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‘Readers will be swept along by the unfolding drama’ Red Reading Hub review of Turns Out I’m an Alien

Jill at Red Reading Hub has just posted a lovely review of Lou Treleaven‘s latest middle grade fiction title publishing at the end of this month Turns Out I’m an Alien. The book is also part of this year’s Space Chase themed  Summer Reading Challenge!

‘I’ll say no more other than that Jasper discovers his alien origins, the children are cascaded into a madcap space adventure to save a planet from the terrible Emperor Iko Iko Iko; there are secret agents, secret, secret agents and things get pretty Gloopy.

Entirely crazy, but readers will be swept along by the unfolding drama, which perhaps doesn’t actually end at The End.’

Thanks, Jill!

Read the full review here and buy a copy at 20% off  here

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‘Yo ho ho and a bottle of orange squash!’ Quirky new pirate picture book hits the shelves this month!

Love pirates? And parrots?  If you think you’ve read every pirate picture book on the high seas and know every pirate who’s ever drawn a yo ho ho breath… well, we have some hidden treasure for you, matey!

The Pirate Who Lost His Name by master storyteller Lou Treleaven with brilliant illustrations by Genie Espinosa is a pirate story LIKE NO OTHER!

Meet some boastful pirates including our favourite Captain My-hook’s-bigger-than-your-hook, some bearded pirates, some romantic pirates, Captain Dreamboat whose best friend is his mirror and even Captain Anorak with his special One Thousand Favourite Pirate Postcards Scrapbook!

We guarantee this will become your top pirate spotting book!

Publishing 28 May. Pre-order your copy here

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‘I really enjoyed the book, it was funny and it made me feel happy’ Review of Homework on Pluto on Story Island Reviews!

A pupil, aged 9 years, from Ethelbert Road Primary School wrote this fabulous review of  junior fiction title  Homework on Pluto  by Lou Treleaven on Story Island Reviews:

‘This is a very funny book set in space and the story is told in letters sent between earth and Pluto. I really enjoyed the book, it was funny and it made me feel happy.’

Read the full review here.

You can order your copy here. You may also be interested in the first book in the series Letter to Pluto included in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which you can order here and the forthcoming third book Teachers on Pluto coming out in March which you can pre-order here.


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‘A delightful story that discusses the power of overcoming mistakes’ Manhattan Book Review is charmed by The Snowflake Mistake!

US review site Manhattan Book Review has published a glowing review for the US edition of The Snowflake Mistake by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Maddie Frost:

Little readers will love the story of Ellie and her snowflake solution. Charming and adorable, The Snowflake Mistake takes readers above the clouds and into an ice palace built for making snow. Lou Treleaven and Maddie Frost bring this rhyming, lyrical read together with cool, vibrant, artistic illustrations to make problem-solving a fun adventure. A fun book for mothers and daughters, this story highlights the importance of working parents and responsible children, as well as underscores what is truly important. A delightful story that discusses the power of overcoming mistakes, in a fun, artistic way. Complete with a snowflake-making tutorial, this is a great read for home or classroom.’

Read the full review here and buy a copy 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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New space adventures from Jon and Straxi coming in March: Teachers on Pluto!

First came Letter to Pluto, then the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 title Homework on Pluto and now we are excited to announce the publication of the third book in the Penpals on Pluto series by Lou Treleaven, Teachers on Pluto!

I can’t wait to start at Flumpenslurp Blurble School as they do weird subjects like Packed Lunch Studies and Grow Your Own Friend. Straxi says they even have a class robot…’

Jon’s teacher Mrs Hall has taken over as Temporary President of Pluto and is busy making some new laws (which suspiciously resemble school rules….). Meanwhile the Snargler Spotters’ Society is scouring the Pulsating Swamp for the escaped rare Snargler 192. Join Jon and Straxi for more interplanetary adventures!

Publishing 28 March. Pre-order for £6.45 here

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‘Great stories which we can all enjoy in equal measure! Bravo!’ Super review for new January Early Readers from Chez L’Abeille!

We have just received a wonderful review for four of our new Early Readers publishing this month from teacher Cathy at Chez L’Abeille:

These new books certainly deliver. One of the things I love about them is that they would be equally at home in the home or in a classroom – so as my day job takes me in and out of many classrooms, I’m going to consider them in that context.

There is a lot of discussion in education currently, about the need for reading books that are “decodable”; that is, closely matched to the phonics knowledge a child has mastered. The recently revised draft Ofsted Inspection Framework makes much of this viewpoint, so many schools I expect, will be looking closely at their reading book shelves and making big decisions about their content. Personally, I think all the Maverick books would be a good addition to any classroom collection.

Maverick have continued to bring children, parents and teachers some great stories which we can all enjoy in equal measure! Bravo!’

Mole in Goal by Amanda Brandon with illustrations by Giusi Capizzi (Orange Book Band/Phase 5 Letters and Sounds). ‘This is a great book in which disability is sensitively explored. The illustrations work well with the text and I particularly liked the way Mole’s point of view is demonstrated, so children can see how he experiences the world.’

The Oojamaflip by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Julia Patton (Turquoise Band). ‘Given that I sometimes have to hear Year 2 children reading as part of my day job, I think this one may make its way into my work bag!’

Wishker by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Sarah Jennings (Purple Band). ‘The nice twist at the end also brings opportunities for considering what happens next. I also felt the language and structure of the text gave it a sightly more episodic feel – perfect for building up the reading stamina as children move into early chapter books.’

Scary Scott by Katie Dale with illustrations by Irene Montano (Gold Band). ‘I loved this story for it’s humour and pace.The tension builds gradually and there are some great Uh-Oh! moments and cliffhangers along the way. There is also another moral dilemma to discuss – how to do the right thing, even if you may lose out is an important consideration for most 6 and 7 year olds!’

Thanks, Cathy! Read the full review here and have a look at all our Early Readers and download free activity packs and audio files here

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Three Maverick titles selected for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge!

We were thrilled to learn this week that three of our titles have been selected for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge!

The theme is Space Chase and our selected titles are:

The Space Race (Early Reader – Yellow band) by Jenny Jinks with illustrations by Serena Lombardo (order here)

Letter to Pluto by Lou Treleaven (order here)

Turns Out I’m an Alien by Lou Treleaven (publishing in May – you will be able to pre-order very soon)
Our first ever middle grade fiction title tells the story of 11 year old Jasper who discovers his foster parents have been keeping a pretty huge secret from him… he’s an alien! So when Earth is in danger from Emperor Iko Iko Iko, Jasper and his foster sister Holly embark on a very crazy adventure in space!

Check out the brilliant list of books here and take part in your local library this summer!

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‘A very good book to use if teaching celebrating differences’ Books for Topics praises Not Yet a Yeti!

Books for Topics recently reviewed new picture book Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven with illustration by Tony Neal:

The text is rich in language that makes the story an engaging and entertaining read for children. The book is full of fantastic illustrations by Tony Neal that bring the story alive. They help to tell a tale of courage, acceptance and finding yourself.

Curriculum links: This is a very good book to use if teaching celebrating differences. Also a useful book to use if looking at the weather or different climates and an excellent resource for teaching direct speech and synonyms for said.’

What a wonderful review!

Read the full review here and buy your own copy here

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‘A beautiful, brilliant book’ Father Reading Every Day loves a seasonal tale of wintry magic: The Snowflake Mistake!

Father Reading Every Day recently posted a great review for The Snowflake Mistake by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Maddie Frost:

This is a beautiful, brilliant book that is absolutely perfect for this time of year – it should be a bookshelf must-have and is one I imagine we will come back to again and again in the coming months! The story has equal parts magic and excitement, is rhymed perfectly and flows from the tongue when reading aloud and is accompanied by beautiful wintery illustrations. It’s also really nice to see a female lead taking on a challenge and solving problems all by herself; something that is still way to rare in picture books!

A perfect read for the winter months that will engage and enthrall children of all ages. T really enjoyed this one and told me, “the princess is rainbow magic and I like the snow and it’s cold and beautiful.” He spent a good while going over this one on his own, tracing letter shapes, counting, jumping, reading and cuddling his way through the story!

You can, and should get a copy of this one.’

Thank you!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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