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What the Ladybug Heard Next

What the Ladybug Heard Next

What the Ladybug Heard

Julia Donaldson; illustrations by Lydia Monks

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Out of jail and up to no good, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are robbers on a mission. They've been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, and now they have their eyes set on the real prize—the fat red hen herself. They think their plan is foolproof, but they haven't counted on one very tiny, very quiet thing. The ladybug has outsmarted these bandits once—and she's ready to do it again!

This latest book from the unbeatable team of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks is filled with twists, turns, and plenty of laughs.

Praise for What the Ladybug Heard Next

What the Ladybug Heard:

“Flamboyant colors, zany perspectives, and a neatly circular tale lead, with satisfying inevitability, to a happy outcome for all but the thieves.” —Washington Post

“An excellent read-aloud or lap book, it's full of slapstick action, animal noises, and repeated phrases that invite participation. Donaldson's rhymed verse is both rhythmic and skillfully executed.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The appealing and brightly colored collage illustrations, rhyming text, and assorted animal sounds make it a natural for individual or group read-alouds.” —Booklist

“Low on menace and high on clever silliness, this highly readable rhyming tale will have young listeners participating in the delivery of these unexpected variations on animal sounds and examining the last scene.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The playful rhyming text flows without stumbling and offers the opportunity to demonstrate one's finest animal sounds. Monk's illustrations incorporate paint and collage to depict boldly caricatured participants in farmyard tableaux.” —School Library Journal


Reviews from Goodreads

Julia Donaldson; illustrations by Lydia Monks

Julia Donaldson is the bestselling author of many books for children, including One Ted Falls Out of Bed, The Gruffalo, and The Giants and the Joneses. She splits her time between England and Scotland with her family.

Lydia Monks is an award-winning artist whose brilliantly colored collage illustrations are featured in many popular picture books. She lives in Sheffield, England.

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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