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‘They won’t fail to raise a smile for many years to come’ Super reviews for Clumpety and Hamster!

Married to a Geek has just posted a couple of wonderful new reviews! Of Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam and illustrated by Hannah Marks she said:
Willow just loves this book – and so do I actually – in particular she seems to love looking at each of the very detailed pictures and will listen intently whilst I explain what is going on within each page.
The colourfulness and catchiness of each page makes the book a really enticing, attention grabbing read – perfect to keep a busy toddler entertained.’
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And of Clumpety Bump by Phil Allcock and illustrated by Richard Watson:
Again, another fantastically eye-catching book filled with really fun, colourful illustrations…
Willow seemed to love the repetitive tone to this story and it really helped her to connect with the book and she now even knows what to expect at certain points…’
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‘Cheeky, fun, playful and engaging and children will love it’ What’s Good to Do delights in hamster mischief!

What’s Good to Do has just posted a lovely review of Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam and illustrated by Hannah Marks. Here’s what they had to say:

A great picture book story. It has been written, by Tracy Gunaratnam, in a way that will appeal to children and they will be able to grasp the words and meaning and repeat it back. It is cheeky, fun, playful and engaging and children will love it (I know the 5-year-old twins did, as did I, probably more so for the more quite literal hamster sitter ending!).

It has been beautifully illustrated by Hannah Marks, even down to small details such as each hamster having their name printed on their shirts.

This is a fantastic story of trying to deal with naughty and mischievous family members and children will love it.’

Thanks, David!

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‘I read this to a class of 30 5 year old’s and they loved it’ 5 STAR review from The Book Corner!

Sam at The Book Corner gave Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam and illustrated by Hannah Marks a 5 STAR review recently!

‘This is such a fun book, I read this to a class of 30 5 year old’s and they loved it. This is a story about Marco and Polo, who are meant to be looking after their cousins but they want to go out and play. They decide to hire a hamster sitter but everyone who arrives cannot cope with the cousins, they get up to naughty and mischievous things that they can’t cope with. Finally there seems to be one hamster sitter who can put up with the hamsters. 

The children really enjoyed this picture book, it was silly which was perfect for them. The illustrations are beautiful and it has become a firm favourite with the children.’

Many thanks, Sam!

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‘A great read-aloud in EYFS settings and a nice independent read in KS1’ Where Reading Rocks reviews Hamster Sitter Wanted

Educators and librarians blog Where Reading Rocks has just posted a wonderful review for new picture book Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam and illustrated by Hannah Marks:

‘This is a lovely, funny picture book with some great word play. This would be a great read-aloud in EYFS settings and a nice independent read in KS1.’

Thank you!

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‘Got a lot of giggles from my boys’ Library Girl and Book Boy enjoys hamster mayhem!

Library Girl and Book Boy has just posted a wonderful review of Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam and illustrated by Hannah Marks as part of its Pet Pandemonium blog:

This story is heaps of fun and got a lot of giggles from my boys when we were reading it. I think any worn-out parent will be able to sympathise with poor Aunt Fluff and that most young children will learn a trick or two from the cheeky hamsters.

Thank you!

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‘Another gem from Maverick’ Parents in Touch reviews two new picture books!

Parents in Touch recently posted reviews of two of our new picture books!

Of Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam and illustrated by Hannah Marks they said:

‘I love the wonderful illustrations of the hamsters with their gorgeously expressive faces and cute named jumpers. There are some wonderful plays on words which adults will thoroughly appreciate, even if they go over children’s heads. Great fun and superbly illustrated by Hannah Marks.’

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Of Clumpety Bump by Phil Allcock and illustrated by Richard Watson they said:

When Clumpety Bump realises that he really is needed, he steps up to the mark in this humorous story that shows children the importance of hard work and helpfulness. The expressive illustrations from Richard Watson perfectly capture the humour. Another gem from Maverick.’

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Buy a copy of Hamster Sitter Wanted here and a copy of Clumpety Bump here

 

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The Letterpress Project interviews Maverick author Tracy Gunaratnam!

Karen at The Letterpress Project has just run an exclusive interview with Tracy Gunaratnam author of picture books Preposterous Rhinoceros and the new Hamster Sitter Wanted. Find out what inspires Tracy, what her favourite books are and what she thinks makes an extraordinary picture book here.

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Buy a copy of Preposterous Rhinoceros here or a copy of Hamster Sitter Wanted here

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Books for Boys Enjoys Some Hamster Mischief!

Louise and son at Books for Boys recently enjoyed reading our new picture book Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam and illustrated by Hannah Marks:

My son really enjoyed this book as he couldn’t wait to see what mischief they created next. We also get to see Marco and Polo off having lots of fun sky diving and climbing mountains. The illustrations by Hannah Marks are adorable, bright and colourful and make the story even funnier. Will the hamsters ever get a babysitter that can keep them under control?’

Thanks, Louise!

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This Day I Love reviews two new picture books!

Leyla and young readers at This Day I Love gave a resounding thumbs up for the two new picture books we sent them recently:
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Hamster sitter wanted has become Little Mans book of choice recently.  I am not sure if it is the fantastic details in the illustrations or the humorous prose he likes, but either way he has a liking for this book.  I rather like the adventures Marco and Polo, clever names for 2 adventurers, get up to.  The question is can they find the perfect hamster sitter for their cousins?  Will it be a giraffe who practises Yoga? or a Sheep that knits? You will have to read the book and find out!’
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A book which has a character by the name of Wally Wobblebottom is certain to have both girls laughing out loud each time the book is read.  It never fails to make them giggle.  I tend not to read the story for bedtime as they do find it rather amusing.  My youngest is very similar to Clumpety Bump too, she loves to make people happy and she loves her food!  A book we can certainly relate to.’
Thanks, Leyla!
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Hamster Sitter Wanted Children’s Book of the Month at The Book Centre Group!

The Book Centre Group in Ireland with shops in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Naas has named Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam and illustrated by Hannah Marks as its Children’s Book of the Month for October!

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