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Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  378 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
A 2010 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year!
Beware — these fairy tales are not for the faint of heart! Maisy creator Lucy Cousins shifts gears to retell her favorites with vivid, rousing illustrations.

Eight classic stories take on new energy as Lucy Cousins ramps up her artwork. In this bold, funny, and unflinching collection, the beloved author-ill
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Candlewick Press
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Jul 28, 2009 Betsy rated it it was amazing
I think the lesson of the day here is that I haven’t been giving Lucy Cousins enough credit. While you may not be immediately familiar with her name, you’ve probably run into Cousins’ most famous creation, Maisy, at some point in your travels. Maisy is a mouse. Maisy is cute. Maisy is beloved by the 0-4 set. You haven’t lived until you’ve worked a reference desk where desperate two-year-olds come up to you like knee high zombies demanding, in their too high voices, you entire section of Maisy-re ...more
Bright and bold, Lucy Cousins (of Maisy fame) retells eight of her favorite fairy tales, and not the Disneyfied versions, either. Heads are chopped, children are gobbled, and Turkey Lurkey most definitely gets eaten. Delicious shivers! I can't even recall how I first heard fairy tales as a child, but these are so simple and true to the story that I almost found myself whispering along. There are no extra words, but the pacing and the cumulative plots are perfect. So is the extra-large format.

Mar 10, 2010 Janessa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Everything about this book is delightful. Yummy is the perfect title. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and engaging. The selection of stories is a refreshing mix of the familiar stand-bys my kids already love(Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs) and less-known tales that are quickly becoming favorites (The Bremen Town Musicians, Henny Penny). All my children enjoy the stories. The older kids read them to the younger kids, and then the younger kids bring the book to Mom and Dad ...more
Jan 22, 2011 Dianna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
First off, why are fairy tales relegated to the non-fiction section of the library? Picture books are always in heavy circulation, and gems like this are doomed to be overlooked because of their location. I love fairy tales, and I think they're good for children to read: they touch some deep, primal portion of our soul that we don't even realize is there. So please stop hiding them.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I can tell you why I love this book so much. I am so tired of seeing fair
Aug 23, 2009 Boni rated it it was amazing
I adore this book! I love the size, the straightforward tellings... and the ILLUSTRATIONS! (swoon) One gorgeous book. I think this is a must-have if you want your child to be familiar with fairy tales.
Stephanie Moran
Oct 15, 2016 Stephanie Moran rated it really liked it
Nice big book full of Eight Fairy Tales, retold with simplicity and big colorful pictures.

I an positive I read this book years ago to my two older kids, but my little guy picked this book out from the Library this time around. He enjoyed all the stories even though he knew most of them. We read the entire book in one sitting.
Oct 17, 2016 E.S. rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Weird because the writing seems more fitting for an older child, but the drawings seem fitting for a 2 or 3 year-old.
Jul 05, 2010 Brook rated it really liked it
I admit I would never have picked up this book if it wasn't for the rave review on books4yourkids.

I'm glad I did.

This is the perfect introduction to fairy tales for Skyler. Short, funny, bright, with just enough head-chopping to keep youngsters engaged. I have read several of the tales to Skyler more than once and I can read several at a time. It is easy to read and I am amazed that Cousins was able to simplify the stories so much while keeping all the essential parts (and adding a dose of humo
The illustrations were super adorable, because Lucy Cousins. These well-known fairy tales are still pretty gruesome though...the big bad wolf eats little red riding hood and her grandmother and gets his head chopped off for it. I especially liked it when Big Billy Goat Gruff butted the troll into the river and then the three goat brothers ate so much that they could barely walk home. I feel you, goats. That's me after every visit to all-you-can-eat sushi. I also love every iteration of Chicken ...more
Kate Mowery
Dec 18, 2009 Kate Mowery rated it really liked it
This is a really cute and fun book.

Little Red Riding Hood: Those pajama pants on the wolf look comfortable. Also, wolf, how can you be wearing the clothes she was wearing if you swallowed her whole? Clearly you didn't take them off first. This is a children's book. And the hunter comes along and chops off the wolf's head and the wolf is wearing his comfortable pajama pants and the grandma is magically alive wearing her clothes again. Total mindfuck.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff: "Ugly troll" is re
Jun 04, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it
From January through March 2014, my preschool classroom engaged in a fractured fairytale unit as a unifying theme for our larger multidisciplinary curriculum. Engaging both traditional and fractured versions of the three little pigs story allowed our classroom community to explore ideas of character voice and perspective, engage in our own construction work (with Lincoln Logs, miniature bricks, unit blocks, clay, etc.), write stories individually and collaboratively, perform Readers' Theatre, ...more
Apr 17, 2012 jacky rated it it was amazing
We love Maisy, so when I saw Lucy Cousins had a fairy tale collection I wanted to check it out. (Especially since we were looking for one anyway!). These fairy tales are pretty traditional, which means they are violent. For example, both Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma getting eaten by the wolf and are chopped out by the woodsman. I feel a bit strange reading the violence to my daughter, but I figure that these stories were told this way for generations, including to me, and they didn't harm ...more
Apr 11, 2011 Jess rated it liked it
Recommended to Jess by: some booklist
LRRH, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Enormous Turnip, Henny Penny, Goldilocks, Little Red Hen, Three Little Pigs, & Musicians of Bremen

Serviceable collection of fairy tales with large pictures that would be great for story times. Kids in the third row will be able to see the pictures & details.*** I don't totally dig Cousin's illustrations, but that's a matter of personal taste.

Preview this before reading aloud to your kids/students to make sure you like the versions she went with. Hunter cho
Kathryn McCary
I suspect how an adult (at least, an adult who doesn't have kids to read to on a regular basis) reacts to picture books is largely a function of the adult's taste in art--and I've never been fond of primitives. I can see that the art in this book is a sophisticated production, but it does not move me in any way. Because the book is entirely dependent on the art (the text of the tales is firmly within the traditional tellings), my tepid response to the art guaranteed a tepid response to the book. ...more
Sep 06, 2016 Marcia rated it really liked it
A fun collection of eight classic stories- Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Henny Penny...
The book design is perfect for the very young; large pages, large font, bright primary colors, and the stories told in their most basic form. Lots of fun!
Mar 21, 2016 Meltha rated it liked it
These are very simple, fast retellings of a few traditional fairy tales, and the illustrations are exceedingly childlike. However, they're oddly disturbing in places. The woodsman in Little Red Riding Hood, for example, chops off the wolf's head (apparently Little Red and Granny climb out of his neck, sort of like Pegasus and Medusa, though I doubt that's what they were going for), and the drawing shows the head soaring across the page. The wolf in the Three Little Pigs story is boiled alive. So ...more
Feb 11, 2011 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
The runaway favorite from the most recent library trip, to the point where I'm pricing used copies on Amazon. Charlotte has hit just about the right age for fairy tales; the scary aspects make her the teensiest bit nervous, but in a healthy way. These stories are so simple & short, really the bare bones of the story, so by the time you process that Little Red Riding Hood & her grandmother were actually eaten by the Wolf, the Hunter is chopping the Wolf's head off. I like it, because now ...more
Dec 15, 2009 Dina rated it liked it
Retelling of 8 favorite fairy tales with bright larger-than-life illustrations by Lucy Cousins. I really enjoyed reading again (for the first time in a long time) the fairy tales I last read with my sons. I discovered that I'd forgotten some details--and how gruesome these stories really are. Cousins has retold the stories concisely, with just enough detail to tell the story, but allowing the illustrations to show the action and emotion. I think kids will enjoy hearing these stories again and ...more
Mrs. Brandt
October is a good time for stories that are a little scary! We read the first two tales: Little Red Riding Hood (where we watched the wolf eat grandma and then Little Red before his head is chopped off and our heroes climb out unscathed) and Billy Goats Gruff (where the troll looks very mean, but at the end, the biggest Billy Goat bashes him to bits). Not exactly the sweetened renditions that I usually see. The K students liked the stories, but I'm thinking they might be better suited for grades ...more
Ellen Brandt
October is a good time for stories that are a little scary! We read the first two tales: Little Red Riding Hood (where we watched the wolf eat grandma and then Little Red before his head is chopped off and our heroes climb out unscathed) and Billy Goats Gruff (where the troll looks very mean, but at the end, the biggest Billy Goat bashes him to bits). Not exactly the sweetened renditions that I usually see. The K students liked the stories, but I'm thinking they might be better suited for grades ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Leigh rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Simple re-telling of some classic fairy tales. The illustrations are a bit startling, the picture of the wolf being beheaded by the huntsman (Little Red Riding Hood) is quite graphic. And the three little pigs boil their wolf, alright. Seriously, you actually feel sorry for the poor wolf as he boils his way to perdition."And the little pig put the lid back on and boiled up the wolf and ate him for supper." No tears there, folks. I wonder if Lucy Cousins has some issues with wolves or something.

Nov 28, 2010 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-50-books

Author Lucy Cousin took a few typical fairy tales and made them modern. She added bright colorful artwork. Each story has their heroes and villains but the illustrations help bring them to life. This story has the children being very tasty. This is a fun children’s book to help interact children in fairy tales.

The classic tale brought to life through illustrations. The stories with in this book are stories students know. This would be a wonderful book to use when teaching illustration.Th
Simple retellings of eight old fairy tales. Not a fan of Cousins' illustrations, but the stories are nice for sharing with very young readers.

And on a very personal note: Goosey Poosey??? and Ducky Daddles? Doesn't Lucy Cousins know it's supposed to be Goosey Loosey and Ducky Lucky? And why is Mama Bear's porridge too salty? And her bed too lumpy, while Papa Bear's bed is too high? Weird details Cousins chose to change. However, I do love that the Donkey looked in the window and automatically th
Jul 31, 2013 Vicki rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-books
For me, this book is worth passing on; there are far better updated versions of fairy tales out there. (James Marshall anyone?). The images are too graphic in some cases (Little Red Riding Hood), and the stories have been been oversimplified. Fairy tales are not for people who want a gentle story, but when the bulk of the story is in words I can edit it to fit my child's age/understanding. Cousins illustrations don't need to do all the shocking talking door me.
Jun 10, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
Loved the bold illustrations and classic text of these traditional nursery rhyme fairy tales. Great for first introductions for children before reading all the fun mixed up or altered versions out there. But I actually really appreciated the wolf eating the first two pigs and the third actually reading the wolf (and similar real consequences in the other stories) rather than the softer versions most modern books share!
Sep 05, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I LOVED it! Lucy Cousins' trademark illustrations are bold, colorful and kid-friendly. I enjoyed her re-tellings of these well-known fables. A note of caution for those who prefer kinder, gentler versions of these timeless tales: Cousins' re-tellings are non-pc, no nonsense, and truer to the originals in which mean wolves get chopped in half and those silly pigs get eaten! This book was wickedly fun! :)I want it for my junior library @ home! :)
Katherine Cowley
Jul 05, 2016 Katherine Cowley rated it it was amazing
We need more modern fairy tale collections, more stories where predators eat prey and the terrible can happen. We often over-sanitize fairy tales, and doing so can say that the fears and challenges children face in their own lives aren't valid. Stories like the ones in this collection can give children tools to deal with the world around them.

Also, I loved seeing the illustrations of Lucy Cousins (creator of Maisy) turned to somewhat deviant ends.
Amy Ringquist
This book creates the opportunity to introduce students to the concept on an anthology, or collection, of stories. The simpler drawings and simple language makes it an easy read aloud or read to self for readers at varying levels of readiness. I used the Three Little Pigs story to begin a lesson on Compare & Contrast, asking students to focus on story elements of character, setting, voice, presentation, sequence, cause & effect, author's purpose, etc.
Reading Equivalent = 3.4
Aug 27, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing
This is my nearly- 4 year old nephew's favourite book. I wish my parents had waited for the paperback, as it is a substantial tome and it is quite painful when he plonks it on my knee and demands that I read it to him! The stories are retold in language simple enough that J has enjoyed it since he was just 3, and the bright pictures are just what you would expect from the creator of Maisy the mouse.
Sep 19, 2013 Bree rated it liked it
Shelves: children-books
I night buy this just to have all the fairy tales that I remember as a child in one handy book. There wasn't anything special about the illustrations or the stories themselves. I have read individual books based on these fairy tales and while some are cute and clever, they make me sad too because I love the original stories so much and they change them too much. I think this one is a good one to share.
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Lucy Cousins, BA Honours in Graphic Design from The Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton Polytechnic, postgraduate degree from Royal College of Art, is an author-illustrator of children's books. She is best known for her books featuring Maisy Mouse but she has also published other children's books including one about Noah's Ark. She is a mother of four and lives in Hampshire, England. Her ...more
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