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What the Ladybird Heard [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Julia Donaldson , Lydia Monks
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)

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Book Description

6 Mar 2009

With all the MOOing and HISSing, QUACKing and NEIGHing, and BAAAing and CLUCKing, the farmyard is full of noise. But when Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the fine prize cow, it’s the quietest animal of all who saves the day!

A marvellous new rhyming tale from the creators of the best-selling THE PRINCESS AND THE WIZARD and SHARING A SHELL.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (6 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230018173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230018174
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

About the Author

Julia Donaldson is the UK's most successful picture book author, whose titles include the acknowledged modern classic, THE GRUFFALO (978-0-333-71093-7), illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Julia is also the author of the young fiction series, PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE, illustrated by Lydia Monks, and is much in demand for her brilliant events for children at schools, libraries and literary festivals.

Lydia Monks is one of the most original picture book artists working today. Her distinctive use of colour and collage has won her awards including the Smarties Prize.

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally Good Book 10 stars! 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 22 Dec 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, colourful and beautifully written 23 Sep 2012
By Jenny
Format:Board book
Julia Donaldson is a master of children's literature. The language in this book has a compelling rhyme and rhythm. On top that the animal noises are great fun to do and the pictures are bright and engaging. Absolutely top notch for children from about 18 months onwards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars julia donaldson 7 Jan 2012
By mac
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
another great book by julia with a ladybird on each page for the kids to find i cant fault it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 24 Sep 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story, fun for kids 22 Sep 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 4 Feb 2012
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Purchased this for a friend who has a child with special needs after someone recommended it to me. Came very quick and in a great condition. A nice colourful book for children
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 4 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My son insists on having this story read to him every night at bedtime and I enjoy it too! He loves all the rhyming and the colourful illustrations and he almost knows it by heart!
He is a great fan of Julia Donaldson and we have many of her books and although he's nearly 5, he loves them all!
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Another great book by this author and my grandson loves the feel of the sensory bits.
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Bright glittery colours and a lovely read. Both me and my 18 month old daughter enjoy reading this together. She loves all of the different animals.
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as stated. not best story by Julia Donaldson
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fun story with humour. fantastic for 4-6 year olds
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Great book as always from Julia Donaldson
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5.0 out of 5 stars the story flows nicely. Would buy more of Julia Donaldson books
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