Reader Reviewed What the Ladybird Heard Next by Julia Donaldson

What the Ladybird Heard Next

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Lydia Monks

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Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out to steal the fat red hen. Luckily the little ladybird overhears them discussing their dastardly plan and comes up with a clever trick of her own! The addition of glitter makes the book fun to feel as well as a delight to listen and to follow through its glorious illustrations. ~ Julia Eccleshare

What do you think the Snuggly Snerd might look like? Download this special What the Ladybird Heard Activity page!

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. 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 Next by Julia Donaldson

Once upon a farm lived a ladybird,

And these are the things that she saw and heard...

Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they're heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. They've been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they're setting their sights higher and are planning to steal the fat red hen herself! Fortunately the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own.

Join the cow, the goose, the horse, the sheep, the cat, and everyone's favourite ladybird in this fantastically funny farmyard caper from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With slapstick action, animal noises and a mysterious Snuggly Snerd bird, What the Ladybird Heard Next is a story you'll be reading over and over again.

Click here for a What the Ladybird Heard activity sheet !


“Bursting with colour and verve.” Daily Telegraph

“A terrific and witty adventure.” Guardian

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


Julia Donaldson
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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

22nd March 2018




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