|MACMILLAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS|
the guardian Sat 14 March 2009
Can one silent ladybird outwit the two bad men in a black van with a map and a key and a cunning plan? You bet it can! How the tiny, but in this case attractively sparkly, ladybird overhears the two bad men and bursts into speech for the express purpose of warning the noisy farm animals of their dastardly plan fuels a terrific and witty adventure told in Julia Donaldson's trademark rhyming couplets. Putting their mooing, quacking, neighing and baaing to good use, the animals swap sounds and so confound the crooks, so they end up being nabbed by the police - who arrive in an equally noisy car. Lydia Monk's original and stylised farmyard fits the story perfectly.