This is the third entry in the entertaining What the Ladybird Heard series from Julia Donaldson. Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh are still up to no good, but this time around they aren’t planning on stealing the farmer’s fine prize cow or the fat red hen. They have set their aspirations even higher and they’re working on a plan to steal the Queen’s prize jewels!
What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday has rhyming verses and beautifully vibrant pictures to accompany the story. The book is available in a hardcover, and like the previous books it features glitter on every page as well as the cover. Kiddies just love the glitter, and if they are anything like my little girl they’ll want to feel the glittery pictures before continuing with the story on the next page.
Our industrious ladybird has gone on holiday, and so instead of hearing from all the farm animals, this time she’s visiting the zoo. My kids absolutely love this part of these books where the animals’ noises are highlighted, and even my little one year old smiles and gently says ‘roar’ when we read this account of the different animals in the zoo.
The ladybird spots our two thieves and overhears their plan to use Monkey Joe to scale the palace walls and steal the Queen’s crown. She shares her news with the zoo animals, along with her new plan to thwart them with hilarious results.
It’s quite amazing to think that Julia Donaldson wrote What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday while on book tour in South Africa. The popular children’s author says that the animals in our country gave her the idea for the new adventure. Let’s hope she visits again soon, and is inspired to write another story for us to enjoy together with our kiddies!
What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday is available at bookstores and online retailers in hardcover for R245. You can find some awesome activity sheets from the book for your children, including shape matching and seek-and-find, over here.
Last word from Amy: ‘I like the sparkly glitter. Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are coming to steal the crown.”
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for allowing us to share the Ladybird’s next adventure!