illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist
Beach Lane Books, Simon and Schuster, 2013
FORMAT: Picture Book
In this seek and find book the reader calls out “Yoo-hoo, Ladybug! Where are you?” Then after turning the page readers can look for the red with black spots that is hiding among the various scenes. Once Ladybug is found, a quick turn of the page shows a close up of where Ladybug was hiding (only this time with her face showing a large grin). This is a particularly fun book to read with youngsters who enjoy the I Spy type of books. However, it isn’t as detailed as the I Spy books (in that there is only one real thing that readers are looking for–the ladybug). But the catchy rhyme will continually invite youngsters to chant along with you. And they will be happy once they find the little spotted lady. This is one kiddos will love reading one-on-one. Due to the need to see all the details closely, I will put this one out for story time although I probably won’t ever read it in story time…unless I can get it up on a screen so everyone can see the illustrations.
What to do after reading this book:
Go outside and see if you can spot a ladybug (or another bug or two).
Watch the bugs and see what they do.
Wear a red shirt and put black paper dots all over you. (Perhaps even make some ladybug wings).
Put some items from around the house together on a counter. Play your own version of “I spy”.
Read a book about ladybugs. Find out more about them and their habits and habitats.