Saturday, September 1, 2012

Review: Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad

Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Ladybug Girl, Lulu, is having a party at her house for the whole Bug Squad! She is so excited. She has planned everything out before her friends even arrive. Bumblebee Boy, Dragonfly Girl, and Butterfly Girl show up they all show off their costumes. Since Ladybug Girl has already planned their day, she leads them outside to find a base for their Bug Squad. Lulu suggests they use "Ladybug Rainbow Unicorn" for the base password but everyone else wants "Bingo," the dog's name. Lulu agrees. They're running off and fighting evil when he mom calls that it's time to paint!

The Bug Squad and Bingo
Ladybug Girl wants everyone to paint pictures that represent the Bug Squad, but no one does! It's okay though because her mom brings out cupcakes. And everyone gets a candle to blow out! Ladybug Girl counts down to when they will all blow out their candles at the same time. Everyone blows out their candle except Kiki. So Ladybug Girl blows it out for her. But Kiki was making a wish and now she's sad. Lulu has to apologize to Kiki because that is the right thing to do. She forgives her and they all have a great rest of their party.

This is a really cute book. I like that Ladybug Girl was trying to be controlling in the book, but the party didn't turn out the way she envisioned it. I think everyone has visions of what they want things to be like and sometimes get disappointed when something doesn't work out the way they wanted. It's good to show that early on and give the children strategies on how they can deal with it. It's also important to show how to interact in a group and be a good friend when you hurt someone's feelings.

The illustrations in this book seem to be watercolors. They're very beautiful and detailed. All of the Bug Squad children are colorful and bright while the backgrounds are generally lighter and more pastel. The children's outfits are really cute and creative.

I liked how the text wasn't just plain black standard font. The font is some kind of script type. When someone is speaking and they're excited, the type gets bigger to emphasize it. Sometimes words are bolded as well. Whenever one of the Bug Squad members' names are written, it's written in a different color. Ladybug Girl, Bumblebee Boy, Dragonfly Girl, and Butterfly Girl. I think by changing the font up, size and color, helps keep children interested. I tried to recreate the first sentence of the book below, but I don't have script-y font.
"I can't wait for everyone to get here!" yells Lulu. It is the first official Bug Squad playdate, and Ladybug Girl knows it's going to be perfect."
Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, is this year's Read for the Record book. On October 4, 2012, millions of people around the world will be reading Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad to support reading awareness and funds for early literacy initiatives. Check out We Give Books and Jumpstart for additional information on this great event! Check out Penguin Young Readers for many free activities you can do with your students to celebrate.

There are many other Ladybug Girl books written by David Soman and Jacky Davis. Check out their website, Ladybug Girl, for more information on his husband and wife team and to find more of the books they have written and illustrated together. There you can find fun activities and even paint your own rocks like the Bug Squad did. So far there are eight books, all with an important message to teach children!

Here's a video from Penguin Storytime of Liz Shanks reading Ladybug Girl at the Beach. I couldn't find one of Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, but now you can check out another Ladybug Girl book!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your book reviews! This series is one of my daughter's favorites!!