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Book Description

7 Jun 2012
In this board book edition of Eric Carle's humorous story about a bad-tempered ladybird, the concepts of time and size are explored through ingenious die cuts and glorious colour.

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Product details

  • Board book: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Board book edition (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 014138350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141383507
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 17.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Bad-Tempered Ladybird is another beautifully illustrated picture book by Eric Carle. At the start of the story a friendly ladybird is eating a breakfast of aphids on a leaf, when it is joined by a very bad-tempered ladybird who also wants to eat the aphids, but refuses to share.

The bad-tempered ladybird then proceeds to pick a fight with every animal he meets, never satisfied that they are big enough to fight. As the story progresses, the animals get bigger and bigger and this would be a good story to discuss the concept of size with a young child. The book is cleverly laid out and as the animals get bigger, so to do the pages. The illustrations in this book are of the usual high standard expected from Eric Carle. This book would also be excellent for consolidating a child's understanding of time, as at the top of each page it shows a clock face with the time that the bad-tempered ladybird meets each animal.

Finally, the bad-tempered ladybird arrives back where it started and is now prepared to share the aphids with the friendly ladybird. The story ends happily with the ladybirds helping the leaf by eating the aphids and both ladybirds going to sleep, as the fireflies come out to dance around the moon.

This book would be suitable for children aged 4-7 years old. --Amanda York --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children. He was born in New York, but spent his early life in Germany. He returned to the States in his early twenties and worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times. He went on to be the art director of an advertising agency before he began writing and illustrating children's books. Eric lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara. The Carles opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book was fun to read to my children and they enjoyed listening. It uses bright colours to keep the child interested. It is also repetitive which is very helpful in teaching young children to read.
It also mentions different hours of day, which again is also adding to a child's growing understanding of time.
It deals with size through illustration so the child can compare the ladybird to other animals.
Friendship and sharing are also covered in this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable for reader and child 12 Feb 2007
My 6 year old son was offered this book last year, and we both still enjoy reading this fun and morally relevant story. As the scenario repeats itself over the pages with different animals, the child quickly picks it up and joins in to act the bad tempered ladybird. An happy end rounds it up perfectly. I recommand it for 4 year olds to young readers.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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This delightful book is one of the most popular Eric Carle stories at the nursery where I teach. The children (aged from three to five) love the colourful pictures, and, of course, the ladybird is one creature that fascinates all children. We have been able to draw a great deal of work from this deceptively simple little book. We retell the story, thus developing language skills, add spots to a big ladybird to help counting skills, use collage to produce our own ladybirds (emulating Carle's quirky illustrative style) and use paint programs on the school computers to draw ladybirds (and develop ICT skills), not to mention all the scientific observation the story inspires! Most of all, though, we enjoy the book for what it is: an enjoyable story with attractive illustrations and a strong storyline. We base almost all of our work for a whole half term on Eric Carle stories and the only rival to the bad tempered ladybird's place in "Nursery Two"'s affections is 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly massive hit. 20 Feb 2009
To be honest, I've been avoiding this for a year or so because I thought Carle was a bit of a one-hit wonder, although I have another non-caterpillar book of his (Dream Snow) that I like. I've always loved the way his books look, and Caterpillar is about the best book for kids ever - covering days, numbers, sun and moon etc, while looking very beautiful and having a dash of wit. And this one just seemed at first glance to try to explain time, and the animals seemed too weird, and the Carle pictures seemed a bit complicatedly muddy for a toddler, so I left it.

But my mum bought it for my daughter yesterday and I read it to her. 'Read it again!'. I read it again. Five times in a row yesterday (until supper) and three times this morning. It is very witty and funny, DOES send out the right message to kids, and the new animals are welcome because toddlers know all the old animals by now. So she is newly fascinated by the praying mantis, the skunk, the wasp and the aphids. There's a lovely whale tail cut out at the end and you get to make a SMACK noise by clapping your hands, which your little terrorist will love (but don't worry, liberals! no intentional violence!) and it DOES teach you that being kind and sharing is the best thing to do or you will be humiliated, and it also teaches that standing up to bullies is a good idea because they might be scared off by your resolve and courage. It's a really really good book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 23 April 2007
I loved this book as a child and now my 5 year old and almost 2 year old love it too. It is timeless, and with the animals getting ever larger along with the text very clever too. It is also a good early teacher of the concept of time with the Bad Tempered Ladybird meeting each different animal at 'something' O'clock.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best 30 July 2014
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
Not the best picture book I've read. Fitted in with mini beast topic at school. Lady bird goes round trying to start a fight and eventually gets walloped by a whale who doesn't know he exists. Teaches children repetitive phrase "hey you, wanna fight?" Most of them miss the relevance of the ending!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun and a lesson 30 Aug 2008
A great book, more worthwhile than many thanks to its amusingly negative protagonist (the ladybird) and universal lesson about the importance of sharing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars don't take it so seriously... 12 July 2014
By Shiner
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I remember this book from my childhood, so had no hesitation in buying it to read to my daughter.

I got a bit of a shock when it arrived - I didn't remember the ladybird being quite so aggressive!

However, I changed the word "bad-tempered" to "grumpy" (a word my daughter is familiar with) and it works great. She loves "reading" along with me, and now we can even make comparisons with the book: if she doesn't got to sleep, she will be grumpy in the morning. And if she's grumpy, she will make me grumpy. Because that's how it works. Grumpiness spreads. All the other animals were quite happy doing whatever they were doing until the grumpy ladybird came along and made them grumpy too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Very interesting layout of book.
Published 4 hours ago by janie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this, fast delivery.
Published 13 days ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars never fails to appeal
always appeals to each generation as they appear
Published 1 month ago by john fowler
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Eric Carle's best
This is a story about a friendly ladybird who was eating some aphids on a leaf for breakfast. A bad-tempered ladybird comes along and says that he wants the aphids. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Juliette
My daughter wanted this book and to save money we bought it used from Reusabook and was it was as described in good condition, so a very happy daughter.
Published 6 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This story is fantastic for kids. Like I have said before great pictures, easy to read and very colourful. Great stuff. Eric Carle is a wonderful writer.
Published 7 months ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Remember this book from when I was a child so brought it for Christmas for my daughter, still a lovely story just like I remember
Published 8 months ago by Gemma Batchelor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love this book very much.
After watching the tv documentary on Amazon though, I have gone to Waterstones if I'd known how Amazon treats its workforce.
Published 9 months ago by kickboxer
5.0 out of 5 stars for any kid who might have had a bad-tempered day
In the US version this is a story about a Grouchy Lady Bug , but the unique format and beautiful illustrations still deliver the same page turning interest and even a fun lesson... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Meredith Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I read this book to nursery kids at work a few years ago.They love it.Now my nephew is coming up for 3,I decided to get it for him.He is gonna love it.
Published 10 months ago by tulip
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