The Grouchy Ladybug

The Grouchy Ladybug

by Eric Carle

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064434508
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/16/1996
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 29,576
Product dimensions: 10.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About 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 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.

Hometown:

Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1929

Place of Birth:

Syracuse, New York

Education:

Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

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The Grouchy Ladybug 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
PigOfHappiness on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Hey you, want to fight?!? Brilliant illustrations and a story most children can relate to make this another Carle classic. While the inclusion of a clock and time can be confusing to some, it helps small children begin to grasp the concept. Appropriate for preschool and beyond...
Riley1878 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I liked this okay but i was not impressed with the fact that through the book the ladybug is mean until the very end. plus the words are very small in the beginning. The good thing is that it has repetition so that is positive.
hwallen on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The Grouchy Ladybug is an excellent phonemic awareness book for children. Children are able to learn how to tell time by following the clock and the ladybugs activities throughout the day. While learning how to tell time and placement of the sun, children also learn about feelings and mood expression.
DBake on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Love Carle's art, love the messages, love most every book he's done. Totally worth getting.
EmilyAnnSp on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The Grouchy Ladybug is great for kids in early elementary school. The pictures are great and is repetitive for beginning or struggling readers. The grouchy ladybug has a bad attitude and tries to fight another friendly ladybug but decides against it. So then the grouchy ladybug thinks it is big enough to fight whatever animal it comes upon. The ladybug keeps telling animals they are not big enough to fight but the whale at the end of the story shows the lady bug some animals are too big. Once the ladybug realizes that some animals are too big to fight the ladybug's attitude changes and starts to be friendly to the ladybug from the beginning of the story.
lwmasters on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A very cute short story about a grouchy ladybug who wants to get her way all the time. She tries to bully other animals to get her way. In the end she finds a friend and realizes it get her nowhere being mean. A great story to teach children to be patient, kind, and to help others. The illustrations are very beautiful. It also has many different animals in the story.
jakdomin on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book is very large accompanied by very large drawings. Since words are abundant allows time for child to really examine the pictures for a period of time. A clock on each page keeps tabs on the time of day and how long the ladybug¿s journey takes. The switch-up of large pages to a few small pages makes the book all the more interesting. Great morale of the story and light humor throughout.
kba13 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The author provides much expression in this book, showing that being grouchy, selfish and mean will only get you further behind in life. This book would provide a wonderful example of time and or how you should treat others.
jessicaherrin83 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Carle's story explores the concepts of time, size and manners through the exploits of one very grouchy ladybug. When it refuses to share aphids with another ladybug, the grouchy insect flies off to pick a fight an hour with a succession of ever-larger animals. Kids will love the way the tension seems to build in the story. Will the ladybug get its comeuppance? Or will it learn to mind its manners? (If you don't remember, you'll just have to read it yourself to find out!)Carle employs his almost trademarked tissue paper and tempera collages to great effect here as he renders more than a dozen different animals. He includes a clock face at the top of each page, to help kids track the passing of time. A good book to read when you or your little one is in a grouchy mood.
bkullman on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Good story - however - too long. Maybe when Evie is older and we can discuss the animals the ladybug encounters.
kapeoples on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book would be a great intro to talking about feelings. The illustrations by Eric Carle were gorgeous.
bekstrom on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book is an excellent example of fantasy. The story is written believibly, but it could not happen in reality. The animals in this story are given human characteristics. This story tells the truths of being grouchy and how it should be kind to others. I would use this book in a very late primary class or early intermediate class. The type of media used is collage.
dgadkins88 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Her 20th birthday, time to celebrate. Great picture book and very easy to read. I liked the book and this would be good for Kindergarden students up to 1st grade.
psjones on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Another great book by Eric Carle. This book can be used to teach a lesson about time. It is about a lady bug and one grouchy day. I would use this book to teach a math lesson about time with my students. Students love to be read to before a math lesson and this book allows them to see time in the world.
farfromkansas on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Eric Carle¿s The Grouchy Ladybug is a unique and clever twist on the traditional children¿s book. Like his well-known The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the illustrations have a distinctive style that is unlike any other kind of illustration in children¿s literature; additionally, The Grouchy Ladybug (like its predecessor, with the starving soon-to-be butterfly) utilizes a non-traditional page format (smaller, die-cut pages hiding sections of the story) that requires readers to interact with the text in a new way. As the title reveals, the eponymous Ladybug is a grumpy insect, one who tries to pick fights with other animals all day long. Over the course of the story, he tries to ¿duke it out¿ with animals ranging in size from insects to a whale, and it isn¿t until he is (literally) slapped in the face that he is humbled enough to share food with his fellow ladybugs. In The Grouchy Ladybug, Carle has created a less likeable character than his more-famous caterpillar, but he has also fashioned a more prominent theme: it is important to treat others with dignity and respect, for you never know whose kindness you will need in the future. Another educational tool worth noting that Carle has included in this story is the use of a clock that appears on the upper right-hand corners of the pages; this allows for children to nonchalantly review the concepts of time and clocks as they read through the story of the unpleasant ladybug of the title. Although not as entertaining as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle¿s The Grouchy Ladybug is still an engaging, worthwhile read.Citation:Carle, Eric. The Very Grouchy Ladybug. New edition. China: Harper Collins, 1996. Print.
nmhale on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Carle really is a great children's book writer. The insect featured in this story is a ladybug, who has bad manners and wants to fight everybody. When they show themselves more then ready and willing, he mutters something about them not being big enough and seeks a new opponent. His foolhardy journey continues until a whale literally slaps some sense in to him. I've noticed that Carle's stories are always educational, and this one focuses on time, with a little clock at the top of the page pointing out the time for each new encounter. The story is more advanced than in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but when Aubrey is a little older, it will be a great fit. Probably best for children starting around two or three years old, even though we're still reading it to our eight month old.
juliac83 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Summary: This is about an unfriendly, selfish and grouchy ladybug who wants to pick a fight with everyone he meets. Every hour he meets a new animal, getting bigger with every passing hour. It ends with a very tired, hungry but humble ladybug. Personal Reaction: I really like this book because of the big, bold colorful illustrations. I also like how the story builds based on time and animal size. My daughter loves to help read the repetitive lines. Classroom Extension Ideas:This would be a great addition to a lesson on time. Each page and animal has a small clock on the top of the page. It would also be a good introduction to an animal based lesson plan. It includes lots of different animals and insects.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The Grouchy Lady Bug is on a mission insisting that someone fight wither her after meeting a very friendly lady bug. At each hour she came across a new insect or animal to fight with and they all said yes, but then she got less sure of herself saying that they aren't big enough. I like that the book not only teaches about different insects and animals natural defense mechanisms, but it also teaches time, having a small clock drawn in the corner of each page to show what time of the day it is as Grouchy Lady Bug is on her mission. This insanely lesson filled book also teaches to stand up to a bully. The small cut pages show that some of the animals were indeed too small to pick on, but as the animals she met bot bigger the pages progressively got bigger, which further teaches the reader that if you stand up to a bully, it will most likely back away. Another great book from Carle using consistent repetition and personification. Ahh, there too this book can be used when teaching students personification!
ydraughon on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A grouchy ladybug does not like to share he aphids and moves to another leaf to find food. Each hour she encounters another situation that makes her unhappy. I used this book for telling time to the hour and then for multiplication and used ladybugs with different number of dots to multiply by 10. Grades k - 3.
lekenned on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A beautifully illustrated book by Eric Carle! The book is about a grouchy ladybug who tries to start a fight with each animal along the way, her oponents get bigger and bigger as she goes.
alyssabuzbee on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Eric Carle's illustrations are always so engaging. I love how the pages in this book got bigger as each subsequent opponent got bigger. This book would be a valuable took to teach about time and time management.
jgabica on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This fantasy book is super creative, not only with the art, but it extends to the pages. The pages start off small and get bigger as the story progresses. One ladybug is grouchy and goes around looking to pick a fight until he gets put in his place and the generous ladybug shares with him in the end. Media: Collage
ermilligan on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A grouchy ladybug who is looking for a fight challenges everyone it meets regardless of ther size or strenthing. This little ladybug soon reliazes that pleasure gan be gained from good manners and happiness.
marenh on LibraryThing 11 months ago
4Q 5PNot a straightforward concept book, but the way it portrays relative sizes is pretty clever.
Rita6 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is an easy, fiction, picture book by Eric Carle, which tells the story of a lady bug that¿s grouchy with the world. The story is told in narrative form.