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What the Ladybird Heard Next book review

The school holidays means lots of time to read books and as fans of Julia Donaldson we were very excited to receive a copy of What the Ladybird Heard Next by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, published 10th September by MacMillan Children’s Books. This is the highly anticipated sequel to their best-selling 2009 picture book What the Ladybird Heard.

Once upon a farm there lived a ladybird,

And these are the things that she saw and heard…

What the Ladybird Heard Next cover

There’s a new crime afoot down on the farm! Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they’re heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. They’ve been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they’re setting their sights higher and are plotting to steal the fat red hen herself!

Fortunately the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own …

In What the Ladybird Heard Next you can be reacquainted with your favourite characters from What the Ladybird Heard, including Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len. Our copy included glitter on every page which appealed to my 3 year old daughter but both loved this new story.

As you would expect from a Julia Donaldson story there is plenty of repetition and rhyme which is great for little readers. My 5 year old was able to read most of the words and particularly loved what happens to Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len.

What the Ladybird Heard Next by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, priced £11.99, is published 10th September 2015, published by MacMillan Children’s Books.

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    Susan Mann
    August 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Will have to check this out. My boys loved the first one x

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    Sian @ QuiteFranklySheSaid
    August 10, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Oh I love What The Ladybird Heard – I will keep my eyes peeled for this when it is released #readwithme

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    chantelle hazelden (mamamummymum)
    August 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

    aaa we loved the first one and this one sounds just as much fun, thanks for sharing with #readwithme x

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    Catherine @ Story Snug
    August 10, 2015 at 11:49 am

    We love ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and are so looking forward to reading this 🙂


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    Sarah Doyle - let them be small
    August 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I am *so* excited for this book! We LOVE what the ladybird heard here

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    Elaine Livingstone
    August 12, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    cant go wrong with Julia Donaldson, dont think I have seen a bad book by her so far. I like this type of book that appeals to younger children as well as being useable as an early reader for the slightly older child.

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