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Ladybird, also called Ladybird Books, is a UK publisher of children's books that began operations as a bookshop opened in 1867. The first books were published under the Ladybird imprint in 1914. By 1998, the company was merged into Penguin Books, and is now an imprint of Penguin Random House.[1][2] During the 1990s, Ladybird published several books based on the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

The stories were generally simplistic and took place in settings from the games Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Sonic the Story firmly placed the Ladybird books within the early Sonic canon, although in keeping with contemporary UK Sonic fiction, Robotnik's appearance was based on the version of the character from the TV series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Some books also came with cassette audiobooks narrated by Rupert Degas.

List of Sonic books

Ladybird Cassettes

Recorded during the 1990s by Pickwick Tell-a-Tale and produced in association with Ladybird books all the Ladybird Books where accompanied by a series of cassettes narrated by Rupert Degas.


  1. Ladybird Books to close Loughborough plant. The Wee Web (30 November 2018). Archived from the original on 27 September 2003.
  2. Penguin Random House Children's. Penguin Books Ltd.. Archived from the original on 3 October 2020.

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