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Reviews:
100 Words Per Minute by Adina Sara
After the Funeral by Edwin Murphy
Andrea by John O'Hara
The Art of Reading by Reading is Fundamental
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Contraband by Clarence Budington Kelland
Demons Don't Dream by Piers Anthony
Dirt in the Well by Linda Lyon
Games to Play with Babies by Jackie Silberg
Ginger by Charlotte Voake Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
The Gryphon by Nick Bantock
A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
Little Cricket's Song by Readers Digest Association
The Leopard Hat by Valerie Steiker
Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr
My Yard by Heinz Kluetmeier
The Old Maid by Edith Wharton
Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore
Silver Lies by Ann Parker
The Summerfolk by Doris Burn
Sun Dog by Stephen King
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner

Miscellaneous
$275 Later...
At the Park
Babies Aren't Dolls
Bitter Herbs
BookCrossing Misadventures
Breakfast Hijinks
Cheerios
Chicken Pie
Coldy and Rainy
Don't 'Lurp Your 'Oup
Easter
Elephants on Mars
Getting Ready for School
Harriet's Teeth
How I Read
Hunting Eggs
In Search of a Wii
A Lazy Day
Magenta
No Sleep and Six Teeth
Owl at School
Painting Again
Period
Return to Normal
Where Have All the Books Gone?
You Know that Burning Plastic Smell

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8


Comments for The Grouchy Ladybug

The Grouchy LadybugThe Grouchy Ladybug: 04/21/07

I think it's fair to say that Eric Carle is one of Sean's favorite authors. Before Sean I wasn't all that enamored with Carle's books but Sean has been eagerly collecting them and has always enjoyed us reading them to him (and now he enjoys reading them to Harriet). The Grouchy Ladybug is Sean's latest addition to his collection.

The ladybug in question is having a very bad day and decides to take out his frustrations by picking pretend fights with various creatures, each one larger than the next. Rather than stay to fight he always claims that the creature he's accosted is too small even as the creatures get steadily larger than he is.

The passage of time is marked by a clock and by the inclusion of the time in the text. Sean who has been learning to tell time now for about a year and a half finds the clock bit very funny.

My favorite bit is the end in that the ladybug's temper tantrum runs its course, leaving him with nothing to show except a wasted day and a big appetite. Fortunately his friends forgive him for his bad behavior and the day ends on a happy note with meal shared among friends.

Books by Eric Carle reviewed here: (Click on a title to read reviews).

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