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There Are No Ants in This Book

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I received an electronic ARC from Penguin Random House Canada through NetGalley.
Mosco offers readers a look at a wide variety of ants as this young girl trust the title and decides to have a picnic. To her surprise, different ants arrive and share about themselves. She engages with them and learns about each of their species. When an anteater arrives, she hides them and reminds him of the title. I appreciate the last page with the anteater walking off. Brief paragraphs are included on each type of ant at the end of the book. The illustrations clearly capture the different types of ants and the emotions this child moves through. A fun addition to libraries.

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Super cute books for young inquisitive minds. Awesome beginner biology/ecology introducing ants and their important roles. The illustrations were bright and fun. My kids enjoyed this one

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So cute! I loved the writing and illustrations. We can all take time to appreciate the little creatures in life and how they serve our ecosystem! Great for learning science and empathy.

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The little girls always thought every picnic attracted ants. Wow, she was wrong and the little girl ended up loving the ants. The story introduced ants and the importance of their existences to nature. The story was the best way to teach biology to the young reader.
Thank you Rosemary Mosoco author, Anna Pirolli Illustrator, and Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read this charming picture book and I wrote an honest review.

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"There Are No Ants in This Book" is not just a story; it's an immersive learning experience that sparks curiosity and fosters a deeper appreciation for the natural world. Whether read aloud in the classroom or enjoyed at home, this charming book is sure to captivate young minds and inspire a newfound fascination with the tiny creatures that often go unnoticed. It's a must-have addition to any library, providing the perfect balance of fun and learning for curious young readers.

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This was a cute book. Probably not one that I would’ve grabbed off of the shelf at the bookstore, but it was better than I expected.

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This book was a lot of fun and would make a great read aloud - especially for kids who love bugs! I thought it did a great job of mixing humour with educational content on different types of ants, and I loved the vibrant illustrations.

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This book is absolutely charming! I first picked this book because of the cover and was pleasantly surprised to find it was instructional as well as entertaining. My eight-year-old twins loved learning about the different types of ants and for younger children, there is also counting up to ten. Also, this book helps kids learn that even when a situation might start off the way they didn’t want, a change in perspective can change their outlook. Overall, this is a lovely book and would recommend to anyone who has a curious child, a “bug lover” or just wants a fun book to read!

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This picture book is a great story with non fiction sprinkled through it. The illustrations are cute and the writing is humorous.

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I LOVED this book it was so cute! The art style was very fun. Lots of information without being overwhelming. It also followed a narrative story structure, which is a big plus for a juvenile nonfiction book in my opinion. It helps keep kids engaged while they’re learning. A perfect first resource for learning about types of ants!

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There are no ants in this book is a book where the main character breaks the 4th wall and acknowledges the title of the book and the fact that she is in a book. While looking for the perfect place to have a picnic with NO ants, the main character shows the ability to go with the flow and accept the unexpected, even if she was totally against it in the beginning,
This could be a great book for readers who struggle with change and the unexpected. I love the illustrations in this book and how much character each ant had!

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Cute and funny book about ants.
Beautiful illustration and bright colours make this book appealing. Children will love the way ants keep popping up in the background. There are some great facts about the different types of ants and the information is easy to read. The storyline is short and cute but is really just a way to introduce the ants.

Thank you to the author, publisher and netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Great illustrations, funny story, and catchy cover. Overall I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend to an elementary teacher or fellow young parent.

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This is a sweet introduction to the many varieties of ants. A child who is outside for a picnic declares that this is the perfect place because there are no ants. They find one, then two, then more. They grow accustomed to the ants as each one introduces itself and gives some facts about its variety. The pictures are colorful and simple enough for even young readers. Older readers will appreciate the additional information in the back about the different varieties of ants. Younger ones will find it engaging and silly. I liked the way the author broke the literary fourth wall by having the main character aware of the fact that they are in a book.

Thank you NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I will purchase for my library.

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Fab! I love picture books that mix fiction with non-fiction, especially when some good humour is thrown in too. I was reminded a little or Elise Gravel's bug books. Lovely illustrations and an introduction to some fascinating different kinds of ant!

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Nobody wants ants at their picnic. Or do they? Who knew ants could be so interesting??

This one would be a great nonfiction read aloud. The illustrations are wonderful. There’s ant butt humor. And I love that they’ve included a glossary for further information in the back!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

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This book is as funny as it is informative. Perfect for budding entomologists, this book will educate and entertain.

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Everything about this picture book is perfect. I love the child's stubborn opening attitude and their dislike of ants, and how gradually the ants themselves make them change their mind, while educating the reader about a whole lot of different ants that are out there and how each has a specific role in its community. Anna Pirolli's illustrations are wonderful and I love Rosemary Mosco's underlying message of inclusiveness mixed in with the wry fresh humor and ant education. Thank you Tundra Books and Netgalley for the ARC.

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This is a great book for younger readers as I think with all the information that is presented, it shows that ants are way more than those little crawly things. The illustrations are colorful , inviting, funny. (Although there was one that I thought would definitely creep some children out.) I thank NetGalley and PenquinRandom House Canada for the advance read.

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The title of this book, There Are No Ants in This Book, sets the reader up to wonder when the author will talk about the reason for that title, or if ants will somehow appear without the author seemingly intending for them to do so. The main character in the book seems adamant when starting her picnic that she doesn't want to see an ant and that she believes the promise of the title, that there are no ants in the book. As the story progresses the ants secretly surprise the reader by hiding in the corners of the pictures and under things, etc. The girl is unaware until her picnic is underway but then she finds out that ants aren't bad as the ants tell her interesting things about themselves. In the end, the girl even helps the ants, and you will have to read the story to find out how that is true. This book is one of those books that will make you curious and also make you laugh, a mixture of learning and fun!

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