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?