ANTics

Rated 4.77/5 based on 31 reviews
Bug cadets, Zube, Brill and HesitANT have a problem – and he’s big, mean, hairy and smelly. This funny and entertaining tale takes place on 1 day in the life of the 3 young ant friends as they set off to bring food back to their nest. Reviewers say this cute story with its colourful characters would make a great animated movie. It’s the perfect bedtime story for ages 7+ to read or be read to. More

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ISBN: 9781476217956
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About Dakota Douglas

Dakota Douglas has written thousands of stories as a newspaper reporter. Now she's following her childhood dream of being a novelist. As a kid she read books under the bedclothes by torchlight. These days, she dives under the covers, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between her book characters in case she forgets them in the morning.

Reviews

Review by: Damien L. Malcolm on Sep. 11, 2014 :
A lovely little kids story. As soon as the current bedtime book is done, this is coming out!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: ROcean Thomas, Sr on Sep. 09, 2014 :
ANTics is really tricks & Tact of the Ant world which throws light on many truths in simple manner, this is endlessly amusing and rich in imagery & Imaginative narratives. Imaginative in the extreme, it sweeps the reader into the characters and the life of Ant World. To sum it up, ANTics is a simple graphical & narrative moral learning kids book, a children’s book for all ages who, will love this book. There remains a curiosity to see what springs next from the fertile imagination of Dakota Douglas.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Susan Day on Sep. 01, 2014 :
Antics by Dakota Douglas is a wonderful tale about three young ants who leave their nest on a foraging expedition.
The trio, Zube, Brill and HesitANT, manage to escape the wicked spider, RepungnANT’s, (nicknamed Puggy) web only to find themselves battling Mrs Fairweather’s vacuum cleaner and learning about the wonders of other human inventions.
The adventure continues and the young ants find themselves floating down the river with the spider close behind. They cleverly use their wits and out-smart him again. There are even more adventures including a cat fight, being trapped in a tin can and other strange and imaginative things.
This story also offers a valuable lesson about bullying and so-called cowardice. One of the ants, HesitANT, is so named because he’s not willing to join in and is not as forward as many other ants. He is bullied by the other ants and it is obvious that he has low self-esteem and confidence. Zube and Brill, however, are willing to give him a chance and although there are some misgivings, HesitANT ends up having to face the hideous spider and outwit him on his own.
We meet some other interesting creatures too. There’s the friendly worm named by the ants, PleasANT and the beautiful butterfly ElegANT.
The author cleverly uses words that end in ‘ant’ to name her characters. These names also give the reader an idea about the types of personalities each character has. For example, Zube’s full name is ExuberANT.
This book clearly has an educational component but the details of ant life are cleverly woven throughout the tale. Young readers will, not only be impressed with this information, they will be delighted with the antics of the three heroes.
Teachers and parents will really appreciate the interactive ideas presented at the end of this book, too.
I, for one, am going to put my vote forward for the name of the characters in the next book. I would highly recommend you all do the same.
I’m looking forward to reading it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brent Kroetch on June 11, 2014 :
As you might guess from the cover, this is endlessly amusing and rich in imagery. Imaginative in the extreme, it sweeps the reader into the characters and the life of Ant World. I often found myself chuckling at some unexpected turn of phrase in conversation and adventure, and reading quickly ahead to see what was going to happen. In sum, ANTics is that rarest of commodities, a children’s book for all ages. All that’s required to love this delightful tale is a sense of wonder, humor and willful discovery. Any child, and all parents, will love this book. I am curious to see what springs next from the fertile imagination of Dakota Douglas.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lorna Toni on May 24, 2014 :
Let ANTics take you on a captivating adventure!

The narrative personifies very charismatic insects that seem to have more character development than most TV dramas! It's the perfect bed time story.

Overflowing with visual detail and drowning in entertaining characters, ANTics is a witty story that leaks effortlessly with the comical innocence needed to tell a childrens story.

It's fresh with a nice structure and whilst it's easy to follow, it requires just the right amount of focus to develop and evoke attention from the reader (the listener in most cases)

Children will dream about this story, publishers will sniff out this story and Pixar NEEDS this story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: SheldonMills Mills on March 13, 2014 :
This story is filled with colorful and vivid characters. In an adventure filled environment. An anteresting read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nigel Cobbett on March 09, 2014 :
This is a good book. Good books paint pictures in your mind. You can't go to bed until you have finished because it has the essential real life ingredients, such as pace, fun, action, excitement, suspense, hatred, and then some. Put a good story line into the mix and hey presto it's a good experience. Sex? No. It's a book for children although it is frankly too good for them, unless you are just a big kid at heart.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lira Brannon on March 03, 2014 :
Great story for kids and adults. The action keeps moving. The characters are fun to follow and grow throughout the story. This is a short chapter book for ages 4-9. A little bit of violence, but of the natural sort.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicholas Rossis on Feb. 25, 2014 :
This was a great little book that I enjoyed immensely!

Douglas has managed to create a story that inspires, excites and amuses. Never had I expected I could learn so much about insect life without my eyes glazing over, and yet much information is gleamed through her casual description of the everyday activities of the three ants and their eight-legged nemesis.

Some children's stories can seem rushed, didactic or patronizing. Not this one! It's a story you will want to read to your children time and time again, not for their sake, but for yours!

In short, an excellent read for both parents and children.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Dan Santos on Feb. 20, 2014 :
I confess that when Dakota Douglas shared her "ANTics" with me I thought it would be another one of those peculiarly thin yellow books with the thick cardboard covers you pick up at the local bookshop to read to you restless grandkids at night. So, I started reading it the day before yesterday. I was barely able to put it down at night; and I only did so because I wanted to save some for the next day.

"ANTics" is the story of three adventurous young ants: ExuberANT, known as Zube; BrilliANT, known as Brill; and HesitANT, our unlikely hero. While the names hint at the author's fertile imagination, it becomes clear throughout the story that she has done an awful lot of research on ants, down to the different stomachs where they try to hide food to share with the colony. She must have also done a great deal of research on spiders, because she brought to life RepugnANT, the villain, in a manner that elicited high emotions from this non-child. At times I wanted to step on the disgusting creature and grind it into the ground. Pssst! I wouldn't share that with the grandkids lest they think you've gone bananas.

The plot is as well developed as the characters. The story is fast paced and takes many unexpected, exciting turns. The ending is masterful and challenging for the young mind...and for the not so young.

I never thought I could ever be so entertained by a 7+ novel. Fortune must have smiled at me lately because this is the fourth book in a row I am compelled to give Five Stars."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rivalgates1 on Feb. 04, 2014 :
This is one of the finest children's books I have read in some time. It is the story of an adventure by three ants foraging outside their colony. They come up against their most dangerous enemy in a giant spider named Puggy. They are no match for the bewitched spider and have to run. Time after time they seem to be at the mercy of their tormentor but manage to escape. Each of the characters finds strengths they did not know they had. One in particular must rise up from the grips of his own fear and be a hero.

Each character must solve problems and rely on his friends to help them all survive. Every character plays their part and proves that even the smallest of us can do wonderous things when we work together.

The story is told with passion and moves at a swift pace. Once you start this book it is hard to put down. I fully intend to have my daughter read it as I am sure even a twelve year old will appreciate the story.

It was a nice touch at the end to have the readers give feedback to the writer. It is rarely seen these days and was done most tastefully.

This was a great read and an enjoyable one for children and adults.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lelah Sullivan on Dec. 08, 2013 :
The world is a dangerous place for ants, and the author tells an unforgettable story of a day in the life of three ant friends who set off on a mission to bring back food to the nest.

I really like the "ant" word-play, and the theme of the "ant-words" encouraged the children that I shared with to take a more curious interest in the vocabulary when I explained the meanings of words they were unfamiliar with. ANTics is educational as well as entertaining!

I also like the way that the character building lessons regarding friendship and teamwork are integrated so nicely into the story.

The invitation for reader participation at the end of the book is a nice touch. We're eagerly looking forward to the sequel.

Well done, certainly 5 stars for this one!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: William Crawford on Nov. 27, 2013 :
Dakota Douglas’ ANTics is an adventure story for the young and young at heart. Cleverly written, well paced and plotted, Ms Douglas takes us into the world of ants where danger lurks around every corner.

The story revolves around three ant friends (Zube, Brill and HesitANT) and their mortal enemy, a lonely spider nicknamed Puggy. Along the way we meet occupANTs of the inhabitANT colony and the many creatures that roam the house, garden and yard of the Fairweathers – a human family known to the insect world as Two Legs.

Ms Douglas beautifully describes the world from the perspective of the insects that inhabit the “crawly kingdom.” Along with the adventure and fight for survival, she infuses the story with the very human virtues of friendship, teamwork, love, and sacrifice.

I must admit, this middle-aged man (some would call me old) thoroughly enjoyed ANTics. Can an animated screen version be in the works?

Ms Douglas smartly ended the story on a note that indicates a sequel is in the offing. Get to it Ms Douglas, the world awaits.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Prakash Koppoola on Nov. 22, 2013 :
ANTics is a wonderfully crafted story of three friends who happen to be in the ant world. They engage you with their names in the beginning - very clever arrangements of words and meaning and attributed appropriately to each of the characters.
It is a literary flight of fantasy, imagination, literature spun into emotions and boisterous play. The three friends are confident of each other and share a strong bond while family is the center. The relationship is explained in a simple way that fosters friendship between the characters, ANTs, humans, nature and technology. The stereo-spatial effect the vacuum machine used by the two legged person has on the ANTs from an ANT's point of view was also enjoyable!
The natural enmity between the ANTs and the spider is explored from the narrator's perspective - human and humane, fight and flight deciding the direction the story line should take.
The layer of societal living is included in a heartwarming manner with regular reference to a grandparent who is very involved in the lives of the ANTs.
Ms Dakota Douglas does not leave the character of the spider wanting in any way! A formidable opponent to the ANTs and a very clever 8 legged - proud adversary.
The interwoven scientific facts and the attention to detail is extraordinary. Ms Dakota Douglas should feel very proud for having made the effort to compliment the readers' intelligence and include them along the journey the characters make.
You may have to occasionally remind yourself that you are reading and it is not real. The description is in such detail that it lends itself very well to imagination and vivid scenes played out in your mind's eye!
Adapting it to a Disney Pixar movie is what I experienced all along, overall enjoyable by every reader!
The ending lines will probably be the beginning lines for the next book. Looking forward to it, Ms Dakota Douglas!
Of course, there is Mr HesitANT. My 12 yr old feels he should be named ImportANT- because he is - in a very ClairvoyANT way! He may be a savANT of an ANT!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jason Potnick on Oct. 14, 2013 :
ANTics, by Dakota Douglas is a fantasy children's novel. I met Ms. Douglas on Twitter. She gifted me a copy of ANTics for an honest review, which I read to my children.

Since ANTics is a children's book, I wanted to make sure I read it in the proper context. For the last two weeks, this was the bedtime story of choice for my three children (9, 6, and 4). I wanted to make sure I observed their reactions to the story as we read.

All three of the kids looked forward to story time each night. The few nights we had to skip reading, they made sure to announce their displeasure with missing out on hearing what happens next in the story.

In ANTics, the ants describe each other and other creatures in words that end in "ANT". Each ant is named this way (ExuberANT, BrilliANT, HesitANT, SargeANT, etc.). This clever use of language is a great way of helping children expand their vocabulary through story. My kids looked forward to meeting new creatures in the story to see what they would be named.

The author describes everything in the book from the ants' points of view. This turns little puddles into lakes, twigs into logs, and humans into giant and dangerous "Two Legs." The kids enjoyed trying to figure out what the ants experienced.

I appreciate that Ms. Douglas never left us hanging. The book pulled back briefly from time to time to explain the situation from a "Two Legs" point of view, so we could be sure of what happened.

The three ants (ExuberANT - Zube, BrilliANT - Brill, and HesitANT) as well as their spider foe (RepugnANT or Puggy) each have distinct personalities that go with their names. I enjoyed acting each one out with the kids, and they connected with the characters.

The book is well paced, with 27 chapters of various, but manageable, length. The chapters ended well, and it was easy to pick up where we left off the next night. We read 1-2 chapters each sitting before bed, and my nine year old gave a quick recap of what happened the previous night before we started.

My four year old did have trouble from time to time keeping up with the story. This is not unexpected, as the book is at a bit higher level and advertised for 7+. She still enjoyed it and looked forward to it, even if at times we had to explain what happened in a scene.

We all felt a little dissatisfied with the ending, as it sets up a second book. I don't think we were expecting a children's book to end that way, so we felt a little disappointed we have to wait for the next one! I hope Ms. Douglas still plans to release a sequel as we all look forward to see what happens next.

There is a bit of violence in the story. This is expected, as spiders do try and eat ants. At times, I noticed it was intense for my kids, but no nightmares or complaints came. Also, the description of "magic," what it is and where it came from, is vague. I would love to see Ms. Douglas describe a little more of it in the next book.

The ebook is well edited and formatted. I noticed no grammatical errors, and the MOBI format was complete and easy to navigate on my Kindle.

When I asked for scores from each of the kids (out of 5), they gave me a 4, a 5, and another 5.


Score: 5 out of 5!


ANTics is an exhilarating fantasy children's story that kept my kids captivated throughout. I recommend the book for parents and children looking for an exciting adventure story to share together.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: smk on Sep. 30, 2013 :
A captivating children’s story.

Everyone knows that ants are everywhere; they are industrious, clever, work as a team and live in anthills, however, have you ever really thought what life is like for them?

ANTics is a brilliant adventure story which will capture your imagination and ensure that you never look at ants in the same way again.

Set in a world literally at your feet, ant cadets Zube [ExuberANT] and Brill [BrilliANT] decide to try and pass their foraging flag and they agree to take the timid HesitANT with them.

However, their adventure is fraught with unforeseeable dangers, both from the giant two legs world above them, and from some of the other wildlife around them. Together, the intrepid explorers find themselves escaping dangers, overcoming challenges, vanquishing foes and making new friends in this captivating and educational book.

This delightful story, with brilliantly devised character names, not only gives children an insight into the world of ants but most importantly, they are taught through an engaging story about the importance of qualities such as loyalty, teamwork and respect.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: A. W. Daniels on Sep. 22, 2013 :
A delightfully written story for grade school children that will not only stimulate, but also warm the cockles of a young child's mind. The character's perspective will add a dimension that the young reader hadn't previously considered and the action will keep their interest at a high level!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mark Combs on Sep. 03, 2013 :
ANTics is the story of three young ants, one of whom is shy, reserved, and lacks confidence in himself. Throughout this exciting children's story, the three friends are pursued by Puggy, a stinky spider who wants nothing more than to make a snack out of them. Relying on each other's strengths, the three friends are finally able to outwit the spider.

There are some important lessons that are taught in this story, such as teamwork, the value of true friendship, the importance of community cohesion, and courage. The story also teaches that the best way to help someone gain confidence is to give them the opportunity to be successful.

There are a couple of interactive activities at the end of the book, encouraging kids to be creative thinkers and writers. I enjoyed this book a lot, and will share it with my granddaughter when she is a little older.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: isabella white on July 29, 2013 :
I wish my babes were old enough to read this. It follows three ants and I never enjoyed a MG story like I did with ANTics. It is beautiful written, have so much adventure inside and her ontake on ants and the world she created for them are done beautiful. HesitANT is exactly what his name says. He hesitates with every desicion he needs to make, ExuberANT or Zube, can read minds and is usually over the place because of his vibrant personality. BrilliANT, or Brill, is the brains of the group. Through out the story they flee from an evil, magical Spider, called Puggy.

I loved everything about this story so much that I didn't even picked up any mistakes or things I didn't like. Kids between 8+ will love ANTics. The story has a very strong message that it doesn't matter how small you are, you can be the hero of the day.

Thank you so much for writing ANTics Dakota and I wish you all the luck in the world with ANTics.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: George Polley on July 28, 2013 :
Dakota Douglas's "ANTics" is a delightful, scary, humorous and fast-paced adventure about three ants who find themselves chased by an evil spider named Puggy who wants to kill them and everyone in their big ant colony. it's the kind of story that would make a wonderful animated movie for kids, and the kind of movie that a lot of adults would also enjoy.

I recommend this book for anyone with children or grandchildren (or friends with children) between the ages of 7 to 9. It's a definite 5-star book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jacqueline Piepenhagen on July 20, 2013 :
ANTics is an unusual story about the adventuresof three ants, ExuberAnt, known as Zube, BrilliAnt, known as Brill and HesitAnt.
They head out to forage for food for their colony and are repeatedly challenged by RepungnAnt the Spider, ( nicknamed Puggy.)

I'd recommend this book to parents for their child advancing from the picture book stage. Dakota Douglas has a very descriptive and creative style of writing where she has injected specific facts about the world of Ants into the story. Her clever writing ability of this book includes not only the adventures but also includes different scenarios on how to build friendships, family trust and handling bullying.

Her use of the word ANT throughout the book will stay in the imagination of children as well parents. I praise her for ending her book "with food for thought" for every child that reads it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marc Corn on June 25, 2013 :
ANTics is a fantastic read, it's very simple, but creative. Children will love this story because it captures the imagination. I would certainly recommend this to anyone, and that includes adults.

Simple, well-written, imaginative, what more could you ask for? 5 Stars from me!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Valcine Brown on May 18, 2013 :
I loved reading ANTics! As an adult, I found it quick paced and full of adrenal rushing moments. As a secondary teacher of English Literature, I think this book will be a perfect fit for children grades 3 - 5, especially adventurous boys. All too often, and quite unfortunately, children matriculate into middle schools and they are reading below grade level. There are many reasons that this happens, but there is one specific reason which I feel Douglas' book will help alleviate. Often young readers do not read because they are not offered books which grab and hold their interest. The attention span of young minds is hard to gain and even harder to hold. Douglas' book will capture and hold the attention of young minds. Additionally, young minds will be exposed to some of the inner-workings of the ant kingdom in a manner which doesn't slow down or detract from the story that is being told.

I highly recommend ANTics!

You can read an excerpt from the book review posted here (http://www.valcine.com/2013/05/17/antics-by-dakota-douglas-book-review/).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rebbie Reviews on May 16, 2013 :
ANTics is a book for children years 7 plus. I struggled to decide if this book would be suitable for that age group at first because of big words like “Exuberant” “Repugnant” etc. Of course this makes the book fun for a wider age group and for parents who may be reading this to their child as a bed time story and I don’t think a young child would mind too much, it’d just be a fun name for a character.

ANTics follows an ant colony called InhabitANT and three little ants who go off on an adventure; ExuberANT (Zube), BrilliANT (Brill) and HesitANT. I found this particularly clever because it shows that the author has really put some thought into the book, matching personalities to names and even going so far as to make their surroundings work with InhabitANT and those living there OccupANTs.

I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to others. If I at twenty-two years old can enjoy the book then anybody younger certainly can! The book is well written with only a few spelling mistakes. There was an error in my copy of the book which I have had contact from the author about and she is working with smashwords to correct the error. It’s only in some of them so it may be a part of the conversion process.

At the end of the book Dakota asks her readers to put together a new ant name for the hero of the story (read to find out who!) and a newspaper article about what happened. She even starts the article to help get creative juices flowing. I think this is both commendable for an author to do, and fun for any child who has read a book. It really gets the kids involved and their minds working. I think any child would be delighted to open a book and find their ideas inside it!

Very enjoyable book by a lovely woman, I’m looking forward to reading more by Dakota Douglas.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Karen Szillat on May 14, 2013 :
ANTics is a fun read for kids looking for an adventure story that takes place in the land of ants. Part of the fun is the names of the characters that describes the personalities of the ants, butterflies, and other characters in the story. The descriptive words make it easy to visualize the action. The main characters weave in and out of trouble as they travel through nature's plants and waterways interspersed with the land of the Two Legs.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tammy Dewhirst on March 23, 2013 :
Eleven-year-old, Alex, wrote this review with some grammar edits from Tammy.



When my mom first talked about reviewing this book I didn’t think I’d like it. It sounded very “little-kid” to me. At the start of the story, Zube crosses the Forbidden QuadrANT and risks being crushed by “Two Legs” and I was hooked. The Ant characters are fun!

The bad guy is named RepugnANT and he’s a spider. I hate spiders. They freak me out. The Ants hate spiders too but that’s because the spider wants to kill all of them. He had a really bad childhood but that’s no excuse for wanting to kill ants!

The way that the author writes is fun and the action was very fun. The Ants have adventures together that are risky.Sometimes life gets busy so Mom and me couldn't read it in one sitting but I didn't want to stop reading!

This book doesn’t have any pictures but it’s a lot of fun. Children in Grade 1 or 2 who are just learning to read would love it for book reports at school or just to read for fun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donna Jean McDunn on March 03, 2013 :
I found ANTics very enjoyable to read and the characters, even though they were insects, were very charming. Their adventures were exciting and I couldn't wait to find out how they would manage to get out of each scary incident. The names of the characters were clever, however I sometimes wasn't sure which character was speaking because the names were so similar, that I would get them confused. It's not a story that can be read in one sitting, but enjoyed over the course of a couple of days.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carolyn Kurr on Jan. 20, 2013 :
Ever wonder what it would be like to be an ant? What kind of adventures would you have? How would life be the same? How would the world be different?

Dakota Douglas has answered these questions with a charming tale of near misses, adventurous strategies and heroic outcomes.

"ANTics" offers a wonderful opportunity for parent and child to bond. Through the adventures of insect characters, a space can open where discussions of pertinent subjects such as - bullying, appreciating the varied talents of others, kindness to others and finding courage - can occur. Happily, these perilous experiences can all be safely explored through the ANTics of EXUBERant, BRILLIant & HESTITant.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Debra Benson on Dec. 30, 2012 :
The ANTics is a an outstanding story with adventures of three ants, living in a garden with other crawly insects. They not only interact with insects of the garden but people (two legs) they call them.

Insects threaten them in the garden. Two legs threaten them crossing the patio the "Forbidden QuadrAnt." The story is fun to read. The story has a lot of energy, I found my self oohing and awing at times because of the excitement unfolding.

The book is written very descriptive, if pictures were added it would add to the effect.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mary Crocco on Sep. 09, 2012 :
The play on the word ANT is very clever. The ants live in InhabitANT. Inhabitants are HesitANT, EXUBERant, and BrilliANT, just to name a few.

The story is a fun adventure for children to read. The ants are very much alike families that deal with similar issues as human beings. In this story, the biggest challenge for the ants is foraging food for InhabitANT, without getting killed by humans, animals, or bullies in their own environment.

While the book is not age coded, and because of its length, children would appreciate the story if it included pictures. The cover page is very enticing and fun and young readers would expect to visualize each unique ant and ‘character’ in color.

An idea would be to break up the book into smaller stories. There are so many terrific adventures; one adventure a book would be more effective in holding a child’s attention.

There are several typos, which cannot occur in a child’s book.

ANTics is a subtle and fun way to teach children life’s lessons. The story is clever and well written. Pictures accompanying such a character rich story would be an enhancement.

Young readers will be entertained when they choose, ANTics by Dakota Douglas.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lynn Worton on Sep. 06, 2012 :
Review 7*******

I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

I loved this book!

ExuberANT (Zube for short), BrilliANT (Brill) and HesitANT are fantastic characters! I loved them! Their antics made me grin! Zube has a quick wit, and a sharp mind. Brill is simply brilliant, and usually comes up with a solution for any problem. HesitANT is the smallest ant, but I think he is the bravest.
Their nemesis is in the form of a spider called RepugnANT (called Puggy by Zube). He's EVIL and wily, but he's not too bright (in my opinion!).

This is a fabulous book for children from the ages 7+. The story is absorbing and grabbed my interest quite quickly. There are no pictures, but Dakota Douglas's descriptions are very vivid and I could see the story unfold in my mind quite effortlessly. This would be a fantastic bedtime story. I think that children will enjoy the adventures of the three little ants; it's educational but fun. As their reading ability improves, they would be able to follow the book and read it themselves. I highly recommend this book to your little ones. I know it's a bit early for Christmas, but this book would make a fantastic stocking filler in print form! - Lynn Worton (WaAR)
(reviewed long after purchase)

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