A review of an exceptional children’s book.
Ask “The Expert”
Who do you ask when you want to find the best children’s book? The expert, of course — a child!
In my case, that child happened to be my youngest granddaughter, Avalon. By the time she was four, I didn’t have to ask what her favorite book was. I already knew: Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by Jacky Davis, with colorful illustrations by David Soman.
For two years, the only story Avalon wanted to hear was one about Lulu, otherwise known as Ladybug Girl. I could read The Cat In The Hat or Disney’s Best Friends or anything “Olivia,” but the evening was not complete (and sleep would not come) without a Ladybug Girl story (there are several, see below). Avalon wanted only Lulu and, as you can see from the photos below, she wanted to be Ladybug Girl.
Lulu is an active, imaginative child of 4 or 5 (not yet reading) who loves to dress up and explore her world: counting the number of “L’s” on the books in her family’s library, imagining sharks in the neighborhood pond, dancing in the leaves that litter a nearby pasture, conceiving of the neighborhood playground as a place of dragons and monsters that need taming by the invincible Ladybug Girl (and her friends). She is big in her little world, despite what her older brother says. In her favorite costume, she is Ladybug Girl and she can do anything.
The Ladybug Girl series is a celebration of the everyday things in a pre-school child’s life – watching ants, making new friends, inventing games, and overcoming the indifference of an older sibling or the rushed life of a parent. The books (there are ten actual books, not including the activity books and other merchandise) are colorful and simple, with a common thread: a child can do anything with a little imagination.
Avalon and I first came upon this series with Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy (which remained Avalon’s favorite of the series) in which Lulu meets Sam. With the help of their vivid imagination, the dynamic duo become the eponymous super heroes who save their playground from sure destruction.
There is a strong message of cooperation that threads through each book; however, it is the power of the creative mind that captures the hearts of children. When Avalon got to know Lulu, she knew she could do anything too.
The author receives NO remuneration from any sales of this book.