Anansi's Party Time


This hilarious trickster tale, fifth in the popular Anansi series, once again combines the talents of Eric A. Kimmel and Janet Stevens.

Anansi and Turtle are good friends. But when Anansi invites Turtle to a party, he plays so many tricks on him that Turtle can't have any...

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This hilarious trickster tale, fifth in the popular Anansi series, once again combines the talents of Eric A. Kimmel and Janet Stevens.

Anansi and Turtle are good friends. But when Anansi invites Turtle to a party, he plays so many tricks on him that Turtle can't have any fun. So Turtle decides to get even—with an outrageous party of his own.

"Children will delight in hearing this tale. . . . Laughs abound." —School Library Journal

"Stevens's mixed-media artwork adds to the story's comic intensity." —Booklist

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
This is the fifth title about Anansi for this author and illustrator team. Once again, the wily spider, Anansi, is up to his old tricks in order to get even with poor, unsuspecting Turtle. In the previous book, Turtle managed to turn the tables and outwit the spider. Now months have passed and Turtle receives an invitation to a party at Anansi's house. It takes Turtle a very long time to reach Anansi's, where he is rudely sent home because he is not wearing a costume. When at last Turtle again arrives for the party, he is told he must go home because he has not brought a dish. For a third time he makes the long trip home in order to make chocolate turtles. Again at Anansi's, the spider curtly informs Turtle that the party is over but that Anansi will enjoy the candy tomorrow. Now Turtle plots his revenge and soon Anansi is invited to a party in Turtle's house at the bottom of the river. All the animals have a wonderful time…except Anansi. He cannot enjoy cake with ice cream because he must cling to Crab so he won't float away. Turtle's final revenge finds Crab and Anansi stranded on the moon. The droll humor of this tale is perfectly complemented by the bold, brightly colored illustrations. The depiction of Turtle in a pink rabbit costume is hilarious and sure to make youngsters laugh. Add this book to the first purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Children will delight in hearing this tale of the spider's comeuppance. After Anansi invites Turtle to a party just to play a trick on him, Turtle exacts his revenge. Almost every page, illustrated in acrylic ink and colored pencils, has some comical element. Laughs abound from the twisted path on the party map invitation that Anansi initially sends to Turtle and then later when Turtle sends a similar one back, to the hilarious costumes that Turtle tries on before he makes his choice of what to wear. Crocodile and Hippo loom large on the page underwater as they try to guess the mystery animal party game. Stevens has captured additional humor in the animals' droll facial features. Children will ask for repeated readings as they pause over the details in the artwork.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430108832
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media (NY)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Format: DVD - NTSC
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric A. Kimmel is the author of numerous books for children, including Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, Anansi Goes Fishing, Anansi and the Talking Melon, and Anansi and the Magic Stick, all illustrated by Janet Stevens. Eric's awards include the National Jewish Book Award and the Sydney Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Oregon. Check out Eric's website at

Janet Stevens's books have won many awards, including a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Colorado. Learn more at

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