Ladybug Girl Dresses Up, or affectionately shortened to Ladybug Girl, seems a bit “girly” at first glance what with the girl protagonist and the dressing up. But it’s 2016, folks. Plus, if you look at the cover, you’ll see the book was written by a person named David, so if you don’t want your boy, or David, to grow up to dress up, maybe he can write books about it because writers write about the human experience, and good writers write about the full human experience. Of course, some boys do dress up for a living, boys like Tom Cruise and Brad Pit and Dustin Hoffman and Tommy Lee Jones, who also played All American football and got an English degree from Yale.
In conclusion, Ladybug Girl Dresses Up is for everyone, just like Halloween and feminism and the color black.
She’s a New York Times Bestseller, or so the cover also notifies us. But what does that mean to us? Not much since Evy has no idea what that denotes.
Ladybug girl dresses up as a fairy princess, sure, but she also dresses up as animals and even an astronaut, so if you’re worried it won’t give enough career options for your little one, fear not. It’s pretty good about that, even if “spy” is actually more of P.I… Other than the fairy princess, none of them are too overtly traditionally feminine, and who doesn’t love a good fairy princess anyway?
It’s a short, well illustrated, durable hardback. There’s a cute dog and an image on the front cover that protrudes a little adding some sensory pleasure to this bright gem. And the colors? A lot of black and red- power colors! My feminist side is loving this Ladybug. An insect and a lady? Do tell. And did I tell you how it ends? Spoiler: “She can do anything!” Because dressing up can give us confidence as well as creativity.
As for Evy’s opinion: Ladybug goes in the diaper bag, people. That’s right. It’s up there with the cardboard mini version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a rescue book in a tight situation or long trip. It gets a smile every time it comes out of the bag- or it wouldn’t be in the bag. Need to kill a couple minutes in a waiting room and look like caretaker of the year? Pop this in your bag. Need to kill a half hour in the waiting room? Pop this in your bag and read it ten times. Woo-hoo.
So far, we’ve only dressed up for Easter, but Halloween is oh-so-near! Keep a look out for our fall and Halloween themed books to come!
-Evy And Me.