June 17, 2013
Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis
by David Soman and Jacky Davis
Ladybug Girl, aka Lulu, and her trusty companion Bingo on on the prowl for an activity worthy of her amazing talents. Educating her big brother about ladybugs was a flop and he’s off to play baseball with his friends. Mom and Dad have “things to do” around the house.
First Ladybug tries exploring inside but the shelves of books are only so interesting when you can’t read yet.
So Ladybug and Bingo venture into the yard in search of adventure. From rescuing a line of ant to rebuilding a fortress and braving shark infested puddles, Ladybug Girl and Bingo get things done.
She even manages to spend some time spying on her brother who honestly doesn’t look like he’s having a great time. How fun can baseball be if all you do is argue?
I’m not sure how I managed to miss this one for so long but Soman and Davis have created a young hero for every little girl who has been told she’s too small or too young to participate. The lesson here is subtle (ie they don’t come out and tell you in words but actions to “get off your fanny and make your own fun”) but it is there.
David Soman’s illustrations are marvelously expressive from the triumph on Ladybug Girl’s face to the disgust Bingo clearly feels towards those who thwart her. The clean lines and bright colors compliment the simplicity of Jacky Davis’ text.
Share this book with the imaginative young reader in your life but when she demands a pair of red weelies, a tutu and spotted wings, don’t say I didn’t warn you.