Picture Book Review: The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Looking for your next read? Check out The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Anne A.

What happens when a ladybug wakes up in a bad mood? In this charming tale, a grouchy ladybug wants to pick a fight with everyone it meets. First the grouchy ladybug meets another friendly ladybug. When the friendly ladybug offers to share aphids with the grouchy ladybug, the grouchy ladybug threatens to fight the friendly ladybug for them. The friendly ladybug accepts the challenge, and the grouchy ladybug suddenly becomes less sure of itself. It leaves in huff to find somebody else to fight. Every hour throughout the day, it tries to pick fights with bigger and bigger bugs and animals. Finally a whale’s tail flipper slaps it back to the friendly ladybug who offers to share the aphids again. This time the grouchy ladybug graciously accepts.

This book does a great job teaching manners, science, and telling time. Children learn the importance of being polite while learning about ladybugs’ role of eating aphids to protect leaves. Kids also get an idea for different sizes of animals as the pictures and print get larger with each page. Another feature of each page is clocks with hands illustrating the hour that is mentioned in the story. It’s a fun way to introduce young children to reading analog clocks in this digital age. The bright colorful pictures also capture children’s imaginations and keep them wondering what animal the ladybug will challenge next.

The Grouchy Ladybug is available to be placed on hold or checked out at any branch. If you can’t find this story, consider another book by Eric Carle. All of his books have his vibrant animal pictures and teach children about some aspect of nature. Borrow this wonderful story tonight and learn something new.

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The Grouchy Ladybug

The Grouchy Ladybug

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