Wednesday, July 24, 2024
What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

by Mark Warner
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Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven’t changed their thieving ways. In fact, they’re even more ambitious. They’re planning to steal a monkey from the zoo and use him to pinch the crown jewels. Unfortunately for them, they don’t know that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city . . . and she’s got a good idea that will ensure the dastardly pair won’t get away with it!


  • Read the other stories in this series. Which book do you prefer and why?
  • Could you plan and write another ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ book?
  • Retell the story in the first person, from the ladybird’s point of view.
  • Find all of the rhyming words in the story. Can you think of other words that rhyme with them?
  • Can you find examples of onomatopoeia in the story?
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles to add to the illustrations.
  • Write a newspaper report about the events in the story.
  • Think of some questions that you would like to ask the author and / or illustrator of this book.
  • Record your own ‘read aloud’ version of the book. Here is an example:


  • Make a timetable / timeline that shows the different events in the story and when they happened.


  • Write a report about ladybirds. Where do they live? What do they eat?
  • Create a sign to teach the zoo’s visitors about one of the animals.


  • Use publishing tools to create a poster to advertise the zoo.
  • Create an animation of a ladybird moving (or two naughty thieves sneaking around).

Design Technology:

  • Make some puppets based on these characters and use them to retell the story.
  • Design some ‘Wanted’ posters to help the police catch Lanky Len and Hefty Hue.
  • Design a safe habitat to protect Monkey Joe from kidnappers.


  • Create some pictures of ladybirds (or other animals featured in the story).


  • The illustrations in the book show a number of landmarks in London. Can you identify them?
  • Create a map that shows the different places in the story.

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