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Acclaimed New York Times-bestselling picture book creator Michael Hall delivers a funny and suspenseful story about colors, ants, aardvarks, and rainbows that will appeal to Lois Ehlert fans and fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. Another winner from the author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale!

Five carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. What is it? One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking outside the stump, just ...

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Overview

Acclaimed New York Times-bestselling picture book creator Michael Hall delivers a funny and suspenseful story about colors, ants, aardvarks, and rainbows that will appeal to Lois Ehlert fans and fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. Another winner from the author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale!

Five carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. What is it? One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking outside the stump, just waiting to eat them. One ant makes a hole in the stump to see. Orange light floods the stump—it's not an aardvark, proclaims the ant chorus. It's orange! So what is lurking outside the stump? This very funny picture book features die-cut holes on almost every page, suspenseful page turns, a wonderful surprise ending, and an introduction to a rainbow of colors. It's an Orange Aardvark! is a tour de force for Michael Hall, the acclaimed and bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale.

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When the peaceful day of five carpenter ants in their tree stump home is interrupted by a loud noise, they worry understandably that a hungry aardvark might be hoping to make them his next meal. A peek outside though reveals something a little less menacing: Unless aardvarks are orange, they might be safe. This picture book by My Heart Is Like a Zoo author Michael Hall is a rainbow-worthy revelation about colors, ants, and, of course, aardvarks.

Publishers Weekly
05/19/2014
Hall's fourth bold, graphic picture book follows a crew of carpenter ants (you can tell by their hardhats) as they worry about what may or may not be outside their stump. One of the braver ants begins to chew holes in the stump (represented by small die-cut circles) to the delight of three of the others. "Like a window!" says one. "Sweet!" another chimes in. But a fifth ant is a worrier: "What if there's an aardvark out there? Aardvarks are gray and sneaky." When the hole reveals a spot of orange rather than gray, he quickly reshapes his hypothesis: "Oh no. It's an orange aardvark!" As additional holes reveal blue and red, the ant continues to assume the worst: "Oh no, no, no! It's a pajama-wearing orange aardvark and... it's carrying a bottle of ketchup!" Amid the hilarity and hyperventilation, the book also serves as an entertaining introduction to the colors of the rainbow, as the ants put each color in context ("Red like a fire truck") that readers will readily grasp. Ages 4–8. Agent: Anna Olswanger, Liza Dawson Associates. (Apr.)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“ Hall’s latest outing is entertaining both for its unusual cast of characters and its amusing yarn-spinning. . . . This could entertain a group, who will giggle at . . . this clever tale.”
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Five hard-hatted carpenter ants are alerted by “Boom! Rumble, Rumble” before the title page. We can see orange through a small cutout hole. One of the ants makes a hole in their tree trunk to see what is outside. At first they are afraid it is a gray aardvark fond of ants. When they see orange through cutout holes, they fear an orange aardvark. Another hole shows blue: blue pajamas for sure. “Yikes!” And so it goes, as successive holes seem to reveal the threatening aardvark in blue pajamas carrying red ketchup, guiding green geckos, and driving a yellow bulldozer toward them. Apprehension turns to relief, as the final hole shows purple. Surely it must be a beautiful rainbow; the coast must be clear. But there is a surprise ending to this tale. Digitally created illustrations incorporate acrylic painted textures and torn paper to produce flat geometric shapes for the imagined menace. The holes are carefully placed to work on both sides of the pages. And the appealing ants have both character and clever humor. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—With an illustration style reminiscent of Lois Ehlert's and storytelling style similar to Eric Carle's, this tale of imagination succeeds in its bold simplicity. Five carpenter ants, with distinct personalities to delight readers, use the length of the book to discover what is making noise outside of their home. During the course of drilling holes to see what's causing such a ruckus, the ants explore color, revealing a magnificent surprise at the end of the book. The use of die-cut bore holes on each page build action and suspense in a way that readers and nonreaders alike will appreciate. Hall has crafted a book that works in a variety settings, as well. The use of color has application to early learning curricular needs, while the pace and flow of the text works well for read-aloud and storytime settings. Get ready to have another go-to favorite to pair with cherished titles like Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Penguin, 1969) and Ehlert's Color Zoo (HarperCollins, 1989).—Beth Dobson, Weatherly Heights Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-03
Get ready for some hilarity and hijinks as five ants discover what's really outside their stump home in this die-cut offering from Hall. Rumbles awaken a handful of carpenter ants, and the debate begins. One ant believes an aardvark awaits, and three others follow along. But the fifth ant? He industriously drills a hole. Orange light filters in, and the alarmist proclaims it to be an orange aardvark. More holes, colors and silliness ensue, as the naysayer's hypotheses run wild: "It's a pajama-wearing, ketchup-carrying orange aardvark…." Five die-cut peepholes later, the levelheaded ant—and readers (if not reduced to giggles)—is ready to make a guess. As purple light floods in, four ants fly out to see a rainbow, while the pessimist remains, to further comedic effect. Digitally collaged illustrations, done with appealing, primary splashes of color, allow for easy identification of characters and colors. (The ants have color-coded hard hats.) Hall uses the die-cuts to great effect, playfully piquing the curiosity of readers while revealing both the real and the ridiculous. Suspenseful and entertaining; all-around great fun. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062252067
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 130,988
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hall

Michael Hall loves art supplies, especially pencils, crayons, scissors, and tape. He lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Michael Hall loves art supplies, especially pencils, crayons, scissors, and tape. He lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

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    Oh so cute and colorful, The Orange Aardvark tells the story of


    Oh so cute and colorful, The Orange Aardvark tells the story of a stump full of carpenter ants who hear a noise and fear it may be -

    not just an aardvark - but an orange, ant-devouring aardvark!

    Full of colorful images - a blue suit, red ketchup bottle, green lizards - The Orange Aardvark is both imaginatively drawn and funny...can't wait to share it at storytime!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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