Book Review: Ten Little Ladybugs
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth: four stars
This review had to come on the heels of the last, as Ten Little Ladybugs is also one of my guy’s favorite reads. Similar to Eight Silly Monkeys, this book starts out with ten ladybugs and does the whole counting down thing. Here’s the idea: Ten little ladybugs sitting on a vine. Along came a butterfly, and then there were nine. You get it, right? So the ladybugs are hanging out someplace new on each page (presumably to escape the fate of the previous ladybug) when alas, one ladybug disappears on each page. Do I need to highlight the creepiness factor here? The first time I read this, I was a little freaked out. Um…is this a metaphor for kidnapping? What kind of story is this? Convinced the ladybugs were meeting their demise at the “hands” of butterflies, grasshoppers, bumblebees, and fish, I shrugged it off and figured it probably wasn’t much worse than a good Grimm brothers fairy tale. Creepy and yet acceptable. But here’s the thing about the ladybugs: They all end up together at the end. Turns out those assorted insects and animals were just do-gooders, taking the ladies home. Sorry to ruin the ending for you, but seriously, you would’ve gotten there pretty quickly. If it weren’t for the initial eyebrow raising at the untimely disappearance of ladybugs, I would’ve rated this one five stars. It’s a big hit in our house. But I just know that once little Boo Boo actually understands the story for the first time, he’s gonna be a little concerned for those ladybugs and rightly so; I can already picture the worry in his big, brown eyes.