You just know a children's book has got it right when you ask Little Miss C what she thought of it (the morning after she read it as a bedtime story for the first time with Daddy) and she instantly says:
It's really, really pretty mummy and I love it!
I'm completely in love with Lucy Ladybird
too. The art work is simply gorgeous. Cute, colourful and full of little things for children to look for. There's also a magical huge fold out for the last page of the book and Little Miss C was so excited when she found this for the first time.
In terms of the story… Lucy is a ladybird unlike the others as she has no spots. Determined to fit in she goes off in search of spots and meets some friends along the way who each agree to give her a spot. In what is almost a hidden bit of education in the story each spot is a different colour and children are encouraged to count the spots as Lucy gets them. Of course at the end all the animals realise that being different is no bad thing at all.
In support of the book there is also a lovely website where you can see some of the book's artwork and download 6 different colouring sheets. I'm always a huge fan of activities to support children's books and I'll be printing some of these off to do with Little Miss C over the weekend.
Before writing and illustrating Lucy Ladybird, Sharon King-Chai designed album covers. Whilst I'm sure her talent wasn't wasted there I'm thrilled that she's moved over to children's books and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Lucy Ladybird to review.
Published 1 May 2013