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The Letterpress Project commends the gentle message and delightful illustrations in Not Yet a Yeti!

Terry at The Letterpress Project has just written a fab review for Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Tony Neal:

Not Yet A Yeti is all about how a family can deal with difference and finding ways not to be judgemental when someone wants to take their own path. It’s also about having the courage to acknowledge what you really want to be as you grow up and the need to be true to yourself in finding the way of life that suits you best.

It also has a gentle message for parents about the way a family can support their child’s decision to be who they want to be. If you’re open minded and flexible there’s always a solution to be found.

As with almost all books published by Maverick Publishing, the quality of design and production is top notch. Lou Treleaven writes in an accessible way for younger readers and doesn’t overload the story with unnecessary text and Tony Neal’s illustrations are a delight. He uses big bold colours that fill the larger format pages and add nice extra detail to the story.

I can see how this book would be a favourite for younger readers at home – one that would be great for children and parents to share some time reading together – but it would also be a good one for teachers in early years settings.’

Thanks, Terry! Read the review here and buy a copy here

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‘A real hoot’ Red Reading Hub enjoys two new picture books and recalls a real Indian frog rain!

Jill at Red Reading Hub recently enjoyed reading our two new picture books and relates an amazing real story about frogs raining down in India!

Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Tony Neal

An offbeat tale of having the courage to be yourself and acceptance that manages to include the creature that seems to be every young child’s favourite at present – the unicorn. For this reason, if nothing else, it’s likely to become a crowd pleaser. Tony Neal’s entire family of yetis are, despite their claims, thoroughly unscary and totally likeable creatures as is George himself.’

Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos

Crazy as Heather’s tale may sound, I was once in Udaipur, Rajasthan during the monsoon season and as we emerged from a café into sudden torrential rain, it did seem as though it was raining frogs: the tiny creatures (not green ones but brown) fell in thousands from the rooftops of all the buildings. Goodness knows how they got up there in the first place but the sight was truly bizarre.

Heather Pindar’s play on words is a great starting point for her gigglesome story and Barbara’s illustrations of the frogs’ frolics are a real hoot.’

Read the whole review here and buy a copy of Froggy Day here and Not Yet a Yeti here

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‘A fun and colourful tale of self-acceptance and family love’ Space on the Bookshelf three cheers for Not Yet a Yeti!

Space on the Bookshelf had some nice words for new picture book by Lou Treleaven Not Yet a Yeti:

‘Not Yet A Yeti, is a fun and colourful tale of self-acceptance and family love.’

Thank you! Check out the review here and buy a copy here

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‘A heart-felt voyage of discovery’ My Book Corner enjoys an excellent tale of accepting difference in Not Yet a Yeti!

Sarah at My Book Corner has written a lovely review of Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven:

Lou Treleaven’s words along with the colourful images created by Tony Neal take the reader on a heart-felt voyage of discovery. George, like so many children out there, perhaps feel they are different from others in their family unit.

Not Yet a Yeti is an excellent tale of no matter who or what you are, your family will always love and support you.’

Our thanks, Sarah! Read the review and order your copy here

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‘Would make a great fun story for bedtime or happy reading in the classroom’ What’s Good to Read jumps for joy at Froggy Day!

What’s Good to Read recently posted a hopping great review for picture book Froggy Day by Heather Pindar:

Froggy Day is a fun and engaging story. It is different and the children loved reading about frogs falling from the sky, creating problems and certainly gave them a giggle.

The illustrations, beautifully drawn by Barbara Bakos, are bright and fun and bring the story fully to life.

As for educational value, the text is a good size and easy to read for emerging readers and most of it fairly easy for children to read aloud and sound out unfamiliar words. If is also great for maths skills as we used it to count the frogs on each page. It is also great for talking about the story as questions can be asked about what the frogs are doing (i.e., swimming in a mug of tea), which gets the children involved in the story.

Heather Pindar’s Froggy Day would make a great fun story for bedtime or happy reading in the classroom.’

So pleased you enjoyed it! Read the review here and buy a copy here.

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5 STAR review for Not Yet a Yeti from What’s Good to Read!

Another corker of a review from What’s Good to Read! This time for a fab new picture book which is winning a lot of hearts, Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven:

An excellent story of family values, differences, courage, being yourself and finding your own path in life. It has a great message about a family supporting their child’s decision to do something different, and the sentiment on the inside cover is spot on “To you, whoever you decide to be.”

The text is easy to read and understand. Tony Neal’s illustrations are bold and bright and really stand out on the page with yetis, rainbows and unicorns.

A perfect story to teach children that having your own mind, thoughts, being different and going your own way is not a bad thing.

Another excellent book that would be perfect for bedtime reading or a classroom setting.’

Wow – thanks, David! Check out the review here and order your copy here.

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‘Little ones will be hopping with joy’ Lancashire Evening Post has some fun with a shower of frogs!

Pam at the Lancashire Evening Post recently ran a frog-tastic review of picture book Froggy Day by Heather Pindar, illustrated by Barbara Bakos:

Little ones will be hopping with joy when they get their hands on this super soggy story from picture book duo Heather Pindar and Barbara Bakos as they have fun with a shower of frantic frogs.

Youngsters will love counting their way through the fantastic array of frogs in this delightful story which encourages an understanding of word play and yet entertains throughout with its comical portrayal of chaos. Words and pictures in froggy harmony!’

Glad you enjoyed it! Read the review here and order a copy here.

 

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‘Speaks loudly to little ones about courage, acceptance and finding yourself’ Lancashire Evening Post reviews Not Yet a Yeti!

Pam at the Lancashire Evening Post has got to the heart of the matter in her great review for new picture book Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Tony Neal:

Wise storyteller Lou Treleaven brings out both our smiles and our thinking caps in this clever and captivating story from Maverick.

Starring an adorable little yeti called George, who has a fancy to be something other than a scary yeti, this funny and fresh romp speaks loudly to little ones about courage, acceptance and finding yourself… however difficult that may seem.

Treleaven’s simple but resonant story – brought to vivid life by Neal’s enchanting and colourful illustrations – focuses on the warmth of family life and the rewards of following your own star.’

Thanks, Pam! Read the review here and buy a copy here.

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‘This is a wonderful, quirky and totally silly story’ Madge Eekal Reviews takes on an unusual weather front!

Zoe at Madge Eekal Reviews has come through again with a wonderful review for new picture book Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos:

‘This is a wonderful, quirky and totally silly story. I absolutely loved it and fully expect it to become a firm favourite with young readers too. There isn’t the traditional story structure with a neatly defined beginning, middle and end. Instead, we have a series of fun pictures of the chaos the frogs cause with some clever play on words around fog and frogs. There is, however, an inspired ending when our television weather woman predicts the weather for the next day. It would spoil the fun to tell you what happens so you’ll have to read the book to find out.

Aimed at the younger end of the picture book market, the book uses simple language that is easy to understand. (The only more difficult word in the book is when the farm animals ‘stampeded’ but the pictures make the meaning more than clear). There are only a few words per page, making it easy to learn for children who want to join in. There’s also a good use of font sizes and different type-faces which adds interest to the text.

The pictures are bright and colourful with lovely stylised cartoon-like illustrations of the frogs. It’s great fun studying all the individual frogs antics as they hang upside down, settle down to sleep, balance on top of each other (or the nearest person or animal) or wave at the reader. Indeed, the pleasure of studying the individual frogs brings back memories of searching for worm in the Richard Scarry books. My personal favourites are probably the two frogs who settle themselves on the shelf in the supermarket and arrange what looks like a very civilised afternoon tea, or the frog doing the backstroke in Jan’s big mug of tea.

Overall this is a thoroughly fun story and, based on the twist at the end, I’m really hoping that Maverick publishing have a follow up book in mind.’

Watch this space! Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘A truly delightful story’ Madge Eekal reviews Not Yet a Yeti!

Madge Eekal Reviews has published a wonderful review of new picture book Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Tony Neal:

This is a truly delightful story that brings an original and unexpected twist to the traditional tale of the importance of accepting yourself. 

While I thoroughly enjoyed the story, I was equally impressed by the fact it is told in so few words. The language will be easily accessible to young children and they are likely to enjoy the repetition of George’s questions. As an adult reader, I particularly liked the mirroring of the opening in the ending and the skilful characterisation of the various members of George’s family.

The sharp, colourful and stylised illustrations really come into their own, however, when we move on to George’s transformation….  Beautiful is the only way to describe it!’

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

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