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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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‘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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‘We loved it. Buy it!’ From Baby to Brontë reviews Froggy Day!

We’ve just spotted a lovely review for Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos at From Baby to Brontë:

This is a funny, silly story and we loved it. The play-on-words works perfectly, and there’s lots of onomatopoeia and speech to read out in funny voices. We’ll definitely be reading this again, and I’ll be taking it in for my new class at some point! Buy it! (Resisting the urge to say ‘hop to it’….)’

Thank you! Read the whole review here and buy a copy here

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New picture book by Alison Donald The Spacesuit to celebrate the moon landing 50th anniversary this year!

We are excited to announce that we will be publishing a new picture book by Alison Donald (fab author of AdoraBULL and The New LiBEARian) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this year! Inspired by real people and events, The Spacesuit follows Ellie, a young seamstress, who was part of a group of women who helped create the first spacesuit to withstand space.

Here’s a delightful sneaky peek at the cover and some of the spreads by the talented illustrator Ariel Landy:


ISBN 9781848864283  £7.99  36 pages

Watch this space for more information about this book!


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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 great book’ Fab review for Yuck! Said the Yak at From Baby to Brontë

We’ve just spotted a wonderful review for Yuck! said the Yak by Alex English with illustrations by Emma Levey at From Baby to Brontë:

We really enjoyed this story… I like the way that yak turns out not to be a fussy eater, actually, in the end. He’d just been offered the wrong things. He points out that all yaks like grass, and Alfie’s offers, though well-intentioned, were ill-informed. It’s a good lesson for us sometimes, when we think we know best for our children or pupils, to remember not to push or own preferences and assumptions onto others. Sometimes we need to ask the questions and listen rather than just giving what we think is best. We’re all different, right?

A great book. Thanks for the choice, Daddy!’

Thanks! Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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Time to meet the most pampered dog in the park – Shampooch is nearly out!

Dog lovers and those who enjoy a little muddy fun are in for a treat on the 28th of this month with the publication of new picture book by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Susan BatoriShampooch.

Heather and Susan are the winning team behind previous books Beware the Mighty Bitey (Summer Reading Challenge 2018) and Strictly No Crocs.

With whiskers waxed, nose polished and diamante collar in place, Shampooch is the most pampered dog in the park. But will she manage to avoid all the dirty distractions?

You can order your copy for a special price of £6.95 here

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‘Lovely book that’s a fab family read’ Book Monster Ally enjoys reading Froggy Day to eager library listeners!

Ally at Book Monsters posted a wonderful review today following a reading of Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos to a group of children in her library:

My one concern with reading this to pre-schoolers was whether they would really understand the play on words, but a quick explanation before we started reading the story and the children seemed to understand the concept quite well, and regardless of whether they did or not, they laughed and laughed and made “ribbit” noises and thoroughly enjoyed this book. They all sat impeccably through the whole thing, clearly fascinated.

From my point of view, as a storyteller, I so enjoyed reading it too, the play on words was such fun to read out loud, it allows for lots of dramatic expression and animal noises. There’s enough humour that will appeal to adults in this lovely book that’s a fab family read.

Let’s not forget those illustrations, bright, bold, so much fun and covered in frogs! Barbara Bakos has done a lovely job here, the children loved spotting the frogs and laughing at the silly antics they got up to. It really helped to aid the telling of the story.

Sometimes a tale just needs to be fun, simple, and most of all silly, that’s what so many children love, laughter is what unites us, what better way to get children engaged with reading than a book like this.

For our craftactivity, I made a frog fly catching game (found on the internet), which was simple and quick to make, but children enjoyed making it, and both children and adults enjoyed having a go.’

Thanks, Ally! Read the full review here and buy a copy 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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‘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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