Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis.
First, let me just applaud this book for not being PINK and SPARKLY. Instead it is red and sparkly and has a girl who is a spunky individual. Lulu’s parents are busy and her big brother is playing baseball with his friends, so that leaves her to find her own fun along with her dog Bingo. Lulu spends the day outside in the backyard, running, saving ants from boulders, crossing puddles that could contain sharks, and building a fort of her own.
Captured in the illustrations are her sense of self and freedom. Lovely to see in a book for girls, Lulu is not squeamish and has a vivid imagination that keeps her more than busy enough while everyone is busy. The illustrations are full of movement, breeze and joy. They capture a day spent outside alone and the fun that can be found there.
Highly recommended as an antidote to pink sparkly books. This book could serve as a primer for modern children finding good old-fashioned fun in their own backyards. Recommended for ages 5-7.