Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

The first day of the holidays always has the potential for great adventure and this is certainly true for Aubrey. Shrunk to the size of an earwig he is about to face the biggest challenge of his life – saving his beloved Rushing Wood and the world. His adventures see him travel through time and space with a spider in a top hat and skim the top of the grass at breakneck speed while flying with his swallow friend Hirundo.

In our first encounter with Aubrey in Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, we learnt that he is a boy with a very peculiar talent – he can not only talk to animals, he can understand them too. Having won the Branford Boase Award for the best children’s book of 2016 with his Aubrey début, Clare has gone on to again tackle some big themes in Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds. He weaves in stories of migration and immigration, climate change, harmful farming practices and natural history, all against a backdrop of worry about whether his parents will split up, without once losing sight of the rip-roaring adventure that this book is all about.

Complemented by wonderful illustrations, this is a fantastical and fantastic read celebrating the importance of compassion, tolerance, acceptance and the need to appreciate people for who they are. With a cast of small yet larger than life characters, including a diminutive Aubrey, this story has, at its heart, an inspirational message – everyone, even the smallest among us, can change the world.