The House at the End of Ladybug Lane by Elise Primavera

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Angelina Neatolini came from a long line of neat and tidy people. In fact, her great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather invented the garbage can. Her mother ironed her linguini and her father vacuumed the grass.  But Angelina liked to roll in the dirt whenever she could.
And like most kids, Angelina wanted a pet, but pets are messy and the Neatolini parents did not allow mess in their new house at the end of Ladybug Lane, where they recently moved from the dirty city. Enter a hard-of-hearing and very daffy fairy godmother ladybug—and magic, mess, and mayhem ensued in the house at the end of Ladybug Lane, which became anything but neat.
This magical, funny story has messages of tolerance, "it's OK to be different," and unrealistic parental pressure, and it features the spot-on whimsical art of newcomer Valeria Docampo.
 

About Elise Primavera

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ELISE PRIMAVERA has been writing and illustrating children's books for more than 25 years, including books such as Thumb Love and The House at the End of Ladybug Lane. She has received numerous awards for her work, and in 2004, she was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House. Her bestselling book Auntie Claus has sold almost a half million copies and inspired two sequels. She lives in Red Bank, New Jersey, with her dog, Lulu. LAURA PARK is a cartoonist and the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. This is her first picture book.

















Author Residence: Red Bank, NJ LAURA PARK is a cartoonist and the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. This is her first picture book.Illustrator Residence: Chicago, IL
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Robin Corey Books. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Angelina wants a pet, any pet, but to her neat-freak parents, an animal in the house would be intolerable.

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As much as they try to keep their daughter immaculate, “five minutes later, Angelina was always wrinkly and rumpled and covered in crumbs.” Needless to say, a pet is out of the question, until Angelina joins forces with a hard-of-hearing fairy godmother–like ladybug, who conjures up a pest ...

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City Book Review

I liked almost all the pictures except for one of a spider – I don’t like spiders, even if they’re pink.

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Youth Services Book Review

Would also be a nice addition to books on self esteem such as The Story of Ferdinand by Munroe Leaf and books about the joy of being messy such as I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!

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