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The Grouchy Ladybug

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It's the Grouchy Ladybug's 20th birthday. To celebrate, we are introducing a new, larger format edition with brighter, more colorful pages created from Eric Carle's original artwork using the latest reproduction technology. The Grouchy Ladybug is bigger and brigher, as irascible but irresistable as ever and will surely delight new generations of readers, as well as her devoted fans of all ages. Happy Birthday, Grouchy Ladybug!

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Overview

It's the Grouchy Ladybug's 20th birthday. To celebrate, we are introducing a new, larger format edition with brighter, more colorful pages created from Eric Carle's original artwork using the latest reproduction technology. The Grouchy Ladybug is bigger and brigher, as irascible but irresistable as ever and will surely delight new generations of readers, as well as her devoted fans of all ages. Happy Birthday, Grouchy Ladybug!

A grouchy ladybug, looking for a fight, challenges everyone she meets regardless of their size or strength.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
Two ladybugs meet on a leaf in search of some aphids for breakfast. The friendly ladybug is happy to share but the grouchy ladybug wants them all for herself. When the friendly ladybug accepts a challenge to fight for them, the grouchy ladybug backs off, stating, "Oh, you're not big enough for me to fight." She then goes off in search of something bigger to pick on. Throughout the day the grouchy ladybug approaches a series of insects and animals, each one bigger than the one before, looking for a fight. When each accepts her challenge, she backs off until she is tired, wet and hungry and decides to return to the original leaf. The grouchy ladybug is humbled and even thanks the friendly ladybug for sharing the aphids. The illustrations are bright and bold. Die-cut pages allow children to visually assess the gradual progression of tiny to large characters in the animal world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064434508
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 37,696
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle is the creator of more than seventy picture books for young readers.

Eric Carle was born in New York, USA. However, when he was just six, he moved with his parents to Germany. In 1952, after graduating from the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, he fulfilled his dream of returning to New York.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

In 2002, fifty years after Carle's return to the United States, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was opened in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here visitors of all ages can enjoy, in addition to Eric Carle's work, original artwork by other distinguished children's book illustrators from around the world.

Eric Carle es el creador de más de setenta libros ilustrados para niños.

Nació en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis años de edad se trasladó con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Künste de Stuttgart, logró cumplir su sueño de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportación global a la literatura y a la ilustración infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta años después de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguró en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, además de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen número de originales de los más destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

Eric Carle is the creator of more than seventy picture books for young readers.

Eric Carle was born in New York, USA. However, when he was just six, he moved with his parents to Germany. In 1952, after graduating from the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, he fulfilled his dream of returning to New York.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

In 2002, fifty years after Carle's return to the United States, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was opened in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here visitors of all ages can enjoy, in addition to Eric Carle's work, original artwork by other distinguished children's book illustrators from around the world.

Eric Carle es el creador de más de setenta libros ilustrados para niños.

Nació en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis años de edad se trasladó con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Künste de Stuttgart, logró cumplir su sueño de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportación global a la literatura y a la ilustración infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta años después de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguró en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, además de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen número de originales de los más destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Another great book from Eric Carle

    If you love The Hungry Caterpillar you will love this one too. Easy to read and my kids love the story. It is our new favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    This was an awesome book for my first graders. They thought the

    This was an awesome book for my first graders. They thought the book was fantastic because of the humor and the illustrations. It is all about creating a friendship between a grouchy ladybug and a friendly ladybug.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Wonderful for ALL AGES!

    This book is must have for all child-care facilities, from infancy to Pre-school, and after school care. Everyone loves reading and hearing this story. They never get tired of it!

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    AMAZING!! My toddler loved this!

    I have the greatest memories from this book.... my daughter would ask me to read it to her every single night at bed time! I would always read the beginning & she would always respond with, nah, your not big enough! One memory I will never let go of! I am buying this book for her now for her 17th birthday, she has no idea, she will cry! Thank you to the author!

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    A longtime Favorite

    This book was a favorite of all three of my children, so I'm always buying it for gifts for nieces and nephews.

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    Love this

    I read this to my 10-month old all the time. He doesn't understand the story, but loves the colors and I'm glad I added this to his Eric Carle collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Great Book

    I would recommend this book for children 3yrs and up. The illustrations are amazing and the time telling skills are creatively incorporated. I think the friendship the two lady bugs have is great.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    My son's FAVORITE right now

    We picked this up for a gift because my son loves it. He first heard it in preschool and when we were at the book store, we read it again. Now in kindergarten, he decided he wanted to get it for a birthday gift for a 3 year old. We just bought the paperback but the hardcover is more interactive with different sized pages.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    The Grouchy Lady Bug makes us Happy

    I got this book for my daughter for her first birthday. I loved that it was a board book, as she is too rough on paper, and she loves the pictures of all the creatures the Grouchy Lady Bug encounters. Also, because the pages increase in size in the middle of the book, it's easy for her to turn them, and she likes that. This easily became one of her favorite books to read, and she has a lot of books. The story is a good one, too. Definitely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2009

    Perfect for 3 year olds, my child loves it.

    Due to several of the words often being repeated my child says them along with me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

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    One of the best.

    My granddaughter wants to re-read every day, sometimes more than once a day. She loves to help read the story. She is two and is very entertained by the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    Great Lesson

    The Grouchy Ladybug asked alot of animals to fight. The illustrations show how the grouchy ladybug gets smaller in every picture that passes by. It teaches people about ladybugs and good maners! We recommended this book to little kids to help them learn about manners and more about ladybugs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2004

    Bravo Bravo Bravo

    A standing ovation for Eric Carle! He once again has identified with children and adults as he teaches about friendship and dealing with emotions and persisstence. My all time favorite author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    WONDERFUL!

    This book is absolutely GREAT for all preschool and kindergarten ages! It gives the child a chance to interact with the story, and the children love to repeat, 'Hey you, wanna fight?' throughout the story, along with the grouchy ladybug. It also helps the child get more familiar with certain times of the day. This book is HIGHLY recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2000

    Eric Carle's Best

    Eric Carle is the arguably the finest children's author of our time. The Grouchy Ladybug is his best book. I have yet to meet the child that wasn't totally captivated by this book.

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