Books by Lucy Cousins

MAISY PLAYS SOCCER by Lucy Cousins
Released: May 13, 2014

"Goooooooooal! (Picture book. 2-6)"
As she did for fairy tales in Yummy (2009), Cousins distills the world's most popular sport down to its most essential elements for the small fry. Read full book review >
MAISY'S FIRST NUMBERS by Lucy Cousins
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Cousins again proves she knows what works for the youngest of readers. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Maisy counts up to five in the simplest of concept books. Read full book review >
PECK, PECK, PECK by Lucy Cousins
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"From the sunny, see-through cover to the final bedtime snuggle, this day in the life of an overachiever (naughty by human standards) is sure to generate chortles and great interest. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The young woodpecker featured in this tale is a quick study: After one lesson from his daddy, he's ready to practice pecking on his own. Read full book review >
MAISY'S FAIRGROUND by Lucy Cousins
Released: June 11, 2013

"Even confirmed fans are unlikely to give this perfunctory outing more than a quick spin. (Pop-up/picture book. 4-6)"
Maisy and friends visit an amusement park, but the experience is about as exciting as watching a dropped Creamsicle melt. Read full book review >
MAISY GROWS A GARDEN by Lucy Cousins
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Helpful groundbreaking for budding gardeners, despite moving parts that are far from toddler-proof. (Pop up/picture book. 3-4)"
Not Maisy's first garden but perhaps her most bountiful. Read full book review >
MAISY LEARNS TO SWIM by Lucy Cousins
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Young readers will appreciate this brief introduction to what occurs in most beginning aquatic lessons for children—sans any tears and fears. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Take the plunge with Maisy and her friends as they splash and wade through their first swimming lesson. Read full book review >
MAISY'S BAND by Lucy Cousins
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"An effervescent companion to Maisy's Show (2010). (Pop-up/picture book. 2-5)"
Budding musicians and singers can join in the rehearsals as Maisy gets her band and backup chorus together for a house concert. Read full book review >
CREATE WITH MAISY by Lucy Cousins
Released: July 10, 2012

"A wonderful resource for those who work (and play) with young children. (Craft book. 2-8)"
A beloved children's-book character explores her creative side and encourages children to get crafty. Read full book review >
MAISY'S FIRST CLOCK by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: June 14, 2011

"No better time than the present to follow Maisy in this well-executed concept outing. (Board book. 2-4)"
Don't be late for toddlers' beloved rodent heroine as she learns to tell time. Read full book review >
MAISY'S SHOW by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Big and simple enough to dazzle a group of toddlers, it will also work well in a lap and should hold up to enough repeated readings to satisfy most little ones until they are ready to move on. (Pop-up. 2-4)"
"Tonight Maisy is putting on a show with her friends. She is very excited." Read full book review >
I’M THE BEST by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"Relish Cousins's lusciously vibrant, liquid-textured inks and the thick pencil lines that boldly match the boasting. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Jubilant colors buoy this profile of a braggart. Read full book review >
MAISY'S BOOK OF THINGS THAT GO by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"As a genial introduction to locomotive technology and an outing with a favorite friend, this book gets where it's going. (Pop-up. 3-6)"
The science is slight, but the pictures are bright and the tabs work in this movable addition to the Maisy juggernaut. Read full book review >
YUMMY by Lucy Cousins
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

In a considerable change of pace, Cousins steps away from Maisy's toddler-friendly world for short but briskly savage versions of several classic tales. Read full book review >
MAISY’S NATURE WALK by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

Maisy greets the arrival of spring with a jaunt through the countryside. Read full book review >
MAISY BIG, MAISY SMALL by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Maisy fans will not be disappointed. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Maisy the beloved mouse is back as you've never seen her before in this clever collection of opposites. Read full book review >
MAISY GOES TO THE HOSPITAL by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Her bright gouache paintings feature her familiar and beloved cast of characters and introduce a few new friends, and her simple tale is just right for a gentle introduction to a hospital visit. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In a First Experiences Storybook, Cousins' inimitable mouse Maisy makes another foray into the genre of picture books aimed at reassuring fearful readers. Read full book review >
MAISY, CHARLEY, AND THE WOBBLY TOOTH by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"A cheerful introduction to dentistry that's the perfect prescription for worried tots. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Maisy and her entourage soothe a friend's anxieties about the dentist's office. Read full book review >
SWEET DREAMS, MAISY by Lucy Cousins
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A welcome addition to the legion of Maisy adventures. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cousins produces a sweet evening serenade for toddlers. Read full book review >
MAISY GOES TO THE LIBRARY by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The vivid colors coupled with simple line drawings of the engaging characters are designed to capture a toddler's eye, offering old friends and newcomers something to check out. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cousins's beloved pink-nosed mouse develops a literary bent in this latest offering in the popular series. Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR FISH! by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Preschoolers will happily dive into this oversized cousin to Lois Ehlert's Fish Eyes (1990), and Cousins' own Maisy's Rainbow Dream (2003). (Picture book. 3-5)"
Fish sporting bright colors and broadly brushed patterns flash across solid blue color fields, as Little Fish introduces finny friends, from "spotty fish, stripy fish, happy fish, gripy fish," to "eye fish, shy fish, fly fish, sky fish." Read full book review >
JAZZY IN THE JUNGLE by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Vividly colorful and delightful fun, this is Cousins doing what she does best: entertaining the youngest of readers with panache. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A mother lemur searches for her baby among the flora and fauna of the jungle. Read full book review >
MAISY’S MORNING ON THE FARM by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A surefire pleaser for the many fans of the popular TV show and book series. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cousins's lovable pink-whiskered mouse returns in a charming, bucolic tale. Read full book review >
MAISY’S BIG FLAP BOOK by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Brimming with interactive educational opportunities—and a whole lot of fun to boot—this is a notable addition to the Maisy collection. (Board book. 2-5)"
Readers explore basic preschool concepts with that ever-popular mouse, Maisy (Happy Birthday Maisy, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAISY by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A merry little tale that celebrates children's universal love of birthdays. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Toddlers can gleefully participate in the festivities in this Maisy (Maisy Goes to Bed, 1990, etc.) adventure. Read full book review >
KATY CAT AND BEAKY BOO by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"This easy guessing game in primary colors from the author of the Maisy books will help preschoolers with the basic skills of identifying numbers, colors, sounds, and clothes. (Picture book. 2-4)"
 Katy Cat And Beaky Boo ($14.99; Oct. 1996; 24 pp.; 1-56402-884-4): To search for her buddy Beaky Boo, Katy Cat uses lots of clues. Read full book review >
ZA-ZA'S BABY BROTHER by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A delight right down to the endpapers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
 Cousins (Noah's Ark, 1993, etc.) plows a well-worked plot: Za- Za is not happy that the new baby takes so much of his parents' attention, but after playing alone with her new brother and helping put him to bed, Za-Za learns that there's still time for hugs and a bedtime story. Read full book review >
NOAH'S ARK by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"An excellent introduction, without the imaginative humor of, say, Spier's edition, but with a clarity of language and an outstanding graphic design that are sure to appeal to the youngest. (Picture book. 2-6)"
 An illustrator known for the innovative use of vibrant color and boldly informal, childlike depictions in her board books and memorable Mother Goose (The Little Dog Laughed, 1990, ALA Notable) offers a very simple, straightforward retelling (``God wanted to punish the wicked people, so he said to Noah, `I shall make a flood of water and wash all the wicked people away...' Noah worked for years and years and years...''). Read full book review >
WHAT CAN RABBIT SEE? by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 18, 1991

"A winning combination of vibrant, sophisticated graphics and toddler appeal, repeated in What Can Rabbit Hear? (Picture book. 0-3)"
 Through glasses defined by Cousins's extra-bold line, Rabbit sees a variety of things in this sturdy flap book: nesting birds; a fish in a pond; a guinea pig (not a rabbit!) in a hutch; stars, moon, and an owl in the sky. Read full book review >
COUNTRY ANIMALS by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 1991

"Outstanding use of form and color, especially suited to its intended audience. (Picture book. 0-4)"
 From the talented illustrator of The Little Dog Laughed (1990), an attractive series of six-inch square board books; in addition to Country Animals, there are Farm, Pet, and Garden Animals, each portrayed in a bold, ultra simple childlike style that perfectly captures the creatures' essence. Read full book review >