Lucy Cousins

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Lucy Cousins
Born10 February 1964 (age 54)
OccupationChildren's book writer and illustrator.
Alma materRoyal College of Art
Notable worksMaisy Books

Elizabeth 'Lucy' Cousins (born 10 February 1964) is an English author and illustrator of children's books. She is best known for her books featuring Maisy Mouse, but she has also published other children's books, such as Jazzy in the Jungle (2002) and one about Noah's Ark. She lives in Hampshire, England.[1]

Biography[edit]

Cousins, whose parents were also artists, was interested in children's books from an early age.[2] Cousins received BA Honours in Graphic Design from The Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton Polytechnic.[2] She attended the Royal College of Art afterward, where she met Quentin Blake, who encouraged her work.[2] Her sense of design and color that she uses to this day, she developed while she was at the Royal College of Art.[3]

Work[edit]

Cousins' work, especially Maisy, are a successful publishing brand, with books printed in 27 different languages and over 27 million copies of her books in print.[4] Her books are aimed at preschool-aged children and younger or older, her "simple and vibrant" illustrations are attractive to "the eye of the prereading child."[2] Her board books, designed especially for toddlers are considered among the best, according to Horn Book Magazine.[5] The Carnegie Library listed Maisy's First Colors as a 2013 pick for their Best Books for Babies list.[6]

Cousins' character, Maisy, was featured on a postage stamp published by the U.S. Postal Service in their 2006 Favorite Children's Book Animals Series.[7]

Cousins won a Booktrust Best Book Award (BBA) in 2014 for Peck,Peck,Peck.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Little Dog Laughed. Dutton. 1993. ISBN 9780525445739.
  • Noah's Ark. Candlewick Press. 1993. ISBN 9781564022134.
  • Za-Za's Baby Brother. Candlewick Press. 1995. ISBN 9781564025821.
  • Maisy's Bedtime. Candlewick Press. 1999. ISBN 9780763608842.
  • Maisy Makes Gingerbread. Candlewick Press. 1999. ISBN 9780763623692.
  • Maisy Dresses Up. Candlewick Press. 1999. ISBN 9780763608873.
  • Maisy's Pool. Candlewick Press. 1999. ISBN 9780763608866.
  • Count With Maisy. Candlewick Press. 1999. ISBN 9780763623692.
  • Maisy Takes a Bath. Candlewick Press. 2000. ISBN 9780763610821.
  • Maisy Drives the Bus. Candlewick Press. 2000. ISBN 9780763610838.
  • Doctor Maisy. Candlewick Press. 2001. ISBN 9780763616120.
  • Maisy Cleans Up. Candlewick Press. 2002. ISBN 9780763617110.
  • Maisy Makes Lemonade. Candlewick Press. 2002. ISBN 9780763617288.
  • Maisy Goes Camping. Candlewick Press. 2004. ISBN 9780763623692.
  • Hooray for Fish!. Candlewick Press. 2005. ISBN 9780763627416.
  • Maisy Goes to the Library: A Maisy First Experience Book. Candlewick Press. 2005. ISBN 9780763626693.
  • Sweet Dreams, Maisy. Candlewick Press. 2005. ISBN 9780763628741.
  • Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth. Candlewick Press. 2006. ISBN 9780763629045.
  • Maisy Goes to the Hospital. Candlewick Press. 2007. ISBN 9780329825485.
  • Maisy Big, Maisy Small. Candlewick Press. 2007. ISBN 9780763634063.
  • Maisy Goes to the Museum. Candlewick Press. 2008. ISBN 9780763638382.
  • Maisy's Animals/Los animales de Maisy. Candlewick Press. 2009. ISBN 9780763645175.
  • Maisy's Clothes/La ropa de Maisy. Candlewick Press. 2009. ISBN 9780763645182.
  • Maisy's Toys/Los juguetes de Maisy. Candlewick Press. 2009. ISBN 9780763645205.
  • Maisy Goes to Preschool: A Maisy First Experiences Book. Candlewick Press. 2009. ISBN 9780763642549.
  • Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales. Candlewick Press. 2009. ISBN 9780763644741.
  • I'm the Best. Candlewick Press. 2010. ISBN 9780763646844.
  • Maisy Goes on Vacation. Candlewick Press. 2010. ISBN 9780763647520.
  • Maisy Goes to the City. Candlewick Press. 2011. ISBN 9780763653279.
  • Create With Maisy. Candlewick Press. 2012. ISBN 9780763661229.
  • Maisy Goes On a Sleepover. Candlewick Press. 2012. ISBN 9780763658830.
  • Maisy Learns to Swim. Candlewick Press. 2013. ISBN 9780763664800.
  • Maisy's First Numbers. Candlewick Press. 2013. ISBN 9780763668051.
  • Peck, Peck, Peck. Candlewick Press. 2013. ISBN 9780763666217.
  • Maisy Plays Soccer. Candlewick Press. 2014. ISBN 9780763672386.
  • Maisy Goes to the Movies. Candlewick Press. 2014. ISBN 9780763669508.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Maisy At the Farm, Lucy Cousins". Baker & Taylor Author Biographies. 3 January 2000. Retrieved 25 July 2015. (Subscription required (help)).
  2. ^ a b c d Phinney, Margaret Yatsevitch (24 January 2003). Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Literary Reference Center, EBSCOhost. p. 201. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ Gershowitz, Elissa (9 February 2015). "Five Questions for Lucy Cousins". The Horn Book. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Walker Books Snaps Up Lucy Cousins Licensing". Bookseller (5366): 10. 23 January 2009. ISSN 0006-7539. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  5. ^ Horning, Kathleen T. (1997). "Board Books Go Boom". The Horn Book Magazine. 73 (2): 155–160. Retrieved 25 July 2015. (Subscription required (help)).
  6. ^ "2014 Best Books for Babies List Released by Carnegie Library". South Pittsburgh Reporter. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  7. ^ Springen, Karen (22 August 2013). "U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  8. ^ Baggott, Sophie (2 July 2014). "Six Winners of Booktrust Best Book Awards Unveiled!". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2015.

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