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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ladybug Girl
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (March 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803731957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803731950
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Festively dressed in red-and-black polka-dot wings, a red tutu, and antennas, Lulu is “Ladybug Girl,” and she’s ready for fun. Her parents, though, are busy, and her brother says that she’s too little to play with him and his friends. Venturing outside, accompanied by basset hound Bingo, Lulu makes up her own games—lifting rocks to help ants, making a fort—and discovers that she “feels as big as the whole outdoors.” This picture book will resonate with little ones, who, like Lulu, know the rewards of letting the imagination loose and finding new perspectives. The well-paced text effectively captures Lulu’s emotions and young voice, as do the colorful, detailed watercolor-ink illustrations that show Lulu's shifts from sighing disappointment to spunky exuberance. Witty touches, including expressive Bingo, add to the book’s appeal. An entertaining, positive story that shows how everyday activities can inspire creativity, fun, and self-confidence. Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld

About the Author

Husband-and-wife creative team David Soman and Jacky Davis write the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl books together and all the stories are inspired by their own children and family experiences. David’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations bring readers right into Ladybug Girl’s backyard adventures with her, and you will want to stay and play all day!

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Customer Reviews

Great storytelling and beautiful illustrations.
We liked the nature appreciation, independent play, self-esteem and imagination values this book teaches.
Brian C. Lehman
My 6 year old daughter loves this book and wants me to read it to her every night.
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What a cool costume Ladybug Girl wears! Could it be indicative of heroic things inside the covers? I thought so until I read the book. Wait a minute! Is this all? No heroism (well, maybe one tiny act), no major drama trauma, no fits, just one little girl out with her dog for the day, just doing everyday things.

Everyday things. How can a children's book possibly be entertaining, filled with everyday things. The first time I read the book, I was so disappointed. I picked it out from our spring book fair because I liked the cover. After I read the story, I thought, Well, my students will think I'm pouring molasses.

Absolutely not so. "Ladybug Girl" has been one of the best received books I've read to classes this school year. They "got" it--they understood--and was I impressed!--that daily-ness is as essential to a child's play life as exciting events. They didn't say so in so many words, but when half the class wanted to check out this book, THAT was a key indicator that this is a "good" book.

A celebration of daily-ness. That's what I finally derived as the point of the book--after all, what is the point of creating a book if there is no point to it? Agreed? And daily-ness. Don't the ordinary things have import, too? After I closed the book, I sighed. This was my childhood, I thought. This is Every Girl's childhood (barring exotic lifestyles). It's a treasure, this book, this "Ladybug Girl." Here's what I mean:

1. Lulu (yes, that's the girl's name) wants to be entertained by others, but on this day, no one will accommodate her. She's on her own--with her Bassett hound Bingo, who can mimic every facial expression Lulu stocks.
2. She stands in her room, surrounded by all kinds of things to play with and declares: "There's nothing to do."
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ladybug Fan on April 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While out shopping tonight, the cover of this book caught my eye from across the store. I read it simply because I love ladybugs but found it to be most delightful (ladybugs or not)! How cute to add a "super hero" twist to her plight. The illustrations are great! As someone who was very petite for her age as a kid and constantly being told by everyone that she was "too little" to participate in various activities, this story really appealed to me, as I'm sure it will to other children in similar situations. I wish I had had this book as a kid for that very reason. The little girl reminds me of so many little ones I see nowdays who insist on wearing their Halloween costumes out in public for weeks on end. And, I love her little sidekick! I'm definitely adding this to my "must have" list for my baby nephew! Because of the super hero concept and the feats she performs, I think this book will appeal to most children even though the protagonist is a girl. And, it not's too terribly wordy, so most younger children should be able to maintain their attention throughout the story. It's simply delightful!
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74 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Barbara West on May 9, 2008
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When I am deciding on which books to buy for our children's ever expanding bookshelf, I try to read all the reviews. Ladybug Girl was given glowing reviews in magazines and online. I don't wish to be negative -- just to add a bit of balance.

The pictures are whimsical and fun, showing a child brimming with imgaination however the storyline fails to bring this to light. It falls short. It is shallow. After my husband read it to the children his first remark was, "Not much to it." Exactly.

The children didn't ask any questions. Even though the story was supposed to be about imagination it didn't spark any in them. There wasn't a depth to the story to linger on in their minds -- or grab their hearts.

On the plus side is the choice of font style, size, boldness, and color for the text. It adds interest for the reader without making it difficult to read.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Luse on April 10, 2008
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I bought this book to read to a class of second graders. The girls in the class particularly liked Ladybug Girl's adventures. They thought she was very cute in her little red outfit. So while the story should appeal to young readers or soon-to-be readers I think that the charming artwork will be appreciated by all ages. The ink lines and painting on the little girl and her faithful dog companion are superb! I hope that the artist, David Soman, illustrates more books in this manner. Go Ladybug Girl go! :-)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By OR Mother of Four on October 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Come on Bingo! Ladybug girl has things to do!
I've read this book many times... 59 I think. My 3 year old wants it read to her before nap and at bedtime every day. She's the youngest of four, so I've read many children's books aloud... we've had many favourites. At first I thought it was just a cute tale of a little girl and her dog and their adventures one day. The illustrations are lovely, and the text grows with emphasis, and follows motion of words. The more I've read it, like any piece of art, the more I see the elements at work in the creation of this masterpiece. The character dynamic of older brother/younger sister is one that is easily related to. It is amplified in the repetitive phrase "too little." Her brother, unnamed though his friends are given names, remains the antagonist throughout. Lulu, or Ladybug girl, creates her own fun time, and cleverly discovers true fun in her own backyard. The scene with the "lake" and the idea that it's big, and not only a puddle, reflects the character struggle within Lulu. She herself is bigger than she appears, and she even may have a shark within her. The idea that her brother and all of his friends fit within her two fingers, a simplistic game a child would play, adds to the dénouement.
Brilliantly portrayed, dearly illustrated, cleverly executed... I want more stories about Lulu. Let's see her as the Pilot, or the Unicorn, or perhaps the mermaid in her future escapades. And always she'll have Bingo, even when she has nothing to do!
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