Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter

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New from the author of the Judy Moody series — a winsome duo makes a picture-book debut Ant was getting antsy. . . .
Only a few hours left till Cricket's costume party. "What can we be for the dress-up party?" she asked her friend Honey Bee.With a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease, Ant and Honey Bee finally make a perfect, two-things-that-go-together pair of costumes for Cricket's big party. But then — plip, plip, plip, PLIP! — it starts to rain, and by the time they ...

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Overview

New from the author of the Judy Moody series — a winsome duo makes a picture-book debut Ant was getting antsy. . . .
Only a few hours left till Cricket's costume party. "What can we be for the dress-up party?" she asked her friend Honey Bee.With a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease, Ant and Honey Bee finally make a perfect, two-things-that-go-together pair of costumes for Cricket's big party. But then — plip, plip, plip, PLIP! — it starts to rain, and by the time they arrive, the proud pair looks more like a matching set of soggy sad sacks. Maybe, though, if they put their heads together, the quick-thinking friends can turn their mushy mess into a smashing success. What a pair! Introducing Ant and Honey Bee — fast friends, co-costume-conspirators, and stars of a delightful new story by author Megan McDonald and illustrator G. Brian Karas.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
As the dark days of winter approach, friends Ant and Bee settle in their respective homes for a long sleep. However, Ant is not ready to sleep and no matter how many activities he engages in to pass the time, he misses his dear friend Bee. Braving the elements, Ant makes an impromptu visit to Bee. He misinterprets her “eep out” sign as being French or Spanish and meaning “come in.” What Ant discovers is a very grumpy Bee who really just wants to be alone. Ant is rebuffed repeatedly in his attempts to engage Bee. Ant’s very unremarkable peanut butter and jelly sandwich finally snaps Bee out of her doldrums and together she and Ant raid her pantry to make a truly sumptuous sandwich. With tummies full, they settle down together under a comfy quilt for a long nap. The ups and downs of friendship are played out in three short chapters as a large font and repetitive words support the nascent skills of emerging readers. Mixed media illustration of gouache, acrylic and pencil feature a warm and endearing duo and their cozy environment. This is a “must” for beginning reader collections. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey AGERANGE: Ages 6 to 9.
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 1–3—It's getting chilly out, and Ant and Honey Bee are settling in for hibernation. But Ant isn't ready to be alone; she braves the cold to visit her pal one last time. Honey Bee is grumpy and resists all of Ant's attempts to cheer her. Eventually, Ant coaxes Honey Bee out of her bad mood as they fix a sandwich with all of the food in the hive. The two buddies then cuddle together for their long winter's nap. This story of friendship is full of puns that will make readers chuckle. The gouache, acrylic, and pencil illustrations add details for children to find (e.g., Bee's newspaper warns of "Killer Bee Attack"). The large font and simple, sometimes repetitive, words ("Ant looked out the window. Gray clouds. Gray sky. Gray trees. Gray earth.") will allow beginning readers to read the story on their own, but it is complex enough for stronger readers to feel accomplished. A solid addition to early chapter-book collections.—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY
Kirkus Reviews
Winter's arrival leaves sleepy Honey Bee in no mood to entertain her still-antsy friend. Having quickly run through all the possibilities for solitary activities, Ant ignores her bigger buddy's "bee-mail" brushoff and heads out into the "rainy and complain-y" weather to pay a call. Grumpy reception notwithstanding ("Honey Bee sure had her stinger out today"), Ant's relentless persistence ultimately pays off in a cooperatively assembled "peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich"--actually a bowl of milk with some chips in it--enhanced, "Stone Soup" style, with raisins, maple syrup, goldfish crackers, gummy worms, squeeze cheese, ketchup and even stored-away honey. "It's very antsome," admits Honey Bee. And the towering result makes a perfect final snack before cuddling down on a shared couch for a long winter's nap. McDonald's three-chapter tale offers an entertaining mix of wordplay and amusing back-and-forth conversation--not to mention delicious kitchen antics and, from Karas, cartoon illustrations rich in both visual gags ("Napping House" reads the sign outside Old Man Spider's home) and small but clear cues to the mutual regard lurking under the (four-limbed, but never mind) insect friends' moods. Sure to give recent Henry & Mudge grads a happy buzz. (Early reader. 6-8)
From the Publisher
"Childlike and sympathetic, the characters’ antics and conversations will have broad appeal." — BOOKLIST — Quote

"Filled with puns and lighthearted jokes. . . .Children will enjoy reading about how friendships can help them to survive any disaster." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL — Quote

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763657123
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 241,809
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald is the author of the popular Judy Moody series, the Beezy series, and many more children's books. She grew up with four older sisters, so hand-me-down clothes were common. "One year," she says, "my mother made pilgrim costumes for all of us at Halloween. I was youngest, so when I outgrew one pilgrim costume, there was always another to take its place. Believe it or not, some of those costumes are still around, and an entirely new generation is wearing them!"

G. Brian Karas has illustrated more than sixty-five children's picture books since 1983, including THE BONE KEEPER by Megan McDonald. He has written and illustrated three titles of his own, one of which, HOME ON THE BAYOU, was a 1997 BOSTON GLOBE—HORN BOOK Honor winner.

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