Baby Book Club: Where’s Mrs Ladybird? by Ingela P. Arrhenius

Disclaimer here, I didn’t buy this book. This was a husband special. Every time he takes Pippin into town they come back with a little present. Sometimes it is a toy, sometimes a cakey treat and this time a book.

He was so excited about this book. They’d sat and read it in Waterstones before buying, and he was super excited because Pippin had a new trick!

What is it about?

Ingela Arrhenius has created a really beautiful lift the flap book for very little children, complete with the signature illustrations you expect from her work. The book shows a number of different garden insects hiding behind felt flaps – and we are asked to find them in a similar format throughout.

‘Where is Mr or Mrs X.’

The final page has a little twist, and this was the source of my husband’s delight

Why is it a favourite?

It is what it is. A simple lift  the flap book.

I really do like this book though. The illustrations are bright and they feel a bit retro, which I do like. It reminds me a little of some of the books of my childhood.

The felt flaps are a fantastic idea for tiny hands, Pippin hasn’t managed to damage the book and we have had it months now and read it a lot. We’ve had some lift-the-flap casualties before, Farm 1-2-3 didn’t last more than a day, but this is sturdy and we’ve had no problems with it.

So, what was Pippin’s trick you ask?

Well, the final page of the book asks the question “And where are you?” with a mirror.

And what delighted Pippin’s dad so much was that she looked at herself in the mirror, proudly stated that there was a baby on the page and gave her reflection a big, wet kiss.

I guess they had to buy it then…

Should you buy it?

It is a great book for little ones, especially if they’re anything like miss vanity and like looking at themselves in a mirror. The colours are bright, the pictures are endearing and the flaps are secure and sturdy.

It is basically a great book for reading with the very young.

My husband bought this book for her back in September, so she would’ve been around thirteen months old, she doesn’t reach for it quite as much now. When she does she is less interested in lifting the flaps, and likes to know the names of everything on the pages and ‘count’ the flowers, trees and other elements of the illustrations. But we enjoyed the book so much that we went back and bought Where’s Mr Lion? to add to our collection.