I can’t quite decide if Ladybug Girl and Bingo is charming, or a little too predictable. Bingo and Lulu (aka Ladybug Girl) are heading out on a camping adventure with the whole family. Lulu is pretty excited about sleeping outside and exploring. Girl and dog end up having a few small adventures and they discover that the forest is a pretty magical place to hang around with your best friend.
The sweet relationship between Lulu and Bingo comes through in the illustrations, and that is one aspect of the book that is really successful. The narrative is simple, and a shade predictable, but there’s a comforting, almost old-fashioned quality to the story that should appeal to many kids. I think it would be a perfect gentle book to share with a little one before a first camping trip. It’s not earth-shattering, but it’s sweet. A good family read after everyone’s had a couple of S’mores and it’s time to settle down in the tent.
Ladybug Girl and Bingo is published by Dial.