Are You a Ladybug?

Humorous explanation of ladybug's life cycle.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that clear and attractive illustrations work with simple text to convey basic information on ladybug life. Kids will like pretending to be ladybugs.

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What's the story?

Do you like to eat aphids? You may be a ladybug. This humorous premise for explaining the life cycle of a ladybug will catch young readers' attention as they learn the fundamentals of ladybug life. Watercolor illustrations give a good view of the larval and adult stages of ladybugs. Get ready to look for ladybugs in your backyard!

Is it any good?


Young listeners will be engaged in the story as they imagine themselves hatching from an egg, eating aphids, pupating to adulthood, and flying. The larval and pupal stages are clearly described, although neither is named in the text. Parents interested in factual information for young children will find this book attractive and appealing, with text appropriate for the age group.

Text is concise and spread across the pages, augmented with clear, attractive watercolor illustrations. The art is laid over a white background and gives a fascinating bug's-eye view of the world. The artist is slightly less successful with the illustration of the young girl, whose head appears faded next to her bright red shirt and dark slacks.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about bug life cycles. Try looking for insects in your yard or at the park and talking about how their life cycles are similar to or different from a ladybug's.

Book details

Author:Judy Allen
Illustrator:Tudor Humphries
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Larousse Kingfisher Chambers Inc.
Publication date:January 1, 2000
Number of pages:28
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 4

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