This collection comprises four stories that take place in one busy household. In ``The Dog Next Door,'' the eponymous pooch knocks over the garbage bin outside and makes a mess of everything; but Mum hates the scratching and whining noises when he's locked up. ``The Ants'' is the story of a line of ants on the march; they go to where the honey, milk and cake are located, and nothing Mum does gets rid of them. Then the kids start to deliver food to the ants' house. In ``Milk Trouble,'' a busy mother keeps forgetting the baby's milk as a result of too many phone calls, doorbells and other distractions. And ``Four Glass Drinking Mugs'' details the mugs' history as they break, one after another, and eventually are replaced by plastic ones. These are funny anecdotes, though quite ordinary. It's Vivas who gives them a lift with vibrant watercolors featuring wild and lively action shots and very mischievous kids, all with the artist's trademarkfeathery hairdos. Ages 6-8. (September)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A slim volume of four English children's stories that attempt to portray the humorous and familiar side of family life. In ``The Ants'' the problem of a long line of ants entering the house for their feast is solved by leaving food ``close to the ants' house'' outdoors. ``The Dog Next Door'' tells about the neighbor's pet who causes trouble by knocking over the trash can and pulling laundry from the clothes line. ``Four Glass Drinking Mugs'' and ``Milk Trouble'' complete the book with their tales of woe. Although the slight tales are accompanied by colorful and fre quent full-page illustrations, the family de picted, lacking warmth and individuality, will not entice young readers. The simple vocabulary can be handled by most young readers, but they may be discouraged in their efforts at independent reading by small print and too many words on a single page. This collection offers little in the way of excitement and vitality, and librari ans would fare better to look elsewhere for family stories. Bonnie Wheatley, Emma Conn Elem . School, Raleigh, N.C.