Reader Reviewed What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

What the Ladybird Heard

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Lydia Monks

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Bestselling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Lydia Monks have teamed up for another brilliant picture book. Right in the farmyard among all the noisy animals with their MOOs! and QUACKS! and BAAs! and OINKs! lives a tiny silent ladybird. This beautiful glittery creature (little fingers will love to feel her sparkly shape) is so quiet that she hears two crafty robbers plotting to raid the farmyard. And she comes up with a very clever plan to stop them, helped by the very noisy animals all around her. A wonderful adventure with gorgeous stylised illustrations. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review What the Ladybird Heard Next. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Emma, Sam and Jack - 'The rhyming makes the story flow and really made my two little ones giggle...A superb book, which we all thoroughly recommend.'
  • Amatullah Khatun, age 5 - 'The rhyming text and bright pictures made this a favourite with Amatullah especially with the sparkly glitter on every page.'
  • William & Alexander Plant, age 6 & 4 - 'The story was funny & it made us laugh when the robbers were caught again. We like to listen to this story at nightime. Our new favourite bedtime story.'

Ladybird Treasure Hunt and win!

We have 3 amazing What the Ladybird Heard Goody Bags up for grabs which include a selection of books from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks (9 titles in all), bunting, activity sheets, stickers and a poster! To have a chance of winning you will need to hunt for (and count) all the ladybirds that look like the one on the right here (but do NOT include this one in your counting). We have hidden her on our site in a few places but luckily there are some clues below to get you to each of the places on the site and once you think you have found them all click an answer below.

I am somewhere on the What the Ladybird Heard page. How many can you see?

I am somewhere on the What the Ladybird Heard Next page. How many can you see?

I am somewhere on the What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday page. How many can you see?

Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. Draw closes on 30 April 2018. The winners will be notified by 14 May 2018. Good luck

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What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

The ladybird said never a word.But the ladybird saw,And the ladybird heard . . .Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . .

What the Ladybird Heard is a fantastically funny story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this much-loved modern classic is perfect for reading aloud.

Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.


Praise for What the Ladybird Heard:

Bursting with colour and verve - Daily Telegraph

A terrific and witty adventure - The Guardian

Praise for What the Ladybird Heard Next:

Donaldson's trademark rhyming couplets bounce along and are perfectly complemented by Lydia Monks's bright and sparkly illustrations - Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include Room on the Broom, What the Ladybird Heard and the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over seventy languages.

Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Q & A with Julia.

Author photo © Alex Rumford

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: From 3 to 7 years


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

22nd March 2018




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