Can you locate Ladybug? A charming, playful seek-and-find adventure from beloved author Mem Fox.
Yoo-hoo, Ladybug! Where are you? There you are… afloat in the bath, with Duck and Giraffe!
Ladybug loves to hide. Come along on a treasure hunt to find this sneaky little bug, wherever she may be! Children will delight in this picture book game of hide-and-seek and will eagerly read along, pointing out Ladybug’s newest and cleverest hiding spot time and again.
Mem Fox is an educator and international literacy expert, and her many acclaimed picture books for young children include Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!; Hello Baby!; Baby Bedtime; I’m an Immigrant Too; the bestselling modern classics Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Time for Bed; and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at MemFox.com.
Laura Ljungkvist has written and illustrated several picture books, including Pepi Sings a New Song and Follow the Line, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Laura’s dynamic artwork has been featured in The New Yorker as well as in merchandising and advertising campaigns for Barney’s, Neiman Marcus, IKEA, and MoMA. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (May 7, 2013)
Length: 32 pages
Grades: P - 3
Ages: 4 - 8
Lexile ® BR170L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
"In this seek-and-find picture book, a cheerful ladybug hides in a series of places familiar to young children: a bathtub full of toys, a playroom, a cluttered staircase. Energetic rhyming verses introduce each scene and invite preschoolers to find the beetle.... The book makes excellent use of white backgrounds to direct attention and provide breathing space. Ljungkvist’s digital illustrations are colorful and interesting, but not too busy. They promote comfort and confidence by repeating objects, such as a robot and blocks that spell out “ladybug” in different configurations."
– School Library Journal, April 2013
"A ladybug that likes to hide drives the action in this cheery, rhyming romp. “Yoo-hoo, Ladybug! Where are you?” This lilting refrain beckons children to hunt for the little beetle amid teeming, digitally rendered household toyscapes.... Ljungkvist includes enough animals, toys and recurring details...to invite plenty of scrutiny...a well-ordered experience that will both entertain and instruct young children. Ljungkvist’s pictures pay homage to Barbara Cooney’s Chanticleer and the Fox, Leo Lionni’s windup mouse and Pat Hutchins’s Rosie. Fox’s playful rhymes steer young preschoolers along on this very satisfying excursion."
– Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2013
“Readers join the narrator in searching for a smiling ladybug amidst a jumble of recurring objects arranged in various settings…. The sprightly digital illustrations teeming with patterned backgrounds and objects allow Ms. L. to conceal herself behind teddy bears, chickens, toy rabbits, etc.”
– The Horn Book, May June 2013
“Effervescent graphics and an engrossing hide-and-seek game make this a diverting book to share…. Fox’s (Tell Me About Your Day Today) repetitive phrases appear on Easter egg–hued pages opposite Ljungkvist’s cacophonous digital art and punchy palette, whose playroom messiness couldn’t be farther from her compulsively tidy Follow the Line and its sequels…. Young children will enjoy mastering this visual game.”
– Publishers Weekly, April 8, 2013
"“Ladybug loves to hide,” begins this brightly illustrated picture book. Luckily for young hide-and-seek fans, she hides in plain sight, but she isn’t always easy to find in a picture that’s chock-full of toys and household objects.... Acutely aware of how preschoolers respond to language, Fox leads them through the game with a brief, pleasing text....Playful!"
Awards and Honors
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title