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‘Really good’ ‘Wonderful’ ‘Brilliant’ ‘Excellent’ Story Island reviewers rave about AdoraBULL!

The Year 1 (aged 5-6) and Year 2 pupils (aged 6-7) from OSPRINGE CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL in Faversham enjoyed sharing and reviewing Adorabull written by Alison Donald and illustrated by Alex Willmore on Story Island Reviews:

Would you recommend this book?

All the pupils agreed they would recommend this book!


‘Because it’s funny when the bull gets a new hairdo.’

Yes, because it is very surprising because you think he wants a pet for him but he wants a pet for his bull.’  

‘I would because then more people can learn about loving and caring for each other.’

‘Because it is a good story and it is an exciting story.’

‘I will recommend the book because I like kittens.’

‘Because I like the book’

‘Because it’s about friendship.’

Have a look at the whole review here and buy a copy here

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‘Kids said it’s one of the best books they have read’ Bizzie Baby reviewers adore AdoraBULL! 

Here are just a couple of great comments from the Bizzie Baby parent and child reviewers who recently read AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore:

‘My little boy told his cousin about it and we lent it to them for a night we often exchange books. Excellent book that is well illustrated and has a fantastic story that gets children interacting with you and asking questions. It also teaches them to not forget about someone and that no matter what everyone is loved for different things.’

‘They loved it and it had to be re-read over days and I feel it made them think about being kind as well. We would certainly look to buy more books by this author. Kids said it’s one of the best books they have read. ‘

Read all the reviews here and buy a copy here

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‘A brilliant book’ Bizzie Baby reviewers rave about Not My Hats!

The parent and child reviewers at Bizzie Baby recently test-drove new picture book Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley:

The book was bright and colourful.The quality of the book is brilliant. My daughter when she saw this book wanted to read it straight away. The illustrations were great very bright and catchy. My daughter loved having this book read to her. She loved the story and found it extremely funny with all the different hats. This book was well written and certainly stimulating. A brilliant book and now we have read it will definitely be looking to purchase more from this author. I’ve read this to my daughter every bed time definitely worth the price. I really love the rhyming parts and how silly it was. I would buy this book and certainly recommend. This was a lovely book to read, and my daughter just loved it so super happy.’

What wonderful feedback!

Read all the reviews here and buy a copy here 

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‘A splendid book which deserves a place on every small person’s reading menu’ Armadillo Magazine enthuses about Not My Hats!

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Armadillo Magazine‘s Summer 2018 issue carries a glowing review for picture book Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley:

‘Marley’s illustrations are a perfect match for the energetic text, with plentiful detail in each spread for a child to explore and talk about whilst being simple, colourful and full of character.  When a two-year-old and a five-year-old both laugh out loud at the same time it’s clear that the book is a gem. In this case it is an absolute riot! The children especially loved Hettie’s ‘hatmosphere’ and had great fun deciding on our own favourite hats (the crab hat, blue hat and fancy hoity toity hat in case you’re interested). Hettie’s increasing emphatic refusal to swap a hat for a gnome, a comb or a dog with a bone was another particular highlight.

With hugely memorable rhyming lists for readers to join in with, this is a splendid book which deserves a place on every small person’s reading menu.  This is a brilliant book for young children. We highly recommend it.’

Thank you so much!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘Great suspense and fun dialogue’ My Book Corner rave review for The Wondrous Dinosaurium!

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Leisa at My Book Corner just posted a fab review for The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown (along with a very funny story about a childhood cinema outing to see Jurassic Park!!):

‘The idea’s a simple one – Danny wants a pet. But not just any pet… a giant Jurassic one. Luckily Mr Ree’s the purveyor of prehistoric pets at the local Dinosaurium, wedged on the High Street between the light shop and the locksmith. Mr Ree soon sorts Danny out with a car squashingly big Diplodocus Longus, a drooly T-Rex, a flightly pterodon and the list goes on. None are quite right, but Danny and Mr Ree eventually get on the same page delivering a delightfully satisfying ending for little dino devotees.

John’s packed loads into a wonderfully short text – great suspense and fun dialogue. And Steve’s illustrations are fantastically good fun – with loads of humour for the kids.

Some dino obsessions never die. Happy reading!’

Thanks, Leisa!

See the full review here and buy a copy here

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Amusing tale that hits the spot with both dinosaur lovers and pet people: Red Reading Hub reviews The Wondrous Dinosaurium!

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Jill at Red Reading Hub just posted a great review for new picture book The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown:

‘John Condon’s amusing tale about the pitfalls of not doing any research before choosing a pet will hit the spot with both dinosaur lovers and pet people.
Steve Brown’s illustrations of the dinosaur menagerie are at once droll and yet recognisably authentic dinosaur species: avid dinosaur fans may well be able to put names to all Mr Ree’s stock of creatures, one of which was new to this reviewer.’

Glad you’ve added to your dinosaur knowledge, Jill!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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Dino-mite interview with The Wondrous Dinosaurium author John Condon in Story Snug!

Catherine at Story Snug has just posted a lovely interview with John Condon author of The Wondrous Dinosaurium, our latest picture book publishing next week. Here is just a little snippet:

I wanted the story to entertain children but also inspire them to learn more about dinosaurs. I tried to ensure there was a mixture of both dinosaurs they would recognize and others they might be unfamiliar with. I also wanted to show them aspects of dinosaur evolution that they may not have been aware of. Steve was totally on board with this approach and really embraced it – the inclusion of a Utah Raptor (by Steve) is an example of this. We wanted children to notice the feathers and question them. We wanted them to go in search of answers to their questions and in doing so discover a world of dinosaur knowledge that exists beyond this simple story.’

A Diplodocus sized thank you to Catherine and John!

Read the full interview here and order a copy here

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‘A bright and funny book’ Book Murmuration enjoys shopping at The Wondrous Dinosaurium!

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Louise at Book Murmuration recently reviewed The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown which is publishing next week:

‘A total treat for little dinosaur lovers who have dreamed of having a dinosaur of their own. The Dinosaurium and its owner Mr Ree bring a touch of magic to the everyday world. The rhythm of Mr Ree’s speech keeps the story rolling along. No matter how many times Danny returns his pets, Mr Ree has more dinosaurs to sell. 

This would be a great book for teaching adjectives. Mr Ree describes his dinosaurs to Danny – he has chewy ones, slurpy ones, licky ones and burpy ones. The illustrations reinforce these descriptions and add a touch of humour (see Danny covered in dinosaur slobber.) The illustrations are bright and full of character.’

Thanks, Louise!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here 


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Daddy and I: The Perfect Father’s Day Treat!

With just a month to go until this special day on June the 17th it’s time to put forward our recommendation for the perfect Father’s Day read:

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Daddy and I by Lou Treleaven and illustrated by Sophie Burrows is available from all good bookshops and online retailers or you can order a copy here

 ‘The children loved the story… The illustrations were lovely with pastel type colours used throughout. It is a book that the children engaged with and interacted with. They liked the rhyme and noticed this early on. We also used the book for discussion on the illustrations, we had a discussion on what imagination was and what this meant. ‘
The Book Corner

The love between fathers and daughters springs to life through in the hands of rhyming genius Treleaven and with beautiful, heartwarming illustrations from Burrows, this is the perfect cuddle-up book for dads to share with their daughters at bedtime.’
Lancashire Evening Post

This is a beautifully illustrated picture book with a simple message that celebrates the joy of a father and daughter spending long lazy days together – pleasingly romantic but never sentimental.’
The Letterpress Project

‘This rhyming celebration of a special bond between father and daughter is beautifully told.’
Red Reading Hub

Daddy and I is a beautifully-produced book with bright, cheerful illustrations to complement the heartwarming message in the story itself.  The book sends out the message that Daddy’s Day can be a wonderful time, even without expensive outings and presents.’
Little Parachutes

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Unicorn dreaming: New edition of a Maverick favourite coming this month!

On the 28th of May we are publishing a brand new edition of one of our most popular books, I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn by Rachel Lyon and illustrated by Andrea Ringli.

Mucky is a rather smelly horse who has a secret wish to become a unicorn. Find out how it all comes true…

Pre-order here


Reviews and Awards for the first edition:

Selected for The Summer Reading Challenge (Record Breakers) 2015

As read by radio DJ Edith Bowman on CBeebies in 2015

One of the Books for Keeps Books of the Year 2014

Book of the Month for the Irish Book Centre Bookchain in November 2014

 ‘A charming story for young children (2 and upwards) with rhyming verse, which scans nicely, has delightful illustrations and a happy ending.’
The Onion Magazine

‘Written in rhyme by Rachel Lyon, this heartwarming story is beautifully illustrated by Andrea Ringli, and would make a lovely Christmas stocking filler for any child who loves ponies.’
Horse and Countryside

‘Lyon’s bouncy verses are a pleasure to read aloud, and beautifully complemented by Andrea Ringli’s bold, affectionate illustrations.’
Teach Nursery

‘Delight any young horselover this Christmas with the perfect present – an engaging story about mud-monster Mucky…’
Horse Magazine

‘A charming story, with expressively illustrated characters to capture the imagination – and an important message about being true to yourself’
Parents in Touch

‘We loved the heartwarming tale about true friendship, the fun rhymes … and the cute, boldly coloured illustrations that really brought the story to life.’
Madhouse Family Reviews

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