Book Review: What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

A few weeks ago I signed up with NetGalley to read and review the latest new book releases. Over the weekend I was checking out the latest releases when I happened across What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday. This is the latest book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks and knew I had to request it.

The kids were over the moon when my request was accepted. Bedtime couldn’t come soon enough on Monday so we could read it.

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday by Julia Donaldson  and Lydia Monks

“One fine day, in the middle of May, The ladybird went on holiday.”

Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven’t changed their thieving ways. In fact, they’ve got even more ambitious. They’re planning to steal a monkey from the zoo and use it to steal the Queen’s crown. It’s a pity for them that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city – and she’s got a good idea that will ensure the dastardly pair won’t get away with it!

With a whole host of noisy new zoo-animal characters to meet and even a cameo from the Queen, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday, from stellar picture book partnership Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, is a sure-fire hit.

Our Thoughts

The book is everything you would expect from a Julia Donaldson book. It’s fun for adults and children alike. We all had a fantastic, if noisy time, making the different animal noises and catching up with the ladybird’s antics.

We are huge Julia Donaldson fans in this house and as usual she hits the mark with this wonderful follow up to What the Ladybird Heard and What the Ladybird Heard Next. The fabulous illustrations are by Lydia Monks and complement the book perfectly.

This book will be joining our Julia Donaldson collection as soon as it’s available.

Thank you to Netgalley, Macmillan Children’s Books and Julia Donaldson for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday is available from 29 May 2017 and priced at £11.99

Children’s Book Haul – Scholastic

A couple of weeks back I received one of the Scholastic book leaflets from school. Recently I have been chucking them straight in the recycling because the kids have enough books at the minute. However, this time around I decided to have a browse through as I was on the lookout for a few new Autumn/Halloween books for the newly rearranged playroom as well as a couple for Christmas.

I usually get my books from The Book People or The Works but on this occasion I came across a couple of titles that I thought would be perfect for the little monsters so I placed my order. I was initially going to send the order back in to school but had second thoughts at trying to hide the books from the kids while I struggled to get them home so I went with the online option which still enables the school to benefit from your purchases.

So what did I buy I hear you ask, well let’s have a look.


First up was a pack of five autumn pictures books which included

  • Alone in the Woods by Ian Beck

Although this book came in a selection of books about autumn, the book actually opens with the line ‘It was a perfect Spring day.’ Aside from this the story is lovely story about a little bear who gets lost.

  • The Large Family: A Quite Night In by Jill Murray

I love this story, probably more than the kids, as it’s something I can relate

  • Oliver’s Wood by Sue Hendra

We have several books by Sue Hendra and they are regular fixtures at bedtime. This book is more suited to Anya (who’s 2) than Corey (who’s 4), who was a little puzzled at the end. He may like it better when he can read it himself.

  • Winnie and Wilbur: The Amazing Pumpkin by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul

This is the first Winnie book we have read and it’s safe to say it’s a hit with everyone.

  • Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury

In all honesty this book is a little strange, however it teaches animal noises and we did have some fun making the different sounds.

I also bought a selection of other books including

  • The Scarecrow’s Wedding by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

This is the first of two books by Julia Donaldson and we love it. Personally I love books which rhyme and especially love Julia’s books and this one is no exception.

  • Spinderella by Julia Donaldson & Sebastien Braun

Julia Donaldson books are always a hit in our house and this is no different. It’s a lovely story about a spider that wants to learn to count and both Corey and Anya loved it and took it in turns counting to 20.

  • Potion Commotion by Peter Bently and Sernur Isik

Again we have a couple of Peter Bently books (The Shark in the Dark being one of our favourites). Again this gets my vote mainly because of the rhyming but the story too is fun and lead us to make our own (pretend) potions using things from the play kitchen.

  • Winnie’s Haunted House by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul

Again this was a big hit, especially once my little boy realised there was a page of jokes at the back, which is now his favourite page.

We’ve read all of them more than once now and the kids definitely have their favourites. Corey like Spinderella and the Winnie the Witch books while Anya is loving Potion Commotion and The Scarecrows Wedding.

All of the above books have been put in our reading nook in the playroom, although they also make the trip upstairs at bedtime too.


In addition to the above I also purchase three Lego DC Comic Super Heroes books for Corey for Christmas/his birthday as he is a big Lego/Batman fan. We already have a few Lego DC Super Heroes books and I was expecting these to be of a similar format however they are more like comic books than stories so I was a little disappointed. That said I’m sure my little boy will love them regardless and I’m hoping that instead of me reading to him he will be able to use the pictures to tell me his own version of the story.

Have you read any of these? Which was your favourite?

Thanks for reading

Debbie x