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THE ANT IN THE CELLAR

Author: Danielle Rosenblatt

Illustrator: Jacqueline Kirk

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Publisher: A Better Be Write Publisher, ©2007

Material: Galley

Summary: This story, written in rhyme, is narrated by a very perceptive ant who lives in the basement. The reader will enjoy the observations of characters, events, and life in the house as seen through his eyes. This is a collection of poetry for children.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 12; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 6 to 10

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Even though the poems appear to be entirely separate from one another, their order suggests a journey. The poems range from 5 lines to 4 pages long, and most hare one-stanza poems with rhyming couplets. There is no clear rhythm within the poems, but there is a syllable pattern that I analyzed (long lines contain 11 syllables while short lines contain 6 syllables). The poems do not have any specific message or theme in them, but they are interesting to read. This is a took to read for leisure, and I would rate it 6 out of 10 because for me, it lacks a clear storyline. I would recommend this book to kids ages 6 to 12.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a delightful book of poetry which will captivate readers, both young and old. If the reader should happen to be reticent about poetry or bugs in the cellar, give the ant an opportunity to introduce himself, you’ll be happy you made his acquaintance.

Pros: This is an enjoyable book. The author has chosen an ant to take the reader on a tour of the house. As the guide, the ant comments, in rhyme, on the characters, their idiosyncrasies, the house, and all the fruit and nuts that call the place home. It is a creative and enjoyable contrivance to be sure.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. By all accounts, it is a delightful read. Children and adults will get lots of laughs. They’re sure to read — or ask to have the book read to them — again and again. Wholesome, funny, creative, genuinely enjoyable, it is a keeper.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHAT A DAY IT WAS AT SCHOOL!   WHO ATE MY SOCKS?   GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK

Educational Themes: As the ant guides the reader through the house, sharing his views and observations and pointing out things of interest, it becomes clear that poetry doesn't need to be stuffy.

Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. is reviewing a galley copy.

Literary Categories: Fiction - poetry, animal stories, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2007

Other Reviews: No Critics' Reviews or reader feedback found at the time of this review.




                 

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