Book Review: Yoo-Hoo Ladybird! by Mem Fox and Laura Ljungkvist

This new book by Mem Fox has my family abuzz.

Visit our home anytime of the day and you’ll most probably find my kids and I either reading or playing, so we were jumping for joy to find a book that allows us to do both AT THE SAME TIME.

Mem Fox has an innate ability to write stories that genuinely appeal to children. She mesmerises them with her storytelling and she writes stories that parents are happy to read over and over and over again.

And, this is certainly the case with Yoo-hoo Ladybird!   The book has been brilliantly designed. The watermelon-coloured cover and delicious endpapers will draw you in  but the text, illustrations and  perfectly-timed page turns will have the whole family captivated.

Yoo-hoo Ladybird!, with its repetitive refrain and rhyming text, is a pleasure to read aloud.

‘Yoo-hoo ladybird!
Where are you?’

Laura Ljunkvist has created fun-filled pages with her illustrations. You’ll know her work from the Follow the Line series of books. The vibrant candy-coloured palette and collage art ooze excitement and fun.

Together, Mem and Laura invite the reader to play a game of Hide and Seek. Readers are given the chance to spot the ladybird who is hiding within collaged scenes of toys, objects, shapes and patterns.

Turn the page and you’ll find yourself looking through a monocular to zoom in on that cheeky little ladybird.

I guarantee this book will be a hit in your home because there is something for everyone to enjoy, whether it be the sublime endpapers, brightly coloured pages, rhyming text, striking illustrations or the simple game of hide and seek.

Yoo-hoo Ladybird! Book Details

Author: Mem Fox

Illustrator: Laura Ljungkvist

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Viking (Penguin Books), May 2013

RRP: $19.99 (aud)

Suitable for ages 2+

Book Review: Yoo-Hoo Ladybird! by Mem Fox and Laura Ljungkvist


  1. I am so excited to check this book out! I am a huge Mem Fox fan!

  2. Robyn said: On May 22, 2013

    Hooray for a new Mem book!!! She does truly know how to appeal to children in an amazing way. I adore her.

  3. Alicia said: On May 22, 2013

    We have enjoyed quite a few Mem Fox books, so I am excited to check this one out.

  4. Love Mem Fox… :) She is amazing! My favourite (well one of them) book is Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge. I used to read it to my class and really struggled not to cry. That was before I had two grandmother’s in nursing homes and our beloved Poppy pass away! :( Even harder to read now! My favourite quote from that book would have to be:
    “But his favourite resident was Mrs Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, and all because she had four names, like he did” I love that this is the beginning of their connection! The rest makes me cry! :)
    Thanks Jackie xx

  5. Leah said: On June 4, 2013

    Oh, I am so glad you shared this one! We love Where is the Green Sheep (we have the version in English and Spanish). And we have the night time one of his too (the name escapes me at the moment). I am adding this one to the wishlist right now!

  6. Thanks for sharing. I am definitely adding this to our library list. We have this old book called Where’s Wallace about a monkey who escapes from the zoo and the zookeeper chases him around. My 3.5 year-old loves to find Wallace, so I know he would love this book too. I also will have to look for other books by this author. The Spanish-English book that Leah shared in comments also sounds great.

  7. Cat said: On June 4, 2013

    I cannot wait to grab a copy! It looks so fun.

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