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Children's Nonfiction Insects, Spiders, Etc.

There Are No Ants in This Book

by (author) Rosemary Mosco

illustrated by Anna Pirolli

Initial publish date
Jul 2024
Insects, Spiders, etc., Flowers & Plants, General
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2024
    List Price

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This hilarious meta picture book from the author of Butterflies Are Pretty . . . Gross! shows us that ants aren't so bad. In fact, they're pretty amazing, and with their humongous families, they might turn your picnic into a party!

Nothing can ruin a picnic faster than a bunch of ants. It's a good thing there are no ants in this book . . . well, maybe there's only one. Or two. . . . Or ten??

Maybe it's not so bad. Ants are kind of cool, after all — especially the ones with amazing butts, like the Acrobat Ant that waves its back end around to scare off enemies. Or the Slender Leaf Ant that can glide through the air. Or the Dinosaur Ant, which is the biggest ant in the world! Okay, so a picnic with ants is actually lots of fun!

But what if an anteater also wants to join the picnic?

About the authors

Rosemary Mosco is a science communicator, acclaimed cartoonist, and speaker on all things bird. She's the creator of the webcomic Bird and Moon and has authored many science books for young people, including co-authoring the bestselling Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Editorial Reviews

"Bright colors and sunny skies predominate, contrasting nicely with the black ants, and the protagonist's facial expressions (ranging from concern to awe) deftly convey her evolving attitude. And while adults may grimace at the illustration of the child swarmed by these insects, kids will understand her delight." Booklist

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