This is Felicia! My girls and I love exploring Houston and we love to read.
This review is of Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins.
I love Lucy Cousins’s illustrations but I have always found the Maisy Series painfully saccharine (but an important tool for learning to read) so honestly, when I saw her fairy tales book, Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales, I expected to be disappointed. I was positive that she would take the’ oomph’ out of these fairy tales and all the Grimm parts. Boy was I wrong. Yummy is an amazing, oversized, fairy tale anthology with bold colors and succinct dialogue that never leaves any important details out and it also makes for a great introduction to the real fairy tales.
Even though there is a decapitation and a wolf that falls into a pot, the approach that Cousins takes to these tales is light and humorous. Foxy Woxy in "Henny Penny” has jagged teeth and everyone that makes their way in to his den is met with a crunch and munch. The wolf to my children is not scary; he’s just very hungry and my kids can certainly identify with that feeling. The illustrations are also very rough and not very realistic which also keeps this book from becoming too frightening.
I know that parents differ in what types of content are okay to introduce their children to. If you are a parent that prefers to raise their kids with the thought that every story should be wholesome, then this collection is not for you. The smiling little pig sitting in a comfy chair on page 104 watching the Big Bad Wolf stew in a pot would be reason enough not to buy this book. If you are a parent who is okay with introducing your children to the splendor and the fabricated consequences of actions of the original fairy tales, then you will love Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales!
To get this book, go HERE. Or, better yet, shop local and head to Brazos Bookstore. If you mention you saw this review on BigKidSmallCity, you will get a discount... and get to read the book immediately!