Reviewed by Lesley Gallagher
Fri, 06/01/2012

A Cinderella story with a difference!

Ella is a ladybird with big dreams and glasses. Ella’s wasp stepsisters make her do all the housework and she is very sad. Then one day the famous artist Pierre, a handsome spider, decides to throw a Grand Bug Ball. Adults and children will love the charming, colourful illustrations and there is plenty of scope for related activities such as drawing or painting.
Smith creates some loveable characters which will surely help to dispel any fears of spiders or creepy crawlies. Another message is that ‘four eyes’ and indeed ‘four hands’are better than two – spots are in and Ella finds true love in a pink spotty jacket and sparkly specs. A wonderful and magical story with a reassuring ending.

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