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Granny Mutton hits Village Green Festival, Southend on Sea, on the 8th of July from 1pm!

Amanda Brandon will be sharing Granny Mutton stories and crafts at the Jacqson Diego story patch part of Village Green festival of arts and music, Southend on Sea on Saturday July 8 from 1pm. For details of the festival go to Buy a copy of A Knit and a Knot here, buy a copy of A Box of Socks here, buy a copy of A Scarf and a Half… Read More »Granny Mutton hits Village Green Festival, Southend on Sea, on the 8th of July from 1pm!


Children’s author Amanda Brandon will be bringing socks, scarves and sheep fun to Rayleigh Library to kick off World Book Day Week (27 Feb-4 March). There will be story-telling, crafts and book signing from 10am to 12noon on Saturday February 25 based on Amanda’s farmyard Granny Mutton Yarn series of picture books, plus a chance to see Granny’s famous 13ft long knitted scarf! Amanda’s latest book A Knit and a… Read More »GRANNY MUTTON LIBRARY YARNS!


Granny Mutton (A Knit and a Knot, A Scarf and a Half and A Box of Socks) and her love of knitting have gone global thanks to a feature in this month’s Simply Knitting magazine. The article by Judy Darley in issue 156 features an interview with author Amanda Brandon (below) and reveals how the Granny Mutton farmyard yarns are encouraging grandparents to teach their grandchildren to knit. The magazine… Read More »GRANNY MUTTON IN SIMPLY KNITTING MAGAZINE!

What Makes You Think of Winter? Lovely words for A Scarf and a Half on Boolino Blog

What Makes you Think of Winter? ‘When I asked this question around the office this week, one of the first things said was scarves!’ Read the Boolino blog and the nice review of A Scarf and a Half by Amanda Brandon and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri here ‘Beautifully illustrated, bringing the words to life, and tells a wonderful tale of how being optimistic and sharing can make any situation better.’

Books are my Bag parties!

Granny Mutton Yarns author Amanda Brandon spent Saturday celebrating Books are my Bag! Over the weekend there were parties across the country celebrating Books are my Bag. Amanda visited the charming bookshop, The Book Nut in Billericay.     There were several books to sign afterwards and Amanda said, “It was great to see so many people come out to support their local bookshop and the children had fun with… Read More »Books are my Bag parties!

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! 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… Read More »Big thumbs up for our Early Readers from Madhouse Family Reviews

Praising scarves and rhinos!

Last Friday, everyone at Maverick got some lovely good news which put us in amazing spirits for the weekend! Two of our authors have had their first picture books nominated for the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award.                     Amanda Brandon’s first Granny Mutton Yarn story, A Scarf and a Half and Tracy Gunaratnam‘s first story Preposterous Rhinoceros have both been nominated. It is… Read More »Praising scarves and rhinos!

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. 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… Read More »Another great review for our Early Readers

“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… Read More »“Adapting picture books that are already well-loved into early readers.”