Children’s Hour: The Bad-tempered Ladybird

Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.

You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

The Bad-Tempered Ladybird is a book by Eric Carle who is best known as the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is a book popular with kids and adults alike. I wanted to introduce the kids to something else by him but it didn’t go down quite as well. I like the story a lot. The bad-tempered ladybird thinks he wants to fight everyone, but as soon as they agree he finds an excuse to run away. I don’t think the kids really got it though, and they found the repetition a little boring. Possibly if I had read it to the pre-school children rather than the toddlers they would have understood it more.


Buy The Bad-tempered Ladybird

Paperback (£4.69)

Board Book (£5.24)


Filed under Children's Hour, Fiction review, Picture books

5 responses to “Children’s Hour: The Bad-tempered Ladybird

  1. Reblogged this on kipmcgrathashford and commented:
    Came across this blog where once a week the author reviews children’s books. A must look every Thursday


  2. I haven’t read this one – but I do love Eric Carle books!


  3. It’s a bit more sophisticated than The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I love it


  4. Isi

    Interesting posts with books for children. I don’t have any, but my 4 year old cousin likes this kind of books. The schools in Spain are now bilingual so it would be a great idea to look for that kind of books for her, in order to prepare her to the language whe she start her school days. I’m going to take a look to these features about books for children. Thanks!!


  5. You’re welcome 🙂 mpst of the books I review are aimmed at toddlers (2 years-ish) so they may be good if your niece doesn’t speak much (or any) English


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