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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!

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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!

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‘Gorgeous new picture books perfect for little readers’ Mummy Pages reviews our latest!

We’ve had some lovely new reviews from Mummy Pages for two of our latest picture books!

Of Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley: ‘A humorous story which teaches the essential lesson of sharing in a light-hearted way.’ 

Of AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore: ‘This is a lovely story about accepting who you are and never giving up, beautifully illustrated by Alex Willmore.

Thanks!

See the full review with links to ordering here

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‘Delightfully daft tale’ Red Reading Hub reviews Not My Hats!

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Jill at Red Reading Hub recently posted a cracking review for Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley:

With its plethora of outrageous headwear, this delightfully daft tale that moves in and out of rhyme, demonstrates that language is fun, sharing is best and friendship better than standoffishness.’

Thanks, Jill!

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‘Impossible not to love her’ Book Murmuration has a happy addiction to Not My Hats!

Louise at Book Murmuration posted a delightful review of new picture book Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam and illustrated by Alea Marley:

‘Issues of sharing will be familiar to parents of small children. The lovely thing about Not My Hats! is although it has a clear message, it never comes across as preachy. The story is made funnier by Hettie’s facial expressions, from her anger at the thought of sharing to her sudden interest in Puffin’s scarves. Everything about her is exaggerated. It is impossible not to love her, even when she is being a diva. 

The rhyme-scheme is fantastic. Children will soon join in as the words and the rhythm become familiar. I can see this being popular with infants school teachers. It would be a great resource for teaching phonics, particularly because it is not written for this purpose so does not feel in any way forced. 

I love how the muted pastel backgrounds are changed for primary colours when Hettie feels a particularly strong emotion. 

The illustrations are clear and simple, with a focus on the main characters and Hettie’s hats. There is minimal distraction from the main story. The pictures are bright and full of character, and I love the recurring fish motif. 

A delightful story, perfect for fans of Oh No George! and Oi! Frog! Be warned – this is one has an addictive rhythm, and you might be asked to read it three times in a row. ‘

Thanks, Louise!

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5 STAR review from What’s Good to Read for Not My Hats!

David Savage at What’s Good to Read has posted a fantastic 5 star review for Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley:

Overall, while Not My Hats! is a simple and colourful story about sharing things with others, it is fun and entertaining and a good lesson for children.

Written in a style that children will be able to read and understand they will take away the lesson that sharing and joining in with your friends is a positive thing, not only will you both be happy, but you will get to try new things.

It has been beautifully illustrated by Alea Marley in an uncomplicated way using bright and bold colours to portray the story.

Another great bedtime read, or even for storytime in a classroom, from Tracy Gunaratnam.’

Rating: 5/5

Thanks, David!

Read the full review here

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Latest picture books ‘from the classy Maverick stable’ reviewed in The Lancashire Evening Post!

Pam at The Lancashire Evening Post has just made live her wonderful reviews for two new picture books (with some nice words about Maverick too!):

AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore:

‘Inventive author Alison Donald and star illustrator Alex Willmore work their special magic on this bewitching picture book story about a bull on the horns of a dilemma when his best friend goes in search of a more cute and cuddly pet.

This marvellously entertaining mix-up farm adventure comes from Maverick Arts Publishing, a young and energetic publisher which started small but now has over 130 titles including board books, picture books, early readers, graphic reluctant readers, junior fiction and activity books. They firmly believe that, with everyone leading such busy lifestyles, it is important for children to spend time with adults sharing and engaging over a picture book. Maverick also has a strong ethos of championing new authors and emerging illustrators, with a strong emphasis on supporting them once their book is published.

AdoraBULL is the second collaboration between Donald and Willmore and certainly hits bullseye when it comes to delivering a heartwarming story with important messages about loyalty, self-confidence and being true to yourself.’

Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley:

Also from the classy Maverick stable comes a delightful illustrated tale about a polar bear who lets her love of hats go to her head. Not My Hats! Is the third word perfect picture book from Tracy Gunaratnam who has pooled her writing talents with the extraordinarily expressive illustrations of Alea Marley in a story that speaks loudly and lovingly about the joys of sharing and the fun of friendship. 

Gunaratnam and Marley’s warm, wise and witty picture book is guaranteed to melt the hearts of readers young and old!’

Thanks, Pam!

Read the reviews in full here

Buy a copy of AdoraBULL here and Not My Hats! here

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‘Great book for story time’ The Letterpress Project reviews Not My Hats!

Terry at The Letterpress Project posted a recent review for new picture book Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam and illustrated by Alea Marley:

We reviewed Tracy Gunaratnam’s last picture book, Hamster Sitter Wanted and we loved that, so we were pretty confident a new one would also be a treat. Not My Hats! is a simple, colourful and melodic offering that gives children plenty of chance to join in with the rhyming. Needless to say, that makes it a great book for story time and for reading out aloud.

As well as having all the fun of rhyming, it’s a story of sharing and discovering how everything is better when you let your friends join in. Alea Marley’s bright and simple illustrative style fits the simple story perfectly. 

The books publisher, Maverick, are making something of a speciality of these generously sized paperbacks so keep your eyes open for anything they do because you’re unlikely to be disappointed.’

Thanks, Terry!

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‘Charming story’ Parents in Touch reviews AdoraBULL and Not My Hats!

Parents in Touch has just posted some wonderful reviews for our two latest picture books:

AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore:

‘A charming story about caring for each other and loyalty, even when changes take place in life. Alex Willmore’s illustrations are full of detail and humour – well worth taking time over and sharing.’

Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley:

‘The catchy text flows through the book, weaving its way through Alea Marley’s captivating illustrations. A lovely book to share and read aloud.’

Thank you, Sarah!

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‘This is exactly the kind of book that I love to read aloud to groups of children’ Books for Topics reviews 3 New Picture Books!

Books for Topics just posted a wonderful series of reviews for three of our newest picture books:

Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley:

Everything about ‘Not My Hats!’ makes for a very happy storytime, from the brightly patterned illustrations to the slightly random cast of characters to the hilarious sets of rhyming strings. Tracy Gunaratnam is a master of rhyme and rhythm and there is something really delightful in the way the lines in this book roll off the tongue.’

AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore:

Whimsical and endearing… This story is humorous and the accompanying illustrations are filled with witty details that are pleasing to both young children and adults alike.’

Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones with illustrations by Chris Jevons:

A truly original picture book…This is a really funny story that is suitable for a laugh-out-loud story time in EYFS and KS1.’

Thanks, Alison!

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