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The Grouchy Ladybug [Paperback]

By Eric Carle (Author) & Eric Carle (Illustrator)
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A twentieth-anniversary reformat of a popular children's story highlights the irascible and irresistible black-spotted curmudgeon as she challenges everyone she meets despite their size and strength. Simultaneous.

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It's the Grouchy Ladybug's 20th birthday. To celebrate, we are introducing a new, larger format edition with brighter, more colorful pages created from Eric Carle's original artwork using the latest reproduction technology. The Grouchy Ladybug is bigger and brigher, as irascible but irresistable as ever and will surely delight new generations of readers, as well as her devoted fans of all ages. Happy Birthday, Grouchy Ladybug

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1245
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 578
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 833

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10" Width: 10" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 16, 1996
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  4-8
ISBN  0064434508  
ISBN13  9780064434508  
UPC  046594006950  

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More About Eric Carle

Eric Carle The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature—an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

Carle says: “With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Spanish Bio:
Eric Carle es el creador de mas de setenta libros ilustrados para ninos.

Nacio en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis anos de edad se traslado con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Kunste de Stuttgart, logro cumplir su sueno de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportacion global a la literatura y a la ilustracion infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta anos despues de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguro en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, ademas de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen numero de originales de los mas destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

Eric Carle currently resides in New York. Eric Carle was born in 1929.

Eric Carle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Picture Books
  2. Classic Board Book
  3. Paperstar Book
  4. World of Eric Carle

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Grouchy Ladybug?

Good Book  Jun 2, 2008
This is one of my all time favorites by Eric Carle. We even made it into a puppet show! Fun
Hey, You, Wanna Fight?  May 11, 2008
This book is going to have to quietly disappear. I can't get my 2 year old and 5 year old to stop saying the infamous phrase that is repeated throughout the book, "Hey, you, wanna fight?". I'm anticipating my 5 year old's teacher telling me any day now that he's saying this at school! Eric Carle is an all time great illustrator but clearly doesn't understand the effect of negative repetition on children.
I really dislike this book  May 10, 2008
As another reviewer said, we are not incredibly conservative or anything. But I'd like to keep my three-year-old's innocence going as long as possible. I threw this book away after reading it just once, since the main character just picks fights with everyone. Why would I even want to introduce the notion of fighting to my son?? This is not a good children's book.
Not a nice book...  Apr 18, 2008
I normally like Eric Carle books both for the story and the illustrations. This is not a nice book. Why would you want to read a story to your child where the main character tries to pick a fight with all the other characters--on every page!! I received this book at my baby shower because I had registered for several Eric Carle books (I hadn't actually read this one)--we returned it.
The antihero  Jan 26, 2008
A lot of reviewers didn't think well of this book. My son loves it and so do I. Most people's complaints are about how the grouchy ladybug tries to pick fights, but I think they miss the big picture. Stories, like life, sometimes require an explanation to properly highlight the good for kids.

The grouchy ladybug is an antihero. He starts off to not wanting to share with another ladybug aphids on leaf, instead wanting to fight for them. The other ladybug stands up for itself in a polite, nice way, and the grouchy ladybug runs off to find someone bigger to fight, trying to prove himself better.

In the end, the grouchy ladybug ends up right where he started, by the leaf with the aphids and the kind ladybug. He ends up hungry, tired, and beat, all for nothing. The kind ladybug still shares the remaining aphids, and the grouchy ladybug thanks the kind one for sharing.

While the book theme may be more geared towards an older crowd than toddlers, the moral is not. The grouchy ladybug behavior is shown as being futile, gaining him nothing, and instead nearly costing him a meal he could have shared with the kind ladybug. The book highlights the virtues of sharing, kindness, and manners, while downplaying comically the futility of impatience, pride, tantrums, and poor manners.

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