spooky Sleepover by Elizabeth Dale and Illustrated by Steve Wood: Gold Band

We enjoyed this nocturnal adventure story, which encouraged Hugo to race to the end as he was most intrigued to find out whether or not the ghost was real! A fun and entertaining read, with brilliant, expressive illustrations by Steve Wood.’

The Great Pants Robbery by Heather Pindar and Illustrated by Serena Lombardo: White Band

Hugo was very taken by this book – he is of that age where the word ‘pants’ in the title makes a story immediately appealing! He loved the initial mystery, and the ‘courtroom drama’ generated lots of discussion about the role of judges. We also loved Serena Lombardo’s colourful, inclusive illustrations.’

Picnic Planet by Alice Hemming and Illustrated by Emma Randall: White Band

‘This is a wacky space adventure – starmite sandwich anyone? – which highlights to children the consequences of not following instructions. There’s also a subtle touch of ‘do unto others…’. Emma Randall’s detailed pencil illustrations complement the story beautifully.’

This is the best book-banded series I have come across and I can’t recommend the stories highly enough. They have simply worked wonders for my son’s reading confidence, ability and enjoyment. Maverick is intending to supplement the scheme with non-fiction very shortly, too, which I think will be a real game-changer as not all children are motivated by fiction alone, Hugo being a case in point.’

Thank you! Read the full review here and visit our dedicated Early Reader website here to see all the books in the scheme, find links to ordering and download free audio files and activity packs

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‘Glorious selection’ Library Girl & Book Boy fab review for higher band Early Readers!

Library Girl & Book Boy has just posted a wonderful review for our recently published higher band Early Readers:

‘Learning to read can be a tricky (and sometimes tedious) business.  Although it can be beneficial to read a series of books based on familiar characters, the stories can end up being a little formulaic and uninspiring.

My years of teaching (and parenting) experience have shown me nothing if not that variety is the spice of life, which is why I personally believe that having a varied range of carefully levelled and produced reading scheme books is the way forward to inspire pupils to keep on reading. That’s why I’m so thrilled that companies like Maverick Books have produced their own reading scheme using great authors and illustrators, and in careful consultation with educational experts.

This glorious selection includes titles from the purple, gold and white bands.  The purple titles are longer stories, with the golds and white being structured in chapters.  They are all packed with lots of colourful and engaging illustrations to match the stories by a range of authors which means no predictable plot lines or characters.

If you’re looking to update your reading scheme, make sure you consider the excellent selection from Maverick Books.’

Thank you!

Read the full review here and visit our dedicated Early Reader website here where you can find links to ordering and download free audio files and activity packs

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‘I can’t recommend these Early Readers highly enough’ The Merry Bookworm review!

Lorraine at The Merry Bookworm has posted a fab, very thoughtful review of some of our most recent Early Readers:

Regular visitors to the blog will know that I am a huge fan of Maverick’s Early Reader books. They are everything book-banded reading schemes should be (but are so often not…): full of entertaining, boldly-illustrated and inclusive stories, which not only help children to learn to read, but more importantly encourage reading for pleasure right from the outset. I was delighted, therefore, to receive some of the latest Early Reader releases from the lovely people at Maverick, albeit not as excited as my son, who literally whooped for joy when he opened the parcel and dived straight in…

The Little Green Monster by Jill Atkins and illustrated by Daniel Limon – Purple Band
This is a brilliantly entertaining and funny story, with the underlying message that while it’s good to try hard and do your best, it’s also OK to make mistakes. Aside from really enjoying the story, my son also loved the bold and expressive illustrations.

The Magic Music Box by Katie Dale and illustrated by Giovana Medeiros: Gold Band
With inclusive characterisation and a touch of magic and sparkle, this engaging story encourages children to persevere, follow their dreams and pay kindness forward. My daughter squirrelled this book away shortly after it arrived and it has remained in her room ever since. As she has been a ‘free reader’ for over a year now, it shows that these stories appeal to more confident readers too, not just to those on book-banded schemes.

The Coach, the Shoes and the Football by Katie Dale and illustrated by Ellie Oshea: Gold Band
The story is a clever, modern take on the Cinderella fairy tale, which will appeal to boys and girls alike. It also has a subtle, underlying message that it’s important to tell an adult you trust if you are not being treated kindly. 

The Time Train by Jenny Jinks and illustrated by Letizia Rizzo: White Band
We all loved this pacey, time-travelling adventure, with trips to the Stone Age, Ancient Egypt and the Future. It’s an exciting, action-packed story: both children loved spotting the ‘changes’ made to history and we had fun following the antics of Letizia Rizzo’s stowaway caveman!

The Detective Club: Buried Treasure! by Elizabeth Dale and illustrated by Kelly O’Neill: White Band
This is an entertaining and satisfying adventure story, with echoes of The Secret Seven. We enjoyed trying to figure out who was the perpetrator of the crime, and the children were very excited to eventually find out that it was a dastardly grown-up! It did make me smile when Hugo said, with a shake of his head, “Crime never pays, Mummy…”

If you are looking for book-banded stories for your children, then I can’t recommend these Early Readers highly enough.’

Thank you, Lorraine! Read the full review here and learn more about the whole scheme on our dedicated website here with free audio file and activity pack downloads and links to ordering these and other titles in the 100 title series.

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Calling all literacy teachers: New free Teacher’s Guide now available!

To accompany our 100 title strong Early Reader banded reading scheme we have published a 160 page Teacher’s Guide which gives details on how the scheme is built with a page on each book band with the full criteria. It also goes into more detail on the different levelling used, such as Lexile and AR Rating.

If you are interested in a free copy of the guide please send an email with your full address details to publicity@maverick-arts.co.uk

There are also free downloadable audio files and activity packs on our dedicated Early Reader website here

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‘Every bit as good as the best standalone books for emerging readers’ The Chicken Knitters gets a big thumbs up from Madge Eekal Reviews!

Madge Eekal Reviews has just published a glowing review of The Chicken Knitters (published 28 March 2019) a gold band Early Reader by wonderful storyteller Cath Jones:

The Chicken Knitters is a ‘Gold Level’ book in the Early Reading Scheme from Maverick Arts Publishing. I’ve now reviewed a handful of the books from this scheme… and I’ve been impressed by the quality and originality of the stories. However, this is the first time that I’ve singled out one book from this series to review separately. This is because The Chicken Knittersis every bit as good as the best standalone books for emerging readers.

Let’s start with the story itself. I loved everything about this from the slightly silly central premise to the details author, Cath Jones, incorporates. For example, when Lilly finds the barn is locked, she uses the handy knitting needle tucked behind her ear to get in. And, when she sees the chickens shivering, she immediately sets about knitting them some cosy chicken-sized jumpers. Her knitting skills also shape the plot and the climax when nasty Farmer Claw is defeated – yes, you’ve guessed it – by a trap Lilly and her friends have knitted!

While the story is light-hearted and instantly appealing, I also liked the way it subtly raises awareness around the issue of cruelty to battery chickens. The underlying theme about the triumph of good over evil is also always good for this age range.

As this is part of an early reading scheme the language is carefully selected to fit the book’s grading, but this is by no means obvious when reading this book. Instead, the text flows well with lots of interest that keeps the reader wanting to read on. The structure of the book into five distinct chapters is also shaped by the reading scheme but, again, this works well and gives the feel of a real ‘grown up’ book.

The full colour Illustrations by Sean Longcroft are clear, lively and colourful and complement the text well, giving clues to help the child decipher any unfamiliar words and aid their reading.’ 

Thanks, Madge!

You can order a copy of this title here or view all of our Early Readers (including several others by Cath) and download activity packs and audio files here

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‘Like a ray of sunshine’ High praise for new Turquoise band Early Reader The Oojamaflip

Sarah at My Book Corner has posted a wonderful review for new Turquoise band Early Reader by Lou Treleaven The Oojamaflip:

Lou Treleaven’s fantastically named book takes us on journey with our favourite professor as the reader considers what is needed to invent – a vivid imagination, an eye for science and sheer determination. With Julia Patton’s illustrations brightening up our literary world and detailing Professor’s inventions in a fun and informative way, this book is like a ray of sunshine.’

Thanks, Sarah!

Read the whole review here.

Find information about and order all of our Early Readers here (with free downloadable audio files and activity packs).

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‘A smashing children’s story’ Linda’s Book Bag reviews new purple band Early Reader!

We’ve spotted a lovely review from Linda’s Book Bag for new purple band Early Reader Wishker by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Sarah Jennings which was published just this week:

I thought the range of punctuation was very skilfully handled so that question marks, exclamation marks and ellipsis are naturally exemplified enabling emergent writers to see how they might be used. There’s a super use of language too with a little word play in ‘Purr-haps’ and great onomatopoeia, but with accessible and familiar vocabulary to give children confidence in their own writing and reading. The questions at the end of the book enable adults to check children’s understanding and they provide a lovely opportunity for adults and children to discuss and share together.

There’s a clear moral to the story too with Mirabel learning that you have to be careful what you wish for and not to be too greedy.

However, those educational elements aside Wishker is a smashing children’s story in its own right. There’s a great plot, with humour and relationships woven through it. The illustrations by Sarah Jennings are simply wonderful. They are bright, colourful and interesting. I can see that they would afford lots of opportunity for counting, identifying and sharing.

I thought Wishker was a smashing children’s story.’

Thanks, Linda! Read the full review here and order a copy here.

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‘Maverick Early Readers tick all the boxes… they have made a huge difference’ Our Early Readers help The Merry Bookworm solve a picky reader problem!

We’ve just spotted a lovely review from The Merry Bookworm which encapsulates how our reading scheme differs from the others – it engages children and allows them to ENJOY reading:

If, like me, you have a young child who is bored of school reading books, you’ll know it’s not always easy to find alternatives that match their reading ability.  You might find, however, that a new range of Early Readers, published by Maverick Arts Publishing, solves your problems!  Maverick have taken fun, interesting picture books and adapted them so that children can make the transition from listener to reader; more importantly, they have aligned the books to the Institute of Education’s book banded system, so that you can always find stories that are perfectly suited to your child’s current reading level.

My son is notoriously picky when it comes to reading books.  He is not at all interested in Biff, Chip and Kipper – in fact, they are responsible for him perfecting his (rather impressive) eye-roll!  He wants stories that make him laugh, capture his imagination and have proper storylines, rather than texts that are built around various phonic sounds.  He also wants full-colour, interesting illustrations as he really enjoys looking at the pictures before he reads the words on the page.  These Maverick Early Readers tick all the boxes.  If I put a school reader and a Maverick Early Reader in front of him, he will always pick the Early Reader first and immediately crack on with reading it enthusiastically, whereas school books very seldom hold his attention and I have to continually encourage him to read (which is like pulling teeth at times).  My son also loves the quiz at the end of each book, which is great for checking understanding.  I can say, hand on heart, that they have made a huge difference to his love of reading (and my stress levels…) and have been worth every penny.’

Thanks, Lorraine! Read the full review here

Check out all the books in the scheme here and download free activity packs and audio files. Look out for 30 more titles publishing Spring 2019!

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New Early Readers publishing in January!

We have just received advance copies of ten new Early Readers publishing in January and don’t they look great?

These include titles in the orange, turquoise , purple, gold and white bands, bringing our list of Early Reader titles to 80. In March we will publish another 10 titles and in May a further 10 to take the scheme up to 100 books!

Visit our new Early Reader dedicated website where you can find free downloadable audio files and activity packs here.

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Maverick Early Readers hit 80 titles!

The Maverick Early Readers scheme is growing by leaps and bounds! To add to our list of 70 Early Readers we are announcing the publication of 10 more titles on January 28th. These include titles from the orange, turquoise, purple, gold and white bands

Here is a sneaky peek at the covers!

 

Visit out dedicated Early Reader website here for more information!

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