Lucy Cousins is the acclaimed creator of the Maisy series and other books for children. Of Beware: Eight Tasty Tales, she says, "It's brilliant to be able to pass on these stories like this, with all their drama, excitement, and comedy. They are such fun and they touch such deep emotions. My paintbrushes were practically dancing on the paper."She lives in Hampshire, England.
Short but briskly savage versions of several classic tales...
offers younger children an eye-opening cross-section of the
far-from-innocuous world of folk literature.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Make room on the shelf. A new classic has arrived.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Beloved classics are successfully served by these bold, striking renditions. There's no sugarcoating here.
--School Library Journal (starred review) A glance at wolf on the book's jacket, sharp claws and teeth at the ready, will reassure readers that this is no pastel, bowdlerized version of folklore. Yes, a hunter chops off the head of Red Riding Hood's wolf, but the deed is so matter-of-fact in the telling and so bloodless and cartoon-like in the illustration that children are unlikely to flinch when justice is done.
--Booklist (starred review) Featured/recommended on Oprah's 2012 Kids Reading List