Lucy Cousins is best known for her Maisy Mouse books, of which there are 59 at last count.
Lucy Cousins has written another lovely book for young readers. She certainly has found the right formula to appeal to children. Cousins is best known for her Maisy Mouse books, of which there are 59 at last count. The ever-popular Maisy Mouse has also been made into an animated series.
This particular story is about a little fish who loves to play. Lots of fishy verbs are used to describe his play: wriggle, shimmy and slish to name a few. We also meet his friends, appropriately named Red, Yellow and Blue. This book is able to help children to learn the colours as well.
I am Little Fish! is a board book, which makes it easy for little fingers to turn the pages and hard to tear. A finger puppet of the fish is attached to the book from the back and pokes through each page. This allows the child or adult to move the fish to copy the words in the story. This means the little fish can wriggle, shimmy and slish away. It is a good idea to have the fish attached permanently to the book, as toys and other things that come with books are so often forever lost in a bottomless toybox.
The illustrations are easily recognisable as those of Lucy Cousin. Her use of bright colours and simple drawings have just enough detail so that they don’t overwhelm the very young who this book is recommended for.
If you are looking for a book for a birth present or early birthday, this could certainly be on your list.
Reviewed by Sue Mauger
Distributed by: Walker Books Australia
Released: August 2018