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Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

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by David Soman, Jacky Davis

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This hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series explores themes of making friends, compromise, and imaginative play at that favorite preschool place—the playground.
Lulu and her dog Bingo meet up with Sam on the playground and want to play together. Sam likes the sandbox but Lulu thinks the


This hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series explores themes of making friends, compromise, and imaginative play at that favorite preschool place—the playground.
Lulu and her dog Bingo meet up with Sam on the playground and want to play together. Sam likes the sandbox but Lulu thinks the monkey bars are better. They just can’t agree…until Lulu asks, “Have you ever played Ladybug Girl?” Quickly, Sam becomes the brave Bumblebee Boy, and he and Lulu, a.k.a Ladybug Girl, are superheroes who save the playground from scary monsters and mean robots. New friends want to join their game too, and soon the Bug Squad is formed with Ladybug Girl, Bumblebee Boy, Dragonfly Girl, and Butterfly Girl using their imaginations to keep the playground safe.
For fans of Toot and Puddle and The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy,  the Ladybug Girl series honors friendship, cooperation, and a love of the outdoors!

Editorial Reviews

Playground is supposed to be a happy place, but for Sam and Lulu, it seems to be a hornet's nest of disagreements. Finally, however, they discover a game that brings out the best in both of them. As Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, they indulge in their new superhero skills. A zestful read about imagination.
Publishers Weekly

What's a superhero without a sidekick? Lulu, star of last year's Ladybug Girl, meets her friend Sam at the playground, but before they can join forces, they must first agree on what to play-a sequence handled with understanding and humor. At one point, Lulu hits on the idea of using the seesaw: "She runs over and sits down on one side of the seesaw and waits. And waits. Sam just stands there, not getting on." Ultimately, intrigued by Lulu's suggestion of a game involving superpowers, Sam becomes Bumblebee Boy, with his striped shirt and a stick for a stinger. Together they battle the Mean Robot (tire swing) that threatens to "crush the playground" ("Ladybug Girl grabs on, and jumps on top of its head! Bumblebee Boy stings it with his stinger again and again") and attract some new heroes, too. Soman's pen-and-ink characters are remarkably emotive-this is a story that delights in children's enthusiastic imaginations. Also noteworthy is the team's pacing: there's no dead air, and all the action plays naturally. A favorite series in the making. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Lulu, also know as Ladybug Girl, returns. She is dressed in her bright red costume with polka dot wings and boots. With her mother and dog Bingo, she is off to the playground for some fun. While her mother and Bingo sit on the park bench, Lulu looks for someone to play with and she finds her friend Sam. They try to decide what to play and finally agree to play Ladybug Girl, a superhero with superpowers. Dressed in his yellow and black striped top and black shorts, Sam becomes Bumblebee Boy and they scour the playground to help save those beings in trouble. They are later joined by Butterfly Girl and Dragonfly Girl to become the Bug Squad that saves the playground from the monsters. The illustrations catch the facial expressions and physical gestures through the story as Lulu and Sam decide what to play and the fun they have. A puzzling part of the picture is where Bingo is by the bench without Lulu's mother and his leash; in a later picture, the mother is on the bench with Bingo on the leash. However, the themes of friendship and imagination are presented in a way that younger children can relate to. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Lulu is back in this companion to Ladybug Girl (Dial, 2008). Taking on the guise of her superhero alter-ego (including a red tutu and spotted wings), she makes her own fun on the way to the playground by leaping over sidewalk cracks and counting to infinity. However, once she and her mother arrive, Ladybug Girl faces a new challenge: she wants to play with her friend Sam, but they can't agree on what to do. Lulu is frustrated at first, but then suggests playing the Ladybug Girl game. Sam, clad in yellow and black, quickly turns into Bumblebee Boy, and the two "zoom around...looking to help anyone in trouble." When two girls ask to join in, but both want to be Butterfly Girl, Ladybug Girl tactfully defuses the situation by saying, "If we're going to play together...we don't fight each other." One youngster agrees to be Dragonfly Girl and the Bug Squad flies again. Like the previous book, this offering paints a realistic picture of the daily struggles in a youngster's life. The conflict and resolution ring true, as does the dialogue. The lesson is clearly stated, but not heavy-handed. The cartoon illustrations are bright, expressive, and beautifully presented. Pair this book with one of Mini Grey's "Traction Man" titles (Knopf) for a superb superhero storytime.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Ladybug Girl Series
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Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

David Soman and Jacky Davis are the husband-and-wife creative team behind the New York Times bestselling LADYBUG GIRL books. They write the stories together and then David does the illustrations. All of the stories are based on their own children and family experiences, many of which take place right in their own backyard. Jacky Davis has worked in publishing and television. David Soman comes from a family of artists. He is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. They live in Upstate New York with their two kids.

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Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
WI_mom_of_2 More than 1 year ago
My 2 1/2 year old son received this for Christmas from an Aunt. We are finally getting around to reading it and he LOVES it! It gets read at least once a night before bedtime.
Bex_The_Babe More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read aloud to young children perhaps ages 4-7. It teaches wonderful values of compromise, working together, friendship, being helpful, and working through problems.
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jmoc More than 1 year ago
I love reading this to my little girl and hearing her play "Ladybug Girl" is wonderful... a fantastic change from the typical princess games! This little girl is self-reliant when overcoming typical childhood dilemmas because as "Ladybug Girl" she can overcome anything. The illustrations are adorable and I find myself looking at them and discussing them with my daughter before I turn each page. Love these stories!
NanaGB More than 1 year ago
This series is my granddaughter's favorite. She loves to dress up and pretend, so Ladybug girl was just perfect for her. She even took this book to bed with her. It's great to find books that promote imagination.
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Readingmom33 More than 1 year ago
In many cases, sequels just don't live upi to the original. Jacky Davis has managed to provide an outlet that's the equal of the first book, with a different twist... delving into kids relationships while haveing fun and playing together. A lesson in being a kid and just having fun, which means comprimise, but a healthy dose of using one's imagination. A gem of a children's book which you and your child should enjoy sharing.
ellyn42 More than 1 year ago
The original Ladybug Girl is destined to be a classic. I don't think that Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy is in the same league. LG was so original, inventive, relatable and thoughtful that it would be hard for a sequel to really work well. Adding the other children characters takes away from what made LG so special - that she was on her own, a little girl in a big world, making her own special fun. There's a nice lesson in LG&BB, but I just didn't get anything like the warm, fuzzy feeling I got from LG.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two years ago I purchased Ladybug Girl and I loved it! After seeing the inside of the cover I saw a lot of possibilities for an upcoming series. Imagine my delight upon walking into the store and seeing Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy. I didn't think the new book could top Ladybug Girl-I mean, how do you top a 5 star book? Well, it's right there with it and has become another beloved book at our house. Some days I like it best and other days I revert to Ladybug Girl as my all time favorite book to read to my grandchildren and great neices and nephews. I have recommended both books to 3 other grandmothers who, after reading the two, have each bought one or both books! In all aspects it is a wonderful series for any young child. Grammy in Kentucky
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that when read out loud, the kids can "help" you read. I read this to Kindergarten and First Grade students. They love to yell "Ladybug Girl" and "Bumblebee Boy" when the words come up in the story. They love to be part of the story. We loved the "Ladybug Girl" book and love even more "LadyBug Girl and Bumblebee Boy".