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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

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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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“A real jewel of a picture book” – Review for Not Enough for Queen Fluff

Kerry Trickett who reviews for My Book Corner has reviewed Rachel Lyon’s royally, rhyming tale, Not Enough for Queen Fluff

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“The fun writing in Not Enough For Queen Fluff, combined with the gorgeously detailed illustrations by Catalina Echeverri, make this a real jewel of a picture book, to be read many times over. Be sure to look out for the cheeky frog on the final spread — it always makes us smile!”

You know, I hadn’t actually spotted the frog yet! That’s the fun of Catalina Echeverri‘s illustrations, always something new to see on every reading.

Thanks for the lovely review Kerry!

Read the full review here.

Buy Not Enough for Queen Fluff here.

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“This book is sure to be a real crowd-pleaser in your burrow too!”

Regina and Dolly who write for Diapers and Daydreams over in the United States have reviewed our royal, rhyming book, Not Enough for Queen Fluff.  

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The rhyming text from Rachel Lyon rolls off the tongue, and is filled with so many funnies there will be sure to be plenty of giggles! (“There were toads on the table and fleas at my feet and for dinner they offered me bug broth to eat!”) The rhyme is mixed with incredibly hilarious illustrations from Catalina Echeverri, One of Dolly’s favorite parts, both read and drawn is, of course, the rat wearing only his underpants (so, for the record, pandering to the audience really worked! haha!) This book is sure to be a real crowd-pleaser in your burrow too!

Thanks for the lovely review!

Read the full review here.

Buy Not Enough for Queen Fluff here.

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“Galloping into the big time!” Reviews for our latest books from Pam Norfolk

The lovely Pam, who writes for the Lancashire Evening Post, has written some reviews for our latest books!

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Not Enough for Queen Fluff

“This new rhyming extravaganza, brought to life by Catalina Echeverri’s gloriously detailed and characterful illustrations, sees the born ‘poetess’ on top form […] Lyon works her trademark magic in a story bursting with rhyme, some sound common sense and plenty of giggles as the bunnies fill their burrows with nasty nettles, prickly thistles, stinging bees and wriggly worms to deter their fanciful queen from staying the night.”

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George and the New Craze

Alice Hemming, who is passionate about picture books, plays a winning card in this gentle but fun story with a surprise twist in the tail, while illustrator. Kimberley Scott turns the menagerie of animals into quirky, lovable little characters. Perfect bedtime reading…”

Read the full reviews here

Purchase your own copies through the links below.

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George and the New Craze

 

 

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Early reader gift set loved by Toppsta users!

Our early reader gift set is currently ranked number 4 for books for five years on Toppsta! The five book set has received some brilliant reviews as well and has five stars! Here are some of the reviews:

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“The perfect starter books for a child who is learning to read. I’ve read these with my nephew and he really enjoyed them and gave him confidence with reading.”

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“What a brilliant set of books to help learning to read. All great stories with exciting characters and good storylines.”

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“This is absolutely brilliant set of books for a child who is learning to read! […] The stories are just enough simple and short not to overload and make it into a task, illustrations are colourful and funny and the stories itself are a great read.” 

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“I found that my 4 year old loved the pictures in each book, and my 6 year old could easily read the books to herself.  Each book has a little quiz at the end that was fun to do together too.”

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“Wow what a great set of books my girls loved all of these especially the 4 little pigs,my 5 year old reads them on her own and my 3 year old loves to have them read to her.”

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“Ideal for a beginner reader.”

Check out the set on Toppsta here. 

Buy your copies by clicking the links below:

I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn 

Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers

Grumpy King Colin

A Gold Star for George

The Four Little Pigs 

 

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Queen Fluff or Marie Antoinette? Review for Not Enough for Queen Fluff.

Mary at Over 40 and a Mum to One has written a lovely review for Rachel Lyon‘s latest picture book, Not Enough for Queen Fluff. She’s event pointed out the similarities between Marie Antoinette and our little snobby bunny queen…

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So what could the picture book, written by Rachel Lyon, have in common with a French queen?  Well Queen Fluff is just the grandest of bunnies, she has it all […] Her subjects are poverty-stricken and can barely feed themselves, let alone provide a banquet fit for a queen.

So they devise a plan which will see Queen Fluff hopping back to her palace of a burrow in no time.  She needs to be taught a lesson. I won’t spoil the story by telling you exactly what they did, but it did make Queen Fluff see the errors of her ways.  She certainly didn’t lose her head over it, but learnt a few valuable lessons.”

Thank your for the lovely review Mary! We’re pleased Monkey enjoyed the story!

Read the full review here.

Buy Not Enough for Queen Fluff here.

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Enough Posters for Queen Fluff!

IMG_4074What a glorious sight to be seen in the window of Waterstones Warrington….Queen Fluff would thoroughly approve!  All in preparation for Rachel Lyon’s event on the 3rd July (have a look on our calendar page for more details).

Of course Mucky (I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn) and the Childe (Childe of Hale) have also made an appearance.  Set to be a fantastic event!

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Rachel Lyon on the cover of Local Life

Once upon a time-1Maverick author, Rachel Lyon makes the front cover of her local edition of Local Life magazine.  

Rachel is very proactive in her local area and does lots of events with her three Maverick books, The Cautionary Tale of the Childe of Hale, I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn and her newly published, Not Enough for Queen Fluff.

Not Enough for Queen Fluff is sitting in pride of place in the window of Waterstone’s Liverool One.

For more info on some of Rachel’s upcoming events, visit our calendar page.

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“I couldn’t help but smile.” Review for Not Enough for Queen Fluff

Cheryl and the madhouse kids have reviewed the newest royal addition to the Maverick list – Not Enough for Queen Fluff! Written by Rachel Lyon in beautiful rhyme and illustrated by the talented Catalina Echeverri, this book is the product of a Maverick dream team! Cheryl seems to agree!

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“Stories told in rhyme always get a particularly enthusiastic response from the Madhouse kids for reading at bedtime and Pierre has also enjoyed reading this one aloud by himself, with the rhymes helping him to sound out unfamilair words. The highly detailed illustrations also help to really bring the story to life.”

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Not Enough for Queen Fluff is available now! Extend the Queen’s birthday celebrations and make this your new bedtime read!

Buy here.

Read the full review here.

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“A wonderful addition to any classroom” – review for Maverick early readers

Laura, who blogs at The Butterfly Mother has written a lovely review for our new set of Maverick early readers. She called them, “a wonderful addition to any classroom as their humorous content will really engage the children.” And she had lots of lovely things to say about each of the stories as well!

Grumpy King Colin

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“A fabulous message to any unruly toddler or preschooler in my opinion! Caterpillar really finds King Colin’s antics funny and we’ve had a good laugh with this one.”

Buy Grumpy King Colin here.

A Gold Star for George

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“Firstly, that winning isn’t everything and secondly, that having friends who appreciate you is much more important than being the best at something.  These are great lessons for children, especially those who have just entered the school environment where they are becoming aware of being compared to other children for perhaps the first time.”

Buy A Gold Star for George here.

I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn

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“This is another great book about friendship and also a great way to teach children to become comfortable with who they are.”

Buy I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn here.

Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers

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“Two extremely popular topics for children’s books – pirates and construction – are combined here in a really unique and fun way.  And again, another fab message about how children don’t want to be pigeon-holed.”

Buy Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers here.

The Four Little Pigs

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“I seem to have come across a lot of books lately which are a modern twist on a classic fairy tales but this is one of my favourites. Plus there are a couple of great twists that give the traditional content a really fresh look.”

Buy The Four Little Pigs here.

 

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