La Coccinelle Mal Lunee (French Edition)
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La Coccinelle Mal Lunee (French Edition)

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The Grouchy Ladybug Eric Carle. Progressing through a series of brilliantly colored die-cut pages, a bad-tempered braggart becomes a nicer, happier, better-behaved bug. The arrangement of the book also introduces concepts of comparative size and telling time. 48 pages. Trim sizeÊ10 1/4" x 10 1/4".
Published (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:


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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Yusra Faridi
The story starts off about a grouchy ladybug who does not like to share with others. When the grouchy ladybug spots a leaf packed with aphids he immediately picks a fight with the friendly ladybug who was also made its way to the leaf. When the friendly ladybug stands up for itself and agrees to fight, the grouchy ladybug backs off and says that he would rather fight someone who is bigger. Throughout the rest of the day the grouchy ladybug tries to fight various different creatures such as a bee...more
Lorna Bellingham
A story follows a ladybird with a bad attitude that wants a fight with somebody. The book has large pictures but quite small text - it would be too small for children to read in a group such as in circle/story time. The ladybird meets lots of animals at different times of the day but decides that each one is not big enough to fight him. Good story for learning animal names, times of the day and emotion. The composition of the pages makes it very easy to follow the pattern of the story.
Apr 01, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story to read aloud. The mean ladybug is so grouchy, it's fun to play the character's part. The story is progressive, as are many of Mr. Carle's books and there's an element of time passage in the book, so kids can learn the various hours of the day by looking at the clock. Vibrant colors and fun creatures enhance the story as well. We've read this one a few times.
Daniele Merrick
The Grouchy Ladybug is about a ladybug who wanders around to different animals and insects that are much bigger than him and tries to tell them how much better he is. He is annoyed by everyone and everything around him and wants nothing to do with anyone. I thought this was one of the better books of the author’s series because it actually gives off a good theme. The book shows how important it is to not treat others so poorly, because that is just not the right thing to do. Not only that, but y...more
‘The bad tempered ladybird’ is a colourful illustrated book about an angry and mean ladybird who is confronted by a friendly ladybird when trying to eat aphids off the same leaf. The bad tempered ladybird challenges the friendly ladybird to a fight but backs down when he feels that the friendly ladybird is not as big as he is. So, he spends the rest of his day looking to fight an insect or an animal who is big enough.

This book was great as it has a small clock on the corner of each page and tell...more
Paul Farbman
Mar 22, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kindergarten - First Grade
This story follows a grouchy ladybug who undertakes a journey in which he challenges everyone he meets to a fight. Pretending to be tough, the ladybug is really scared off by each new animal it meets when the new animal shows off its way of defending itself.

The collages used in this book stand out well against a white background. There are also several pages that have no white space. Many of these are near the end of the book. I like how the amount of color in the illustrations grows as the stor...more
Elizabeth Smitheram
This book has fantastic colors. It is about a grouchy ladybug who wants to fight all sorts of animals-- big and small. She gets put in her place by the end of the book and becomes polite. This is a great story for kids to read and they will think it's funny.
Jaycie Shearer
The appealing colors and funny storyline in this book makes it one of a kind. The ladybug is constantly competing with other bugs that are scarier and bigger than the ladybug; luckily, he does not get hurt after being in the dangerous circumstances. There is a lesson on refraining from challenging or bullying others, as well as the theme of respect to those older than you and being kind overall. The main character’s temperament makes for a funny story throughout the book. The book ends with the...more
Alyssa Edgley
This book has a good moral to the story. That even though the world can be mean to you, you should still show kindness because it's a reflection on your behalf.

Educator and author Bill Martin, Jr. noticed the illustration was right off a red lobster Carle had created for an advertisement and asked him to collaborate on a picture book. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was published by Henry Holt & Co. in 1967 and became a best-seller. This began Carle's true career; soon he was writi...more
This book is much funnier than I think it was intended to be. I can't stop laughing when I read this one.
As always with an Eric Carle book the illustrations really pop. The story of a rude, grouchy ladybug is interesting but, it got a little monotonous. It was a little outrageous to think that a little ladybug was trying to be a big bully. You see the ladybug trying to pick a fight with animals much larger than the ladybug.
This is a good book for children to read about being unreasonable, unfriendly, and grouchy. It also teaches about being polite and how it makes those around you appreciate it.
Casey Richard
A good book that shows a change in time according to the life of a lady bug. The grouchy ladybug picks fights with other animals and then says, "oh, you're not big enough" and flies onto the next bigger animal. Carle did a wonderful job showing the shift in time by not only having a clock in the corner of each page, but by shifting the location of the sun on each page. The varying size of pages when the ladybug is picking fights with the animals is a fun way of switching it up. I would use this...more
This is quite possibly my favorite book from Eric Carle. The humor works very well as this ornery ladybug looking for a fight flits from one large animal to another one that's even bigger to another one that's even bigger and so on, challenging them all but ultimately evading combat each step of the way by making the increasingly prepostrous claim that they're "not big enough" to fight him. This pattern continues until one can't help but laugh out loud at the ridiculous scenes as they happen: T...more
Shanna Gonzalez
The Grouchy Ladybug, follows an insect through her day, providing some preschool-level humor along with a little bit of learning. This ladybug, however, has a serious attitude and challenges every creature she sees to a fight. When her challenge is accepted, she spits "Oh, you're not big enough" and flies on. The story progresses on cutaway pages, each revealing a larger animal, until she finally meets a whale who dramatically puts her in her place. Each page also shows the trajectory of the sun...more
I think this is officially my favorite of Eric Carle's books, because E.C. is actually telling you about Life. Not just Life, but THUG LYFE.

So there's a ladybug and he meets another nice ladybug who offers to share with him, but he has to be a selfish dick and try to prove what a badass he is. (TL;DR - Ladybug with Napoleon Syndrome.) So he goes out and starts challenging other bigger animals, who are like, "uh, okay, if you insist" when he asks them to fight and he wimps out and moves onto the...more
I enjoyed reading this book because it demonstrates being friendly and sharing as well as being stingy and mean. I like how it shows the cowardness of the grouchy lady bug and how she backs away from fights that she chooses to start. She first picks a fight with another ladybug, but then chooses to fight someone bigger. As each hour of the day goes by she tries to fight something bigger. I like how a clock showing what time it is at the moment is on each page and as the creatures get bigger the...more
Shannon Moore
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle I enjoyed reading the book it was a great story. This book had several stories in one. This book is about a Grouchy Ladybug who doesn't want to share aphids with another ladybug. The other ladybug is so nice and willing to share with the Grouchy Ladybug. The Groughy Ladybug is also rude to the nice ladybug she was ready to fight over her meal with anyone who got in her way. The nice ladybug wanted to share,polite,and she ended up offereing the grouchy ladybug a...more
1. Picture book: Concept
2. A grouchy ladybug tries to picks fights with others; however, instead of fighting, she cowardly flies off to pick another fight with another insect/animal. As the day gets later and later, the insects/ animals she picks fights with get bigger and bigger.
3. A. Type; Concepts/themes taught
B. One downfall to this book is on one page, the typography is quite small for beginning reader. However, this error of sorts is so minute when compared to the strength of the amount of...more
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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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