Lucy Ladybird: Sharon King-Chai (Templar Publishing, 2013)
As DG plopped a battered not-very-old book, with a creased and torn fold out page, and worn edges from where she’s slept with it under her pillow, on my lap for the umpteenth time saying “Read Lucy Ladybird”, I thought it was about time I wrote a review of it!
Lucy Ladybird has no spots, so the other ladybirds push her away. Dejected she travels through the seasons, meeting four friends along the way. Each animal she meets gives her a reason why she is beautiful even though she doesn’t think she is, and gives her one of their spots. When she has four different coloured spots she returns home…
As mentioned above, Destructo-Girl is a huge fan of this story. The bright colourful images appeal to her, the happy friendly animals, and of course the huge fold out end pages full of detail are the absolute winner. She likes counting so the emphasis on counting Lucy’s spots as she collects them are an interest point but overall it is the art and the story of being beautiful whoever you are that works so well.
I love the details. When an animal takes a spot off to give to Lucy, her spot keeps the style and pattern of the original animal, and (I love this!) the spot is missing from whoever gave it to her. Fred Frog has a blank patch by his right thigh even when she returns later in the story; Carla Caterpillar’s spot is missing even when she turns into a butterfly…
This is a beautifully designed book with lots of interest, and a lovely story too. For added fun there are downloadable colouring sheets available at lucyladybird.com, which both MG and DG really enjoyed colouring, tracing, cutting and generally having fun with. There are also wallpapers to download and an online matching game.
Lucy Ladybird gets Destructo-Girl (age just-four)’s seal of approval and will probably appeal to toddlers, pre-schoolers and up.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Lucy Ladybird by Templar Publishing for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.