Monday, August 1, 2016
Maverick launches new Junior Fiction range, coming to a bookshelf near you very soon!
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Alice Hemming, Grandma Bendy and the Great Snake Escape, Izy Penguin, Letter to Pluto, Lou Treleaven, Maverick Publishing, Rickety Rocket
First, there's "Rickety Rocket" by Alice Hemming, with illustrations by Emma Randall. This neat little collection of stories (Rickety Rocket, Jetpack Jelly, and Picnic Planet) are great little space-based stories featuring Spacey Stacey, a space-obsessed little girl not too unlike a certain madame who helps me write this blog.
Stacey has grand ideas for a day out, building a rather wonky space rocket and packing a picnic for an interstellar adventure! Space-obsessed girls and boys are going to love this fizzing, whizzing and exciting adventure. "Rickety Rocket" arrives with a sonic boom this October.
Next in the range we met an old blog favourite who we're DELIGHTED to see again!
In "Grandma Bendy and the Great Escape", Izy Penguin (we STILL love her name) writes up a storm as Bendy and her grandchildren Lucy and Max leap in to save the town of Pumperton from deadly vipers! Can even Grandma Bendy outslither and outwit a sneaky snake?
Again it's an exciting early reader book that's full of characterful illustrations. If you'd love to catch up with Grandma Bendy's first adventure in picture book form, check out our original review!
"Grandma Bendy and The Great Snake Escape" by Izy Penguin is out in October 2016 also.
The final book in the initial Junior Readers batch is another space adventure...
It's a very long way for a letter to travel, and Jon initially isn't too sure he likes his Plutonian pal - she's a girl, what could they possibly even have in common?
The story is a delightful observation on childhood with an air of fantasy mixed in for a really nicely original and engaging story. Who knows, it might even inspire you to begin a classroom activity or home activity writing to a pen-pal yourself. We loved Lou's "Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip" so check out our review if you'd like to see more of her work.
"Letter to Pluto" by Lou Treleaven and Katie Abey is out in October from Maverick Publishing.
Hopefully we'll soon see more from Maverick's brilliant Junior Readers lineup, continuing the solid work they've developed in early readers and picture books. Cool stuff, don't miss 'em in October!