Lucy Cousins is the multi-award-winning creator of Maisy. Her unique titles fascinate toddlers with their child-like simplicity, bold outlines and vivid colours. "Maisy does things that children all over the world do," Lucy Cousins says of her superstar mouse. "The way she dresses, the way she acts, are typical of children all over the world." Lucy Cousins works from her home in Hampshire, England. Other titles include the Smarties Book Prize-winner Jazzy in the Jungle; Hooray for Fish! – which has appeared in animation in Japan; the bestselling New York TimesTop 10 Best Illustrated Children's Book Yummy; the critically acclaimed Peck Peck Peck, which won Best Picture Book in the Booktrust Best Book Awards, as well as the British Book Design and Production Award in the Children's Trade category; and more recently A Busy Day for Birds and Splish, Splash Ducky!
As always, the illustrations are perfect for young children, bright and bold with thick black outlines and an authentic gender-neutral colour palette. There are many details like apples on trees, a bee house and a watering can to point out and discuss. The story is great for early language development, children will love to repeat the names, sound and actions of animals, like the hungry chicks who say ‘Cheep!’ and the tractor which goes ‘Chug, chug!’
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