PPBF: Lonely Lola Ladybug

Can you believe it’s almost summer? I can smell the lilacs…and graduations are in the air as well. My Perfect Picture Book Friday pick is all about that. Let’s see…summer means bugs. And graduations mean spreading your wings to fly away. Lonely Lola Ladybug is the PERFECT choice.

It was my pleasure to sit down and visit (in person) with Mary Jo Beswick, author and illustrator of Lonely Lola Ladybug, when she passed through my town on her New England bookstore tour. We exchanged books and she was kind enough to do a review of my book on her wonderful blog, Lean Into the Dream.

I hope you’ll drop by her blog and leave a little comment love. She’s a talented artist and I know you’ll enjoy the coloring pages that can be printed out for kids.

lonely lola


Written and illustrated by Mary Jo Beswick

Publisher: Bellastoria Press (2015)

Ages: 3-8

Themes: Believe in yourself, friendship


Opening Lines:

Lonely Lola Ladybug lived in a tree, just one red dot on a leaf-green sea.


From Amazon:

“Lola is a lonely ladybug in need of a friend but afraid to leave her safe little nook in the big green tree. One day, encouraged by a lively party of ants, Lola decides she must be brave and venture out beyond her nook. She loads her backpack, gathers her courage and leaves the big green tree as she goes in search of a friend.”


Why I like this book:

  • Lovely rhyme and bold colorful illustrations
  • Addresses fears kids have of venturing out from the known into the unknown
  • Encourages friendship building


How a parent can use this book:

  • Wonderful read aloud
  • Great book for kids who are having a problem appreciating themselves or others
  • Talk about how to be a good friend – what are the qualities we want in a friend…those are the same qualities a friend wants in us



Related Activity:

Make a Paper Plate Ladybug

mplateladybugPhoto courtesy: http://www.dltk-kids.com

Paper plate crafts are fun and easy to do. You can find detailed instructions here: http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/insects/mplateladybug.htm

Also, visit Mary Jo’s website for printable coloring pages: http://www.maryjobeswick.com/

I mentioned in several other blog posts that I was offering copies of my Show Me How book to subscribers who wanted to do an Amazon review and some social media shout-out love. In the last few days, I’ve mailed out 28 copies of the book!!!! And just yesterday, Patricia Saunders interviewed me on her blog: http://www.patriciasaunders.com/. I hope you will all get a chance to hop over there to read it.

Plus, Kim Chaffee just posted a review of my book on her blog, The Blank Page

And for more wonderful picture book reviews, please visit Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, dear friends! So many have given their lives so that we can live ours in freedom. Let’s remember them with love and honor.

22 thoughts on “PPBF: Lonely Lola Ladybug

  1. Thank you Vivian for your lovely review of my debut book, Lonely Lola Ladybug! It looks like we were on the same wavelength writing about each other’s book at the same time! I can not get over the knowledge and thought and work that went into your writing of Show Me How. You are one talented lady! Have a peaceful and pleasant holiday weekend with your family.

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    • It was a labor of love, Mary Jo…as I know your book was also. 🙂 I was happy to put Lonely Lola Ladybug in the spotlight today…and I appreciate your post about Show Me How!
      Ditto for a lovely and safe holiday weekend.


  2. What a beautiful story and so true about letting go of your fear and taking that first step into the unknown. Great first line and lovely vibrant colours in the illustrations. A winning combination. Thanks for sharing, Vivian.

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    • Glad you enjoyed it Diane! I’ve had that experience many times…it is always hard to take that first step…and that’s what’s so great about this story…it is an experience that every child can relate to. 🙂


  3. I remember years ago, when ladybugs and fireflies were favorites of mine…on hot summer days, we’d carefully hold ladybugs in our hands…ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. And on hot summer night, clasping a firefly and watching our hands light up…magical! Glad you enjoyed the craft, Sue!


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