Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway for The Lady Bug Girl

Ladybug Girl at the Beach
Illustrated by: David Soman
Published by: Dial
Released on: May 18th, 2010
Ages: 3 years old & Up
Source: publisher for review
5 stars- I Enjoyed This Book

Lulu loves the beach. Well, she's never been there before, but she knows she will love it. And then she sees the ocean and it is big and loud and rough. That's okay - Lulu wanted to build sand castles and fly her kite with Bingo anyway. But while they are building their sand castle, the sneaky ocean comes in and tries to steal Lulu's favorite pail. This is a job for Ladybug Girl!
Lulu conquers her fear of the ocean when she remembers that Ladybug Girl can do anything, in this gorgeously illustrated companion to the popular series.

I am a huge fan of The Lady Bug Girl series, because of the way it captures my daughter's attention and the messages each book teaches her. In Ladybug Girl at the Beach, we see how Ladybug Girl over comes her fear of the ocean, something she's not seen until her first trip with her family. She's so excited to see the ocean, but once she gets right up to it, she realizes how big it is. Her uncertainty keeps her away from the ocean until a wave grabs her trusty bucket and without realizing it she finds herself in the ocean reaching it for it and unafraid.

I enjoyed the way Ladybug Girl over comes her fears and the way her uncertainty of something new was portrayed. My little girl couldn't get enough of this story. We read this right before we left for her 1st trip to the beach last week. She loved it and she was able to relate to how Ladybug Girl felt. Each book's illustrations are fun, cute and match the story perfectly. I highly recommend picking this series of books up.

Here's an example of the pages & illustrations from the book:

Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad
Illustrated by: David Soman
Published by: Dial
Released on: May 18th, 2010
Ages: 3 years old & Up
Source: publisher for review
5 stars- I Love This Series

Lulu is so excited for the Bug Squad to come over for a playdate, and she has all kinds of things planned for them to do - right down to eating cupcakes. The cupcakes are special because each one has a candle that Lulu thinks everyone should blow out at exactly the same time.
But when things don't go just the way Lulu planned, feelings are hurt and apologies are necessary. Sounds like a job for Ladybug Girl, who knows how to be brave and say she's sorry, even when it isn't easy.

This is my favorite book out of The Lady Bug Girl series. Not only did my little girl fall in love with the story and Ladybug Girl, but she enjoyed getting to know the rest of the Bug Squad. In this story Ladybug Girl gets to have a play date with the rest of her friends, known as The Bug Squad. After their imaginations take them on some fun adventures they sit down to paint and have cupcakes. During this time Ladybug Girl learns the important lesson that not everyone has to do things her way. Everyone does things differently and that's okay. The story is fun, the illustrations are great and the message the story delivers is one younger kids can not only relate to, but identify with. I'm looking forward to reading more books from this series and I highly recommend picking it up!

About the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series:
Ladybug Girl is Lulu, a little girl who loves to dress up in her ladybug costume and use her imagination to turn every moment into an adventure.

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Thank you to Penguin we're giving away 2 copies of each story!
2 winners will each receive a copy of
· Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad
· Ladybug Girl at the Beach

To enter, please fill out the form below:

* You must have your parent's permission if under the age of 13 yrs old
* Open to all followers in the US
* 1 Entry Per Person
* This Giveaway Will End on August 31st, 2011

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