Maisy Big, Maisy Small by Lucy Cousins

Maisy Big, Maisy Small

Written by Lucy Cousins

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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 small, hot and cold, happy and sad – help loveably Maisy find all the opposites she needs in this large format book.


Maisy Big, Maisy Small by Lucy Cousins

What's the opposite of big? Small! What's the opposite of old? Young! What's the opposite of hot? Cold! An exciting range of opposites is explored by Maisy as you've never seen her before: stripy and spotty, happy and sad, tall and short! This large-format concept book with rounded corners is bursting with exciting, colourful art and sure to delight young children.

About the Author

Lucy Cousins

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."

Click here to visit the special Maisy website full of activities and games.

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

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56 pages


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd September 2007




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