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Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  415 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
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. (Age 3 and up)

Eight classic stories take on new energy as Lucy Cousins ramps up her artwork. In this bold, funny, and unflinching collection, the beloved author-illustrator retains all the emotion and humor of the or
Hardcover, 121 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Candlewick Press
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Jul 28, 2009 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 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 f ...more
Apr 29, 2010 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
Sep 05, 2009 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! :)
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jamil by: Loren
Shelves: picture-books
We were talking about this book at work today, wondering if lil kids, fans of Maisy, would be freaked out by all the images of head-chopping, grandmother-eating, wolf-boiling...

I think this would be a great book to have kids make up their own versions of these classic fairy tales just based on the illustrations, you know, fractured fairy-tales style.
Melly Fischer
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Lucy Cousins (Maisy) makes no attempt to sugar-coat children's classics in this absolutely gorgeous collection. Wolves are boiled, beheaded, and eaten. The Little Red Hen does NOT share in the end. And she illustrates the Enormous Turnip in really sweetly. LOVE it.
Jul 23, 2009 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.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
July 2017 - while there are versions of each story with more fabulous illustrations, these are charming and straightforward and really well suited to a preschool audience, especially when combined with Cousins' concise storytelling. I tell some of stories, like The Little Red Hen, at storytime, and this is an even more succinct version that I might try to adapt/memorize. We read it straight through the first time, and then at bedtime I told Ben to pick just two stories so we could fit in a varie ...more
Laura Grimsley
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This traditional literature collection includes eight classic fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Enormous Turnip, Henny Penny, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs, and The Musicians of Bremen. The author puts a twist on the ending of each story to make it exciting. The illustrations are bright, colorful, child-like paintings which help the reader understand the text. This is a great book for beginning readers! Format: Pictu ...more
Lynya Cooper
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author Lucy Cousins of the book "Yummy" uses vibrant colors that illuminate the pages for the reader of characters from eight different childhood fairy tales of her liking. From Henny Penny, The Three Little Pigs to The Enormous Turnip some of which refresh my old childhood memories as well. I absolutely love this book and my 6-year-old granddaughter and 7-year-old grandson ask repeatedly to turn back to see the pictures and to hear the stories over and over again.
Alli Burke
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cousins' illustrations do not have much detail but they are so perfect for this kind of book. This traditional book give a spin off of eight popular fairy tales including Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. Each fairy tale comes with a new, unexpected ending and the simple but witty language make it fun for all ages. Some language appears bigger to show yelling, so the tone is varied throughout. The text is accompanied by bright colors with black, broad lines throughout the book, m ...more
Christine Preece
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yummy is a traditional picture book that includes eight short classic children's stories that are exciting and humorous. Cousins uses vibrant, bold illustrations to capture the scary wolf in Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. This book is a collection of well-known fairy tales that show the different emotions that each character takes on throughout different story lines.
Natalie Jarman
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This traditional fairy tale book provides us with a fresh and edgy look on eight classic fairy tales. The illustrations within this book are bold, vivid, and drama revealing. Cousins brings these classic fairy tales back to life through her sense of adventure and exciting style of illustrations.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a nice collection of classic fairy tales. My only problem with it is how on most pages, some of the words are written in very large, bold black letters. It's problematic because they are not placed on the page in a way that they fit properly into the story, and they are repeated in smaller text with the rest of the story. It's distracting and could be confusing for younger readers.
Cat Fithian
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Closer to the originals than what we're used to, and I love them.
Cara Byrne
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Cousins' illustrated collection brings her own unique artistic style to classic tales, but it wasn't the best fit for my 3-year-old.
Gabriela Alvarez
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Lucy Cousins, Yummy:Eight Favorite Fairy Tales, these classic tales come to life with her simple text and engaging, colorful, and vibrant illustrations. The stories are short and simple, but with the traditional classic plots. The pictures are large with bright colors, and important parts of the story are emphasized with large print, creating more emotion within the characters. I think this is a good book to read to children PK and up, and I love that these classic stories are found in one bi ...more
Jun 30, 2010 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
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale
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
Dec 04, 2009 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
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
Jan 04, 2012 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
Nov 28, 2010 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
Mar 30, 2015 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 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 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
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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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