-Who is Maisy? -
Maisy is a sweet little white mouse, with a pink tail, nose, ears and paws.
She isn't a 'regular' sort of mouse as she wears clothes, sleeps in a bed, brushes her teet and much, much more!
The books in this series really appeal to young children, as Maisy does everything that they can relate to.
~ The story ~
Not surprisingly, this book is all about Maisy dressing up, a pastime that is very popular with pre-school children.
The story begins with Maisy receiving an invitation to her friend's fancy dress party. Not sure as to what to wear, she looks in her dressing up box where there are lots of options: a pirate, a queen, a king or a firefighter.
The problem is that she knows her friends are wearing these costumes so she decides to make a special costume.
When she gets to the party the reader then realises that Maisy has made a zebra costume and the party begins!!
~ Illustrations ~
I am a big fan of the Lucy Cousin's illustrations in the Maisy series of books.
They are bright, large, simple and bold. The outlines of each character or object is in thick black pen and the rest is coloured in, in rich, vibrant colours.
The backgrounds are also very bright, not the bog standard white that is in so many children's books.
~ Style & Format ~
The text is quite simple and is in a large font. What is also good about the font is that there are no loops or cursive writing which makes it far easier for emergent readers to decipher.
There are alternate pages of text and illustrations and the children can see from the pictures what fancy dress costumes are available.
~ Price ~
My paperback ISBN: 0-7445-7216-9 was £2.50 a couple of years ago but it is available from amazon at the bargain price of just 1p!!
The book is also available in boardbook format from 1p and hardcover from £2.73 as opposed to the RRP of £6.99
~ Maisy Products ~
Maisy is very popular and a range of movies / films on VHS are available:
* Play with Maisy
* Count with Maisy
* Maisy's Bedtime
* Maisy's Colour and Shapes
There are also educational resources available:
* Counting Game
* Colour Game
* Memory Game
* Domino Game
~ Other Maisy Books ~
* Maisy's Colour Collection
* Maisy's Rainbow Dream
* Maisy Takes A Bath
* Maisy At The Farm
* Where is Maisy Going?
* Maisy Goes To Bed
* Maisy Goes To The LIbrary
* Maisy's ABC
~ My Verdict ~
Although still popular with young children, in my opinion this is not the best of Lucy Cousin's 'Maisy' books. I much prefer, as do children, the ones which have lift-the-flap and pull-the-tab opportunities, hence the 3 star rating.
Are you crazy for Maisy?