In the latest adventure in the popular Ladybug Girl series, Lulu and her basset hound, Bingo, enjoy a day of play outside in freshly fallen snow.
Lulu sets off for a winter ramble in her customary all-red clothing, coordinated from her ladybug-antenna earmuffs to her polka-dot boots. At first, she and Bingo romp through the snow in casual play, but then Ladybug Girl shifts into superhero mode and finds her own challenges in creating a snow-castle sculpture and attempting to plow through deep snow to climb a hill. When Lulu and Bingo reach the top of the hill, they find that their attempted snow sculpture looks just like Bingo. Lulu’s older brother is impressed with the quality of her sculpture, and they create more snow animals before returning home together. The story incorporates creative, dramatic ideas into Lulu’s outdoor play that will appeal to young children’s imaginations. Soman’s appealing watercolor-and-ink illustrations enhance Lulu’s spunky personality as well as that of her faithful companion, and his snow-covered scenes with hazy blue shadows capture the frosty feel of outdoor play in winter months.
A fine choice for young readers on a cold winter night, especially when enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fire like the one Ladybug Girl, Bingo and her brother curl up in front of. (Picture book. 3-8)