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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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Some gentle life lessons, fabulous expressive illustrations and an aMOOsing story: Story Snug reviews The MOOsic Makers!

Catherine at Story Snug has just delighted us with her great review of new picture book by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos, The MOOsic Makers,  publishing this month:

The text is fun to read and full of wonderful cow puns – MOOtiny, liMOOsine, MOOOOOving… We love Barbara Bakos’ illustrations, her farm animals have fabulous facial expressions, especially Esme and Billy who feel sidelined as Celery and Nutmeg’s success grows. There are so many amusing little details in the pictures, we particularly enjoyed reading all the posters and love the way that Celery and Nutmeg’s pink dresses get used again!

The MOOsic Makers shows children to be wary of trusting strangers and also highlights the importance of staying true to your ideals and beliefs. It also advocates supporting family and friends when the going gets tough. Celery and Nutmeg’s heads were turned by the thought of the money they could earn although ultimately their hearts were always in the right place.

This is a fun story and we love the way that the animals raise money. It would be great to see more of The MOOsic Makers!’

Thanks, Catherine! Read the whole review here and preorder your copy for just £6.95 here

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Udderly super review of The MOOsic Makers is MOOsic to our ears!

Bec at The Ish Mother has just posted a super review for The MOOsic Makers by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos which is publishing on the 28th of this month:
‘I enjoyed this story – as I said, cows and puns, what’s not to love? 
It’s a story about using your talents for good whilst not changing to suit others, being wary of strangers and supporting the people who are closest to you. It can be tricky to explain to young children that people don’t always have good intentions, so Mr Smarm is an excellent character for introducing this topic. Heather Pindar is great at writing fun, puntastic animal stories and we’re big fans of Barbara Bakos’s illustrations – her farmyard scenes are always fun to study!
If your little one loves farm animals, music or just a lot of mooing I really recommend this book!’
Thanks, Bec!
Read the full review here and preorder a copy for just £6.95 here
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‘Lisle is on top form in this hilarious Stone Age adventure’ Big thumbs up for I, Pod from The Lancashire Evening Post!

Pam at The Lancashire Evening Post has published a cracking review of new picture book I, Pod by Rebecca Lisle with illustrations by Richard Watson:

‘I, Pod – a funny, warm-hearted story which puts fun, adventure and words in the spotlight – is the third picture book from dynamic author and illustrator duo, Rebecca Lisle and Richard Watson, who brought young readers the brilliant Stone Underpants and Game of Stones.

Lisle is on top form in this hilarious Stone Age adventure and Watson provides the wonderfully colourful and characterful illustrations for a charming picture book brimming with invention, imagination and an irresistible sense of fun.’

Thanks, Pam!

You can 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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Some Stone Age fun & a tasty and droll rhyming narrative find favour with Red Reading Hub!

Jill at Red Reading Hub has recently posted her thoughts on two of our latest picture books:

I, Pod by Rebecca Lisle with illustrations by Richard Watson:

Pod fans will thoroughly enjoy his latest, fun-filled book and he’ll likely the win a lot more enthusiasts thanks to Rebecca and Richard’s latest verbal and visual accounts of his exploits.’

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

With debut author Sue Walker’s droll rhyming narrative and Carlo Beranek’s deliciously expressive illustrations, this is a tasty book to share with little ones either at home or in an early years setting. They’ll certainly relish the final surprise twist in the tale.’

Thank you so much, Jill!

The full review is here and you can buy Don’t Eat Pete! here and I,Pod here at Hive Stores for the special price of £6.95 each

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‘A tasty treat for all the family!’ The Lancashire Evening Post reviews Don’t Eat Pete!

Pam at The Lancashire Evening Post has just published a fantastic review for new picture book Don’t Eat Pete by Sue Walker with illustrations by Carlo Beranek:

Expect the unexpected in this comical tale of a hungry troll who has the tables turned on him… in more ways than one.

Debut author Sue Walker and illustrator Carlo Beranek work their magic in this playful picture book story which is guaranteed to have little ones giggling as the troll gets guzzling.

Walker’s fun-filled, rhyming story starring cute little pug Pete and his blue warty puppy-sitter has a wonderful twist in its tail, and Beranek’s big, bold and bright illustrations add life and colour to the fur-raising action.

A tasty treat for all the family!’

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

 

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‘Adorable’ Kirkus Reviews enjoys AdoraBULL ahead of its US release!

Kirkus Reviews has just published a great review for AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore ahead of its US distribution by Lerner Books in September:

‘As a pair, the animals are “adorable.” The unaffected text never overwhelms the pictures and could offer a transition into independent reading with mostly easily decoded vocabulary.’

You can pre-order the book in the US here and buy a copy in the rest of the world here now.

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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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