Children’s Book Week: It’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall

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Aardvarks are scary! At least if you’re an ant they are. In this fun and laugh-filled picture book by Michael Hall, a group of ants who are tunneling through the dirt are confronted with an unexpected orange object. They assume it’s an aardvark. The ants are convinced that aardvarks turn orange when they’re hungry for ants.

The ants continue to see a spectrum of colors which they predict all belong to ant devouring aardvarks. The ants have unmistakable expressions of joy, fear, excitement and terror. Their minds go wild as they imagine geckos joining in the attack.

The words gather and build as the holes and the tension of the story build. It helps to add excitement to the story-telling that there are literal holes in the pages in which children can share in the ants experience. In the visual tradition of Eric Carle this is a sing-song joy of a story with bright, energetic illustrations that kids will beg to hear again and again. 

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pub Date: 2014

ISBN: 9780062252067

Page Count: 40 pages

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

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