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‘We can’t get enough of this humorous story’ Books for Topics reviews two new picture books!

Books for Topics recently posted reviews of two of our latest picture books:

Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Susan Batori

‘This highly original story features a group of Mighty Bitey Piranhas who are lurking in a jungle water pool waiting for their next unsuspecting snack to come along. Filled with music and mayhem, this brightly illustrated and delightfully rhythmical story is heaps of fun. The piranhas are not the only things surreptitiously lurking in the pages of this book, however, as there is also an unexpected twist at the end that we never saw coming!’

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Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton and illustrated by Rachel Suzanne

‘We’ve had plenty of fun enjoying Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches this week and we can’t get enough of this humorous story with an irresistible repeated refrain! This story features a small boy called Jack, who is busy preparing a plateful of egg sandwiches when he is interrupted by the appearance of a large bear. Undaunted, Jack tries to offer the bear some sandwiches but as the story climaxes it becomes apparent that the bear has a very different sort of lunch in mind! The story evokes elements of both The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Green Eggs and Ham, creating a wonderfully amusing new world of its own where boys negotiate lunchtime with bears in the most matter-of-fact kind of way. We love the bold, colourful illustrations that contrast the cartoon-like enormous bear with the photo-style collages of egg sandwiches, perfectly encapsulating the way in which the story merges the mundanity of lunchtime with the ludicrousness of the bear. We highly recommend this book and we are certain that this one will quickly become a story-time favourite.’

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Parents in Touch reviews our latest picture books!

Parents in Touch has just posted some cracking reviews of our latest picture books!

‘I always look forward to new books from Maverick Arts Publishing – I know I am going to be enjoying great stories along with superb illustrations – and this latest batch lived up to expectations.’ 

Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton and illustrated by Rachel Suzanne:  ‘Hilarious and very satisfying story’

Game of Stones by Rebecca Lisle and illustrated by Richard Watson‘It’s great to see a sequel to a popular picture book, as children will really enjoy re-visiting old friends in a new story… wonderful laugh-aloud book… superbly illustrated by Richard Watson.’

Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Susan Batori‘The tables are turned in a hilarious story which children will love. Illustrated with great style and verve by Susan Batori.’

Read the full review and order the books here

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Lancashire Evening Post reviews three new picture books for Christmas!

Pam at the Lancashire Evening Post has just reviewed our latest picture books:

Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Susan Batori

‘An exhilarating adventure for little ones.  Batori provides the wonderfully bright, busy and colourful illustrations while Pindar, who has over twenty years’ experience as a teacher, delivers an offbeat, comical adventure that proves to be more than an open-and-shut adventure as the piranhas’ devilish plot is well and truly sunk. Jingle, jungle laughs for Christmas!’

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Game of Stones by Rebecca Lisle and illustrated by Richard Watson

Game of Stones – another brilliant book from Maverick – is the sparkling sequel to the hilarious Stone Underpants and sees Lisle and Watson on top form. Their entertaining and innovative story, packed with wonderful inventions and wild and wacky illustrations, ends on a hilarious high note at a playground called… Stonehinge! Christmas just got creative!’

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Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton and illustrated by Rachel Suzanne

Fulton has fun with this action-packed story which uses repetition, comedy and the art of surprise in a most delightful way. Suzanne captures the humour of the story with her bold, colourful illustrations making this a delicious treat for all the family to enjoy.’

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Read the full review here

Buy Beware the Mighty Bitey here, Game of Stones here and Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches here

 

 

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‘The perfect recipe’ The Mighty Biteys delight The Letterpress Project

Terry at The Letterpress Project ‘grew up knowing that you should never trust a Piranha fish’ but was amused to find author Heather Pindar‘s little twist at the end of Beware the Mighty Bitey provided  ‘the naughty fish with a suitable salutary outcome’.  The wonderful illustrations from Susan Batori which brought the adventure to life also received praise in this recent review:

This is a gentle (if you’re not a Piranha) little morality tale about what can happen to you if you plan to do something bad to someone else. But the messages are all implicit and not laboured because the focus of the book is fun. Big colourful drawings in a cartoon style that younger children will immediately recognise, big friendly animals that eventually get the upper-hand, a group of villains plotting just the right amount of jeopardy and plenty of song and repetition for the children to join in with.

 

The perfect recipe.’

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Read the full review here

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“Great for younger children.” Review for Strictly No Crocs

Laura, who writes for the blog, Yummy Mummy Flabby Tummy, has written a lovely review for Strictly No Crocs by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Susan Batori.

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“This is a fun picture book which is really easy to read. It’s quite short in that there aren’t a lot of paragraphs on each page to read so it’s great for younger children but easy for first readers to read themselves. The illustrations are really fun too.”

Thanks for the kind words Laura!

Read the full review here.

Buy Strictly No crocs here.

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“Fun, fresh and original.” Review for Strictly No Crocs.

Phil and Charlotte, who write for the brilliant book review blog, Read it Daddy, have reviewed Strictly No Crocs by Heather Pindar.

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“Strictly No Crocs is the debut children’s book from Heather Pindar, with fab artwork by Susan Batori spinning the tale of three hungry crocodiles  who are sneaky as well as starving.

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This hilarious tale is fun, fresh and original – and we shout a huge hooray to see a trio of crocodiles as the central characters – Yay for Cruncher, Chomper and Snapper!”

And we shout a huge hooray for Phil and Charlotte – brilliant book review bloggers!

Read the full review here.

Buy Strictly No Crocs here.

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” A great interactive read aloud treat.” review for Strictly No Crocs

Booklover Jo has reviewed our favourite crocodiles in Heather Pindar‘s debut picture book, Strictly No Crocs.

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“This book is a great interactive read aloud treat, perfect for sharing with younger children […] It is a fantastic, funny read and is very appealing with lots of opportunities for hilarious expression and joining in when reading aloud. Susan Batori’s illustrations are vibrant and fun with lovely textured backgrounds which give the book a really sumptuous feel. She manages to capture so much of the humour of the books in the brilliantly animated expressions of the animals. This book really made me chuckle I absolutely loved those cheeky crocs and it was a real treat to pour over the divine illustrations.

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Thank you for the wonderful review Jo, we love the cheeky crocs too!

Read the full review here.

Buy Strictly No Crocs here.

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“Exciting children’s picture books with quirky and inventive themes.”

Pam at the Lancashire Evening Post has reviewed our latest books and given them some great reviews!

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Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip 

“Debut author Lou Treleaven works some imaginative and inventive magic as she combines rhyme, raucous fun and madcap science in an exciting and energetic picture book. Julia Patton’s creative and quirky illustrations add extra vitality and colour to Treleaven’s lively, rhyming story which comes packed with ideas, inventions and offbeat concepts, all guaranteed to fire up young imaginations.”

Buy here

Read the full review here

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Strictly No Crocs 

“Forget the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and get on down to Zebra’s birthday bash in this whimsical, warm and wise picture book from talented debut author Heather Pindar. 

Pindar’s all-action, snap-happy crocs prove an irresistible team, brought to vivid life by Susan Batori’s charismatic illustrations.

An ideal bedtime wind-down for every party-loving youngster!”

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Read the full review here

Hopping Hot 

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“Tapper’s beautiful, textured illustrations are the perfect vehicle for her husband’s adorable, cosy animal stories, noted for their joyful spirit, sense of adventure and charming simplicity. The Hedgehugs series has become favourite reading with little ones who are curious about the world around them and enjoy travelling through the woods with Horace and Hattie as they explore the exciting possibilities in all around them.”

Buy here

Read the full review here

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Ickle Pickle and Maverick books

Kaz and her son Ickle Pickle have been reading our latest Maverick books and she has shared some great pictures of the lovely Ickle Pickle with the quirky Professor McQuark!

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First of all, let me tell you about our latest Maverick Books – ‘Hopping Hot’ is one from the gorgeous Hedgehug series, ‘Strictly No Crocs’ is a new book from Heather Pinder and Susan Batori and my favourite at the moment, ‘Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip’! This one is full of great pictures which I love, and a fantastic invention from Professor McQuark – but what does the Oojamaflip DO? ….. You will have to read it to find out!

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Kaz also had some great things to say about our Storyteller scheme. Not heard of it? Read Kaz’s endorsement here and find out how you can take part here. 

We hope Professor McQuark inspires Ickle Pickle to put his inventing cap on! Happy reading!

Buy Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip here

Buy Hopping Hot here

Buy Strictly No Crocs here

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“Maverick picture books are always excellent stories”

Parents in Touch have reviewed our latest picture books and they had some incredible things to say about our new releases!

“I love to review Maverick picture books – they are always excellent stories, beautifully illustrated and almost invariably have a strong rhyme which makes them perfect to read aloud.”

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Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip 

“A hilarious story, ingeniously illustrated by Julia Patton with great detail. Text and pictures work together perfectly in this pacy story.”

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Strictly No Crocs

“The superb illustrations by Susan Batori are full of fun and with some lovely animal creatures to enjoy; the text weaves in and out of the pictures, giving the book a dynamic feel. It’s a perfect read-aloud with plenty of sounds for children to join in with.”

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Hopping Hot 

“I love Horace and Hattie, the Hedgehugs – they are so cute and adorable. It’s a lovely story and offers plenty of opportunities for adults to talk to children about the natural world. The illustrations are glorious – simple yet full of lively detail. A lovely book.”

Read the full reviews here.

Pre-order the books by clicking the links below – released this Thursday 28th January!

Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip

Strictly No Crocs

Hopping Hot

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