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‘A smashing children’s story’ Linda’s Book Bag reviews new purple band Early Reader!

We’ve spotted a lovely review from Linda’s Book Bag for new purple band Early Reader Wishker by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Sarah Jennings which was published just this week:

I thought the range of punctuation was very skilfully handled so that question marks, exclamation marks and ellipsis are naturally exemplified enabling emergent writers to see how they might be used. There’s a super use of language too with a little word play in ‘Purr-haps’ and great onomatopoeia, but with accessible and familiar vocabulary to give children confidence in their own writing and reading. The questions at the end of the book enable adults to check children’s understanding and they provide a lovely opportunity for adults and children to discuss and share together.

There’s a clear moral to the story too with Mirabel learning that you have to be careful what you wish for and not to be too greedy.

However, those educational elements aside Wishker is a smashing children’s story in its own right. There’s a great plot, with humour and relationships woven through it. The illustrations by Sarah Jennings are simply wonderful. They are bright, colourful and interesting. I can see that they would afford lots of opportunity for counting, identifying and sharing.

I thought Wishker was a smashing children’s story.’

Thanks, Linda! Read the full review here and order a copy here.

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‘Great stories which we can all enjoy in equal measure! Bravo!’ Super review for new January Early Readers from Chez L’Abeille!

We have just received a wonderful review for four of our new Early Readers publishing this month from teacher Cathy at Chez L’Abeille:

These new books certainly deliver. One of the things I love about them is that they would be equally at home in the home or in a classroom – so as my day job takes me in and out of many classrooms, I’m going to consider them in that context.

There is a lot of discussion in education currently, about the need for reading books that are “decodable”; that is, closely matched to the phonics knowledge a child has mastered. The recently revised draft Ofsted Inspection Framework makes much of this viewpoint, so many schools I expect, will be looking closely at their reading book shelves and making big decisions about their content. Personally, I think all the Maverick books would be a good addition to any classroom collection.

Maverick have continued to bring children, parents and teachers some great stories which we can all enjoy in equal measure! Bravo!’

Mole in Goal by Amanda Brandon with illustrations by Giusi Capizzi (Orange Book Band/Phase 5 Letters and Sounds). ‘This is a great book in which disability is sensitively explored. The illustrations work well with the text and I particularly liked the way Mole’s point of view is demonstrated, so children can see how he experiences the world.’

The Oojamaflip by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Julia Patton (Turquoise Band). ‘Given that I sometimes have to hear Year 2 children reading as part of my day job, I think this one may make its way into my work bag!’

Wishker by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Sarah Jennings (Purple Band). ‘The nice twist at the end also brings opportunities for considering what happens next. I also felt the language and structure of the text gave it a sightly more episodic feel – perfect for building up the reading stamina as children move into early chapter books.’

Scary Scott by Katie Dale with illustrations by Irene Montano (Gold Band). ‘I loved this story for it’s humour and pace.The tension builds gradually and there are some great Uh-Oh! moments and cliffhangers along the way. There is also another moral dilemma to discuss – how to do the right thing, even if you may lose out is an important consideration for most 6 and 7 year olds!’

Thanks, Cathy! Read the full review here and have a look at all our Early Readers and download free activity packs and audio files here

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Maverick picture books named in Books for Topics Best Books of 2017!

Books for Topics have asked their community of teachers, authors, librarians and book lovers to nominate their favourite children’s books published in 2017 and we are thrilled to see that two of our picture books have been chosen!

Wishker by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Sarah Jennings was nominated by Florence (age 4), resident book lover at booksfortopics HQ

I love this book because of the magic wishes in it. I really liked finding out what the wishes were going to be after the cat appeared. The best thing of all was when they save one of the wishes for the brother at the end and we can decide for ourselves about what his wish will be for!” 

Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton and illustrated by Rachel Suzanne was nominated by Alison, owner of booksfortopics.com

Here at booksfortopics HQ we can’t get enough of this humorous picture book with an irresistible repeated refrain! 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 are certain that this one will quickly become a story-time favourite.”

Thank you so much. What a great way to start 2018!

See the full list here

Buy Wishker here and Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches here

 

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Wishker reviewed in The Cat!

A lovely review of Wishker by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Sarah Jennings has appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of The Cat, the magazine of Cats Protection.

Mirabel doesn’t want much, just a never-ending sleepover and zoo animals for pets but everyone says ‘no’ to her. When a rufty-tufty cat shows up with magic wish-granting whiskers, things start looking up for Mirabel… or do they? The inspiration for this book is Madge, the cat that author Heather adopted from Cats Protection.’

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Rufty-tufty roaming cats supported in Woking!

Heather Pindar has donated copies of her recent picture book Wishker (illustrated by Sarah Jennings) to her local Woking and District branch of Cats Protection. She adopted her big-whiskered cat Madge at this branch who later became the inspiration for the wish granting cat Wishker in the story. Since its publication in May Wishker has been flying off the shelves so a very big thank you from Maverick to Heather, Madge and to the Woking and District branch of Cats Protection for making the book possible!

 

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Cats Protection is a national charity working for a world where every cat is treated with kindness and understanding of its needs. To learn more about donating or adopting a cat visit the website here

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‘We are always delighted when we receive a package from Maverick books. The girls always rush to open up the wrapping to discover what is inside.’

Leyla and her two daughters at This Day I Love recently reviewed our latest picture book offerings, The Snugglewump by Lou Treleaven and illustrated by Kate Chappell, and Wishker by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Sarah Jennings!

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‘The Snugglewump is a very emotional tale written with beautiful rhymes.  The Snugglewump is not like the other toys and feels unloved.  The story which follows highlights how important each of us are and that we are all loved.  I think this is such an important message to highlight to children and love the way it has been delivered in this story.’
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‘My eldest daughter likes to read this book to her siblings and to herself.  The story helps to highlight the reason why getting everything you want is not always a good idea.  It certainly has made the girls think!’
Read the full review here
Buy a copy of The Snugglewump here and a copy of Wishker here

 

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‘Two lovely titles’ Wishker and The Snugglewump reviewed in the latest issue of Armadillo Magazine!

Armadillo Magazine has reviewed Wishker and The Snugglewump in its latest issue! ‘Two lovely titles for little children to enjoy, vibrant, funny and easy to read and share stories.’

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The Sungglewump by Lou Trevelean, illustrated by Kate Chappell, is a rhyming story that children will be clamouring for at bedtimes as it will make them feel warm and snuggly and ready to sleep, just be warned, multiple readings night after night will be required!’

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‘Whilst Wishker by Heather Pindar, illustrated by Sarah Jennings, is the clever title for a story which teaches children that to wish for things is not always the answer.  Your wishes can sometimes come true and the reality may not always be what was expected!  A good story for sharing with children who are not always as patient and understanding as they ought to be!’

Read the full review here

Buy The Snugglewump here and Wishker here

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‘Has a charm that will engage very young children quickly’ The Bookbag reviews Wishker!

The Bookbag has just posted a fantastic review of Wishker by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Sarah Jennings. Thanks, Sue!

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‘From its appealing cover onwards this story has a charm that will engage very young children quickly. The illustrations are lovely; busy with plenty to look at and recognise yet clear and vibrant too. Parents will be quick to recognise the manner and type of requests that Mirabel constantly makes such as sleepovers for all my friends and pleas for unsuitable pets. The subliminal message that being granted all that you want may not always be the best option is conveyed well and appropriately for the target audience. This is both clever and fun. A lovely picture book.’

Read the full review here.

Buy a copy here.

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Sarah Jennings & Wishker at Storytime Sunday, The Bright Emporium, London, 16 July, 10:30 -12

Wishker‘s brilliant illustrator Sarah Jennings will be participating in Storytime Sunday with readings from the book and fun arts and crafts for children and their families at The Bright Emporium on Sunday the 16th of July at 10:30 until noon. Don’t miss it!

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The cost is £10 per ticket including a copy of the book. For more information and to book visit the webpage here

 

 

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Beauties and the Bibs have posted a wonderful review of Snugglewump and Wishker!

Beauties and the Bibs had some high praise for both The Snugglewump by Lou Treleaven and illustrated by Kate Chappell and Wishker by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Sarah Jennings.
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‘I love the fact that the story rhymes as it makes it flow really easy. I enjoyed reading this story to Ava and I’m sure it will be read many more times.’

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‘I took from this story that you cannot always have what you want . If you do it may not always be the best that’s why sometimes adults or people say no to things. I think this is a really important lesson for children to learn and reading it in such a fun manner doesn’t make it boring. It makes it fun and exciting.’

Read the full review here

Buy a copy of Wishker here and a copy of The Snugglewump here

 

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