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The Grouchy Ladybug Board Book

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This beloved Eric Carle classic returns once again in a colorful new board book format. For generations, The Grouchy Ladybug has delighted readers of all ages with the story of a bad-tempered bug who won't say "please" or "thank you," won't share, and thinks she is bigger and better than anyone else. As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn th ...more
Board Book, 44 pages
Published September 8th 1999 by HarperFestival (first published January 1st 1977)
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Rachelle Boisjoli I picked up the message that it's ok to pick fights and to bluff/boast your way out of a fight. I really hated this book. Adults might find it funny,…moreI picked up the message that it's ok to pick fights and to bluff/boast your way out of a fight. I really hated this book. Adults might find it funny, but I don't find it appropriate for children.(less)
Benjamin Our one year old son did not have the attention span for it. He listened to it, but only because he was captive at the dining table :) When we tried…moreOur one year old son did not have the attention span for it. He listened to it, but only because he was captive at the dining table :) When we tried to have him sit on our laps and listen to it, he got too squirmy.(less)
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After I had read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” I really wanted to read more books by Eric Carle. “The Grouchy Ladybug” is definitely no exception in reading some of Eric Carle’s great works! “The Grouchy Ladybug” is a Laura Ingalls Wilder award –winning book by Eric Carle and it is about how a grouchy ladybug tries to pick a fight with the other animals no matter how large they are. “The Grouchy Ladybug” is truly one of the most hilarious books about the consequences of bullying that every chil ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Jem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty sweet book about a pretty pugnacious ladybug. He better not try to fight me or I'll knock his chiclets out! If he stepped to me, first I'd be like "What?!?!":


Then I'd be all, "Fool, you really wanna end up like this chump? I'll beat my own dad, I don't give a damn!":


Then I'd freakin' eat you and all that would be left is some green gunk cuz I eat fools like you for breakfast:


Angela Blount
Sep 17, 2015 Angela Blount rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books

Charming in execution, rhythmic in wording, and valuable in its many potential lessons. This may be Carle's best children's book.

A ladybug with an over-sized ego (and an attitude problem to match) faces off against increasingly larger opponents. His threats are met calmly by a colorful array of animals, each with their own unique traits and obvious advantages over the mouthy little aggressor. Each creature is politely but firmly prepared to stand up for itself against this pint-sized bully.

In t
Sep 22, 2011 Yashpreet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During the bad tempered ladybird fly towards breakfast he started an argument with an friendly ladybird who he propositioned to an fight but decided not to because he was bigger than the polite ladybird. The bad tempered ladybird decided to find someone big enough to fight. Finally when we propositioned the whale slapped the ladybird and he realised the consequences to his actions and he stopped being bad tempered.

I think this is a good book in the way it’s written with its repetitive streak. T
Jun 12, 2015 Priscilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, repatation, manner
I really like how the book is illustrated. The Grouchy Ladybug is one of the most funniest books I have ever read. there are so many concept being taught in this story. children will definitely enjoy this book.
Kayo C
Jun 01, 2011 Kayo C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-books
I used The Grouchy Ladybug in my class when discussing time. The book has a mini-clock in the corner of each page and talks about what the lady bug did at that time. I started out the activity by reading the page aloud and then assigning a student to show the time on a large manipulate clock and asked the other kids to give a thumbs up/down if they agreed with the answer. I then showed them the picture and we checked the answer with what was in the book. The modifications I would make for next t ...more
James Byrne
The bad tempered ladybird by Eric Carle
This a lovely illustrated book that is aimed at young children between 4-6 I would suggest. I enjoyed the story as I feel it related to children adapting to sharing in school life. The story itself begins with a nice friendly ladybird that is eating aphids on a leaf only to be joined by an angry ladybird that refuses to share the aphids. The angry ladybird then goes on an angry rampage who has heated exchanges with every animal he meets. He declares that e
Sep 23, 2013 Jodie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is five o’clock in the morning, and a friendly ladybug and a bad tempered one both see a leaf with aphids on it and decide they want it for breakfast. The friendly ladybird tries to be polite and suggests sharing the aphids; however, the bad tempered one does not want to do this and suggests a fight. Although the friendly ladybird agrees, the bad tempered ladybird flies off in a rage, saying he wants to fight somebody bigger. An hour later it meets a wasp, followed by a stag beetle, followed ...more
Summary: This book is similar to "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." It starts out with a grouchy lady bug meeting a friendly ladybug. The grouchy ladybug wants to eat all the aphids and the friendly lady bug suggests that they share. But that's not good enough for the grouchy ladybug so he asks " you want me to fight you for them?" The other ladybug said "If you insist." The grouchy ladybug then says "Oh, you're not big enough for me to fight." So he flew away. Starting at six o' clock the grou ...more
Kavitha Suhumar
Apr 29, 2012 Kavitha Suhumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a friendly ladybird who is eating and is joined by a bad tempered ladybird who also wants to eat but refuses to share the food with the friendly ladybird. The bad tempered ladybird starts to pick a fight with every animal he meets. The story goes on where he meets lots of different animals to fight but he feels that they are not big enough to fight him. As the story progresses the animals get bigger and bigger-and as the animals get bigger the pages in the book also get bigge ...more
Jon Gustafson
Feb 27, 2016 Jon Gustafson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wonderful book teaches students about the interaction of aphids, lady bugs, and leaves. It could be used to introduce topics like sharing, ecology, and sequential time (6 a.m., 7 a.m... etc.). The full-page illustrations are captivating and support the text perfectly. The vocabulary might be a little hard for 1st-2nd graders, but could be built up over the course of a few readings.
Sally Todd
May 01, 2012 Sally Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The bad tempered ladybird is a book full of colourful pictures and light hearted humour. The story goes in-depth at exploring important concepts such as different sizes and time. The story tells of a bad-tempered lady bird who picks fights with various animals – no matter how big or small they may be. However soon the lady bird realises that sometimes it is better being in a good mood! The story teaches children many things such as animals names, the times of the day and the different emotions t ...more
Apr 05, 2009 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-holden
Because "The Cowardly, Passive-Aggressive Ladybug" wasn't nearly as catchy a title...

A pretty accurate depiction of what's going on in the minds of those cage-rattling fear-mongers out there, this is a great book for kids. Read on as the Grouchy Ladybug's escalating threats of violence are met by the other animals that stand tall against her idle threats; read on as she backs down with false bravado every time. Deep down, s/he really just needs the same thing as the rest of us though. A good mea
Mar 24, 2016 Raneem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تشعر الدعسوقة بالغضب فتقرر أن تتشاجر مع أي شئ تقابله حتى أن كان ذلك الكائن أكبر و أقوى منها.... هي قصة عن الغضب لكنها لا تشرح للأطفال كيف يتحكمون في غضبهم أو تبعات هذا الغضب
May 06, 2012 Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When i was growing up my mom read this book to me hundreds of times and her nor i ever got bored of it in fact she reads it to my baby brother and he absolutely loves this book, people say that this might say "kids should want to fight when there in a bad mood" and all i get from that is really? this sends an absolutely different message then that, the grouchy ladybug flies around because he's mean/grouchy but he ends up right back in the same spot he began in. the message was plain and clear "f ...more
Alison Steffel
Dec 04, 2013 Alison Steffel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book with a solid morality lesson to young children. It features a ladybug who antagonizes other animals until it gets to a whale which sends him back where he started from. The ladybug then decides to be nice to everyone after a female ladybug shows him some compassion. This book has great illustrations by Eric Carle and students will enjoy the lovely colorful elements. I would use this in a classroom during and close to summertime when ladybugs are out and when teaching about in ...more
Sarah Robb
Jun 12, 2016 Sarah Robb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tried a range of sensory stories while completing my SBT2 in a special school. Sensory stories are often used in special school stings as a way to engage pupils and ensure they are interested in reading. Because pupils with special needs are often taught using a multi-sensory approach, sensory stories are a perfect way of having story time with pupils with special educational needs.
The first sensory story, or box book, that I used was called ‘The Haircut.’ This book told the story of a man goi
Emily Goldsmith
Apr 25, 2016 Emily Goldsmith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Grouchy lady bug tells the story of a ladybug who does not want to share the aphids on a leaf with a kind lady bug, resulting in him insisting on fighting her for them. When the kind ladybug begrudgingly accepts, the grouchy ladybug replies that she is not big enough for him to fight and he fly’s off. The book develops with the ladybug bumping into various insects and animals, all getting bigger and bigger as the book goes on and asking them if they want to fight him. When they begrudgingly
Dec 08, 2015 Nora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers
The Grouchy Ladybug is about a grouchy ladybug who throughout the day tries to instigate a fight with other creatures. The illustrations are framed to show exactly where the sun is in the sky, so readers can observe the time of day when the lady bug talks to each creature. In the end the ladybug sees the value of friendship, and wants to fight less. Illustrated in his characteristic style, Eric Carle uses vibrantly colorful hand-painted, hand-cut tissue paper to create beautiful pictures on ever ...more
Danielle Bartelmay
Nov 15, 2015 Danielle Bartelmay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
This is a story about a grouchy ladybug who picks a fight with another ladybug because he does not want to share the aphids. The ladybug goes on an adventure throughout the day trying to pick fights with progressively larger animals. Eventually a large whale smacks the ladybug back to the aphid-filled leaf and he decides to share the aphids with the other ladybug. This book is a great way to introduce time to young children. It teaches the concept of time throughout the day and even shows how th ...more
Elizabeth Petrenko
The book tells the tale of a grouchy ladybug who keeps trying to pick fights with bigger animals and backing out when he realizes that they have the upper hand.Eventually a whale whacks the ladybug with his tail, sending him all the way back to where he started: on a leaf with another ladybug. The pages start out small, and get bigger and bigger to coincide with a larger animal. There is even a temporal element-a clock tells us what at what time he encountered each animal.

As a big book, childre
Leigh Sabinsky
Title: The Grouchy Ladybug
Author: Eric Carle
Genre: Predictable Book, Fiction
Theme(s): Insects, Animals, Time
Opening line/sentence: It was night and some fireflies danced around the moon.
Brief Book Summary: This book is about a tempered ladybug that thinks it’s better than everyone else. After asking a variety of different insects and animals if they want to fight, the grouchy ladybug is soon taught a lesson when it gets slapped by a blue whale’s tail. In the end, the ladybug ends up correctin
Jailah Gamble
Sep 03, 2015 Jailah Gamble rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Grouchy Lady by Eric Carle starts off with a peaceful setting in the morning time. The book brings in the first two main characters, the grouchy ladybug and the friendly ladybug. The grouchy ladybug gets greedy with his breakfast and picks a fight with the friendly ladybug. The grouchy ladybug claims that the friendly ladybug is not big enough for him to fight, so he finds someone else to fight him that is big enough. Throughout the story the ladybug is not satisfied with the sizes of his o ...more
Elissa Still
The Grouchy Ladybug follows a ladybug who has the worst manners of all, and tries to pick a fight with many animals bigger than him. The reading level for this book is kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Comments/observations: This book had many different morals and lessons for the reader to pick up on, but the most prevalent was the use of manners and how they can change your outlook and how everyone perceives you. This book, like all other Eric Carle books, was very enjoyable to read and left me
Mar 24, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's about a lady bug who was very grouchy and mean to everyone and the grouchy ladybug was very greedy. It was about how the grouchy lady bug was looking for someone "big enough" to fight it. And it went through so many animals and insects. Also for the lady bug to get some sense knocked into it got the slap from a whales tail and arrived back where it started with the friendly lady bug and began to eat the food that the friendly lady bug shared with it.
The book was very interested an unique th
Megan Mandl
Personal Response: This is another one of my favorite children's books. I remember reading it over and over again when I was younger, even though the story is repetitive. The pictures always amazed me because the brush strokes are visible and they are so unique. I loved flipping through the section where the pages all overlap because of the different in length.

- ages 3-7
Read Aloud for Enrichment Purposes:
- rich language: insist, grouchy, eery
Read Aloud for Curricular Purposes:
- be
Kalyn Ware
Feb 08, 2015 Kalyn Ware rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle is about a ladybug who does not want to share his aphids with anyone. He challenges the other ladybug to a fight over the aphids, but decides he wants a bigger fight. The ladybug travels the world in search of a bigger and better fight. After he finds a larger animal, he declines the fight in search of a bigger and better fight. The last large animal the ladybug attempts to fight is a Blue Whale. Of course the ladybug declines this fight and goes home. However, ...more
Il Giochinglese
Jan 04, 2015 Il Giochinglese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bad Tempered Ladybird -4 +

Chi conosce Eric Carle sa che è impossibile fare una scelta dei suoi libri. Sono tutti, ognuno per un motivo, belli ed appassionanti e i bambini li amano sinceramente.
Hanno anche una valenza didattica non indifferente e infatti non è raro vederli nei miei playgroups o nelle aule di inglese dei bimbi della scuola primaria, anche italiana.

Io ho una certa passione per questo libro in particolare perché, oltre a consentirci di ripassare i nomi di tanti animali non "usu
Kassidy Pine
Nov 30, 2014 Kassidy Pine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning of the story a grouchy ladybug comes upon a friendly ladybug who offers to share the aphids for breakfast, however the grouchy ladybug insists on eating it all by himself. Therefore he tells the friendly ladybug he will fight him. When the friendly ladybug agrees to this the grouchy ladybug claims “Oh, you’re not big enough for me to fight”. He begins on a journey to find a something that will be up to his standards and will be big enough to fight. He finally settles when a whal ...more
Kayla Fjellbo
Nov 13, 2014 Kayla Fjellbo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The grouchy ladybug is just out looking for a fight. It seems that every time he finds someone to fight, they're just not big enough for him to fight! How convenient? The ladybug gets all the way up to a whale and that whale is still not big enough! This fun, refreshing children's book will teach any child that's it not okay to pick on people or look for a fight, because in the end, it usually doesn't work out for the best.

The first thing that stood out to me was that the illustrations were the
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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