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The Grouchy Ladybug Board Book

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  24,419 ratings  ·  645 reviews
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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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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
Sally Todd
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
I recently read this book and I was impressed at the versatility of it. There are so many concepts being touched upon in this book. First, there are the different emotions such as kindness and grouchiness, that children can relate to. Then you have the concept of small, large, larger, largest. next you have the concept of time being touched upon. This book can really be used in a classroom in a variety of ways. I also think that it can span a lot of different grades from pre-K to about 2nd grade ...more
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
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
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
Danielle Bartelmay
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"The Grouchy Ladybug" is a children's story of a friendly ladybug and a grouchy ladybug fighting over who gets to eat the aphids they both saw on a leaf. The friendly ladybug suggests they both share the aphids but the grouchy ladybug says that they're all his and he doesn't want to share. He wants to fight the ladybug but decides that the friendly ladybug isn't big enough for him to fight. The grouchy ladybug then flies off and comes across all types of insects and asks them to fight. When they ...more
Serina Kwan
‘The Bad-Tempered Ladybird’ by Eric Carle is an interactive colour and creative picture book. It is a story about a grouchy ladybird, who likes to pick fight with all animals he meets. The story recorded his journey from 6am to 6pm where he travels and meets animals that are bigger than him but he still thinks that they are not big enough and they are not worth the fight. Eventually, he comes across a blue whale, which is so much bigger than him and he picks fight with this whale. The blue whale ...more
Stacey Orlando
A nice ladybug and a grouchy ladybug both want to eat the afids eating the green leaf. The grouchy ladybug challenges the friendly ladybug to a fight after the friendly one offers to share the bugs. The grouchy ones says the nice one isn't big enough to fight, so he finds a better opponent. A yellow jacket, a beetle, a praying mantis, a sparrow, a lobster, a skunk, a boa constrictor, a hyena, a gorilla, a rhino, and a whale were all too small for the ladybug. The ladybug then begins asking parts ...more
Hailey Phay
In the beginning of the book the author adds a note explaining what aphids are bad and how ladybugs eat them his last line in this is "three cheers for the ladybugs" this sets the tone for the rest of the book.
the book starts out at 5 O clock in the morning with a happy ladybug going in for his breakfast, when all of a sudden a grouchy ladybug swoops in and tells the happy ladybug to "Go Away!" then the happy ladybug asks if they can share the leaf, but the grouchy lady bug insist that they fig
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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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