Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales
by Lucy Cousins
Your child is likely very familiar with Lucy Cousins as the creator of the Maisy books. This author-artist knows just how to pace a tale to keep your youngster enthralled. Her illustrations here tip toward humor more than fright, so that when the wolf devours Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandmother, the word “gulp” appears in giant letters painted across the page, Grandmother’s feet stick out of the beast’s mouth, and his tongue hangs out as he holds her bonnet and shawl (which he then uses as a disguise, of course). The author-artist amplifies the sound effects (“Trip-trap” go the hooves of the Billy Goats Gruff as they cross the troll's bridge), and the enlarged painted text on each page nearly tells the story by itself: “Yummy,” exclaims Goldilocks at the porridge; “crash!” goes Baby Bear’s chair; and when the ursine trio surveys the damage, Baby Bear approaches his bed and says, “Look, there she is!” Cousins delivers the gentle lesson in “The Little Red Hen” with a comic scene. “Who will help me cut the wheat?” asks the little red hen. “I’m busy,” says the dog in a green pair of roller skates. “I’m busy,” says the pirouetting goose, decked out in a purple tutu. “I’m busy,” says the cat, primping and preening in front of a mirror. “Then I shall cut it myself,” says the little red hen. This will be a repeat request that you won’t want to refuse.