Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs Review

Synopsis from Penguin Young Readers:

Ladybug Girl and her friends help at a dog-adoption fair and discover that even the littlest things can make a big difference in this tenth hardcover in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series.

Lulu is excited to meet all the rescue dogs when the pet-adoption fair comes to her local farmers’ market. She wants to take all of them home–but she already has Bingo, and Mama says one dog is enough for their family. That doesn’t mean Lulu can’t help, though. It’s time for Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad–her friends Grasshopper Girl and Bumblebee Boy–to step in! The Bug Squad can do all kinds of little but important things, like brush the dogs, play with them, and bring them water and food. And then Lulu comes up with the perfect plan to help the dogs find their forever homes. Her idea is such a success that the Bug Squad knows they’ll be back again next week. Together, they can help every dog get adopted.

This beloved series is celebrated for its gentle, authentic, and imaginative exploration of kid-emotions and -truths.

About: Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by David Soman and Jacky Davis. It was recently published on 3/20/18 by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are children’s book, picture book, dogs, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 5, grades K and under. This book comes from a series called Ladybug Girl. According to Penguin’s website, “Dial publishes books for two through teen that aim to entertain, enrich, and encourage our readers. We care deeply about diversity and about artistic excellence. Established in 1961, Dial Books for Young Readers was an early pioneer of titles for the very young, including the first quality board books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs for my 6 years old son as a bedtime story on 4/1/18 and we finished it that same night. This book is a fantastic read! My son recognizes Ladybug Girl. He says he saw another book from this series at his school. I’m glad he’s familiar with it because it’s my first time to read about Ladybug Girl. I like Ladybug Girl in costumes because as a superhero, she will want to rescue those in need. I like the different illustrations showing ways to take care of dogs. My son likes how one dog sits like a bunny because he wants more treats.

This book follows Ladybug Girl, Lulu as she goes shopping at the farmer’s market with her mom. Lulu waits for her mom while she buys some fruits. Far ahead, Lulu notices many dogs standing around under a big banner. Lulu and her mom walks over to the table and learns that they are rescue dogs and are waiting to be adopted. Lulu is surprised to learn that they have no home and wants her mom to bring them all home to their house. When that option is not possible, she sets out to do as much as she can to help the dogs because she’s a Ladybug Girl and she wants to rescue them. She offers to help by feeding the dogs water and treats, brushing their hair, and keeping them company. She also recruits her friends from the Bug Squad to help. Together they come up with an idea to get the dogs more attention to increase their chances in getting an adoption.

This book is very well written and fun to read. I love the illustrations. I love the positive attitude of everyone. I love that Lulu is active in seeking to help others in need. I like that her mom is supportive of her and allow her to explore lending a hand to others. I like the fun farmer’s market experience. My son can relate because I have taken him to countless farmer’s market shopping trips. My son likes how the dogs smile during their parade walk. Ladybug Girl and her friends are fun to read about because they all are wearing costumes and out to perform their superhero duties. I like the different personalities of the different dogs. I like the happy ending. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!

Pro: helping others, offer to help, illustrations, animals, farmer’s market, positive attitude

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

Jacky Davis and David Soman are a husband-and-wife creative team. Inspired by their own children and family experiences, they write the Ladybug Girl books together, and Mr. Soman illustrates. Jacky Davis is also the author of Black Belt Bunny, illustrated by Jay Fleck, and David Soman is author/illustrator of Three Bears in a Boat and The Monster Next Door.  (Info and book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Penguin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


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