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Ladybug Girl: 08/03/13

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Ladybug Girl by David Soman is about a young girl who likes to dress up as a ladybug. She's part superhero and part magical princess and all ladybug. She and her trusty dog go on adventures fueled by the power of her imagination.

In this first installment, the parents are busy and big brother doesn't want to play with her. It's the classic absent parent, overworked older sibling set up for the youngest to venture out on her own.

Of course with a house full of interesting things has "nothing to do." Perhaps she has spent too much of her young life stuck inside? So Ladybug girl ventures outside to the yard and neighboring woods.

For each thing Ladybug Girl encounters, her imagination runs wild, creating for her untold terrors (sharks in the duck pond!) for her to conquer. Of course she conquers them all — she's Ladybug Girl.

I thought it was a cute book about solo play and outdoor exploration. My daughter (the intended audience) was less than impressed. She couldn't wrap her head around wearing a tutu (something reserved for dancing) to jump in puddles and climb trees and stuff. It was alien and irresponsible from her point of view.

Three stars

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