I’ve had this children’s picture book on my shelf for nearly a year and decided it was finally time to review it. Perhaps it took me that long to figure out what to say. Yes, it is that different.
How To Walk An Ant by Cindy Derby is quirky fiction that features our favorite creatures: ants.
My name is Amariyah,
and I am an Expert Walker.
No, I don’t mean I walk perfect,
I mean I walk things.
If that quote makes you laugh — or at least grin — then continue on. If not, then this book probably isn’t for you.
The main part of the book is a “nine-step guide” to walking an ant. After explaining how to find the ant and gain its trust, she says you must attach the leash.
Tie the smallest bow in the universe then secure the leash between the ant’s thorax and head.
Things go downhill, or possibly uphill, from there. In fact, the humor can be dark at times and Appendix 1 explains how to carry out an ant funeral. Appendix 2 gives young readers some actual ant facts (although the ant anatomy part will probably make you wince).
Cindy Derby is an artist and her illustrations are wildly creative. You can take a peek inside the book at the publisher’s website.
Overall, How To Walk An Ant is likely to appeal to budding myrmecologists and artists alike. It will certainly give you a lot to smile about, think about, and discuss after reading. Investigate a copy today!
- Sally’s Bookshelf blog also has a review and ant-related activity suggestions
- Archimedes Notebook has STEM ant activity suggestions
- Science Books for Kids has a growing list of children’s books about ants
Grade Level : Preschool – 3
ISBN-10 : 1250162629
ISBN-13 : 978-1250162625
Publisher : Roaring Brook Press (March 26, 2019)
Have you seen this book? What did you think of it?