Sir Ladybug

Balzer +Bray/HarperCollins/. Mar. 2022. 72p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780063069060.
Gr 1-4–Sir Ladybug and his pals Pell and Sterling are called to a quest to save a caterpillar from being eaten by a black-capped chickadee. Unfortunately, the chickadee is hungry and wants to eat someone, so it’s up to Sir Ladybug to use his baking skills to whip up a life-changing lemon cake and save the bug buddies from becoming lunch. Themes of resilience, friendship, and bravery will delight early independent readers and have them cheering for these friends. Some vocabulary may be challenging for the younger end of the audience, however context clues, illustrations, and the occasional explanation should help readers comprehend the story and stretch their vocabulary. The muted illustrations include a lot of white space and are welcoming for early readers, especially those just starting to delve into independent reading. The jokes peppered throughout are a nice touch as well.
VERDICT This funny friendship story is an excellent offering for young readers learning to navigate graphic novels independently. A recommended purchase for most collections.

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