Maisy Goes to the City by Lucy Cousins


Maisy Goes to the City by Lucy Cousins

Maisy and Charley are visiting the city for the weekend - how exciting! They are met at the coach station by their friend Dotty, who shows them around...What noisy traffic! What giant buildings! So many flashing lights! And everywhere is so crowded - even the park. As Maisy and Charley explore, they go down into the underground, up an escalator in a department store - where for a moment Maisy even gets a bit lost - and see all the colourful sights in the wonderful bustling city. Readers who live in the city will love seeing the details of their homes, and kids who are unfamiliar with it get to experience the excitement.

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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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

3rd May 2012



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