Reader Reviewed Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds by Horatio Clare

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

Written by Horatio Clare
Illustrated by Jane Matthews
Part of the Aubrey Series

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Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017

A sequel to the award winning Aubery and the Terrible Yoot, Horatio Clare tells an entertaining new story about his hero Aubery, who this time wants to get away from his parents’ fighting – and gets involved in trying to save the world while he is about it. Aubery’s special gift is that he can talk to animals and understand everything that they say so, when a spider invites him to help her save the world, he sets off on an amazing adventure across time and space. From the animals Aubrey learns much about relationships the vagaries of and about how everyone must share if the world is to be a better place. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for June 2017

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds by Horatio Clare

Adventures of John Blake, The: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman

Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Ocean by Axel Scheffler

Maisy Goes to the Bookshop by Lucy Cousins

Tender Earth by Sita Brahmachari

Old Hat by Emily Gravett

The Cow Who Fell to Earth by Nadia Shireen

A Piece of Passion from editor Penny Thomas: Children’s stories like Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds don’t fly in and land on my desk too often. Horatio Clare is absolutely brilliant at writing about animals, people, travel and adventure. This superbly written story tackles our relationships with each other and with the natural world around us, and brings a desperately needed dose of good sense, warmth, tolerance and fun to our uncertain times.

A review of the first in this series, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, from Michael Morpurgo Well, this was a joy! Here is writing and storytelling at its best. Here is a wondrous tale, from a writer who loves language, makes music of it, frolics with it, who knows the wild world of his fellow creatures about him so well, loves this world so well that it is nothing for him to talk to the animals and listen to them too…Here is a tale that sweeps you along inside its magic, and its hope… A daring book, beautifully conceived, and supremely well written. Horatio Clare has the voice of a great storyteller. As I said, a joy, a sheer joy!

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Seren Daly, age 10 - 'Fantastically funny and amazing, I just couldn't put it down.'   
  • Lewis Briggs, age 10 - 'An adventurous book about a boy who turns small and is asked by a spider to save the world. Funny and gripping!  I loved this book! I can't wait to read the next one.'    
  • Erica Motoc, age 11 - 'This book is awesome and gave me a different view about insects and I loved all the different things like ‘The Great Hunger’. They were great!'
  • Josh Parcell, age 9 - 'I would give this book a rating of 10 stars, because it was full of adventures and about animals two of my most favourite topics!'
  • Reuben Lunt, age 10 - 'This was not just a book, it was a crazy, imaginative warning to the earth.'
  • Beatrice Whithear, age 9 - 'There was some really exciting bits when I didn't want to stop reading...but I definitely want to read the next one.'
  • Grace Phelan, age 9 - 'An interesting read full of adventure and fantasy.'
  • Sue Wilsher - 'As in Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, Horatio Clare has a knack of explaining fairly complex issues in a very child-friendly way, making things easier to understand...A satisfying second adventure!'
  • Isla Howells, age 12 - 'Lovely, exciting journey and I loved every moment of it, a real page-turner.'
  • Amina - 'Sink into Aubrey's world where anything can happen talking to animals, flying (sort of) and even problems. Will Aubrey save the day read the book to find out.'
  • Ross O'Gorman - 'A magical, funny tale about a boy called Aubrey who loves animals and can understand what they are saying. He gets called upon to save the world by stopping the human race destroying the planet.'

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Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds by Horatio Clare

Aubrey returns in a post-Brexit epic adventure that tackles environmental, migration and relationship themes.

The ladybirdz arrive in Woodside Terrace, and Aubrey's Easter holidays get complicated. Ariadne the spider asks Aubrey to help. Something Must Be Done, but first Aubrey sucks the swallow stone which makes him small enough for daring flights on the back of Hirundo the Swallow and amazing adventures in the Web of Time and Space. Add in Bernardo the bee, Eric the earthworm and a whole conference of ravens, and you have the start of an epic tale in which a small boy and a house spider try to save the world!


‘Horatio Clare writes about animals as well as T. H. White.’ ‘stood out from the beginning’ Branford Boase Award Judges

‘Horatio Clare has the voice of a great storyteller. As I said, a joy, a sheer joy!’ Michael Morpurgo

‘A jewel not to be missed’ Nicolette Jones

About the Author

Horatio Clare

Horatio Clare’s first book, Running for the Hills, an acclaimed account of a Welsh childhood, won a Somerset Maugham Award, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and saw Horatio shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His subsequent books include Truant, A Single Swallow, The Prince’s Pen, Down to the Sea in Ships (winner of the Dolman Travel Book of the Year) and Orison for a Curfew. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the national press and on BBC radio. Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot was Horatio’s first book for children and won the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2016. Read the author's Q&A here.

Author photo © Caroline Flinders

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212 pages


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Firefly Press Ltd

Publication date

15th May 2017




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Firefly Press Ltd is an imprint of Firefly Press Ltd

logo Firefly Press is a new children's and YA publisher based in Wales that publishes quality fiction for 5-19 years olds.

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