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‘A great book’ Fab review for Yuck! Said the Yak at From Baby to Brontë

We’ve just spotted a wonderful review for Yuck! said the Yak by Alex English with illustrations by Emma Levey at From Baby to Brontë:

We really enjoyed this story… I like the way that yak turns out not to be a fussy eater, actually, in the end. He’d just been offered the wrong things. He points out that all yaks like grass, and Alfie’s offers, though well-intentioned, were ill-informed. It’s a good lesson for us sometimes, when we think we know best for our children or pupils, to remember not to push or own preferences and assumptions onto others. Sometimes we need to ask the questions and listen rather than just giving what we think is best. We’re all different, right?

A great book. Thanks for the choice, Daddy!’

Thanks! Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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“It made me smile. Simple as that.” Charming review for Mine Mine Mine said the Porcupine

Bookmonster Ally has written a lovely review for Mine Mine Mine said the Porcupine by Alex English and Emma Levey, follow up book to Yuck! Said the Yak.

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“So, hand in hand, the writing and illustrations in Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine work together to reinforce the importance of friendship and imagination in playtime to children in a fun, colourful and characterful way. Lovely, really lovely. It made me smile. Simple as that. And even if a child plays wonderfully well, doesn’t need to learn to share, is the friendliest chap in school, it’s still a bundle of giggles for anyone to listen to at bedtime or storytime. In honesty, the more books we have that show children how vital friendships are the better.”

Read the full review here.

Buy Mine Mine Mine Said the Porcupine here.

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“An enchanting picture story ” Review for Mine Mine Mine Said the Porcupine

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Alfie is developing a habit of entertaining rude guests; first a fussy yak and now a selfish porcupine! Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post, has a written a lovely review for Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupinethe follow up story to Yuck! Said the Yak by Alex English and Emma Levey.

“The often forgotten joys of sharing and friendship take centre stage in another wonderfully wacky and imaginative book from Alex English complemented by Emma Levey’s big, bold, eye-catching illustrations which capture all the quirky humour of the story.”

Thanks for the brilliant review Pam! Read the full review here.

Pre-order Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine here. Out 28th November.

 

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Yuck! Said the Yak selected for Bookstart Corner programme!

Yuck! said the Yak by Alex English and illustrated by Emma Levey has become a firm favourite with children since it was published in September 2014. Now, it will reach even more children and help start their reading journeys as part of the Bookstart Corner programme by Booktrust. Yuck! Said the Yak has been selected as one of two picture books which will be sent out to children’s centres across the UK this August.

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Bookstart Corner is a programme which supports children’s centres all around the UK to help families who require a little extra support to develop a love of reading and stories. It allows centres to offer intensive support to parents or carers so that can nurture a shared love of reading with their children.

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We’re so thrilled that Yuck! Said the Yak will be used to develop a passion for reading in children all across the country!

Read more about Bookstart Corner here.

Get your own copy of Yuck! Said the Yak here.

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Big thumbs up for our Early Readers from Madhouse Family Reviews

We’ve had another great endorsement for our early readers, this time from Madhouse Family Reviews!

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The Early Readers have retained the atmosphere, fun stories and appealing illustrations of the originals, just in a simplified, more accessible form.

As Pierre already knows the stories from listening to me read him the originals, he’s been really excited about trying to read them himself. The fact that he already knows the essence of the tales increases his confidence and helps him sound out some of the more difficult words.

As both a teacher and a parent, the series, and the accompanying learning resources, get a big thumbs up from me.
We couldn’t ask for a better endorsement! Read the full review here.
Buy your own copies by clicking the links below:

 

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Another great review for our Early Readers

We’ve had another fantastic review from regular Maverick reviewer – Laura who writes at the blog Yummy Mummy Flabby Tummy.

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These Early Readers are a great addition to the Maverick Book collection and I love that they aren’t brand new stories but ones that Miss C is familiar with. I felt that they boosted her confidence when she was reading them because we had read the picture books before.

We’re so pleased that the early readers are proving to boost reading confidence. We decided to adapt our current picture books for this very reason and also so that children don’t feel like they have to say  goodbye to their favourite picture books as they grow up because the Maverick stories will grow with them.

Thanks for the lovely review Laura! Read the full review here.

Buy your own copies of the our early readers by clicking the links below.

A Scarf and a Half

The Black and White Club

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Preposterous Rhinoceros

Yuck! said the Yak

 

 

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“Adapting picture books that are already well-loved into early readers.”

One of our favourite Maverick reviewers has reviewed our brand new Early Readers. Mary, who writes at Over 40 and a Mum to One, has given our Early Readers an amazing review. She has also aptly published it the day that her son starts his first day of Year One. Apparently he wasn’t too thrilled to say goodbye to summer! Mary explains the difference between each of the three book bands which we’ve used and at what stage a child would progress through the bands. She also provides links to her reviews for the picture book versions of each book. Here’s a snippet of her excellent review.

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“[Monkey] loves books as do I, but has always been far keener for me to read to him, than to read for himself. We’ve had a very clear distinction between books he brings home from school that he ‘has’ to read, and every other book in the world which Mummy ‘must’ read to him.  I’m hoping that may change as Maverick Arts Publishing launch an Early Readers range.  The first five books published in the series are based on some of his favourite picture books.

I love the idea of adapting picture books that are already well-loved, into early readers.  It’s a great way of encouraging children, especially those more reluctant self readers to try. Priced at £5.99 each I can thoroughly recommend for anyone joining the road to reading journey.”

Our aim when creating these early readers was to help with literacy. We know that reading is a real challenge for children and while some may like being read to, they aren’t keen to read for themselves. We hoped that by adapting some of our well-loved stories that we could overcome this problem and encourage children to read the stories they love independently. We hope that our Early Readers help Monkey and that he will grow to be a confident and voracious reader, like his mother! Thanks for the in-depth and positive review! Read the full review here.

Buy your own copies of the our early readers by clicking the links below.

A Scarf and a Half

The Black and White Club

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Preposterous Rhinoceros

Yuck! said the Yak

 

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This Day I Love loves our Early Readers today!

We’ve had another review for our wonderful early readers which were released last Friday. This time from Leyla who writes for the blog This Day I love. She shared the early readers with her two daughters, her oldest is just starting her second year of school and her youngest is starting her first, so they are the perfect readers for our new venture!

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Leyla made the excellent point that children are discouraged from reading when the early readers made available to them aren’t very interesting. This was what Maverick aimed to address when we published our early readers. We wanted them to be effective educational tools, but still remain a great story that children love and will return to time and time again!

Here’s what Leyla had to say:

Maverick books have launched their Early readers which have been carefully adapted from the original picture books by the author and Catherine Baker, an educational specialist.  There are also a host of learning resources available to help both teachers and parents.

 

This adaptation means the girls are already familiar with their favourite stories and love that they then have independence in reading the books themselves.  

The girls love the Maverick Early Readers books [so] much that I often find them playing libraries with them.  They set up the library then check out a book, read it and then return it!

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We love the idea of mini Maverick libraries and are thrilled that the books are making an impression already!

Read the full review here.

Buy your own copies of the books by clicking the links below.

A Scarf and a Half

The Black and White Club

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Preposterous Rhinoceros

Yuck! said the Yak

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Parents in Touch review our Early Readers!

Parents in Touch have reviewed our Early Readers on their special Learning to Read page and they’ve had plenty of good things to say about them! Here are some of the highlights:

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“These Early Readers have been adapted from their existing picture books, carefully edited by each author in conjunction with Catherine Baker, an educational specialist. This ensures the books fit into the industry standard book bands; the books reviewed here are banded Green, Orange and Turquoise – the spines are coloured accordingly and there is a coloured star on the cover; this all helps to make teachers’ lives easier.”

“The high quality storytelling coupled with the excellent illustrations in these books makes them really appealing – a great incentive to encourage children to persevere with their reading.”

“The series is made even more outstanding by the excellent learning resources thay have been created to accompany each book. The pack for this book includes a suggested lesson plan for readingYuck! said the Yak; a detailed list of the language and linguistic features included in the text; an activity sheet for children to enjoy after readingthe book and a colouring in sheet.The packs are free to download from the Maverick Books website.

Each book has a short quiz at the end – as well as checking children’s understanding, these are great to use as prompts for further discussion. This is a fabulous start to the new venture – I am really looking forward to seeing what is to follow.

We’re very please that the Early Readers are being received well and we’re also happy to announce that all five books are released today! Buy your own copies by clicking the links below. Read the full review at Parents in Touch here.

A Scarf and a Half

The Black and White Club

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Preposterous Rhinoceros

Yuck! said the Yak

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First fantastic review for our early readers!

We’ve had our first amazing review for our brand new set of early readers which come out this Friday. Jessica, at handy mummy tumblr, is both a parent and a teacher so we really trust her expertise when she says that our early readers great!

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We really enjoyed the stories and started to talk about some things in reading and writing such as rhyme and letter sounds.
We also discussed the questions at the back. It is great to have these included as many parents would not be able to think of questions to ask on the spot an children need these skills to help develop their comprehension.

From a teacher’s point of view I really like them as they have been colour banded and each includes the questions of differing abilities that I previously mentioned.

There are also free (yes free!) activity packs that go with each text. These include features such as possible learning objectives, sounds covered and questions about the text. They also tell you the cross curricular topics that could be covered.

I found this set of books great as both a parent and a teacher. Great resources, lovable characters and feel good stories. Perfect for helping children develop the skills they need to become solid readers.

We couldn’t have asked for a better first review for our early readers!

Read the full review here.

Buy your own early readers (released 28/08) by clicking the links below:

Preposterous Rhinoceros 

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus 

A Scarf and a Half 

Yuck! said the Yak

The Black and White Club 

 

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