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Time for bed!
This book features the ever popular character of Maisy the Mouse. Anyone familiar with Maisy will instantly recognise the friendly mouse from the cover of this book, which shows her sitting in bed reading a book.
This is a very simple story which shows Maisy getting ready for bed, carrying out the usual rituals such as brushing her teeth and putting on her pyjamas. When she first gets into bed she finds she can't sleep ... but it's not nothing a quick visit to the loo can't fix!
Each page of this book features a few very simple words such as "Maisy has a wash and brushes her teeth." Then on the page opposite is a big, bold image of Maisy doing just that.
The illustrations are very simple - they are almost childlike. They are very appealing to young children as you can see exactly what is going on and there is no clutter in the pictures to confuse or distract a little reader from what is going on!
The story is also really simple and details the bedtime rituals that will be very familiar to a young audience. It may also give them the incentive to carry out some of these rituals themselves after seeing one of their favourite characters going through the nightly motions!
A good read
Overall this is a nice simple book for young readers - although I have to say that this isn't exactly a special or classic book. Although the pictures are quite appealing, I find them a bit too simple and we have books that have a nicer look to them.
Having said that, this is a nice story and it's good to read before bed!
The paperback version of this story is available for just £2.69 with free postage from amazon, which I think is a good price for a nice book, and is good for very young readers - especially those who are getting into the bedtime routine!
This is a lovely paperback book about a little mouse called Maisy. My daughter has a couple of the Maisy books by Lucy Cousins. This one is about Maisy's bedtime routine.
The book is full of lovely bright illustrations and the type that the story is written in is thick black type so easier for older children to read. My 7 year old brother reads this book quite happily to my daughter who will be 3 in March.
This is a simple but effective story about what Maisy does to get ready for bed, she draws her bedroom curtains, she has a wash and brushes her teeth, she puts on her pyjamas, sits in her bed and starts to read her bedtime story. But then she can't find her favourite toy Panda. Shes looks in the toybox and then finds him hiding behind the bedroom curtains. She gets into her bed but can't sleep because she needs the loo. My daughter still giggles at this! (childrens humour!) Panda also has to use the potty, once this is done Maisy can go to sleep!
In my opinion this is a charming little story, which my daughter loves. It is one of her favourite bedtime stories. She nearly knows it off my heart and I have found the teeth brushing part before bed has been helpful in our house. 'Now we need to clean our teeth like Maisy does!'
The price on the back cover of this story is £3.99 but is currently available on Amazon for £2.69.
I have always bought books for my son from him being born as I love to sit and cuddle up and read a story with him. I also hope that he will continue to develop a love of books because of the fact that he has always had books available to him. When he was younger he used to enjoy having Maisy books read to him and the one I am reviewing today is Maisy's bedtime.
Maisy's bedtime is written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins. This particular paperback was published in 1999 by Walker books. You can pick up a copy of the book from amazon brand new for £2.69 and this includes free super saver delivery.
The Maisy stories are about a little mouse named Maisy. In Maisy's bedtime it tells the story of Maisy as she goes through her bedtime one night and so we see her closing her curtains, having a wash and putting her pyjamas on. Maisy cannot sleep though and so it also shows her reading a book, getting up to look for her panda teddy bear and going to the toilet before finally getting ready to go to sleep!
The story is very simple with often just one or two sentences on each double paged spread meaning that it is an easily read story and not one that young children would become bored with which sometimes happens with longer stories. It is nice that the things going on in the story are familiar to pre school aged children at which the books is aimed at in my opinion. My son and I used to talk about what we did that was the same or different as Maisy at bedtime and so the story opens up the option for discussions after you have read it.
The writing in the book is done in a large black font which makes it stand out on the white page. These books were actually some of the first my son read when he was developing his reading skills so I would say they are also handy for early readers to have a go at too down to their simplicity.
What is really lovely about Maisy's bedtime is the illustrations. Even from just looking at the front cover you can tell that they are going to be bright and inviting. As you go through the book on each double page spread one side is white with black text and the other is full with colourful illustrations. The way the illustrations are drawn makes them look quite simple but this is actually really nice as they are not too over the top in any way and they match the simplicity of the story.
Throughout the book Maisy is always smiling which is nice. There is something really sweet and innocent about this book and I have some really fond memories of cuddling up with my son when he was smaller and reading it to him.
I think this book is perfect for reading to young children up to the age or around three or four but it is also handy as an early reader once they are at school and perhaps in the reception year and developing their reading skills.
Thank you for reading my review!
Lucy Cousins is a relatively unknown but fairly acclaimed author-illustrator for Children's books, who is best known for her books featuring Maisy Mouse. A lot of her books tend to include daily routines as well as popular activities and fun that children might get up to like going to bed, having a bath, making friends, reading books and playing in the garden. This is usually portrayed as a 'Maisy adventure' featuring her animal friends like Cyril the squirrel, Charley the crocodile, Tallulah the chick, Eddie the elephant and her favourite Panda soft toy.
The Maisy character is much similar to a human toddler with hands and feet but with mouse-like features like whiskers and a tail. The Maisy books usually introduce numbers, colours, sorting and matching to help children with their learning.
I remember us having this book as a free gift from a book club (but it can be picked up for around £4) and we could not have had a better bargain. The book was a paperback version and comes with clear easy to read flowing text and colourful illustrations.
Maisy's bedtime begins with her putting on her pyjamas and closing the bedroom curtains and hearing the sound of an owl outside the window (twit tuwoo). Next she has a wash and brushes her teeth. But where is her favourite toy Panda? Maisy looks around the house for Panda, including her toy box but she can't find her. Then she pulls back the curtain that she closed earlier and discovers Panda's hiding place. She then gets back into bed and reads a bedtime story but she can't go to sleep. They both need the loo. Maisy is very sleepy now and goes to sleep, 'goodnight Maisy, goodnight Panda'.
My 21 month old baby boy absolutely loves this book and it was one of the first we ever read to him. It was this book that taught him some actions such as putting his hand by his mouth and doing the teeth brushing motion and putting his hands out turned over in front of him when it comes to the 'But where is Panda?' part. At this point he is now very quick to try and turn the pages over to find Panda and usually shakes his head when we say 'Is he in the toy box?' because he knows that he is behind the curtain. The more and more we have read this book to him, the more observant and cleaver he becomes. He now points to our own curtains in the room when we find Panda which shows that he is understanding the comparisons used in the book and he also tries to repeat the owl noise.
This was one of the first books that he started to bring to us and prompt us to read to him. He now knows what we are referring to when we say 'Go and find Maisy's Bedtime' which prompts him to disappear into his playroom and come back with the correct book. Once we finish reading the book he often says 'gen' (his way of saying 'again') so we end up reading this to him a few times before we finally have to tell him 'no-more' till next time. Although he can relate to a lot of the text in the book we have however substituted the word 'loo' in the book for 'potty' as I feel this is more correct considering he will soon be potty training and it may give him some encouragement. It has now got to the point where he is pre-empting the actions in the book before we even get to them which is a sign of his memory working well. It may just be a coincidence but our son now loves going to bed when we say its betime and I strongly feel that reading this book to him has a lot to do with it.
As this book was the paperback version it is subject to considerable wear and tear so I would certainly recommend the hardback version to ensure durability. My son went through a stage of ripping books or creasing them by standing on them or folding them. His Masiy's bedtime now has a very large crease on the cover with worn pages. Strangely enough, the paperback copy has still lasted and he has refrained from ripping this one. Perhaps it is because he enjoys it so much?
We have a few Maisy book titles in our collection but this is by far the best one, especially for children under the age of 2. Highly recommended.