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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (6 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230018173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230018174
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.9 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard.

The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; celebrating 15 years in 2014, selling over 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom are now also films, with Room on the Broom shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) and Tiddler (2008).

Julia Donaldson has also published work with David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb, and Lydia Monks. Her collaboration with Lydia Monks began in 2003, with the first collection of Princess Mirror-Belle stories. The fabulously glittery Sugarlump and the Unicorn is their sixth, and most recent, picture book collaboration. She also writes poems, plays, songs and fiction for older children and, together with her husband Malcolm, has performed her wonderful stage shows all over the world.

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"Flamboyant colors, zany perspectives and a neatly circular tale lead, with satisfying inevitability, to a happy outcome for all but the thieves." -"Washington"" Post ""The appealing and brightly colored collage illustrations, rhyming text, and assorted animal sounds make it a natural for individual or group readalouds."--"Booklist ""An excellent read-aloud or lap book, it's full of slapstick action, animal noises, and repeated phrases that invite participation. Donaldson's rhymed verse is both rhythmic and skillfully executed." --"Publishers Weekly," STARRED review """Low on menace and high on clever silliness, this highly readable rhyming tale will have young listeners participating in the delivery of these unexpected variations on animal sounds and examining the last scene." --"Kirkus Reviews""" "The playful rhyming text flows without stumbling and offers the opportunity to demonstrate one's finest animal sounds. Monk's illustrations incorporate paint and --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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"Oink!" said the cats . . . a witty farmyward tale from the bestselling author of The Gruffalo!

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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By debbie8355 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 April 2009
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This book is excellent in every way. The cover is beautifully illustrated and very tactile with a yellow, very glittery raised design. This raised glittery theme is continued through the book with a hidden ladybird and sometimes her trail on each page. Young children can 'feel' as well as look for the ladybird which is cleverly much larger on some pages than others. The illustrations inside are outstanding too.
The story inside is very clever and very entertaining of how some farmyard animals plus the ladybird outwit some thieves trying to steal the farmers prized cow.
It is a very, very entertaining tale and lots of opportunity to make animal noises and laugh at the story.
Exceptionally good and well worth adding to your young childrens book collection. I would say it's suited to preschool and key stage one children. My 7 and 4 year old loved it.
Wholeheartedly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 20 April 2009
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.....saves the day!

From the back cover:

'Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun!
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow.
But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: she has a plan of her own.

A wonderfully funny rhyming tale from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks - the best selling creators of 'Sharing a Shell' and 'The Princess and the Wizard'......'

Measuring 10" square, this is sure to be a popular book, with oodles of appeal, and the glittery ladybird to find on every page!
Eye-catching front cover, with a glittery feel, opens to 24 highly coloured quality pages in the ever-popular double page spread format.
In addition the inside cover pages are two-page spreads of the farmyard, before and after the cunning plan!
These are truly excellent pieces of artwork which promote all sorts of discussions and drawings as extension work!

Clear text is enhanced in places FOR EFFECT!
A repeat element helps word recognition, and encourages joining in.....if you can stop those little eyes checking out where the tiny, quiet little ladybird is hiding, as you turn the page!

Example of text:

'Once upon a farm lived a fat red hen,
A duck in a pond and a goose in a pen,
A woolly sheep, a hairy hog
A handsome horse and a dainty dog,
A cat that miaowed and a cat that purred,

A fine prize cow.....and a ladybird.....'

The next two pages have all the aforementioned animals introducing themselves, and their various noises, i.e. a MOO, or a HISS etc, ..........but `the ladybird never said a word'....
at this point, anyway!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Haycock on 22 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
My little boy - 17 months - loves this book, and we've had it a couple of months now, and I've not tired of reading it, either. Lots of fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brie C on 20 April 2015
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The board book is NOT the complete book. Amazon, your description is very misleading, as are the reviews you choose to publish together with this product.
I bought this thinking that it was a board version of the original book. I should have thought something wasn't quite right after clicking to buy and seeing "Animal Noises" and "jigsaw". The board book is just a list of the noises the animals from the original story make. I can make those noises quite easily myself without wasting £5.59. Total and utter rip off and this should be stated on the product description for the board book. Very, Very disappointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ajalotty on 3 April 2010
Format: Paperback
Bought this book for my 3.5 yr old twin nieces who are besotted with Gaston from Holly & Ben's Little Kingdom at the moment - Gaston is a Ladybird so I thought they would enjoy this book - they love it! Everytime I babysit and ask them which story at bedtime, its this one. They love finding the ladybird hidden on each page and telling the story along with me. The books about a group of animals on a farm (including a ladybird) who foil some thieves who plan a robbery to steal a prize cow. Great book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. perry on 24 Sept. 2011
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fantastic book my 3yr old loves it, especially searching for the sparkly ladybird on every page. from the writers of the gruffalo to be honest havent found a book theyve written that hasnt been fab but this has to be one of the best
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SF on 22 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a firm favourite in our house, as the little ladybird overhears the thieves going to rob the farm and takes action with all the animals. It's funny and sweet with bright and colourful illustrations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MAC on 7 Jan. 2012
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another great book by julia with a ladybird on each page for the kids to find i cant fault it
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