I Saw an Ant in a Parking Lot [NOOK Book]

Overview

With its irresistible rhythm and rhyme, adorable art, and appealing title character, I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track charmed both children and critics. And that irrepressible Ant is on the march again . . . this time in a parking lot:
not to park, but to find a spot
of sticky soda, crumbs, or what
some careless kids or crows forgot.

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Overview

With its irresistible rhythm and rhyme, adorable art, and appealing title character, I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track charmed both children and critics. And that irrepressible Ant is on the march again . . . this time in a parking lot:
not to park, but to find a spot
of sticky soda, crumbs, or what
some careless kids or crows forgot.

But life's not safe for a small Ant in a large lot-because heading for him, sure as shot, is a red minivan. And who sees what's happening? Just the ticket matron, Dot. Can she think fast . . . before an ant goes SPLOT?

In this NOOK Kids Read to Me book, children can choose to hear the story read aloud, tap to enlarge text and pinch & stretch to zoom in on pictures.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
This is a picture book that ultimately you want to like more than you actually do. In a curious choice for an epic-like poem, we are presented the story of Ant, crossing the parking lot in search of sugary treats and headed for a showdown with a minivan. Parking lot attendant Dorothy sees the oncoming catastrophe and manages to avoid collision and save the ant with a well-placed doughnut toss. While the premise is appealing and the illustrations are fabulous, the book falls short. The story is told in rhyme that is occasionally forced—rhyming squat and shop—and may be difficult for young readers, "just east of anguish, west of caught/north of trouble, south of shot." In one strange disconnect, the text describes Dorothy's doughnut several times as a powdered jelly knot and yet the doughnut in the illustrations is clearly chocolate glazed. The computer assisted illustrations are easily the best part of the book, with caricatures mixing with more realistic portrayals and some very interesting changes in point of view from human to ant. If you have patrons that are already fans of the previous I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track you may want to purchase, but for most it is an additional purchase, not a necessary one.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
In this follow-up to I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track (Sterling, 2006), Prince has once again created a tour de force that uses a dizzying array of rhymes for the word "lot." "Now minivans are surely not/a mini-peril/when you've got/a mini-ant out on a trot/across a mega parking lot." Dot, the "ticket matron," spies the ant and a minivan heading toward a collision. She throws her doughnut into the path of the speeding car to prevent a disaster. Now safe, ant and Dot enjoy a doughnut breakfast together. Even though the story is slight, the rhyme and wordplay make this a buoyant read-aloud. While Pamintuan's full-page spreads, featuring a caricature Dot and cartoon ant in semi-realistic backgrounds, do not totally mesh, many children will respond to the art's animationlike sensibility. Fans of the ant's first adventure will enjoy this one, but its minivans and malls do not have the timeless appeal of the trains and tracks that dominated the earlier book.
—Rachel G. PayneCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402790720
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Edition description: Enhanced, NOOK Edition
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 233,795
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Great

    My 3-year-old granddaughter loves this book and always asks me to "read" it to her.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Fun rhyming that my 4 year old repeats and adds his own lines to the story

    This one is not as good as I Saw an Ant on a Railroad Track but it is still fun and great for kids who are learning rhyming words. The illustration is great and the narration is the same as the previous book. Well worth the 3.99 price tag.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Angrycat

    It was boring but cute

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

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    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Great illustrations, bad writing

    My 8 year old son saw the cover of this book and really wanted me to buy it for our e reader. As we were reading it he kept saying "What are they talking about"? Poorly chosen words for.a kids book.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Horrible

    And boring

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Dull story

    My 5 year old said that the story was boring. The rhyming was good but felt forced in some instances. The illustration was good in the book.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Tdrcr

    Are you kidding me?!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Have another book by this same author

    I have "I Saw an Ant on a Railroad Track" and loved it which is why I purchased this one. I was disappointed it didn't have the same interactive features the other book did, and which kids really enjoy.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    don't bother

    very disappointed in this book,thought it would be animated like "i saw an ant on a railroad track",all it is is a poem. didn't think it would not be animated

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Fun book

    This is a fun and cute book. My 4 year old loves it and want to read it often. She also loves I Saw and Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince. Entertaining read.

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