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‘Such great value as they do double duty: help children to learn to read and also encourage a love of reading for pleasure’ The Merry Bookworm reviews some new Early Readers!

The Merry Bookworm has just posted a wonderful detailed review for four of our new Early Readers:

Bingo and the Burblies by Steve Howson and illustrated by Gisela Bohorques: Gold Band.   This story really struck a chord with Hugo, who stopped reading at various places to ask why humans would want to hurt the burblies and take away their home.  As a parent, it was a pleasure to see him responding with empathy and concern about saving animals and the planet. 

The Underwear Wolf by Clare Helen Walsh and illustrated by Letizia Rizzo: Gold Band.   Hugo thought this story was hilarious!  He loved the fact that Stitch finally made friends with other werewolves and he thought that it was very kind of Stitch to knit them ‘super-stretchy pants’ to keep them warm.  The story gave us lots of opportunities to talk about difference, inclusion and empathy and Hugo has now decided that he wants to dress up as Stitch for World Book Day.  

Nanny Ninja by Jenny Jinks and illustrated by Sean Longcroft: White Band.  This is a cleverly-written story that breaks down the older-person stereotype and also introduces the concept of resilience.  Hugo loves super-hero characters and so this story was right up his street.  He understood that you need to keep working hard in order to be good at something and now keeps asking his Nanna if she needs to go for a sleep…

Scary Scott by Katie Dale and illustrated by Irene Montano: Gold Band.  Hugo’s favourite time of year is Hallowe’en and so he was excited to read this before he even opened the cover.  He thought that Scott was brave both to go to the party when he didn’t know anybody and also to face the bullies.  He cheered at the end when the children wanted to remain friends with Scott, even though they had found out he was a ghost; Hugo’s parting shot was “It’s nice to be kind and let everyone join in, Mummy”.

These books are such great value as they do double duty: help children to learn to read and also encourage a love of reading for pleasure, which is a huge win-win in my eyes.  There are also lots in the range – with more due out in March – which means that you can always find stories (from pink band to white) that will interest your young readers; indeed, my daughter, who has been a ‘free reader’ for over a year now, still loves to pick these books up as she is drawn to the superb illustrations and engaging stories.  I only have one complaint – the books have been responsible for a number of arguments over whose turn it is to read them!’

Thank you so much! Read the full review here and visit our Early Reader website to learn more about the scheme, order the books and download free activity packs and audio files.

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‘Maverick Early Readers tick all the boxes… they have made a huge difference’ Our Early Readers help The Merry Bookworm solve a picky reader problem!

We’ve just spotted a lovely review from The Merry Bookworm which encapsulates how our reading scheme differs from the others – it engages children and allows them to ENJOY reading:

If, like me, you have a young child who is bored of school reading books, you’ll know it’s not always easy to find alternatives that match their reading ability.  You might find, however, that a new range of Early Readers, published by Maverick Arts Publishing, solves your problems!  Maverick have taken fun, interesting picture books and adapted them so that children can make the transition from listener to reader; more importantly, they have aligned the books to the Institute of Education’s book banded system, so that you can always find stories that are perfectly suited to your child’s current reading level.

My son is notoriously picky when it comes to reading books.  He is not at all interested in Biff, Chip and Kipper – in fact, they are responsible for him perfecting his (rather impressive) eye-roll!  He wants stories that make him laugh, capture his imagination and have proper storylines, rather than texts that are built around various phonic sounds.  He also wants full-colour, interesting illustrations as he really enjoys looking at the pictures before he reads the words on the page.  These Maverick Early Readers tick all the boxes.  If I put a school reader and a Maverick Early Reader in front of him, he will always pick the Early Reader first and immediately crack on with reading it enthusiastically, whereas school books very seldom hold his attention and I have to continually encourage him to read (which is like pulling teeth at times).  My son also loves the quiz at the end of each book, which is great for checking understanding.  I can say, hand on heart, that they have made a huge difference to his love of reading (and my stress levels…) and have been worth every penny.’

Thanks, Lorraine! Read the full review here

Check out all the books in the scheme here and download free activity packs and audio files. Look out for 30 more titles publishing Spring 2019!

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