Maisy Goes to the Movies

illus. by Lucy Cousins. 32p. (A Maisy First Experiences Book). Candlewick. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780763669508; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9780763672379. LC 2013943077.
PreS-Gr 2—Maisy heads to the multiplex with her friends Charley the Crocodile, Tallulah the Chick, Cyril the Squirrel, and Eddie the Elephant. With so many films to choose from, it's hard to decide what to see. They select the one with their favorite movie star. After purchasing their tickets and snacks, they enter the theater. Even though they all want to sit in different places, they each find the right seat. Cyril is afraid of the dark and ends up holding Maisy's hand. Eddie is hushed by the crowd when he talks out loud. Tallulah and others need to use the restroom in the middle of the show. These are realistic situations that children will encounter firsthand when going to the cinema. After the movie, the pals discuss their favorite parts and then wonder what they can do. See it again, of course. Familiar primary-color gouache illustrations depict the action. Dark font against the dusk of the theater backgrounds makes it difficult to read the text on those pages, but white font is used when the theater is completely dark. Simple and true to the Maisy style, minus the lift flaps and pull tabs. An appealing addition.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
It's time for a little woodpecker to learn how to peck: "Now, off you go, / my little one. / Practice hard / and have some fun." And peck it does, first outside then in a house, pecking everything in sight while actual holes accumulate on the thick pages. The rhythmic text is bouncy and, as always, Cousins's illustrations are bold and recognizable.

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