Based on the award-winning Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks picture book, What The Ladybird Heard heard has been turned into a play, perfect for your pre-schooler this summer
There’s nothing better than settling down for a cuddle and story with your toddler, especially if there’s plenty of opportunities for him to join in while you read.
Now you can do this, but on a much bigger scale with What The Ladybird Heard, a new children’s play, based on the un-official Queen of picture books, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks.
The story of the tiny ladybird, who never spoke, but heard everything, features live music, puppetry and plenty of audience participation for the whole family.
It tells the story of a quiet ladybird who listens away while the rest of the animals on the farm go ‘oink’, ‘moo’ and ‘neigh’, but never says a word herself. But the benefit of this is that she hears the plan of two crafty robbers who plan on stealing the farmer’s prize cow, and she hatches her own plan to foil them.
Both the book and the play are great for helping to teach your little one about animals and the noises, so as well as getting him interested in books and reading, you’ll have a little mooing, oinking, clucking toddler afterwards. Erm, yay!
The play is showing at the Cadogan Hall, London until 10 August (cadoganhall.com) and then goes on a nationwide tour. For locations and dates, visit whattheladybirdheardlive.co.uk. Suitable for children aged two and up, tickets start from £16.50.