My son has a real love of books and it is definitely something that I want to encourage. He especially likes books that he can interact with so when I saw this book in the Early Learning Sale before Christmas, I knew it would make a great Christmas present for him. The book usually retails for between £10-14 at ELC, and is currently £7.73 at Amazon.
The book is part of a collection by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Lydia Monks. Julia Donaldson also wrote The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, so is a pretty good children's author! The book is a sound book, so has a column of buttons down the right hand side. Each has a picture of an animal on it - each features in the story. When pushed, the sound of the relevant animal is made.
The story revolves around a farm and all the animals on it - including a ladybird, that never says a word. There are two thieves that plan to steal the prize cow from the cowshed but the ladybird hears their plan and plots with the animals to foil their attempts. The story ends with the animals successfully tricking the thieves and having them taken off in a police car.
My son is not quite two and already loves this book. He loves to push the buttons to make the animal noises. The illustrations are fantastic - really brightly coloured - so they are really engaging for him too. The story is a little long for him at the moment and doesn't hold his attention just yet - he turns the page as I am reading it. I love to read it though - it is beautifully worded with rhyming text and flows really well. It is very clever and tells a simple, amusing story very well. The addition of the noisy buttons to go along with the story means that my son and I can interact with the story too.
I particularly love this book and it is one of my personal favourites in my son's collection. The rhyming text makes this easy and fun to read. It also helps my son learn the noises that animals make as these feature in the story and are reinforced with the push buttons. The buttons are easy to press and not stiff and frustrating like some of the push buttons he has on books. There is also fun and silliness in the book when the animals each make the noise of another animal - this will definitely appeal to my son as he gets older.
Overall, this is a lovely book for toddlers and young children. It is lovely for adults to read too and makes for some lovely quality time with your child. It's the sort of story I would have loved as a child and has the potential to be a real favourite for years to come in our household.
"At a Glance Two crafty robbers hatch a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But the quietest, tiniest creature on the farm Features and benefits for ELC What the Ladybird Heard Sound Book Two crafty robbers hatch a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But the quietest, tiniest creature on the farm has a plan of her own and things are going to get noisy; very noisy. With 10 amazing animal sounds, this book is a whole farmyard of fun."