Ladybug’s Birthday Review

Ladybug's BirthdayLadybug’s Birthday is a SidebySide book originally published in 1998 by Scholastic Books. Thirty pages in length, it is written by Steve Metzger and illustrated by James Williamson.

The following review, up until the ‘Parent’s Perspective’ was written by six year-old reviewer Baby Girl. Typos are intentionally left in for us to look back on together later.

Kid’s Perspective

When it was Lady Bug’s Birthday her fireds kep on letting Bug come when its not there partey when they whent to her party’s and play day’s. and at the end they all started to fite. and they trid to make it more beter and the bees gave her huny to eat and the Butterfly’s fand her next the spiders made Spider web chers then the cerikits made songs to triy to fix it but then it worked.

My name is Babby Girl and my faverit part was when they made her happy agan. the book was adout a Bugs Birthday. and also the pichers were cerativ to me.

Parent’s Perspective

This is the first SidebySide book that we own and although I can’t remember how we got it, I’m quite happy with the way the book is structured. With two children about a year and a half apart, it means that I have one just starting to learn how to read and one who is really getting the hang of the “smaller font” type of books. He can read the large, short text on the left while she can read the smaller print story on the right.

The story centers around Ladybug’s birthday party and Ladybug has invited two guests over for a small little party in her home. She frets about how her home is too small to host any more than the two she invited. Unfortunately, not everything goes as planned, as her two original butterfly guests invite more bugs to her party without asking for permission. Not wanting a larger party, Ladybug is forced to invite in more and more bugs as word spreads around about her party.

Soon her home is full of bugs and the tight space makes it hot and Ladybug doesn’t have nearly as much food as she needs. Eventually breaking down over the stress of “the worst birthday party ever”, her friends soon see that they need to cheer her up. Each set of bugs contributes in their own way to fixing the party with the butterflies flapping their wings to cool everyone down, the fireflies providing more light, the spiders by weaving more chairs, the bees by giving honey to eat, and the crickets by playing music for the party.

The book has bright, cheerful, and cute illustrations and the story teaches children the rudeness of crashing a party, the importance of being sensitive to the feelings of those around you, and cooperation assisting in conflict resolution. It’s been a fun book to read to the kids before bed and I know they both enjoy singing Happy Birthday to Ladybug at the end.

8 thoughts on “Ladybug’s Birthday Review”

  1. Hello Baby Girl,

    I really enjoyed reading about Ladybug’s Birthday, you made the book sound really interesting and I hope to read it myself one day.

    Well done on writing such a beautiful review, I look forward to reading more in the future!

  2. Nice review, Baby Girl! You have made me very curious about the book “Ladybug’s Birthday,” and I would like to read it myself. Spiderweb chairs sound like they would be fun to sit in, don’t you think?

    Congratulations on writing your first review. Keep practicing to write, and you will get better and better!

  3. Hi Baby Girl,

    Great review! My baby girl will be turning six next month. Based on your review, I will be buying her Ladybug’s Birthday so we can read it together just before her birthday!

  4. Baby Girl, You did an excellent job in your writing and you are only 6 years old! Great job! You must have mommy’s writing skills! Keep up the good work!

  5. Great review, Baby Girl! Now I want to find Ladybug’s Birthday so I can read it with my baby girl,too!

  6. What a lovely review Baby Girl. I hope to someday read Ladybug’s Birthday for myself. You are doing so well, at presenting your thoughts. Continue to write and you will gain more experience as well as learn new things. Who knows, at some point you could even review books as a job! 🙂 I look forward to the possibility of future reviews you have for us.

  7. This sounds like a nice book for children, teaching good morals while still entertaining enough to keep them interested.

    Baby Girl, you’re getting a head start on the rest of your peers by writing and reflecting on the books you read, and by reading in general. Keep it up!

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