Monday, 31 August 2015

What the Ladybird Heard Next - Book Review

We were lucky enough to be asked to review 'What the Ladybird Heard Next', the latest book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. It is the sequel to the bestselling 'What the Ladybird Heard'. The book is due for release on September 10th. I absolutely adore every book I've ever read by Julia Donaldson so I couldn't wait to see what this next one was all about.





The book is a hardback (always a bonus I think for young children) and is a good size. The illustrations by Lydia Monks are very cute and as always eye catching for children. Eva immediately loved the book based on the front cover alone seeing as it was bright, bold and it had a lot of glitter on it. There is actually glitter on every page of the book which Eva loves. She is very drawn to anything sparkly. 

The story is written in rhyme which I think children love to hear. It allows them to become more captivated with the story. I suppose this comes from it sounding more song like when it is being read. 




The story is about the ladybird overhearing that those pesky robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are planning to come back to the farm and steal the fat red hen. They have already been stealing its eggs but now they are setting their sights higher and wanting to kidnap the hen. Luckily, the farm animals have a plan of their own thanks to what the ladybird heard and they work together to fool the robbers about a mysterious snuggly snerd bird who is far more superior than all of the other animals. You can view a trailer for the story here, Book Trailer.

The story is fantastic. It had me and Eva laughing from start to finish. It really is quite comical for both an adult and a child. Eva particularly enjoyed the pages that included all the animal sounds. 



Overall, I would highly recommend this book for any family. It is destined to be another bestseller for Julia Donaldson. The illustrations are perfectly suitable for young children. The book is sturdy and a good size to hold. The glitter on every page make the book a sensory read. The brilliantly funny story is easy to read all thanks to the very clever rhyming. It will make a perfect addition to any book collection and with christmas around the corner it would be a great present. You can pre-order it here, Book.

There is a great question and answer video with Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks available to watch here, Q&A video

Have you read 'What the Ladybird Heard'? What is your favourite Julia Donaldson book?
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15 comments:

  1. How cute. One for christmas i think

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  2. Ah we love Julia Donaldson here too, this looks lovely and one to add to our book shelf x

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  3. We're huge Julia Donaldson fans and loved the first one. Can't wait to get a copy of this :) x

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  4. Never heard of this particular Julia Donaldson but it looks really cute. We're into the Harry Potter years now though.

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  5. Aw this looks cool. I defo need to check out some more of her books. I only knew the Gruffalo ones. Always looking for new things to read for the kids. Thanks Kerry!

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  6. I love Julia Donaldson, I think I'm yet to find a bad book by her. Such a bright and fun story, thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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  7. I think my boy, even though a little older, would enjoy this. He has autism, so the sensory side of the book would suit him x

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  8. This looks so cute! I love how bright it is.
    Alana x

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  9. 'What the Ladybird Heard' is our favourite Julia Donaldson story - we can't wait to read this one :)

    #readwithme

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  10. Oh, we have to buy every Julia Donaldson book so will definitely be buying this one. Great review! x

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  11. We are big, big fans of the great Julia Donaldson and What The Ladybird Heard is among our favourites. Can't wait to read this one and find out what Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have been up to! I love all the books she has written with Lydia Monks because of all the glitter. You can't help touching it and it looks so lovely and sparkly. We met Lydia Monks at Cardiff Children's Literary Festival and she was amazing! She signed my children's books and drew little pictures in them too! x

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  12. Glad to hear Eva enjoyed it. I'm going to have to swot up on all these children's authors soon!

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  13. This has to be on the Christmas list . We can remeber what the ladybird heard by heart here !

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  14. We haven't actually read what The Ladybird Heard! Think it might have to go on the christmas list! #readwithme

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