Elise Primavera’s book The House at the End of Ladybug Lane is a delightful story of a young lady named Angelina who can’t help but get dirty and be messy. Her parents are neat freaks, and a child doesn’t really fit their “neat” world.
One night, Angelina makes a wish, and a ladybug godmother appears. However, there’s a problem…she’s slightly hard of hearing. “I want a pet” becomes “I want a pest” and poof – there’s a pest in the house. A pest that bakes the most delicious deserts, but a pest nonetheless. On throughout the night Angelina tries to make herself understood, but the godmother just can’t get it right.
The results are quite astonishing, and the illustrations (by Valeria Docampo) are phenomenal. My daughter liked picking out all of the little details (finding the ladybug, the pest, seeing what had happened, etc.).
The story boils down to how the expectations of the parents, while good-intentioned and well-meaning, may not fit the personality of the child. The child may be doing their best to comply, but just can’t seem to get it right. Rather than continually criticize the child, or be frustrated because they don’t meet the parents’ expectations, maybe the expectations should change to suit the child.
I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.