Translated by Marshall Yarbrough $ 19.95 US / $ 26.95 CAD 9. x 9.6 32 pages / ages 4 to 8 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4499-5 On Sale: 4. April 2023


This little ladybug will rock you!

Ladybugs are so cute, small, and fly so gently. Not so for the “Jitterbug”—Lady B. Marie! Her heart beats for rock ‘n’ roll. She holds the electric guitar in her hands, her voice belts out melodies, she sings and grooves like crazy. Papa, Mrs. Snail, and Grasshopper are less enthusiastic about the music and soon the other meadow dwellers leave the scene. She’s just too loud! Does the Jitterbug give up? No! She sings alone on the tranquil meadow—This was more than glitz and glam. It was a declaration: “Here I am!” Right on cue, reinforcements arrive in the form of a colorful band of beetles who want to give a concert on the meadow. The band recognizes Marie’s talent and now the show really gets going.

Word artist Kai Lüftner forges grandiose rhymes—impressively translated into English by Marshall Yarbrough. You can’t help but be carried away by the charm and wit. In addition, Wiebke Rauers creates the amusing world of images for a little beetle that really turns up the amplifier.

Read the interview with artists Kai and Wiebke here!