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Author: David Soman and Jacky Davis

Illustrator: David Soman

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Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, a Division of Penguin Group, ½2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Wanna play with me? Mom and Dad are too busy. Her brother says she's too small. So Lulu and Bingo (her dog) need to find something to do. When she finds some ants being blocked by a rock, Ladybug Girl springs into action. Ladybug Girl realizes that the world needs her, and she is off to do some exploring. This is a classic glass-half-empty/glass-half-full story written for young readers to understand.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 6½-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: We had lots of requests to read this story. We always have to stop to explore the page where Lulu, standing in the middle of her room full of toys, declares "There's nothing to do." She stares at it, "How can she say that, Mommy?"

Adult Reader Reaction: Ladybug Girl to a parent's rescue! You can be sure I will remember the "I'm bored" page the next time we hear that it in our house! This is a nice story for preschoolers and Kindergartners, because Lulu thinks like they do. I am surprised at how long she has hung onto this one in her evening repertoire.

Pros: Kids (especially girls) will relate to this story about a little girl who has to make her own fun.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. If you select this book, you will be reading it quite a few times. If you end up renewing it at the library a couple times, then it's probably a childhood favorite you need to add to your personal collection.


Educational Themes: This is largely a story for sharing together. Your child can relate to being a "super hero," and Lulu's feats of heroism are well within the realm of any preschooler. This is a perfect story for becoming your own hero just by heading into the backyard.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008

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