Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales

Fun, lauded read stays true to classics, axed wolf and all.

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

The classic tales have classic messages, including sharing in work and the rewards, thinking for yourself, and standing your ground with bullies.

Positive role models

Good role models include Little Red Riding Hood, bringing food to her ill grandmother; Little Red Hen, working patiently to bake bread; and all the people who help to pull the enormous turnip from the earth.

Violence & scariness

The violence of the original tales is preserved here, and illustrations show some of the dark scenes, including bad wolves being put to death and Big Billy Goat Gruff ramming an evil troll.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this a faithful treatment of classic favorite tales: funny and sometimes instructive, but also dark and even a bit gruesome. Parents who miss the edgy fairy tales of their youth will enjoy this, but those who prefer the stories tamed for young readers will want to steer clear. The illustrations revel in the drama, showing not only the wolf gobbling up Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma, but the hunter lopping off the wolf’s head with an axe. The final scene in the tale of the Three Little Pigs is of a pig watching the limp wolf in a boiling pot over the fire. Some parents might struggle with the story of the musicians of Bremen, who displace a band of robbers from their house.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

Eight classic tales -- including The Enormous Turnip, The Little Red Hen, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff -- are drawn together in a faithful compilation complete with hungry wolves and foxes, bullying trolls, and nosy little girls.

Is it any good?


Let’s be clear: This is nothing like Lucy Cousins’ gentle, popular Maisy books. This daring collection dishes up a treat, but it isn’t to everyone’s tastes. It’s too strong for sensitive kids (and sensitive parents). Families who are disappointed with watered-down revisions, however, will revel in this fun collection. Cousins’ familiar style -- emphatic lines and bold, joyful colors -- are put to wonderful use, infusing the stories with humor.

Some parents will be horrified by images like that of the wolf’s head flying over the head of dancing Little Red Hood and her grandma, but kids will very likely ask to read these again and again.

Vivid, exciting, and funny. Cousins’ familiar style -- emphatic lines and bold, joyful colors -- are put to wonderful use, infusing the stories with humor.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Little Red Hen's refusal to share her bread. Was she right to keep it to herself?

  • Quite a few of these stories involve bullies and deceitful characters. Pick one or two and talk about how the heroes deal with these difficult characters. What could they have done differently?

Book details

Author:Lucy Cousins
Illustrator:Lucy Cousins
Genre:Fairy Tale
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Publication date:August 11, 2009
Number of pages:128
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 7
Read aloud:3
Read alone:6

This review of Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass