Books by Lucy Cousins

MAISY GOES TO A SHOW by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2019

"Maisy and friends are always a delight. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Maisy and her friends attend a live theater performance and have a wonderful time. Read full book review >
LITTLE FISH AND MOMMY by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2019

"High appeal to fans of Cousins but not revolutionary in the field of books about parent-child love. (Board book. 1-3)"
Mommy Fish and Little Fish swim, play, and explore. Read full book review >
I AM LITTLE FISH!  by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Fun if not profound. (Board book. 1-3)"
There's more puppetry than poetry in this slight but entertaining underwater adventure. Read full book review >
MAISY'S HOUSE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"The small parts will vanish, but the rest is sturdy enough to endure multiple passes. (Novelty. 3-5)"
Punch-out figures let children play house with Maisy and her friend Tallulah. Read full book review >
COUNT WITH LITTLE FISH by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"This appealing under-the-sea number book will hook toddlers and their parents. (Board book. 1-3)"
Practice counting to 10 with a variety of friendly fishies. Read full book review >
WHERE IS LITTLE FISH? by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"Where is Little Fish? He should be on shelves serving young children everywhere. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little Fish plays hide-and-seek. Read full book review >
SPLISH, SPLASH, DUCKY! by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A sweet addition to the toddler bookshelf. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Ducky Duckling finds all the activities it can do in the rain make it happy. Read full book review >
MAISY'S BUS by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Another solid, engaging piece from Maisy and Co. (Board book. 1-3) "
Mouse Maisy drives a green bus to the beach. Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR BIRDS! by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"All in all, it's a great way to introduce bird behavior without lecturing—young children will feel like hopping, pecking, and soaring with these exuberant feathered friends. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An exuberant celebration of birds of all kinds—mostly recognizable species (chicken, flamingo, swan, parrot, starling, penguin, ostrich, peacock) but some imaginary. Read full book review >
MAISY GOES TO THE LOCAL BOOKSTORE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Perky support aimed at young kids in the age of Amazon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The upbeat little mouse treads familiar ground in the search for literary gold. Read full book review >
MAISY'S MOON LANDING by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"'What an adventure!' Fledgling astronauts who pull the levers and tabs that send her there and back will feel like companions on the voyage. (Pop-up picture book. 2-4)"
Maisy finds a new world to conquer. Read full book review >
MAISY GOES TO LONDON by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"As a visit with Maisy goes, it's a typically colorful day, but readers should be aware they'll have to mind the gaps. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Maisy the mouse and her pals visit London. Read full book review >
MAISY'S PIRATE SHIP by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not Maisy's finest exploit but likely to excite an 'ARRRR!' or two from scurvy knavelets who can't get enough of the redoubtable rodent. (Pop-up playscape. 3-5)"
Avast! On a pop-up pirate ship, punch-out figures of Capt. Maisy and her crew set sail in search of a treasure chest (also punch-out). Read full book review >
MAISY'S DIGGER by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A pleasant introduction to basic story structure. (Board book. 2-3)"
Maisy and her pals create a pond. Read full book review >
MAISY'S TRACTOR by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Well done, Maisy! Keep up the good work. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Hop on the tractor for a busy day on the farm with the unflappable Maisy. Read full book review >
COUNT WITH MAISY, CHEEP, CHEEP, CHEEP! by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A book that doesn't take any 'cheep' shots at the material. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Barnyard antics combine with flaps and basic counting skills in this, the latest of Maisy's adventures. Read full book review >
MAISY'S CHRISTMAS TREE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Toddlers celebrating the holiday will enjoy opening this Christmas present again and again. (Board book, 18 mos.-3)"
Maisy, Cousins' iconic mouse, decorates a Christmas tree with her entourage in this simple holiday offering. Read full book review >
MAISY'S CASTLE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Just a bit of well-armed fun, more suitable formatwise for a gift than classroom or library shelves. (Novelty. 5-7)"
A relatively sturdy pullout castle with a die-cut drawbridge and a dragon in the cellar serves as playscape for punch-out figures of medieval Maisy and her friends. Read full book review >
MAISY PLAYS SOCCER by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
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 WORLD OF ANIMALS by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"For armchair travelers newly or not yet out of diapers, Maisy again serves as a safe and comfortably familiar companion with whom to explore the wider world. (Pop-up informational picture book. 18 mos.-3)"
Maisy meets smiling animals in habitats from jungle to ocean in her newest First Science Book. Read full book review >
MAISY'S FIRST NUMBERS by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >
CREATE WITH MAISY by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
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 >
I’M THE BEST by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

Jubilant colors buoy this profile of a braggart. "I'm the best," announces an orange-and-red canine, three limbs raised gleefully. Competition with his pals (Ladybug, Mole, Goose and Donkey) trumps fondness: "I love them. They're great, but I'm the best." Dog trumpets, "I win. I'm the best," after each victory—all rigged via selection of competitor. Of course Dog digs holes better than Goose and swims better than Donkey, but what if hole-digging were matched against Mole and swimming against Goose? The new winners are each best at something, while sore loser Dog sobs that he's "horrible at everything" and was "mean to my friends." He apologizes; they assure him he's the best at "being our best friend" and "having beautiful fluffy ears." Apparently you can't teach an old Dog new tricks, though, for braggadocio gets the last word: "Oh, phew! Obviously having beautiful fluffy ears is the most important thing. So I AM the best." Relish Cousins's lusciously vibrant, liquid-textured inks and the thick pencil lines that boldly match the boasting. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
YUMMY by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
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. Here the Little Red Hen refuses to share her bread with anyone, Foxy Loxy gobbles down Henny Penny's companions one by one (though in a truly unjust twist Cocky Locky lives just long enough to warn Henny Penny away), the wolf's head goes flying (bloodlessly) as the woodcutter frees Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother and the Third Little Pig is last seen nestled in a comfy chair, smilingly watching the Wolf boil to death. Along with crowd-friendly illustrations done in her customary bright colors and broadly brushed lines, the author adds big hand-lettered taglines ("Bye-bye, Wolf") as cues for shouted-out commentary. Though the Three Bears look like teddy bears and as a concession to more pacifist audiences the author includes a severely compressed rendition of "The Enormous Turnip," on the whole this lap-sized collection offers younger children an eye-opening cross-section of the far-from-innocuous world of folk literature. (Folktales. 3-6)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. Presented as "A Maisy First Science Book," Cousins's latest offering encourages toddlers and preschoolers to become active explorers and observers of the natural world around them. Each spread features a lively vignette, rendered in the customary vibrant primary hues favored by Cousins, depicting Maisy investigating an intriguing wonder. As Maisy explores everything from a hatching egg to a slimy snail trail, readers become active participants in the story, with easy-to-manipulate tabs and simple search-and-find sidebars that invite a thorough inspection of the illustrations. The winning combination of the familiar character, the trademark illustrations and the hands-and-eyes-on fun of the tale makes this a welcome and invigorating addition to any toddler/preschool science bookshelf. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
MAISY BIG, MAISY SMALL by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Maisy the beloved mouse is back as you've never seen her before in this clever collection of opposites. Each oversized, full-bleed, double-page spread presents a pair of antonyms. Maisy takes her fans on a whirlwind tour of both common opposites (hot/cold, wet/dry, in/out) and novel ones (fluffy/spiky, squiggly/straight). Throughout, the familiar mouse changes location, activity, mood and, most dramatically, appearance—"Maisy spots / Maisy stripes." Cousins's gouache artwork is as colorful as ever, with simple lines and spare details that will appeal to young listeners and draw their attention to the unique features that identify the pair as opposites. Maisy fans will not be disappointed. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
MAISY GOES TO THE HOSPITAL by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

In a First Experiences Storybook, Cousins' inimitable mouse Maisy makes another foray into the genre of picture books aimed at reassuring fearful readers. When Maisy breaks her leg on the trampoline, she must go to the hospital for the first time. Once there, Maisy meets Doctor Duck and Nurse Comfort and makes new friends with the patient in the next bed. Cousins lightly skims the surface of what a hospital visit might entail for a young reader. While her benign explanation will be reassuring for the youngest of readers, this by no means is a detailed preparation—those seeking more realistic portrayal would do well to look elsewhere. 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)Read full book review >
MAISY, CHARLEY, AND THE WOBBLY TOOTH by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

Maisy and her entourage soothe a friend's anxieties about the dentist's office. Charley's loose tooth heralds a major milestone: his first visit to the dentist. However, he does not need to face this momentous—and a little worrisome—occasion alone; his friends accompany him on his visit in a show of support and solidarity. With the guidance of helpful Dr. Biteright and Nurse Sparkle, Maisy and the gang learn all about what happens at the dentist's office. From fun rides in the dentist's chair to X-rays and proper brushing technique, every aspect of a routine visit is covered in comforting detail. With her gentle approach to story telling, Cousins's simple text explains away readers' worries in a friendly, accessible format, and her trademark bright colors and familiar characters will reassure young readers. When Charley's tooth eventually falls out, he's calm—and excited about the prospect of a visit from the tooth fairy. A cheerful introduction to dentistry that's the perfect prescription for worried tots. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
SWEET DREAMS, MAISY by Lucy Cousins
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Cousins produces a sweet evening serenade for toddlers. After frolicking about with good friends all day, Maisy bids them farewell at dusk to begin her nightly ritual. Story time leads to a gently sung lullaby for Panda and then it's lights out for Maisy and her best stuffed pal. Although the text retains Cousins's de rigueur simplicity, she branches out in a more poetic direction as she describes the evening and Maisy bathed in moonlight. The illustrations, too, show a slight departure from typical her typical fare. The bright palette of primary colors rendered in gouache is still apparent, as are the familiar, beloved characters. However, in the sunset scenes the sky is no longer the characteristically flat canvas of color. Instead, it's an array of mixed hues and textures. These subtle changes add a new vibrancy to this favored series. A welcome addition to the legion of Maisy adventures. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
MAISY GOES TO THE LIBRARY by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Cousins's beloved pink-nosed mouse develops a literary bent in this latest offering in the popular series. Maisy introduces young readers to the many wonders waiting to be discovered in the local public library. In her quest to locate a story about fish, Maisy explores the variety of books as well as the special services provided by libraries, such as computers, copiers and music. Cousins includes typical Maisy capers to keep the youngest readers giggling throughout. When Maisy's friends join her at the library, noisy adventures ensue and the young mouse finds it difficult to find a quiet reading place. By tale's end Maisy has her special spot—outside—and readers have learned about all the fun they can enjoy inside. 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)Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR FISH! by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

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." Cousins slips in several opportunities for counting, along with all the color and pattern recognition practice, and has Little Fish close on an intimate note, with "the one I love the best," his mom, coming in for a smooch. 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)Read full book review >
JAZZY IN THE JUNGLE by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

A mother lemur searches for her baby among the flora and fauna of the jungle. Mama JoJo and her Baby Jazzy play a rambunctious game of hide and seek. Mama's calls for her playful offspring are answered by a dazzling array of jungle critters secreted behind the leaves and flowers of the dense habitat. Readers encounter critters across the biological board: the reptilian lizard and snake mingle in the same habitat as a wee humming bird, an awkward anteater, a hairy caterpillar, and more. Mama's search leads her into the heart of the forest, past "big boo" trees and "fliff fluff" flowers. Ultimately mother and child are reunited—with a little help from the jungle animals. Cousins's die-cut illustrations, rendered in a rainbow of tropical hues, provide clues to discovering the undercover lemur. Several pages of illustrations cut out in a variety of outlines are bracketed by two full pages, with the interior pages forming a layered effect that encourages readers to explore the depths of the jungle in search of Jazzy. A series of peeping eyeballs, which can be spied peering through the pages at various points, also serve to lead readers down this merry path of seek and find. Vividly colorful and delightful fun, this is Cousins doing what she does best: entertaining the youngest of readers with panache. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
MAISY’S MORNING ON THE FARM by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Cousins's lovable pink-whiskered mouse returns in a charming, bucolic tale. Maisy greets the day diligently doing her morning chores around the barnyard. Preschoolers get a glimpse of a farmer's life as Maisy bustles about tending to her animals. As always, the topic, while simply presented, piques a preschooler's interest. Readers discover that farm animals want their breakfast too—chickens gobble up corn, sheep graze in the grass, pigs eat at their trough, and even the cows are milked before Maisy settles down to her own repast. The brief tale works well for both ends of the pre-k spectrum: toddlers will delight in recognizing familiar farm animals while older readers will be fascinated by the origins of the milk in their cereal bowls. Vividly colored, full-page illustrations accompany the text. The zippy pictures feature brilliant background hues in neon orange fire-engine red, as well as Cousins's familiar chunky figures. A surefire pleaser for the many fans of the popular TV show and book series. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
MAISY’S BIG FLAP BOOK by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

Readers explore basic preschool concepts with that ever-popular mouse, Maisy (Happy Birthday Maisy, 1998, etc.). Touting over 36 flaps, this giant-sized board book introduces children to counting, shapes, colors, and the notion of opposites. Cousins uses scenarios familiar to young children to underscore the concepts presented. Along with Maisy and her trio of friends, readers can toil in the garden counting insects and blossoms, choose colors for painting, clean up shapes in the playroom, and learn about opposites on the playground. What makes this bright, engaging book exceptional is its solid educational foundation that never loses its playful edge. By combining brief text with simple questions that prompt readers to investigate the flaps, Cousins successfully introduces a new idea while fostering readers' comprehension—all in a beguiling, entertaining manner. For example, the playroom features a shelf full of toys and readers are asked to identify the ones that match a particular shape. Along the bottom of the page are labeled flaps depicting each basic shape. Readers can lift the flaps to reveal the matching toy underneath—a diamond-shaped kit, a triangular hat, etc.—effectively extending the concept of shapes to incorporate real-life applications. Cousins's gaily colored, child-like illustrations feature favorite characters, with each full-bleed, two-page spread containing a myriad of flaps for little ones to lift and explore. 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)Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAISY by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Toddlers can gleefully participate in the festivities in this Maisy (Maisy Goes to Bed, 1990, etc.) adventure. Simple verse details the rituals surrounding a birthday; onlookers see Maisy receive cards in the mail, dress in her special outfit, play hide-and-seek, and, of course, enjoy a boisterous rendition of "Happy Birthday." Incorporating the lyrics of the song into the text encourages children to sing the familiar tune while "reading" the story. Cousins's signature style is in full effect; bold colors leap off the white backgrounds, while sturdy pages with easily manipulated pull-tabs and flaps make this party toddler-proof. A merry little tale that celebrates children's universal love of birthdays. (Picture book. 2-4) Read full book review >
KATY CAT AND BEAKY BOO by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

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. What was he wearing? Does he have a beak? Or paws? What kind of food does he eat? Each page has multiple flaps to choose from; Beaky Boo is always behind the door with the correct answer. 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) Read full book review >
ZA-ZA'S BABY BROTHER by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

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. As in her Maisy books, Cousins's hand-lettered text, single-color backgrounds and very simple, thick-lined animal figures have an appealing, almost homemade air that matches the storyline's utter simplicity. She is less interested in consistency of time or scale (not to mention the issue of unsupervised play) than in her message of reassurance, but then, so are the young siblings for whom this is intended. A delight right down to the endpapers. (Picture book. 2-4) Read full book review >
NOAH'S ARK by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

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...''). Using her customary simplified, roughly shaped figures and richly saturated colors, Cousins shows Noah building the Ark and the animals coming in ``two by two,'' concluding with disembarkation. 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) Read full book review >
WHAT CAN RABBIT SEE? by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 18, 1991

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. A winning combination of vibrant, sophisticated graphics and toddler appeal, repeated in What Can Rabbit Hear? (Picture book. 0-3) Read full book review >
COUNTRY ANIMALS by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 1991

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. Roughly lettered names add a taste of written language. Outstanding use of form and color, especially suited to its intended audience. (Picture book. 0-4) Read full book review >