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Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales Hardcover – August 11, 2009

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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 2—Beloved classics are successfully served by these bold, striking renditions. There's no sugarcoating here, as the wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood" is shown receiving his gruesome comeuppance and Henny Penny's friends never return from Foxy Woxy's lair. Large, arresting gouache spreads in Cousins's signature style utilize saturated colors and thick, dark outlines against solid backgrounds. Expressive characters enhance the stories' shifting moods. Large type accentuates the dynamic texts, building each spare entry to its powerful climax. Crisp retellings of "The Little Red Hen," "The Three Little Pigs," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "The Musicians of Bremen," "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," and "The Enormous Turnip" round out this arresting volume.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC END

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Lucy Cousins is the acclaimed creator of the Maisy series and other books for children. About Yummy, she says, "It’s brilliant to be able to pass on these stories like this, with all their drama, excitement, and comedy. They are such fun and they touch such deep emotions. My paintbrushes were practically dancing on the paper." She lives in Hampshire, England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763644749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763644741
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.6 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the age of sugar coated everything, this book is a truly refreshing read! The stories in this book are some of the traditional, witty tales that we adults grew up with--where unsuspecting characters are eaten, gruesome villains are decapitated, and make-believe monsters try to do you in. I am a mom of 3 boys, aged 4 years, 2 years and 8 months. My 2 oldest children want to read this entire book during just one sitting EVERYDAY (the 4 year old carries his "fairy tale book" around everywhere)--this is definitely a household favorite! The storytelling in Yummy is straightforward, extremely vibrant and really exciting for young readers. I love reading this book with over the top drama for extra (and equally dramatic) laughs and gasps. I'm so happy that I am able to pass down these fairy tales and make some pretty great memories for our family!
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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-related literature. Now because Maisy is so cute and non-threatening I was not initially impressed when I first heard about Yummy. Ms. Cousins wants to try her hand at fairy tales? Fine. It'll probably be something along the lines of that Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales collection. An early child introduction to fairy tales but without any of the original violent aspects. A watered down version, I'm sure. Well slap me upside the head and call me Charlie because I could not have been more wrong. Yummy is, if anything, the veritable antithesis to Engelbreit. With a good-natured, downright jovial tone of voice, Lucy Cousins takes old-fashioned stories and makes them as gruesome and funny as she is able.

In this collection of fairy tales, Lucy Cousins has identified tales where eating is either enabled or denied depending on the worthiness of the hunger. 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 are all covered.
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It is hard to beat some of the other excellent, amusing and spot-on reviews of this book but I just had to profess my own love for this book. I have a 2-year-old daughter and a 3.5-year-old son and they both love this book. My daughter seems to be particularly attracted to the language and will often "read" the book herself, reciting favorite passages from memory. She stood at the window the other day and said: "I'm Henny Penny. The sky is falling!" and laughed. My son is fascinated with the wolves and clearly enjoys that the book is mildly scary and that characters do things that are "not so nice." The illustrations of "Yummy" are so much fun and the classic fairy tale language is so rhythmic and soothing that I have no problems reading this book over and over again. Lucy Cousins clearly knows her audience and has picked fairy tales that are accessible to very young children. (It is actually very hard to find fairy tales that work for children under four. Byron Barton has written a couple of other good ones.) There are no curses, spells, promises of marriage or similarly complex themes. Where necessary the author has condensed the stories a bit, and she has done so perfectly without compromising the atmosphere or message of the original tales. For example, in the original "Musicians of Bremen" the animals explain in some detail why they are unhappy and want to run away. (The dog was abused by his master etc.) In "Yummy," each animal simply says: "Nobody loves me!"
This is a book that I think every child should own!
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"Yummy" is a large, over-sized book that contains Lucy Cousins bright, sunny artwork. There are 8 stories in this book:

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
The Musicians of Bremen

All of these are no doubt infinitely familiar, with the exception of the "Giant Turnip" and the "The Musicians of Bremen" -- so I'll refresh your memory. In "The Giant Turnip" a farmer plants seeds and a huge turnip grows (no surprise huh :). The fun comes in when everybody has to pull and pull -- the farmer, his wife, the children, the dog, cat, and even the mouse! -- to harvest the giant veg.

"The Musicians of Bremen" is about a group of animals who outwit a group of robbers. But it doesn't start out that way. At first, it's just a Donkey heading to the city to be a musician. He runs across a dog, and then a cat and rooster, all of them unloved and unwanted. At his invitation they join the Donkey and head to Bremen to be musicians. When they arrive they find that they are very hungry indeed. Which is when they peek into the robber's home. They see food and they see that the place is occupied by bad-guys. Well up they climb on each others backs. They proceed to make a raucous noise and then crash through the door, scaring the robbers so badly that they run away.

The story ends with one robber sneaking back in the dead of night. One by one he alarms the animals and they defend themselves. The cat scratches him, for example, and the dog bites him. And since it's dark, the robber hasn't a clue that it's four animals. He thinks it's a witch which is what he runs and tells his criminal friends.
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