Ladybug Girl, the pint-sized superhero who leaps sidewalk cracks in a single bound and isn’t afraid to splash her speckled red boots in the possibly shark-infested waters of the local pond has returned to bookshelves to introduce a new member of the playground power pack: Bumblebee Boy.
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy is the second in the new series from husband and wife team Jacky Davis (a former producer of the Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss) and David Soman. Inspired by their own kids and a focus on getting them outside to enjoy the natural world, the couple introduced the world to a girl hero that parents could get behind last spring.
Ladybug Girl Lulu wears sparkly red tutus and spotted wings, but she’s not afraid of getting either one a little dirty – or hunkering down in said tutu in the middle of a stone fort in the woods. Spirited and smart, she makes her own fun out of anything – even if the only spectator to her feats is the family dog.
In the book that hits shelves today, she’s got the whole playground watching, and joining in. Yet another example of why girls rule, this Penguin offering doesn’t neglect the boys. Clad in yellow and black, Lulu’s friend Sam finds his own superpower in the flight of the bumblebee, flapping his wings to fly as high as Ladybug Girl on the swings, and joining forces to tackle the playground monster (aka the tire swing). Drawn in intricate detail and bold colors by Soman, Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy offers a gentle reminder that kids let loose outside can create their own fun – no pile of expensive toys required.
Add in the element of children negotiating their own terms of friendship, and it’s a story that empowers kids and reinforces parents’ faith that kids who enjoy just being kids are going to be OK.