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Lucy Cousins’ Latest: PECK, PECK, PECK

In Peck, Peck, Peck no holes are barred!

PECK, PECK, PECK (Candlewick Press, $15.99, ages  2-5 ) by Lucy Cousins, best known for her super popular and successful Maisy series, has written and illustrated an adorable picture you should get, get, get! My 12-year-old son picked it up (it’s hard not to be attracted to the bright yellow cover with actual die-cut holes) and, after reading it, announced, “Very cute! Kids’ll love this.”

Lucy Cousins' Peck, Peck, Peck

This 32-page hardcover book, with its bold graphics and signature bright Cousins’ colors, is so much fun and it’s easy to see how much time was devoted to getting the locations of the holes on every page just right so as not to ruin the next page. The rhyme is simple and catchy that little kids will certainly want to chime in. To start, the little red-headed woodpecker says,

“Today my daddy
Said to me,
“‘It’s time you learned
to peck a tree.'”

And so the pecking begins … first a tree, (with kudos from Dad for a hole superbly pecked) … then onto a fence, a big blue door then into the house for more pecking galore.  The humor is not lost when the little woodpecker practices his newfound skills on an armchair, a teddy bear, and a book called Jane Eyre!! The variety of items that receive holes is hysterical. Nothing seems to have escaped the bird’s beak.

Besides all the rhymes, children will thoroughly enjoy the tons of holes everywhere that they can poke while having one last silly fest before settling down for bed.  Even the story’s little birdie is beat and decides to return to his nest.  Thank goodness that when Daddy plants some goodnight kisses on his little bird’s head, only lots of love and pride, but no holes, accompany them!

– Reviewed by Ronna Mandel

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Maisy’s Green Thumb

Maisy Grows a Garden: A Maisy First Science Book by Lucy Cousins; Candlewick Press, $14.99; ages 3 and up) is reviewed today by Rita Zobayan.

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Masiy, Maisy, how does your garden grow? Maisy is busy getting ready to grow vegetables and flowers, and we get to help! We join Maisy and her pal Panda as they plant a garden and complete each step: digging, planting, tending, first growth, weeding, picking, and enjoying.

Each pair of pages in this bright and colorful book includes target words with illustrations (pitchfork, rake, shovel for digging; seedlings, roots, ladybug for first growth). Simple sentences and accompanying illustrations describe the scenes. For example, here is Maisy weeding the garden: It’s not only vegetables that grow in the garden. Weeds grow there, too. Maisy pulls the weeds out so they don’t crowd the vegetables!

The highlight of this sturdy book is the interactive tabs for each section. Help Maisy dig the soil. Pull the tab and see Maisy plant carrot seeds. Watch the vegetables sprout, and my-oh-my, wait until your child sees the flowers bloom! Illustrated in Lucy Cousins’ signature style, Maisy Grows a Garden: A Maisy First Science Book is a fun introduction to help little hands develop green thumbs!

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76 Trombones and Maisy, too!

Maisy’s Band: A Pull-the-Tab and Pop-up Book ($17.99, Candlewick Press, ages 3 and up) by Lucy Cousins, is reviewed by Rita Zobayan.

Strike up the band! Maisy and her friends are putting on a show, and we’re invited to attend. Throughout the 14 pages we assist Maisy and company in getting ready for their performance. Pull the tab and Plinkety-plonk! Tallulah plays the pink piano. Move the tab up and down, and Root-a-toot! Cyril plays on the trumpet. The penguins hum a tune. The last page features a 3D pull-out stage where all five band members perform. Illustrated in Lucy Cousins’ distinct style, this is a bright and engaging hands-on read for youngsters.

Fun Fact: Did you know that there are over 29 million Maisy books in print worldwide?

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Maisy Does it Again!

Debbie Glade reviews a new Maisy book with lots of tabs to pull.

I love Maisy books and have fond memories of the many hours my daughter played with her Maisy Pop-Up Playhouse years ago. It was so sturdy she was able to pass it on to a much younger cousin to enjoy.

Maisy’s latest adventure is Hop, Skip, Jump, Maisy! A Maisy First Science Book ($12.99, Candlewick Press, Ages 2-5) by Lucy Cousins, complete with tabs to pull to get Maisy moving. This sturdy cardboard book is vibrant, colorful and happy, just like Maisy herself. Lucy Cousins understands what kids like – big, bold colors and cheerful pictures. All of her book covers are so inviting that I can imagine them as posters decorating a young child’s bedroom walls.

Hop, Skip, Jump, Maisy! is all about the active things Maisy likes to do: hopping, jumping, kicking a ball, skipping and doing cartwheels. On the side of each two page spread is a list and some illustrations of other animals who like to do the things she likes to do. Like all Maisy books, this one is adorable, educational and just plain fun to read. And what child doesn’t love interactive books with pull tabs? What’s great is that there are so many Maisy books, your kids will love her so much they’ll want to read them all. There are four other books about science in this series worth checking out:

Maisy’s Nature Walk

Maisy’s Book of Things That Go

Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book

Maisy’s Nature Trail

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