Find Anthony Ant

Find Anthony Ant

by Lorna Philpot, Graham Philpot
     
 

The small ant who created a BIG sales sensation is on the march again!

Anthony Ant first became a children’s phenomenon in the early 1990s, when The Amazing Anthony Ant sold 120,000 copies in the U.S. alone. Now, Anthony’s back in a new, simple book full of fun clues, deceptive details, elaborate mazes, and entertaining rhymes. Children

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The small ant who created a BIG sales sensation is on the march again!

Anthony Ant first became a children’s phenomenon in the early 1990s, when The Amazing Anthony Ant sold 120,000 copies in the U.S. alone. Now, Anthony’s back in a new, simple book full of fun clues, deceptive details, elaborate mazes, and entertaining rhymes. Children will find it irresistible.

Lorna and Graham Philpot have been a successful creative team for some 20 years. Graham's work is respected around the world, not just for his children’s book illustrations but also for his cartoons.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
The Grahams employ the school bus ditty "The Ants Go Marching One by One," to exhort readers into a scavenger hunt of sorts: they must spot a cute ant named Anthony amid the hubbub of an anthill. Each spread offers three clues to the hero's whereabouts, as in this passage: "The ants came marching four by four. Anthony stopped... To knock on the door? To ask for more? To sweep the floor?" (The number of ants numerated by the song has little to do with the search itself, except to provide a catchy meter and rhyme.) Readers will still need to look closely to distinguish Anthony from the six-legged red herrings: many share at least one characteristic with the hero. Some ants sport red caps, some lug red backpacks, but only Anthony wears both-and all of them are as small as, well, ants. The real fun of the book is in savoring Graham Philpot's cutaway views of an expansive underground kingdom. He imagines each spread as a distinctively themed maze (one is defined by battlefield references, another by what appears to be a dinosaur skeleton). His drawings of non-ant creatures (a frog, a snail, a family of elves living under a toadstool) possess a Victorian sense of elegance without being stuffy. The artist has a penchant for cheeky detail, and readers may well giggle over the sight of ants building with Legos or reading the newspaper while perched on a toilet. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Anthony Ant sashays through the pages to the tune of "The Ants Came Marching." The familiar counting song has been adapted to show Anthony stopping to give clues about his whereabouts in the intricate mazes that appear at the bottom of each double-page spread. Did Anthony stop to eat a plum, to buy bubble gum, or to beat a drum? This first-page maze features a twisting Beetle Lane, a steep Plum Tree Road, and a sloping Aphid Alley. A Grub Shop offers small goodies on one side, while a Beetles Concert rocks on the other. Fruits and vegetables appear above and below the ground. Each following page has a similar layout, some with the addition of dangerous animals, such as frogs or birds, near entrances and exits. Anthony is wearing a red hat and a yellow shirt. He sports a red backpack. Finding him is not always easy, but the clues do help. Pictures of ants next to the numeral show the formation in the song (marching 4 by 4 shows 16 ants in a square formation) but are not related to Anthony and his trek through the mazes. An accessible and enjoyable picture search book for young children who are not yet ready for Where's Waldo? 2006 (orig. 1993), Boxer Books/Sterling, Ages 6 to 10.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905417100
Publisher:
Boxer Books
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
11.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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