Each new topic is introduced with a focus page which includes the title (i.e. Rainy Days), a full page illustration of Maisy participating in the activity/topic and a life-the-flap component. The pages that follow depict a collection of relevant items or characters to the topic, all displayed on a stark background with each image labelled. Cousins’ distinctive illustration style - simplistic, bright and bold - makes items easily recognisable for the littlest readers. As such, it would be a great book to use pre-language skills as well, for babies to point out items that they know but are as yet unable to articulate.
The large format of the book, and lift-the-flap components make it a perfect book for toddlers to sit and share with their favourite big people. I also highly recommend Maisy Big, Maisy Small for a great book about opposites for young children.
Title: Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Word
Author/Illustrator: Lucy Cousins
Publisher: Walker Books, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2010
For ages: 2+
Type: Picture Book