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What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Hardcover – 29 Jun 2017
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One fine day, in the middle of May,
The ladybird went on holiday.
About the Author
Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of some of the world's best-loved children's books, including the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over which has sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures.
Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs - and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was Children’s Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with an MBE for services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.
Lydia Monks is one of the most original and bestselling picture book artists working today. Lydia illustrates several bestselling series including the What the Ladybird Heard adventures and Princess Mirror-Belle, written by Julia Donaldson. Her distinctive use of colour and collage has won her critical acclaim and several awards, including the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Award, the Stockport Children’s Book Award and multiple nominations for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Mouse’s Big Day, written and illustrated by Lydia, is the first book in her new Twit Twoo School series. Lydia lives in Sheffield.
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In this particular adventure the ladybird leaves the familiar setting of the farm for a holiday in London. She visits the zoo where we're introduced to a whole host of new animals with different sound effects to play around with. This particular story centres around a plot to steal the crown jewels, with the help of a stolen monkey.
My daughters are of the opinion that the ending isn't quite as funny as the original and its' sequal but in their own words it's still 'a brilliant book'.
We love Julia Donaldson and the classics just keep coming. The bonus of the books she produces with Lydia Monks is they also come with gorgeous glittery illustrations on each page. I can't wait to share this with my Reception class next week. They love the first two What the Ladybird Heard books and I'm sure this will be a huge hit too.
Before, the silent and watchful Ladybird has prevented Hefty Hugh and Lanky Lou from stealing, and here, when on holiday to London, she sees them again and has to prevent a nefarious plot to steal a London Zoo monkey to use in a robbery on Buckingham Palace.
The tricks she plays are bound to be enjoyed by small children, and as before, they involve teaming up with other animals (here, zoo animals). The Ladybird is clearly a clever creature, but one who does not shout about her accomplishments.
Her trip to London is a great idea - we have some great Lydia Monks spread of the city and its famous landmarks, and the Queen's corgis prove cheeky new featured characters.
The familiarity is warming and reassuring, it is an easy read for a grown up though not too hard for a newly independent reader to manage either.
The book is dedicated to the Queen's corgis, which I think is a lovely idea - and a great talking point for children and parents.
Will be a great choice for teachers talking about Donaldson's books, as well as the topic of London, and suitable for toddlers and above for bedtime reading at home.
A wonderfully colourful book for a gift and for children to delight in.
With thanks to Netgalley for the advance e-copy.
It's a lovely bright, colourful book telling the story of how the little ladybird helps Monkey Joe, who lives in the zoo with the other animals, and the queen's corgis to outwit the two 'baddies', Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, who were planning to coerce Monkey Joe into helping them steal the queen's crown. The story is cleverly told in rhyming couplets. There is some repetition with a nice rhythm, almost like a chorus, which younger children tend to like and a happy outcome for the animals. The cover is very eye-catching.
There is plenty of detail in the colourful illustrations and lots to talk about. I think the story is probably suited to pre-school children, say 3-5, maybe even younger.
I tried reading it to my 15 month old granddaughter. Obviously she doesn't quite understand the story but she sat and listened. The colour, rhythm and rhyme is good. I might have to buy her the earlier books in the series!
[My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing an advance digital copy]
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