A queen ant and her winged groom head for the altar in this buggy--though not particularly wacky--alphabet. The nuptials take place on the verdant and damp forest floor, the bride and groom thronged by a peaceable kingdom of butterflies, bees, birds and a mole. Alliterative sentences convey the plot; for the letter L, "a ladybug laughed. `They've loved each other since they were larvae.' " The wedding is not without incident, for the bride falls into a puddle at the letter Q: " `Quick!' squealed the quails. `Quiet down! Quit quivering and quaking and help the Queen.' " Fortunately, the letter-V velvet ant effects a rescue, and at the end of the alphabet and the eventful day, "Zebra swallowtails on their zithers strummed a lazy tune... as drowsily the ants zigzagged home." The team behind Dinorella makes a lively game of the volume. Edwards shows how a key letter may appear at the start of or within a word; Cole hides the specified letter, and an object beginning with that letter, in each image. Unfortunately, there is no key to the visual puzzles, which sometimes prove obscure due to the complex details. Attendance at this event isn't mandatory, but a good time may be had. Ages 4-7. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The team that brought kids Five Famished Foxes and Fosdyke, and Some Smug Slug are at it again. This time it is an alliterative alphabet book that tells the story of an ant wedding. Nothing seems to go smoothly. The cake is dropped, a foolish fruit fly let some fruit fall and the groom is knocked to the ground, the bride trips in a puddle, but never fear it all ends well as this madcap wedding party wrecks havoc with the alphabet. Cole's drawing are truly amusing with plenty of humorous extra touches such as the red fire ants dressed as firemen and a soldier ant with helmet. He has also hidden letters of the alphabet in each scene.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Gr 1-3An alphabet tale of an elaborate ant wedding. As the guests, who range from army ants to zebra swallowtails, arrive and the festivities proceed, elegance soon gives way to slapstick. The wedding cake is dropped, the groom is knocked down by falling fruit, and the bride falls into a puddle and almost drowns. All ends happily as fireflies light up the night sky. The story line is lively and sometimes silly with lots of madcap antics and rich alliteration, such as Tearful treehoppers trembled on a twig. One particularly memorable line notes that the bride and groom have loved each other since they were larvae. The zestful, colorful, and dynamic artwork, done with colored pencil and acrylic, captures the spirit of the story. The pictures will catapult readers into an insects-eye view of the world, even if some of these bugs have rather unorthodox appearances (fire ants in firefighter outfits and army ants in camouflage). A letter is hidden in each illustration. Unfortunately, some of the text is difficult to read when it is printed on a dark-green background. Still, future entomologists with a sense of humor and lively imagination will want to join this zany celebration.Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Carpenter ants, drones, soldier ants, molesall play a part in Edwards's merry, alliterative alphabet book. As two ants prepare to tie the knot, they must contend with some unfortunate interruptionsa fruit fly drops some fruit on the groom, the cake gets dumped by some clumsy cleaner antsbut the wedding commences anyway until the bride takes a header into a puddle. A whirligig beetle comes to the rescue, and a honeymoon night is assured. Edwards brings a kind and good-natured aura to this book, which includes the line, "Lounging on a leaf, a ladybug laughed. `They've loved each other since they were larvae.'Ê" Cole includes funny characters in the mix, and adds some clever incidentals, such as the chain of ants transporting drops of orangeade from a discarded soda can to the wedding feast. (Picture book. 4-9)