The Grouchy Ladybug Board Book

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Overview

This beloved Eric Carle classic returns once again in a colorful new board book format. For generations, The Grouchy Ladybug has delighted readers of all ages with the story of a bad-tempered bug who won't say "please" or "thank you," won't share, and thinks she is bigger and better than anyone else. As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn the important concepts of time, size, and shape, as well as the benefits of friendship and good manners.

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Overview

This beloved Eric Carle classic returns once again in a colorful new board book format. For generations, The Grouchy Ladybug has delighted readers of all ages with the story of a bad-tempered bug who won't say "please" or "thank you," won't share, and thinks she is bigger and better than anyone else. As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn the important concepts of time, size, and shape, as well as the benefits of friendship and good manners.

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 - Marilyn Courtot
The grouchy ladybug is making her board book debut. She is an unpleasant personality who won't share, is belligerent, and doesn't know how to say please or thank you. The story begins very early in the morning with two lady bugs arriving to feast on a bunch of aphids covering a leaf. The grouchy ladybug won't share and she heads off to pick on someone bigger to fight. She travels for twenty-four hours and ends up right back where she started and somewhat more contrite. In this amusing story, there are lessons about the passage of time, relative sizes, and the importance of manners and good humor. Clocks appear in the upper corners showing the passage of time and the board book pages increase in size as do the creatures the ladybug challenges. It is all delivered in a nondidactic manner through Carle's beautiful collages. 1999 (orig.
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.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this new edition of the classic tale, a bad-tempered ladybug tries to pick a fight with increasingly bigger animals (starting with a ladybug and ending with a whale), until she has some sense knocked into her. This humbling experience transforms her into a happier bug with better manners and a kinder disposition. Other concepts introduced in this story include size, color, time, elements of the food cycle, and social behavior.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
A perennial favorite from a master of children's books, The Grouchy Ladybug has recently been reissued. Eric Carle's story is great for the toddler years; it is the perfect time to introduce his work. His bright collages, simple words, and understanding of young emotional development are winning combinations. Come meet the Grouchy Ladybug who will introduce animals, time, and moods to an eager and receptive audience. 1995, HarperCollins, Ages 1 to 3, $14.50, $11.86, $7.95, and $6.95. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694013203
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 40,112
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

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.

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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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Wonderful story! It's the one book that my daughter wants to read repeatedly. Not only that, but it's a lesson that she loves to hear about, because after all, even preschoolers have an innate sense of justice. We love Eric Carle!

    Not often does one see the effect of lessons learned from books by children, but I've seen the effects of The Grouchy Ladybug when my daughter encountered a grouchy boy on the playground. He was upset and being testy with the kids on the playground because of a disagreement with his babysitter, and my daughter told him he was being mean. The boy replied, "I just had a fight with my babysitter...". My daughter replied, "oh, that's OK, wanna play?" After that they were fast friends. Grouchy doesn't need to be infectious.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Poor Message

    I failed to find any redeeming qualities to this story. Not really a message young children need to hear. Throughout the story this ladybug asks every bug he meets if they want to fight.
    Too bad, because the layout and design of the book was clever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    This ladybug is just too grouchy.

    The ladybug goes from animal to animal, looking for a fight. My preschool grandchildren like the repeated sentences, but I find the theme to seem to be encouraging aggressiveness. Eric Carle's use of partial pages is intriguing to young children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Excellent illustrations and lesson!

    This is a great book. I bought it for my daughter, but it's a little old for her. However, she loves the pictures, so we look at it regularly, and we'll read it when she is old enough to understand it. It's a little more complex than some of our favorite Eric Carle books, but it's still a great choice.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

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    All's Well That Ends Well

    At first, the ladybug is grouchy, but through the story, it learns manners and all's well. Educational and the illustrations are great. Good teaching points for little ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Grouchy, But Educational

    The Grouchy Ladybug is an example of turning a negative into a positive. In the course of the book, there's learning going on and in the end, good manners are enforced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    funny and learned book for kids

    The Grouchy Ladybug takes her anger out on everyone that passes, which isn't very nice. But thru this, kids learn the contrast in shape and size as well as color and ability. They also learn manners, good behavior and protecting one's territory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    A must have

    I love this book. I read it to my class of preschoolers ages 3 - 5, and it quickly became one of their most requested stories. When reading, I kept one grouchy voice for the ladybug and made other silly voices for the other animals she encounters. I also have the children say the repeating lines with me, so they feel more connected to the story. This is a great book to get small children interested in reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    Go away! I want those aphids!

    This has to be one of my toddler's favorites. He has been bringing it to us to read to him since he could walk and just loved it even before then. We've always done the grouchy ladybug's voice in a really mean raspy voice and now that he is beginning to talk, every time he sees a bug outside he says (in that voice) 'Go awayyyy!' and cracks us up! He learned a lot of the animal sounds and gestures and now can name most of the animals. The story is very wordy and you'll get bored reading it that many times, but you'll appreciate the creative design and the fact that there are so many things to learn -- it also teaches the time and shows the movement of the sun throughout the day. And the 4-page whale is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2001

    My 16 month daughter loves this book

    All three of my children (ages 1, 5, and 6) love reading this story. My daughter who is 16 months carries the book around with her and admires the colorful pictures always pointing out the ladybug. It has entertainment and learning values for any age group. Well worth the money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    Excellent! Both fun & educational

    I think this book is excellent for many reasons. The illustrations are wonderful and the story is interesting and humorous. My 3 yr. old loves to be read this book. The book also can help a parent teach a child about time: on about 15 of the pages appears an illustration of a clock with a different time corresponding with the text on that page. And the way the middle pages are cut so that you can see a bit of each of 12 (of the 40) pages at once, you can see the sun rising and falling as the day progresses from 6am past 5pm.

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