Christmas Cheer for the Grouchy Ladybug

Eric Carle. HarperCollins, $9.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-293226-6
“Christmas means joy for all”—almost. Carl’s enduring Grumpy Ladybug doesn’t have holiday spirit, even as the season’s sights, sounds, and traditions move into full swing: “Bells ring/ and everyone sings.../ Presents wait under the tree.” Carle’s painterly, patchwork-style art brings energy and richness to depictions of holiday decorations, falling snow, a fiddling grasshopper, barnyard animals, and Santa Claus. At last, after pages of “Bah, humbug!”s, the grouch’s smile turns upside down. A bright and evergreen addition to a holiday library. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 10/02/2019
Release date: 09/01/2019
Genre: Children's
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