Look Out, Ladybug! by Jack Tickle

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A new Lazy Ladybug Adventure has arrived! Author/illustrator Jack Tickle brings back our Ladybug friend as she desperately tries to learn how to fly. She keeps zigzagging, tumbling, and wobbling into the other animals, but monkey encourages her to give it another try.

As with What Goes Up by Paula Bowles, we see another book from tiger tales that spreads the word: practice makes perfect. Vibrant colors, zany antics, engaging words, and a silly story will encourage youngsters ages 3 – 7 to read this book often. What Tickle does very well with this book is provide a teaching point that is hidden by the zaniness of all the crazy things that happen as Ladybug learns to fly. I also love Tickle’s big and bold artwork.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (March 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251288
ISBN-13: 978-1589251281

I received a free hardcover of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman

What happens when a very greedy bee spends his entire day gobbling pollen and guzzling nectar instead of working alongside everyone else? Well, for one thing, he gets so roly and poly that he can’t fly home.

In The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman, one greedy little bee won’t share anything, even the workload. While the others are busy working, the very greedy bee stumbles upon a meadow full of flowers. Rather than tell anyone about it, he flies down and guzzles nectar and gobbles pollen all day long. When he wakes from his nap, he finds that it is nighttime, but he is so full he can’t fly home. Now he’s scared and all alone. What will he do?

The first thing that catches your eye about this book is the vibrant and adorable cover. Jack Tickle provided the artwork for The Very Greedy Bee. While I haven’t seen his artwork in the past, I’m going to look up other books by Tickle because I love his work on this book.  The illustrations practically jump off the pages, which is helped along by the active verbs that Smallman uses in his book.

This is a paperback reprint of the hardcover edition of The Very Greedy Bee. With this story, Smallman imparts an excellent lesson to young readers in a fun and engaging way. Animals taking on human characteristics is nothing new in children’s literature, but Smallman does a nice job here of taking a less than attractive trait and showing how with the right influence, people (or in this case, bees), can change.

The text in this book is even bold and big, which adds a great deal to the story. The book designer deserves a huge pat on the back for putting together a product where the artwork, the text, and the dimensions of the book are blended together to create an outstanding piece of work.

The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman is engaging, it’s slightly silly, and it’s a great read on any day of the week ending in “y”.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589254228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589254220
  • SRP:  $7.95