Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

by David Soman, Jacky Davis


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803733398
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/05/2009
Series: Ladybug Girl Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 128,991
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About 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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 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.
SJKessel on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Soman, D., & Davis, J. (2009). Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.9780803733398Appetizer: Dressed as a ladybug, Lulu heads to the park with her dog, Bingo and her mom. She looks for a friend and finds Sam, but the two have trouble deciding on a game they both want to play.I absolutely love the sense of imagination of this picturebook. Normal kids imaging that they are superheroes and that the playground is full of villains they must conquer is very realistic. I also liked that pretending to be superheroes was shown as an empowering role for Lulu to take on and by doing so she was able to resolve conflicts with other kids.In terms of the illustrations...I liked them fine. The eyes of the human characters had an anime vibe going. Also, with a lot of the settings in the illustrations weren't completely filled in, so character would walk across white spaces that was a little off putting.A red flag did fly up when Sam becomes Bumblebee Boy and picks up a stick to be his stinger. While it's a very realistic depiction of what a child would do, a teacher may want to pause to remind kids that sticks can be dangerous. The illustrations never show him pointing the stick at anyone and the things he attempts to sting are all inanimate objects, but it a warning flag went up. It was a small, little, itty-bitty flag, but a flag, nonetheless.Of course, the other issue with the stinger is that it's such an obvious phallic symbol. Obviously the kindergartners won't pick up on that. But still.... Dinner Conversation:"Ladybug Girl is ready to play!" says Lulu.She has been waiting forever to go to her favorite playground--the one with the twisty slide and bouncy dinosaurs.""When she sees Mrs. Robbins carrying her groceries, Ladybug Girl swoops over to help. The bag is as heavy as a boulder, but it isn't a problem for Ladybug Girl.""When they get to the playground, it is full of kids. While Bingo settles into his spot under a bench, Lulu looks around for someone to play with.""You don't want to do anything I want to do!""And you don't want to do what I want!" Sam grumbled.Lulu's cheeks are getting hot.She is very frustrated! Why doesn't Sam want to play? She definitely didn't have this problem on the way to the playground, when she was Ladybug Girl!"To Go with the Meal:This would be an excellent book to share with young readers to discuss rules for the playground and to encourage kids to include one another in imaginative play and to accommodate the different games that each child wanted to play.This story also focuses on superheroes in a purely positive way that encourages children to be empowered. Of course, there are still references to battling villains (which are all inanimate objects in the story), but some parents might interpret that as encouragement of violence.Tasty Rating: !!!!
Nhritzuk on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The conflict is realistic and the characters are loveable. I am certain that many children could identify with both Lulu and Sam. I found their series of imaginary events quite entertaining and not too far off from what I have watched my own children do. The ending of the book, where Lulu and Sam quickly and wisely solve a conflict between 2 girls seems a little unrealistic, but serves as a good model for those children who are listening to the story and who might find themselves in similar situations.
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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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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".