Today’s book review is for Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots, by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro, published by Annick Press Ltd. I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots is a concept book that explores the idea of roundness. Through rhyming text and colorful stock images it introduces children to simple geometrical ideas and shows that although circles, cylinders, and spheres are different–they share the property of roundness.
The rhyming text written by the Shapiros is fairly straightforward. It has a playful quality to it and does a fair job of explaining the concepts to children. Overall, though, it has a rather generic feel to it. There’s nothing that stands out to me as noteworthy, in the positive or negative. The writing feels merely middling.
Rather than commissioning an artist to illustrate the book, the authors elected to instead use stock photographs to compliment their text. The images which were selected are brightly colored, clear and crisp.
The font selection for the book is excellent and fits well with the images. It, too, is clear and crisp. The layout of the pages is fun, using alternating designs to keep the eye from growing bored. However, sometimes when an image doesn’t fill a page, the edges of the photo are blurred, which makes things look a little amateur. The blurring effect doesn’t seem to fit with the other elements of the book which are all so crisp and bold.
This book earns 3 out of 5 stars from me. I like it okay. It does a fair job of tackling the concept of roundness. But overall, it felt a little bland to me. In a couple of weeks I’m not sure that I’ll remember it at all. If my daughter saw it at the library and wanted to bring it home, I wouldn’t object–but it’s not something I’d try to steer her toward.
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