Book Review; Yummy by Lucy Cousins


I have written before about our love of the Maisy books. Toddler boy positively laps them up and I enjoy reading them, as I love the artwork. Yummy is Lucy Cousin‘s latest offering, it’s a collection of 8 favourite nursery stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. We were lucky enough to get sent a review copy by Walker Books who publish it, alongside a lot of other great kids books. In fact, looking through Toddler Boy’s bookshelf, they seem to have published most of our home library.

The stories in Yummy have been re-written in a modern style and are so fabulously illustrated that to be honest, I have kept this book on the adult bookshelf to be looked at during precious calm moments. I don’t want this one to get scrunched and crayoned. Myself and the hubby have had as much fun looking through it and reading it independently, as we have reading it with the kids. I would go so far as to say that you could actually dismantle the book and use some of the pages as framed prints in the children’s rooms. This would be a sacrilege though, especially if you didn’t have another copy.

So far, our favourite story is Little Red Riding Hood which we have read several nights running. Its a bit scary, but we love a bit of childish horror around these parts. Whats more, Baby Fifi is soon to be the proud owner of an appropriate outfit thanks to Anjie. I think we will be inspired to do a little bit of role playing! There are also a couple of stories which I had forgotten. It’s been lovely to revisit The Little Red Hen for example.

One of the really great things about Lucy Cousin’s artwork is that it appears accessible, if you look at it you can see how she has constructed her images and I think this is one of the things that makes it so appealing. I’m not saying we could all achieve such a brilliant style, but it is purely universally inspirational.

This book is fab, fab, FAB. Its reasonably priced at £14.99 and quite honestly, if you are wondering what to get a child for Christmas this provides the perfect answer.

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2 Responses

  1. Muddling Along Mummy 7th October 2009 / 9:25 pm

    Thank you for the recommendation – adding it to my Christmas list for Toddlergirl – bril!

  2. Mark 7th October 2009 / 9:53 pm

    I like her illustrations too. It is interesting that the books and illustrators we are exposed too in childhood have such an influence later -hence you and your hubby still like them now. <br><br>I love some of the old ladybird illustrations such as Piggly Plays Truant, one of the six original Ladybirds. I also admire Helen Oxenbury, especially Farmer Duck and The Three Little Wolves and the Big

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