Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Maisy’s Snowy Christmas Eve

Maisy’s Snowy Christmas Eve

Lucy Cousins
Picture Book and audio CD  Series
For ages 3 to 5
Candlewick Press, 2003   ISBN: 978-0763621964

It is Christmas Eve and it is snowing. In fact, it is not just snowing but it is snowing very hard and it is very cold as well. All of Maisy's best friends are coming over to her house for Christmas. Cyril gets there using snowshoes and Charley and Tallulah get there on a sled. Eddie the elephant tries to get there on foot but he gets stuck and on no time the snow starts to cover him up.

Maisy and her friends start to celebrate Christmas hanging up their stockings, cooking delicious food, and decorating the tree, but they soon get so worried about Eddie that they decide to go out looking for him. When they find poor Eddie he is almost completely buried in the snow and his friends have to find a way to get him out.

Once again Lucy Cousins has created a charming Maisy book which will delight Maisy fans and certainly hook any newcomer to the Maisy stories. Her bright and simple gouache illustrations have a universal appeal, and give children the sense that Maisy and her friends are truly like them.