Reader Reviewed What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday by Julia Donaldson
  

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Lydia Monks

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Award-winning duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have created a brilliant new adventure for the clever Ladybird, star of What the Ladybird Heard. The Ladybird’s old adversaries, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are planning another dastardly crime. This time they are after the Queen’s crown and to get it they plan first to steal a monkey from the zoo. Can the Ladybird, who happens to be on holiday in the same place, stop them? Clever Ladybird comes up with a brilliant plan and, helped by some very noisy Zoo animals, she once again saves the day. Gloriously glittery pages add a sparkle to this delightful and witty story. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Donaldson says “In the last Ladybird story, I had ruled out the thieves returning to the farm, so I needed a different setting this time around. I wrote What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday while on a book tour in South Africa and the animals I saw there gave me the idea for the new adventure. I was excited when I discovered that the Royal corgis are called Holly and Willow, as I had already written a lot of the story and needed rhymes for ‘golly’ and ‘pillow’ - it seemed meant to be!”

Lydia Monks says “I was so thrilled to get to go on holiday with the little ladybird! We meet some new friends and visit some new places. A perfect holiday treat!”

Can you match the animals on this special What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Activity Page?

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.'

Synopsis

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday by Julia Donaldson

One fine day, in the middle of May,The ladybird went on holiday.

Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven't changed their thieving ways. In fact, they're even more ambitious. They're planning to steal a monkey from the zoo and use it to pinch the Queen's crown. It's a pity for them that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city . . . and she's got a good idea that will ensure the dastardly pair won't get away with it!

With a whole host of noisy zoo-animal characters to meet and even a cameo from the Queen, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday, from stellar picture book partnership Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, is a sure-fire hit. 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.

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Reviews

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 some of the world's best-loved children's books, including modern classics The Gruffaloand The Gruffalo's Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was Children’s Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with an MBE for Services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Q & A with Julia.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages

Author

Julia Donaldson
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Author's Website

www.juliadonaldson.co.uk/

Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

22nd March 2018

ISBN

9781509837335

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