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‘Adorable’ Kirkus Reviews enjoys AdoraBULL ahead of its US release!

Kirkus Reviews has just published a great review for AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore ahead of its US distribution by Lerner Books in September:

‘As a pair, the animals are “adorable.” The unaffected text never overwhelms the pictures and could offer a transition into independent reading with mostly easily decoded vocabulary.’

You can pre-order the book in the US here and buy a copy in the rest of the world here now.

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‘An outstanding contribution’ Amazing *STAR* review from Kirkus Reviews for The Spacesuit!

We are absolutely thrilled that our new picture book to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy has earned an exceptional star review from Kirkus Reviews!

Who would have guessed from standard-issue histories of the space race that the spacesuits worn on the moon were largely the work of women employed by the manufacturer of Playtex bras and lines of baby wear?

Here, in a profile that laudably focuses on her subject’s unusual skills, dedicated work ethic, and uncommon attention to detail rather than her gender or family life, Donald takes Eleanor “Ellie” Foraker from childhood fascination with needle and thread to work at ILC Dover, then on to the team that created the safe, flexible A7L spacesuit—beating out firms of military designers and engineers to win a NASA competition.  

An outstanding contribution to the recent spate of reminders that women too helped send men to the moon.’  

Read the full review and place your order here

The book is publishing on the 18th of June in the US distributed by Lerner Books and in the rest of the world on the 28th of June.

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‘A fun and engaging book with plenty of humor’ Kirkus Reviews samples Hamster Sitter Wanted!

Kirkus Reviews has continued its run of fantastic reviews for the US editions of Maverick picture books with a recent review for Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Hannah Marks:

‘Children will get a laugh out of the puns and visual jokes throughout the book. Gunaratnam infuses the text with simple but amusing wordplay, such as the “wound up” sheep babysitter, who is both frazzled and literally wrapped in yarn. Marks peppers her digitally collaged illustrations with details for children to notice, such as a pigeon looking on in concern as a fox reads the ad seeking a hamster sitter and a tailpiece in which two of the little hamsters construct pointy-hat “derrière defenders.” 

A fun and engaging book with plenty of humor.’ 

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘Lively text’ Kirkus Reviews enjoys feasting on Beware the Mighty Bitey!

Kirkus Reviews has published a fantastic review for the US edition of Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Susan Batori:

‘The deeply colored rainforest illustrations with the characters’ heavy, black, sketchy lines were done digitally and look ready for animation. The lantern-jawed piranhas with their many teeth are fearsome and funny at the same time (one has a napkin and knife and fork at the ready ). Just as only “a single twisting twine” is left holding the bridge together, a butterfly’s tiny weight upsets everything. The dangerous fish get ready for their lunch—but a surprise turn of events creates quite a different meal. With a little nod to “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” this original tale with its repetitive action and lively text will get kids involved in read-aloud sessions. The musicians live to play at the party, but some kids may feel a little sorry for those charismatic piranhas. (Picture book. 5-7)’

Read the full review here and pre-order a copy of the US hardback edition distributed by Lerner here (published in April) and order the paperback edition here.


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‘A clever tale’ Kirkus Reviews enjoys Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches!

Kirkus Reviews has published another amazing review for one of our books coming out in the US in March, Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton with illustrations by Rachel Suzanne:

‘This sufficiently cockamamie story is complemented by broadly cartoonish, digitally collaged artwork, and young readers will enjoy both the dawning realization that the bear wishes to eat Jack and chiming in on its repeated, increasingly energetic declarations that “Bears don’t eat egg sandwiches!” A clever tale about ursine dietary restrictions. (Picture book. 4-8)’

Read the whole review here and pre-order your copy of the American edition distributed by Lerner here. You can order the edition published in the UK here.

The other 3 titles releasing in the US in March are:

Hamster Sitter Wanted

Pirates in Class 3

Beware the Mighty Bitey


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‘Just right for snowy, wintry days’ Kirkus Reviews enjoys some story magic in The Snowflake Mistake

Kirkus Reviews has published a great review for The Snowflake Mistake by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Maddie Frost ahead of the US publication on 1 September of the beautiful jacketed hardback edition distributed by Lerner Books:

A British import presents a single parent and her child in a most unusual setting. Decorated in icy blues (even the queen and princess have blue-tinted hair), Frost’s patterned illustrations chill and swirl.  The vibrant cadence propels the story: “She hugs Ellie proudly. ‘You’ve been very clever. / I love the new flakes. It’s the best snowfall ever!’ ” Instructions for making paper snowflakes are appended. This buoyant picture book is just right for snowy, wintry days. ‘

Read the full review and order here

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‘An effective, funny picture-book paean to individuality’ Kirkus Reviews cheers Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans!

Kirkus Reviews has published a wonderful review for Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans by Jessie Miller with illustrations by  Barbara Bakos ahead of the US publication on 1 September of the beautiful jacketed hardback edition distributed by Lerner Books:

‘Throughout, the bouncy, rhyming text is matched in tone by bright, cartoon illustrations that amplify humor around the message. An effective, funny picture-book paean to individuality.’

See the full review and order here

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‘A brief but amusing escapade into underwear history’ Kirkus Reviews enjoys some prehistoric underwear ahead of US publication! 

Kirkus Reviews has published a wonderful review for Stone Underpants by Rebecca Lisle with illustrations by Richard Watson ahead of the US publication on 1 September of the beautiful jacketed hardback edition distributed by Lerner Books:

The only thing funnier than underwear? Prehistoric underwear!!

(Bare) necessity may be the mother of invention, but that doesn’t guarantee that one gets it right the first time. It’s the Stone Age, and after chilly cave-dweller Pod informs his father that “I really do need something to keep my bottom warm,” what follows is a series of missteps on the road to success. Naturally, Pod’s father’s first suggestion is that he use stone to make himself some undies. When that leads to a near drowning, the undaunted Pod tries wood, shells, spider webs, mud, and feathers before a woolly mammoth offers up the finest solution. Plenty of visual gags abound in the cartoonish art during Pod’s misadventures, with a highly amused mammoth in the background mirroring young readers’ inevitable delight. But it is Pod’s persistence to engage in trial and error, even in the face of multiple failures, that turns this book from mere Stone Age silliness into a lesson of tackling a problem from multiple angles. Pod and his family are light-skinned, and he has a multiracial group of friends.’

Order from the Lerner Books page here and see the review here 



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‘Sure to have readers rooting for Zebra and laughing, too’ First Kirkus Reviews notice for Bonkers American release!

We were thrilled to see our very first review online today in Kirkus Reviews for the American edition of Bonkers by Cath Jones with illustrations by Chris Jevons. The book will be published in a hardback jacketed edition (ISBN 978-1-84886-310-1on the 1st of September at a price of $17.99 and distributed by Lerner Books.

Jevons’ cartoon illustrations amplify the silly text’s humor with strong visual characterization and funny details. Sure to have readers rooting for Zebra and laughing, too.’

See the full review here

The review will appear on the print edition of Kirkus Reviews on June 15th.

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