Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma

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Ladybug Girl gets dressed up for Halloween in the newest hardcover addition to the New York Times bestselling series.
 
It is Halloween and Lulu must decide on a costume. Should she be Ladybug Girl or something new? She tries many different costumes, but nothing seems right. Maybe she'll think of the perfect costume as she enjoys the autumn day with her family by pumpkin picking and going on a hayride. But it ...
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Overview

Ladybug Girl gets dressed up for Halloween in the newest hardcover addition to the New York Times bestselling series.
 
It is Halloween and Lulu must decide on a costume. Should she be Ladybug Girl or something new? She tries many different costumes, but nothing seems right. Maybe she'll think of the perfect costume as she enjoys the autumn day with her family by pumpkin picking and going on a hayride. But it isn't until Lulu and Bingo help a little girl who is lost that Lulu discovers who she was meant to be for Halloween–Ladybug Girl, of course! After all, she is Ladybug Girl and it is important to be true to yourself.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/28/2014
What does one dress up as for Halloween when one spends the other 364 days of the year in a ladybug outfit? That’s the question facing Lulu as she tries to come up with the perfect costume, even though it’s already Halloween day. A robot costume made from a cardboard box isn’t the most mobile option, and there’s a critical flaw in the Chaplinesque getup she puts together next: “A silent movie star can’t ask for candy!” A trip to an apple orchard, where Lulu helps a small girl who gets lost in a corn maze, leads to an epiphany—one that probably won’t surprise many of Ladybug Girl’s fans. Soman’s watercolors are right at home with autumn’s muted hues (the slightly melancholic orchard scenes are especially lovely), helping make this thoughtful story another winner for Ladybug Girl. Ages 3–5. (Aug.)
The Ladybug Girl Series
New York Times bestsellers for a combined 82 weeks
Ladybug Girl
Children's BookSense Pick (Top Ten), Borders Original Voices finalist
Ladybug Girl at the Beach
Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Pick, Amazon Book of the Month
Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad
Read for the Record 2012
From the Publisher
Praise for Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma

"Soman's watercolors are right at home with autumn's muted hues ... helping make this thoughtful story another winner for Ladybug Girl."—Publishers Weekly
 “Readers and their parents will appreciate how Lulu works through her dilemma on her own. Not only is this an entertaining story, but it's also a good conversation starter about being true to oneself.”—Kirkus

Praise for the Ladybug Girl series:

New York Times bestsellers for a combined 82 weeks

Ladybug Girl: Children's BookSense Pick (Top Ten), Borders Original Voices finalist

Ladybug Girl at the Beach: Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Pick, Amazon Book of the Month

Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad: Read for the Record 2012

School Library Journal
08/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Deciding what to be for Halloween takes a lot of thought and creativity, especially if you're Ladybug Girl and are already known for your awesome superhero costume. When her older brother makes her doubt her decision to trick-or-treat as her red-tutu-clad-superhero self, Lulu begins thinking of other costumes she can put together on short notice. After rejecting a robot, a silent movie star, an octopus, an alien, and, most uniquely, a vampire panda, she is forced to give up her costume-creating to go apple picking with her family. While there, she worries about her options, and it isn't until she goes into full Ladybug Girl mode to help a lost girl in the corn maze that she realizes she already has the perfect costume. Soman's artwork combines the endearing sketchbook illustration style that readers have come to love with the warm hues of autumn, creating the perfect backdrop for this spunky heroine's latest adventure. Fans of Ladybug Girl won't be disappointed with this installment that weaves together favorite fall activities and the familiar message of staying true to yourself.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-16
Ladybug Girl Lulu is sure what she'll wear for Halloween until a comment from her brother makes her question her decision. Once her brother has planted the seed of doubt, Lulu's usual confidence is shaken. Should she change her mind and try something different from Ladybug Girl? With trusty dog Bingo at her side, Lulu gets to work. Conversational text and deftly created illustrations in ink and watercolor convey Lulu's determination to find the right costume. As a robot she cannot fit through the door, and as a silent-movie star she will not be able to ask for candy. No one seems to appreciate her hybrid vampire/panda get-up. Lulu still is undecided as her family leaves to go apple picking. She imagines several other dress-up possibilities, but none seems right. A chance encounter with a younger girl who is lost in a corn maze spurs Lulu into action as Ladybug Girl. Whipping off her coat to reveal her costume, Lulu (with some help from Bingo) soon spots a popcorn trail Maya has unwittingly left behind. The three follow it. Soon, Maya and her mother are reunited, and it is clear what costume Lulu will choose. Was there any real doubt? Readers and their parents will appreciate how Lulu works through her dilemma on her own. Not only is this an entertaining story, but it's also a good conversation starter about being true to oneself. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803735842
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Series: Ladybug Girl Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 79,356
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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