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Ladybug Girl

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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  5,001 ratings  ·  301 reviews
The first hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series, which encourages independence and creative play, and celebrates imagination for every preschool child!

When Lulu puts on her ladybug costume, she becomes Ladybug Girl, a superhero who uses her imagination to have adventures right in her own backyard. Her dog, Bingo the basset hound, is
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 13th 2008 by Dial Books
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Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, hardback
My Goodreads friend Michelle reviewed Labybug Girl, a children's book, about Lulu and her Basset Hound, Bingo. I have a Basset Hound/Boxer mix rescue that looks mostly Basset Hound, named Rufus, and I just had to check this book out of the library so I could see the adventures of Lulu and Bingo, for myself. I know I'm going to read all the books in the series, over time, because Lulu and Bingo are so cute.

I came to the book for Bingo but I'm staying for both Lulu and Bingo. What a cute little g
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My daughter received this book as a gift and IT IS AMAZING. I love Ladybug Girl (Lulu) almost as much as she does. The fact that Lulu has an adorable bassett hound named Bingo makes it even better. The illustrations are OUT OF THIS WORLD and so is the story. I am so glad this is a series and only wish there were 100 more. Cannot say enough good things about it!
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, series
Ladybug Girl (Lulu) and her sidekick Bingo go on many adventures together in this series.  Lulu is a courageous, imaginative girl.  When cloaked in her ladybug girl costume she feels capable of taking on new adventures and solving problems.  Beautifully written, sweet stories with charming illustrations to enjoy time and time again.  
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
First, let me just applaud this book for not being PINK and SPARKLY. Instead it is red and sparkly and has a girl who is a spunky individual. Lulu's parents are busy and her big brother is playing baseball with his friends, so that leaves her to find her own fun along with her dog Bingo. Lulu spends the day outside in the backyard, running, saving ants from boulders, crossing puddles that could contain sharks, and building a fort of her own.

Captured in the illustrations are her sense of self an
Sep 21, 2009 rated it liked it
First, let me say that I LOVE the illustrations. They are SO adorable and completely convey Ladybug Girl's spunky, creative personality. And, yet... the story just feel flat for me. I would have almost rather there been no words so I could create my own. A few passages were quite pretty and fun, but overall, I felt annoyed that none of the characters really worked through their interpersonal problems. Ladybug Girl finds an adventurous, imaginative way to resolve her boredom, but her squabble wit ...more
This is a classic glass-half-empty/glass-half-full story written for young readers to understand.
There is one page, where Lulu is standing in the middle of a room full of toys. She has this priceless now-what-can-I-do-I'm-bored look that captivates my daughter.

This is a nice story for preschoolers and Kindergarteners because Lulu thinks as they do.
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
Superb illustrations, so adorable, but the story didn't grab my attention. ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve decided to start keeping track of my favorite kid books. This has such a wonderful girl character - brave and independent and curious.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-alena
I am happy to see there are a lot of Ladybug Girl books. I love the big floppy ears and expressions on the dog Bingo's face. I like the story of empowerment and helpfulness. ...more
Lacey Ellison

Ladybug Girl is a realistic fiction children’s picture book about a little girl named Lulu who calls herself Ladybug Girl. After her brother told her she was too little to play with him, she becomes frustrated and can’t find anything to do. She then went in her backyard and used her imagination to keep herself occupied. She helped move a rock for some ants, crosses a pond, fixes a stone wall to use as a fort, and runs all the way across a fallen tree without falling. In the end of the
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bean-books, picture
Glancing at my daughter's bookshelf, I realize we have a lot of precocious girl books. Let's see...there's Olivia, Lilly, Madeline, Eloise, Fancy Nancy, and Pinkalicious. And we haven't even gotten into Junie B. yet.

And then there's Lulu, a.k.a. Ladybug Girl. Like the others, she needs to rely on her imagination and self-reliance to make things right (although one might argue that things just sort of happen to Fancy Nancy and she just goes with it). And she's definitely a strong female character
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Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: little girls, especially little sisters; dog loving little girls
I love the illustrations, including the ones on the inside front and back covers. The facial expressions on Lulu (AKA Ladybug girl) and the expressiveness of her dog Bingo are just wonderful. The illustrations are most of what make this book appealing.

I also appreciated how the story showed how a young child can use her imagination to have a terrific time playing by herself.

The funniest page (probably because I remember this so well from my childhood and from many children that I’ve known over t
Apr 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lulu's costume collection must be the envy of all small girls (my poor girls have no dress ups!). Make sure and pay close attention to the dog's funny expressions.

This had a great message that I can use as an adult. Sometimes you want to be doing something else. Sometimes you envy someone for what they've got or haven't got. Great is the moment when you suddenly realize that your lot in life is just as it should be, you sink back and relax into it. Gone is the angst, the fretting. Life is good.
I decided to read this book based on Abigail A's comments, and sadly I found I agreed with them. The watercolor and ink illustrations are delightful, but the endpapers with Lulu dressed in the stereotypical Indian costume, marking her face with war paint, do seem oddly insensitive. The story I found undistinguished in any case. ...more
Kiera Turner
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
This book is one of my favorites! I think this book is the definition of imagination and creativity! This book reminds me of the Fancy Nancy books because of the imagination, independence and creativity of both characters. Great book to introduce to four or five year olds because they are really independent and imaginative at that age!
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful imaginative story. I read this regularly with my 5 year old son. After reading the story, we could go for walks, looking for fairy tea gardens and old gnarled wizard trees. It's a really nice story. ...more
May 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-books
The ladybug girl looks a lot like my niece it was an ok story. The story didn't really go anywhere. My niece pointed that out and she's (5) ...more
May 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I really thought I would love this one, but it was ho-hum. My daughter was really excited by the cover, the story didn't really hold her attention. ...more
Lisa B.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-read
A nice little book for young girls.
Lydia Boverie
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a young girl, Ladybug Girl, who wants to help and hangout with her parents and older brother, yet they say she is too young to do the things they are up to. She is very upset to hear this and tries to find something to do. She looks around her home, and just sees all the things she can't do, like reading books since she doesn't know how to. At first this discourages her, but then she starts making up fun things that only she can do. She goes on adventures that only Ladybug G ...more
Laurel Krause
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: favorites
Lulu is a ladybug girl who has to come up with her own activities for the day since her mom, dad, and brother are busy. Her brother says she can’t play with him because she is too little. So she spends the whole day doing big girl things

The content of the book teaches kids that people can’t tell you that you are too little to do things. Throughout the book Lulu does big girl things and conquers her fears. Lulu teaches kids that they can make their own fun and have their own adventures.

The illus
Kendall Hall
Summary: The book titled The Ladybug Girl is about a young girl who thinks that she is a ladybug girl simply because she loves ladybugs. Her parents tell her that they have to do around the house so she and her brother need to find something to do on their own. Her little brother goes to play ball with his friends and ladybug girl wants to play but her brother says that she is to small. Ladybug girl then goes on many of her own fun and adventurous adventures around her backyard basically telling ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my youngest daughter's favorite book (she even dressed up like Ladybug Girl for Storybook Character Day at school). I decided to review it because I read it to a class of kindergarteners yesterday. Some of them had never heard it, and they loved it, too.
Ladybug Girl is a young girl who is faced with a day of trying to find something to do all by herself (well, she also has her trusty sidekick, Bingo the dog...). Her older brother won't let her play baseball with him, and since she cannot
Hannah Arnold
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-3500
Ladybug girl is about a little girl who wants to play baseball with her brother and his friends but he won't let her because he says she's too small. She gets upset because she thinks there's nothing for her to do, since her parents are also busy and she realizes she's going to have to keep herself occupied. She jumped into the puddle, built a fort with the rock wall, and climbed a tree. She found her brother and his friends playing baseball and she asked if she could play with them again, and h ...more
Morgan Proffitt
In the book "Ladybug Girl", by David Soman and Jacky Davis, young LuLu I faced with the daunting task of spending a whole morning all by herself. "Too little" to play baseball with her brother, LuLu wanders around her house seeking (and failing) to find adventure. It's only when she goes outside and uses her powers as Ladybug Girl (and a little imagination) that she finds she might not need anyone else there to have the best day ever.
I really loved this story! The illustrations are beautiful,
Lea Buchanan
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a story about a little girl named Lulu who calls herself "Ladybug Girl". She wants to play baseball with her older brother, but he tells her that she's too little. So, Lulu and her dog, go on an adventure and play outside, and have fun. She then realizes that she's not so little after all and can accomplish a lot. She then becomes confident in who she really is and is happy being her, and being "Ladybug Girl". This is a cute story and I think that a lot of kids could relate to it. Espec ...more
J read this book to the girls tonight, and I also read it to them once recently. Although this is technically S's book, L (age 4) has recently shown interest in it. She listens very closely to the story and wanted to talk about it with me afterward. Not surprisingly, she relates to the protagonist who is considered too little to play with her big brother but finds ways to make her own adventures anyway. F actually laid still in bed and listened to this story for a bit, too, no small feat for a 9 ...more
Anna W.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. I picked it up at Goodwill on a whim because it looked like a strong female character in a children's book. I was correct! Not only that, but the pup looks like one I had in my not-to-distant past. The book promotes entertaining oneself, imagination, and not relying on others. This book would be a great read for young ladies of all ages, but young boys too.
(I plan to frame some of the pages of this book, as they're beautifully illustrated as well.)
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ladybug Girl's costume box includes a pirate, a ballerina, a witch, a movie star, a princess, a native american, an astronaut, a unicorn, a flower, a detective, a pilot, a fairy princess, an artist, a mermaid, a tiger, and a djinn. Wow.

And yet this and all her other stories feature her as Ladybug Girl, with her dog BINGO (of course!).

In this first installment she struggles with being "too little" to play ball with her older brother and his friends.
Ashley Hubbard
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
When Lulu puts on her ladybug uniform, she becomes Ladybug Girl, who is a superhero that uses her imagination to have adventures right in her backyard. Her dog is always by her side and the two prove that they are not too little to explore nature, build forts, and make their own big fun.

This book gets five stars because it has so much creativity and imagination! I love how wide it goes and the fun that the author had with it.
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David Soman and Jacky Davis are a husband-and-wife creative team. They write the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl books together and Mr. Soman illustrates. The books are inspired by their own children and family experiences. Jacky Davis has worked in publishing as well as in television. David Soman teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. They live with their children in upsta

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