Yoo Hoo, Ladybird! by Mem Fox & Laura Ljungkvist

There is a giraffe in the bath and is that really a car in there too? But where is the ladybird?

As we hunt for the elusive little bug, we are introduced to an array of creatures and objects that surreally populate the pages from start to finish.

Mem Fox’s ear for rhythmic rhyme is flawless and guarantees a fun, must-join-in read aloud, and the colourful, playful illustrations are perfect for the intended audience. Young children (and not so young adults!) will delight in looking for the cheeky red bug, but there are plenty of other things to keep an eye out for too, including the busy, dizzy endpapers.

This is Mem Fox at her best, and Laura Ljungkvist’s capricious artwork has ensured a perfect picture book that is sure to become a classic.

For ages 12 months and up.

Alexa Dretzke