Reviews: Maverick Picture Books

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Looking for some new picture books to brighten up your book corner? Review Panel member Kate Gieler tells us more about two new colourful picture books from Maverick Arts.



1. Don't Eat Pete


Title: Don't Eat Pete (available here)

Author: Sue Walker

Illustrator: Carlo Beranek

Publication Date: June 2019


Don’t Eat Pete! is a super rhyming picture book by Sue Walker about an adorable pug puppy keen to avoid being eaten by a greedy troll who’s been sent to look after him.


Carlo Beranek’s bright, bold illustrations capture the lively tale and the pair’s expressions perfectly to ensure the reader takes as much from the pictures as the words. I read it with my 7 year old and we loved the fun twist at the end!



2. The MOOsic Makers


Title: The MOOsic Makers (available here)

Author: Heather Pindar

Illustrator: Barbara Bakos

Publication Date: July 2019


Heather Pindar and Barbara Bakos have created a fun farmyard frolic.


In The MOOsic Makers, the animal moo-sicians organise a gig to raise money to fix the farmer’s roof, but it doesn’t all go to plan. Mr Smarm offers to help, but he isn’t all he seems and the animals have to learn how to stay true to themselves to help their friend.


Lots of moo-related puns and details to look out for in the pictures to extend the reading experience.

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You can order Don't Eat Pete or The MOOsic Makers from your local bookshop or library.


Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of these books and to Review Panel member Kate for reviewing them.


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