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Mar 22 2017

I'm going to eat this ant by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408869901
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Ants. Anteater. Food. Cooking. Anteater is hungry. He is sick of licking up wriggly, squirmy ants, but he is hungry. He puts all of his efforts into just one ant - the trouble is that it is the wrong ant. This ant is cunning and ties the anteater in knots avoiding being licked into his mouth. This very funny look at the contest between an anteater and his quarry will have kids rolling in the aisles as they watch the contest between the eater and the (usually) eaten.
Anteater imagines all the different ways he can eat this ant: in a sandwich, sucked up through a straw, simmering in a soup, stir fried, or in a sorbet. But the ant has other ideas. While anteater is dreaming up the different ways of eating the ant, his long tongue has been wrapped around a tree, making it an excellent bridge for the ant and his friends.
Boldly outlined but spare drawings give a good impression of the antics behind the words, and small differences in the way the eyes are drawn for both creatures tells the readers lots about what they are thinking, adding to the laughs for the readers.
They will learn lots about the two animals and the story will have them seeking out more information, while the list of ways the ant will be cooked will find favour (flavour) amongst the readers.
Fran Knight

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