Party Animals

Party Animals

by Katie Davis
     
 

Everyone who is anyone in the barnyard is going to be at the party. But one blue ant didn't get his invitation. No wonder he's blue! How could his friends have forgotten him? Or have they? . . .
You are cordially invited to join this bunch of animals for the wildest shindig of the year. It won't be over till the cows come home!

Overview

Everyone who is anyone in the barnyard is going to be at the party. But one blue ant didn't get his invitation. No wonder he's blue! How could his friends have forgotten him? Or have they? . . .
You are cordially invited to join this bunch of animals for the wildest shindig of the year. It won't be over till the cows come home!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this boldly colored counting book, the barnyard denizens busily prepare for a party from two croaking purple frogs "tossing a salad for the party" to 12 black sheep ("baaing, `Shhh!' and lighting candles for the party") except for a single blue ant, the only creature apparently left off the invitation list. With anxious queries, the ant visits every group and tries to insert himself into the preparations, but no one seems to hear him: "Do you need help? Because I could help," he tells the yellow pigs, who are making mud pies for the festivities. "Who cut the cheese?" he quips to three pink mice who are, in fact, slicing a hunk of Swiss. Davis (Scared Stiff) works in simple, heavily outlined graphic shapes and saturated acrylics paints, giving her full-bleed spreads the visual impact of a poster. Many children will guess early on that the party is actually in the ant's honor, but they'll still enjoy the interplay of the almost fluorescent colors tangerine ducks against a marine-blue sky, turquoise cows with bright purple snouts and hair and the ant's snappy asides. Ages 2-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-To follow this tale, it is necessary to begin reading on the inside front endpapers where two cows are shown reading party invitations. A tiny, uninvited blue ant appears on every page, making comments or humorous remarks. ("That's gotta hurt," he says as 10 magenta hens sit on bright white eggs.) He is so small that readers may wonder if the other creatures even notice him. The assortment of animals, too, have their say, making comments in dialogue balloons. The author cleverly incorporates the concepts of color and counting into the story. The large, simple figures outlined in black are done in bold, appealing colors, and are placed on equally vivid backgrounds. An excellent resource for teaching concepts, as well as an enjoyable story.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Here lies the key to making counting festive: tally the guests at a barnyard bash. Start with one blue ant—who has not received an invitation—and make your way to 12 black sheep. Ant appears throughout, prying and pondering his exclusion from the party preparations. In the end, Ant has not been forgotten—the celebration is his birthday surprise. Each two-page spread contains one sentence with uniform structure, including numeration and identification of the color and breed of animal. The text, such as "Eleven chartreuse chicks cheeping ‘Goo-goo, gaa-gaa,’ and making eggshell salad for the party," is best used to encourage dialogue as young readers explore the illustrations. Davis’s (Scared Stiff, 2001, etc.) vividly colored, acrylic paint-and-pen illustrations are filled with large, bright, rounded animals as focal points. Mainly, the images are a mirror reflection of the supplied description, with the appropriate number of creatures engaged in the appropriate activity. Mature puns and one-liners appear in text bubbles, most often issuing from Ant; as these are central to the understanding that Ant is in the dark about the party plans (he is not mentioned past page one), this aspect of the plot may be confusing to some readers. Although bursting with color, but not much ingenuity, this is a useful aid for those teaching numbers and colors, and a charming work with a jolly tone that will keep small children engaged. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152166755
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.32(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

KATIE DAVIS has written and illustrated seven books, including Who Hops?, a National Parenting Honor book, a Children's Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner. She lives in New York. Please visit her at www.katiedavis.com.

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