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Lucy Cousins - Author

Lucy Cousins was born in 1964, attending a school in Kent. After doing a foundation course at Canterbury College, Lucy did a BA Honours in Graphic Design, followed by a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Art.

Lucy finds that illustration comes more easily to her than writing, which tends to work around the drawings. "I draw by heart," she says. "I think about what children would like by going back to my own childlike instincts." And what instincts they are! Lucy now has more than 12 million books in print, including picture books, sticker books, cloth books, colouring books, board books, pull-the-tab and lift-the-flap books, three-dimensional play sets, a clock book... Where does the prolific Lucy - a mother of four children - find the energy? "I'm quite disciplined," she says of her productivity. "If I'm having an 'ideas' day, I just sit at my desk and draw and write until I feel something is happening - though I admit that this is usually helped by a cup of tea, some lively music, and an abundance of sunshine." As for outside inspiration, she says she's sometimes influenced by the work of other artists, as long as those artists are children. Says the author-illustrator, "I get more pleasure and inspiration from walking around a primary school than from any art gallery."

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Here's a video of Lucy creating artwork for the Maisy books:

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Maisy's Christmas Presents
Lucy Cousins
Maisy is the perfect Christmas guest, guaranteed to bring smiles and happiness wherever she goes. Naturally she's bought presents for all her friends and little hands can open them on each page via clever pop-ups or flaps (there's a written...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Maisy's Moon Landing A Maisy First Science Book
Lucy Cousins
First experiences and early learning are lots of fun with Maisy, and this lively, interactive pop-up book makes it easy for the youngest children to understand space and space travel. Maisy watches the sun go down and the moon come...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Peck Peck Peck
Lucy Cousins
Brilliant Lucy Cousins has created a fabulous new book which is full of holes! The young woodpecker is taught to peck by its father. The only trouble is…once it has learnt to peck a hole, it just can't stop! There...
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Format: Board book | Released 01/09/2016
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Maisy Goes to Bed
Lucy Cousins
Celebrate twenty-five years of Maisy with this classic novelty book reissue that remains as popular today as it was 25 years ago! Lift the flaps and pull the tabs, it's time for Maisy to go to bed! First she drinks...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/06/2016
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Maisy Goes by Plane
Lucy Cousins
Maisy makes everything fun and is the perfect friend to explain a new experience for a young child, taking away any worries or apprehension they may have. Reading Maisy Goes by Plane is the perfect way to prepare little children...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Maisy's Sports Day
Lucy Cousins
No child need feel anxious about sports day with Maisy there to introduce it. Maisy and her friends are very excited about sports day, and no wonder, it's great fun with all sorts of races and games, and a chance...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Maisy Goes to London
Lucy Cousins
Maisy makes everything fun, and here she takes young readers on a wonderful day out in London, starting at King's Cross station, taking in Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2016
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Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep!
Lucy Cousins
Smiling, cheerful, independent, no wonder toddlers everywhere love Maisy, and she makes all early learning experiences fun and exciting. This story sees her helping Mummy Hen find her ten chicks, who are hiding around the farm. There are flaps on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Maisy's Pirate Ship
Lucy Cousins
Set sail in search of treasure with this brand new title in Maisy's Pop-up-and-Play Book series! Perfect for any pint-sized pirate, this interactive book can be easily transported...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2015
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Make with Maisy
Lucy Cousins
Make-and-do with Maisy with this great big beautiful book, now in paperback! With seventeen simple, exciting and fun craft ideas, from making a shoe box house to a magic wax painting, every spread is a feast for the eyes! The...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Maisy at the Seaside Sticker Book
Lucy Cousins
Join Maisy and all of her friends for a sunny day by the sea, using your stickers to fill in the fun on every page! Build sandcastles on the beach, have a picnic, fly a kite and ride on the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Maisy's Castle A Pop-Up-and-Play Book
Lucy Cousins
Maisy and her friends enjoy dressing up and playing in this fun-to-explore pop-up picture book. Everyone can play a part in this wonderful story about knights and castles and there is even a dragon to be slain. Perfect for bringing...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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Maisy's Christmas Tree
Lucy Cousins
Maisy and her friends are busy getting ready for Christmas in this cleverly Christmas-tree shaped board book which is just perfect for small hands. Cyril strings up the lights, Tallulah adds the brightly coloured balls, Charley hangs up the sugar...
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Format: Board book | Released 01/09/2014
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Peck Peck Peck
Lucy Cousins
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Brilliant Lucy Cousins has created a fabulous new book which is full of holes! The young woodpecker is taught to peck by its father. The only trouble is…once it has learnt to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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Bedtime Rhymes
Lucy Cousins
First gentle nursery rhymes with wonderful illustrations in Lucy Cousins' heartwarming style (creator of Maisy Mouse). The perfect start to a peacful night. Campbell Books lead the field in books for babies, and this little hardback board book is certain...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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Maisy's Plane
Lucy Cousins
Maisy is off to a birthday party in her plane. She loops the loop, says hello to the sun and the clouds and gives a very special present to Eddie before she lands safely at his birthday party. A simple...
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Format: Board book | Released 01/05/2014
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Maisy's Tractor
Lucy Cousins
Enjoy a day on the farm with Maisy who is out and about in a tractor. Maisy takes bales of hay to the cows and brings the lambs back to the barn in her trailer. Where is the last lamb?...
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Format: Board book | Released 01/05/2014
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Maisy Plays Football
Lucy Cousins
Everyone will love Maisy's football game! She and her friends divide into two teams. They do all their warming up exercises before beginning an exciting game. They love kicking and passing and diving and scoring. Luckily, both sides score a...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/04/2014
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Maisy Learns to Swim
Lucy Cousins
Loveable Maisy and her friends love their swimming time. They collect up everything they need and head for the pool. Changing, swimming, floating and blowing bubbles are all part of the fun for the friends.
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Maisy's World of Animals: A Maisy First Science Book
Lucy Cousins
Loveable Maisy introduces some of the wildlife from particular regions in beautiful pictures with tabs to pull to reveal special secrets. There are penguins at the South Pole with flaps which reveal how they keep their babies from catching cold;...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/03/2014
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Maisy's Funfair A Maisy Pop-Up-and-Play Book
Lucy Cousins
Best-loved Maisy has a new adventure in this riotous pull-out and pop-up story. Maisy and her friends are off to the Funfair. Pull the tabs and watch them bump and thump on the bumper cars, bounce up high on the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/10/2013
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Peck, Peck, Peck
Lucy Cousins
Brilliant Lucy Cousins has created a fabulous new book which is full of holes! The young woodpecker is taught to peck by its father. The only trouble is…once it has learnt to peck a hole, it just can't stop! There...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/09/2013
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Doodle with Maisy
Lucy Cousins
Young artists will love to follow Maisy's lead by filling in the spaces she leaves in her art book. There's the chance to draw all the fish in the sea, to add the passengers to the bus Maisy is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2013
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Maisy's First Colours A Maisy Concept Book
Lucy Cousins
Enjoy Maisy's favourite colours – a basket full of oranges, a bunch of yellow bananas, some lovely green peas. Little fingers can feel the shiny images of them in the bumpy pictures on every page. This gorgeous board book...
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Format: Board book | Released 06/06/2013
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Maisy's First 123 A Maisy Concept Book
Lucy Cousins
Helps you count numbers with mouse. This book combines colours with embossing and texture, and makes learning about numbers an exciting, tactile adventure. Stylish and desirable, this book makes a perfect baby gift purchase. Textured and shiny surfaces for sensory...
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Format: Board book | Released 06/06/2013
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Maisy Goes on a Sleepover
Lucy Cousins
Maisy never knew sleepovers could be so fun! Non-stop chatter, dancing, chasing, exploring, a huge feast, LOTS of jumping on beds and plenty of snuggling...young children will revel in the energy and fun of this new Maisy title. It captures...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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Maisy Learns to Swim
Lucy Cousins
Maisy and her friends are off for a dip in the pool. Maisy is looking forward to it but soon finds that there is a lot to learn if you want to stay afloat! Maisy's efforts are well rewarded...
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Maisy Grows a Garden
Lucy Cousins
Loveable Maisy the Mouse has many skills. Here she plants and tends a wonderful garden. Pull the tabs and help her! In the Spring, it is digging and planting and watering. Then, up come the first shoots! After that, it...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/03/2013
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Maisy's Band
Lucy Cousins
Maisy and all her friends love making music and, tonight, they're going to have a concert. Time to practise everyone! With all their musical instruments - the piano, the triangle, drums and the double bass - they get a jam...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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I'm the Best
Lucy Cousins
Lovely bold illustrations capture Dog's boundless and boastful enthusiasm. Dog loves his friends; he thinks they are brilliant but he also thinks that he is the best. How Dog's friends show him how loveable he is, even if he is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2011
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What's the Time, Maisy?
Lucy Cousins
A colourful large-format board book that has a die-cut window revealing a chunky, clunky clock with real hands and cogs that can be turned to show the time on each page. Young children will love pointing them to the correct...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/04/2011
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Maisy's Wonderful Weather Book
Lucy Cousins
Whatever the weather, it's always fun with Maisy! Snow, rain or sun, Maisy always has fun. This book includes tabs to pull and wheels to turn that will keep little hands delighted.
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/04/2011
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Maisy's Little Library
Lucy Cousins
A gorgeous package of four Maisy titles packed together in a lovely slipcase. Bold, lively illustrations accompanied by simple first words will have youngsters chuckling with delight. The concepts of the four books are, toys, animals, food and clothes and...
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Format: Board book | Released 07/03/2011
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Yummy: My Favourite Nursery Stories
Lucy Cousins
Big and bold illustrations portray the title of this large format collection in no uncertain terms whilst also capturing the big dramas that lie at the heart of these eight favourite nursery stories. Grandmother is dramatically gulped down by the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2011
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Maisy's Show
Lucy Cousins
Best-selling Maisy is back in a fabulous new, all singing all dancing Pop-up- and-Play title. Maisy and her friends are putting on a show and through a number of tabs and flaps young readers can make them twirl and whirl...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2010
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I'm the Best
Lucy Cousins
Lovely bold illustrations capture Dog's boundless and boastful enthusiasm. Dog loves his friends; he thinks they are brilliant but he also thinks that he is the best. How Dog's friends show him how loveable he is, even if he is...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2010
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Yummy: My Favourite Nursery Stories
Lucy Cousins
Big and bold illustrations portray the title of this collection in no uncertain terms whilst also capturing the big dramas that lie at the heart of these eight favourite nursery stories. Grandmother is dramatically gulped down by the wolf before...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2009
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Maisy Big, Maisy Small
Lucy Cousins
Loveable Maisy is back in this enjoyable exploration of the concept of opposites. Thus, Maisy young, Maisy old; Maisy hot, Maisy cold and so on. Lucy Cousins's incredibly expressive pictures provide a rich drama to support the concepts. Big and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2007
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