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Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  327 ratings  ·  93 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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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
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 f ...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.

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
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 L ...more
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.
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
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, an ...more
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
Kate Mowery
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
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.
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 3 of 5 stars
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
Maggie KutsBorg
Lucy Cousins doesn't water down these fairy tales; she only streamlines them to make the text as concise as possible. The gruesome bits paired with bright and bold illustrations make this a really great book for younger children who are ready for a story with a little bit of a bite to it.
A lovely collection of straight forward retellings of standard fairy tales - no unusual twists or 'fractured' versions, but rather perfect for learning the 'original' versions. Bright, fresh, big and bold illustrations make the stories seem new.
Dit is echt het favoriete boek van Dex. Vooral Norse bokken en de drie biggetjes. De tekst is kort, de illustraties groot, de tekst makkelijkste onthouden voor kinderen. Erg leuk sprookjesboek voor jonge kinderen
Leslie Fisher
I really liked that all the stories had bold illustrations, and the stories were short enough to hold the attention of my children. I think each story only took a couple minutes to read.
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
This is a really good addition to a primary classroom, because it's low level but not so low that it makes for a bad readaloud. The illustrations are also excellent.
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
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.


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
It usually does have something to do with food and/or eating :)
Oh I had forgotten what fun reading Lucy Cousins' books was!
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
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
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 ag ...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
Filling a great need in this usually text dense genre, classic folk tales are concentrated to their most basic elements complete with playful, sweet yet alternatively vicious illustrations. Imagine grandma's legs sticking out of wolf's mouth... then pages later, wolf decapitation! Cousins boldly retains the shocking essence of folk tales that are exactly so captivating, for children ages 3 & older. Plus I love the connective thread of food and eating that ties the eight stories together.
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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 ow ...more
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