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‘4 brilliant, high-quality picture books’ The Merry Bookworm checks out Maverick’s latest!

Lorraine at The Merry Bookworm recently test drove our 4 latest picture books with her young children and here is what they thought:

I, Pod by Rebecca Lisle with illustrations by Richard Watson

Rebecca and Richard definitely have another hit on their hands with this third book in the ‘Stone Age Stories’ series. Hugo loved this story in particular, laughing his head off when Nim kept getting Pod’s name wrong (by the time he got to ‘Poo’ he was in hysterics!). The story is entertaining and engaging, the ‘chase’ element provides excitement, and there’s lots of descriptive language and onomatopoeia to help bring the story to life. H also loved the bold and expressive illustrations, which almost leap off the page. Super stuff…’

Don’t Eat Pete! by Sue Walker with illustrations by Carlo Beranek

‘This is a cracking rhyming story that my kids have asked for over and over again, joining in at the top of their voices ‘DON’T EAT PETE!’ The rhyming text flows smoothly, which makes it a joy to read out loud and there are some great rhyming pairs to help expand vocabulary. The children love the ending and both agree that ‘meanybobs’ Uncle Pete definitely deserves his comeuppance! A refreshingly daft, ‘will he, won’t he’ story with comical and colourful illustrations.’

The Pirate Who Lost His Name by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Genie Espinosa

This is a brilliantly entertaining story, where we are introduced to a whole host of interesting and aptly-named pirates of both sexes, our favourites being Captains Megabeard, Weirdybeard and There’s-parrots-in-me-beard!  As you might expect from such a piratey story, there’s lots of pirate speak, which will encourage even the most reluctant readers to use their best piratey voices when reading out loud. Plus, the bright, hilarious illustrations show each and every pirate off to their stereotypical best! I’ve read this story so many times now, and it still makes me chuckle and smile. It’s a really great read…’

The MOOsic Makers by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos

This is warm-hearted story about being yourself, not trusting strangers and the benefits of both teamwork and inclusion. What I love most about it is the language: the wordplay makes the children laugh and the descriptive writing makes it a real treat to share. I’m also really taken with Barbara Bakos’ characterful and atmospheric illustrations and I’m loving Billy the Donkey, in the final scenes, rocking a sparkly pink dress! A very aMOOsing tale – or should that be tail?!

There you have it – 4 brillant, high-quality picture books … I can tell just how much my children have enjoyed them by the fact that they keep squirreling them out of our reading corner and hiding them away in their rooms! I hope you spot one (or more!) that will appeal to your young readers too…’

Thanks, Lorraine!

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Parents in Touch delights in four new picture books!

Parents in Touch has generously reviewed four of our latest picture books and here’s what they had to say:

The MOOsic Makers by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos
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This book, as you might guess from the title, is packed with puns, which are guaranteed to appeal to children – and which will elicit a few amused groans from parents! With bright lively illustrations from Barbara Bakos, this is a fun story about working together and sticking to what you love.’

Don’t Eat Pete! by Sue Walker with illustrations by Carlo Beranek
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Be careful how you choose your babysitters!  Boll is always hungry, and Pete looks very tasty… But the tables are turned in a surprising way! Carlo Beranek’s lovely illustrations depict the animals beautifully, with gorgeously expressive faces. Told in catchy rhyming text, this is a laugh-aloud story.’

The Pirate Who Lost His Name by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Genie Espinosa
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This is a story about… well, I can’t tell you his name, because he’s forgotten it. Too embarrassed to admit it, he sets off in search of it, meeting an incredible and wonderful cast of characters along the way in this hilarious story. With illustrations by Genie Espinosa, this is a fun-filled tale of a pirate in search of his identity.’

I, Pod by Rebecca Lisle with illustrations by Richard Watson
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Stone Age boy Pod is back for another Stone Age adventure, again illustrated by Richard Watson. Pod is a lovely character who always has fun, and young children will enjoy following his exploits and respond well to getting to know the character through a series of books – it’s always a good way to encourage children to re-visit the previous titles.’

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‘Another excellent picture book by Lou Treleaven’ What’s Good to Read 5 STAR review for The Pirate Who Lost His Name!

What’s Good to Read has rated yet another Maverick picture book 5 stars in a recent review:

‘An excellent, fun and engaging read for younger readers.

The Pirate Who Lost His Name is another excellent picture book by Lou Treleaven. It is a simple story, one that is easily told or for children to read by themselves. It is charming how rather than ask his friends what his name is his goes from friend to friend trying to find out his name by other means.

It has been beautifully illustrated, by Genie Espinosa, with hilarious pictures that grab the attention and tell the story. Great for getting young children to engage with it and ask their own questions.’

Thank you! Read the full review here and buy a copy for just £6.95 here



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‘Strongly recommended’ witty, distinctive pirate picture book: The Letterpress Project review for The Pirate Who Lost His Name

Karen at The Letterpress Project has recently read and tested out with a group of 5 year olds our recent picture book The Pirate Who Lost His Name by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Genie Espinosa:

It is quite a challenge for publishers to produce pirate related stories that are a bit different, because there are already so many already out there. I am pleased to say that this one, produced by Maverick Books, is suitably captivating and I have already used it successfully with a large group of wriggly five year olds.

So what makes this one distinctive? All the familiar piratey trademarks are vividly portrayed on the cover. This is a rather cross looking pirate who has a huge orange beard that spreads beyond the bottom edge of the page. There is a treasure chest in the corner and a cheeky looking parrot leaning into the picture. The pirate wears an eye patch but, the children with me when I read the story out loud, were more interested in why he had an angry looking bump on his head and why one of his eye brows was upside down. This just shows how an effective book cover makes the reader want to find out more, so we continued to the end papers that provided some more clues.

It seems that he has everything a self -respecting pirate should wish for, except that he just cannot remember his own name! We see a parade of his friends with interesting names who fall into different pirate categories: the boastful; the bearded and the romantic. I was rather taken with Captain Weirdybeard and Captain Dreamboat, but I’m sure that all of these imaginatively drawn characters would inspire plenty of other ideas from children.

As with all of her books, Lou Treleaven has injected plenty of humour. The catchphrase which proved to be a useful refrain as we read the story replaces one that is probably more familiar to adults: ‘Yo ho ho and a bottle of orange squash. And a dish of seeds for me parrot’.

I, along with the children, enjoyed this witty picture book with its many colourful illustrations showing the detailed world of pirates who all seem very jolly and unexpectedly keen on looking after their appearances – not a hint of blood or violence anywhere.

Strongly recommended.’

Many thanks, Karen!

Read the full review here and buy a copy for just £6.95 here 


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‘A hit with young listeners’ Red Reading Hub enjoys two new picture books!

We are delighted to see that Jill at Red Reading Hub has published a wonderful review of two new picture books:

The MOOsic Makers by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos (publishing 28 July):

Full of MOO-puns and craziness, Heather and Barbara’s teamwork has created a satisfying tale of determination and cooperation that will be a hit with young listeners.’

The Pirate Who Lost His Name by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Genie Espinosa (published 28 May):

Lou Treleaven and Genie Espinosa’s take on the seemingly ever-popular pirate tale features a very forgetful piratical character.

So bad is his memory that, despite having all the other necessary pirate requirements, he’s forgotten his own name.

That isn’t quite the end of Lou’s rollicking tale but let’s not spoil the surprise throwaway finale, which will likely make young listeners squawk with delight. They’ll also delight in Genie Espinosa’s zany, larger than life characters executed with a super-bright colour palette.’

Thank you, Jill. Glad you enjoyed the books!

Read the full review here and preorder a copy of The MOOsic Makers here and buy a copy of The Pirate Who Lost His Name here

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‘The perfect pirate package for your own little buccaneers!’ Lancashire Evening Post enjoys some wordplay and knockabout action in The Pirate Who Lost His Name!

Pam at The Lancashire Evening Post recently enjoyed reading new picture book by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Genie Espinosa, The Pirate Who Lost His Name:

‘Picture book author Lou Treleaven has fun and plenty of guessing games with this quirky and captivating tale of a pirate and his parrot voyaging across the high seas in search of his forgotten name.

Children will love tagging along with the bearded pirate as Treleaven delivers a treasure-load of wordplay and knockabout action, while Genie Espinosa climbs aboard with an array of fantastic, multi-coloured illustrations.

The perfect pirate package for your own little buccaneers!’

Thanks, Pam! Read the full review here and buy a copy for just £6.95 here

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‘A worthy addition to the pirate canon!’ Chez l’Abeille finds hidden treasure in The Pirate Who Lost His Name!

Cathy at Chez l’Abeille has written a cracking review for new picture book The Pirate Who Lost His Name by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Genie Espinosa:

Finding new texts to enthuse young children is always a teacher’s top priority. In recent times, I don’t think I’ve got through a school year without seeing a pirate context being used in an early years classroom somewhere. Most young children love the idea of pirates and know a lot about them too. This new book by Lou Treleaven and Genie Espinosa brings a new twist to the pirate genre, and offers some strong curriculum links too.

This story would also provide opportunities to discuss the cast of characters and their various attributes. Each pirate has a hugely descriptive name and sometimes some quite subtle characteristics. Captain Anorak certainly wears an anorak, but why does our pirate rush away when the “One Thousand Favourite Pirate Postcards Scrapbook” is produced? Understanding the multiple meanings of words and phrases is a skill the reader needs to develop so they can really understand the texts they engage with. I think having opportunities to do this with language and not just images is important. 

All in all this is a funny story, with depth to the tale and the illustrations, and one which will bear multiple readings. A worthy addition to the pirate canon!’

Thanks, Cathy!

Read the full review here and buy a copy for a special price of £6.95 here

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‘Maverick have captured the very best of children’s fiction’ Linda’s Book Bag checks out 3 new picture books!

Linda’s Book Bag has posted a smashing review of three of our most recent picture books:

‘This is such a fun story with considerable humour for children and adults alike. 

The Pirate Who Lost His Name has just enough piratey direct speech to give authenticity without undermining language acquisition for children. Indeed, the mis-use of ‘me’ instead of ‘my’, ‘ye’ for ‘you’ and ‘yer’ for ‘your’ would make excellent talking points about how our language helps create an impression of who we are. So too would the elements that make up the pirate. I can imagine lots of discussion about stereotypes leading to role play and great excitement. The fact that the pirates are not all male and that others in the story have different coloured skin, are different shapes and sizes and ages conveys super messages about equality and acceptance.

The illustrations are a joy because they help tell the story. There’s so many opportunities to use the book in several ways with numeracy through counting the different style of beards perhaps, or creativity in deciding the parrot’s name, for example.

Once again, Lou Treleaven has created a super book for children.’

‘What a clever book! Adults will love the word play references to music from the farmer being called Joni to Moo-grass and Discow genres or the animal band being called The Jersey Bleats, and I can envisage lots of fun being had with children as the real versions of music are discovered too. There’s a real opportunity for class room research here as well as simply sharing a story with a child in the home. Geography, music, newspapers and money could all become linked topics.

Whilst most of the language used is fully accessible and slightly older children would be able to read The Moosic Makers independently, there are smashing new words like ‘winsome’ to extend vocabulary so that children learn through their enjoyment. I would chat with them about safety too when Nutmeg and Celery hitch-hike home so that stranger danger might be discussed in a safe and comforting environment. Mr Smarm affords a similar opportunity.

The illustrations add a smashing level of interest. 

The Moosic Makers would be a valuable addition to any home or classroom.’

I, Pod is a brilliant story for children. There’s smashing humour as Pod tries to get Nim to learn his name and there are great spelling and phonetic opportunities as she attaches the wrong letter instead of d. The use of onomatopoeia illustrates how children can develop their own writing too.

The story is exciting and dramatic so that children will be hugely engaged. Illustrations are vibrant and exciting. I think some children might even be slightly frightened by the images of the fish and tiger so that they can discuss emotions and fear safely with the adults, but many will just love the level of peril and the opportunity to discover a story set in the time of dinosaurs. This works especially well when it’s actually a mammoth who saves the day.

I thought it was inspired to find Pod trying to think of an excuse for all Nim’s missing belongings as fibbing and taking responsibility are aspects of life children need to understand.

I really enjoyed I, Pod and I know children will too.’

Thank you, Linda!

The full review is here

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Library Girl and Book Boy celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a review of Teachers on Pluto!

Library Girl and Book Boy has recently reviewed some new space-themed books including Teachers on Pluto by Lou Treleaven which was published in March 2019:

With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing being celebrated this July, I’m seizing the opportunity to share all of the fantastic Space-themed books I’ve been enjoying recently.’

This is the third book in the ‘Pen-pals on Pluto’ series and would be perfect for people just starting to read chapter books.  It is cleverly told through robot reports and combination of letters and postcards sent from and to Jon and his parents.’

Thanks!   Read the full reviews here and order a copy for the special price of £5.49  here


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‘An exciting, funny story’ Father Reading Every Day gives thumbs up for The Pirate Who Lost His Name!

Father Reading Every Day and young reader T give a big thumbs up this week to new picture book by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Genie Espinosa, The Pirate Who Lost His Name:

We really enjoy Lou’s stories and something she deserves great praise for is her versatility – ever story is totally different and original. Here, her prose provides lots of pirate-themed humour and is paced well to keep the quest exciting. The illustrations do lots to add to the humour and it is really clear to see that both Lou and Genie had much fun with their pirate variety! An exciting, funny story that I have no doubt we will return to repeatedly!

This is a story that boys and girls 4 and up will really enjoy. Its also great fun to read aloud, trying out different pirate voices and trying to match these to the illustrations – we got lots of giggles from this! T had 2 thumbs in the air as we finished our first read and told me, “It was really good and fun and I liked the beards plus Captain Squawk was my favourite.” ‘

See the whole review and watch T reading the book here. Buy a copy here.

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