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The ladybirdz arrive in Woodside Terrace, and Aubrey's Easter holidays get complicated. Ariadne the spider asks Aubrey to help. Something Must Be Done, but first Aubrey sucks the swallow stone which makes him small enough for daring flights on the back of Hirundo the Swallow and amazing adventures in the Web of Time and Space. Add in Bernardo the bee, Eric the earthworm and a whole conference of ravens, and you have the start of an epic tale in which a small boy and a house spider try to save the world!

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20th July '17
cooper15 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds 9781910080504
5 stars
My daughter read this as her school reading book and enjoyed it very much, she said it was a really good adventure story and has made her not so scared of spiders anymore!! Not sure about me though!! 
28th June '17
Josh read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds 9781910080504
5 stars
Aubrey is a boy who is transformed small by a Swallow Stone but cannot find a way to make himself big again. He goes on adventures to help the bugs. The Terrible Ladybirds are mean ladybirds from another country who are trying to take over the territory and Aubrey helps stop the argument.

I liked this story because there was lots of time travel and adventure.
16th July '17
ejpot read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds 9781910080504
5 stars
Aubrey is a boy who shrinks himself down with a swallow stone and then is unable to make himself big again.....i loved reading this book bevause i love adventure stories and this one follows Aubrey on his adventues to save the world. 

I found it easy to read and follow and deffinatly reccomend it to my friends 
22nd June '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds 9781910080504
5 stars
It’s the start of the Easter holidays and all Aubrey can hear is his parents arguing. When Hirundo the swallow returns to nest for the summer, Aubrey is glad he has someone to talk to, and when he is offered the chance to use the Swallow Stone so that he can fly with Hirundo, our hero shrinks to the size of a ten pence piece, before he realises they have no idea how to unshrink him again.

When Ariadne, the spider, wakes him up and tells him he must travel to Europe immediately to save the world, he is adamant he needs to be the right size. It’s only because he isn’t, and he can talk with the animals, however, that make him perfect for the job.

As if this wasn’t enough, the arrival of the ladybirds in Woodside Terrace leads to a crisis in Rushing Wood. Can our miniature hero find a way to restore order in Rushing Wood and save the world, all while he’s the size of a ten pence piece?
Tackling big issues of love, immigration and the environment in a way that builds empathy, understanding and tolerance, this is a quirky, captivating and thought-provoking adventure that grips you from the start. With fabulous footnotes to aid understanding, Horatio Clare entertains and educates with ease. Jane Matthew’s illustrations add an extra depth of warmth and humour.

Great for fans of Beetle Boy and The Wilderness War.

Many thanks to Firefly Press and Toppsta for this fabulous addition to my bookshelf at school.
13th June '17
I read it to Rory aged 9 aged 9 & to Addie aged 7 aged 7
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4 stars
Firstly I must say that we enjoyed this, the second book in the series more than we did the first. As much as we loved Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, "Ladybirds" just flowed easier for my young readers. They followed the adventure with a keen interest and found the book humourous without it seeming to try so hard. Both Rory and Addie liked the settings of the book, the environments and the creatures all perfectly described. As a parent I liked the morales this book presented and felt it taught some good life lessons without being preachy. 
The character descriptions at the beginning of the book were a nice touch and the pictures beautiful and subtle throughout 
8th October '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds 9781910080504
4 stars
This second Aubrey adventure finds him flying over the world on the back of a ladybird, trying to find a way of reversing the environmental damage being done by the animals who used to live around his home.  A gripping adventure with a very timely environmental message.  Great animal-based fantasy for readers aged 9+
22nd March '19
Meerkat read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds 9781910080504
4 stars
My animal living son read this by himself and loved the wonderful characters. Some emotional issues to deal with but sensitively handled.
22nd June '17
I read it to Tommyg aged 10 aged 10 & to Charliechuc aged 8 aged 8
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds 9781910080504
4 stars
A boy superhero story, that's why my boys liked it they want a swallow stone too they enjoyed following the adventure and I enjoyed the book too it covered issues sensitively without being over complicated.

A lovely adventure.
27th July '17
OliverB read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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3 stars
 It was cool that the swallow stone exists so that it shrank Aubrey so that he could find out why all of the trees had disappeared into the sky. The great leaving was very sad because all of the ladybirds and animals left the forest because the  original ladybirds ordered them out because they were not English. I didn't really like it because it didn't have much action and it was too sad.
20th July '17
Esa Mahmood Asghar read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds 9781910080504
3 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book. However, I feel it is more suited to a lower age group, as the storyline is quite childish. I didn't really find much of a story. There were a few hilarious parts, and a few breath-taking scenes, but the tale itself let me down a bit; as the book was titled 'Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds' I expected the ladybirds to be more evil, or to be plotting on taking over the forest, instead of a poor family in unfamiliar surroundings. However, I found the idea of 'The Web of Time and Space' clever and humorous. Overall its a good book, and I would recommend it to 7/8 year olds.
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About Horatio Clare

Horatio Clare's first book, Running for the Hills, an acclaimed account of his Welsh childhood, won a Somerset Maugham Award, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and saw Horatio shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His subsequent books include Truant, A Single Swallow, The Prince's Pen and most recently the best-selling tra...

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