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Party animals
Davis, Katie (Katie I.)
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, Inc., 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
One blue ant thinks he's been overlooked when it comes time for a big barnyard party.
Reading Level:
AD 440 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 63499.
Format :


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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Author Notes

Katie Davis' first book, Who Hops?, was a National Parenting Publication Honor Book in the United States, a Children's Book-of-the-Month Club selection, a Junior Library Guild selection and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this boldly colored counting book, the barnyard denizens busily prepare for a party from two croaking purple frogs "tossing a salad for the party" to 12 black sheep ("baaing, `Shhh!' and lighting candles for the party") except for a single blue ant, the only creature apparently left off the invitation list. With anxious queries, the ant visits every group and tries to insert himself into the preparations, but no one seems to hear him: "Do you need help? Because I could help," he tells the yellow pigs, who are making mud pies for the festivities. "Who cut the cheese?" he quips to three pink mice who are, in fact, slicing a hunk of Swiss. Davis (Scared Stiff) works in simple, heavily outlined graphic shapes and saturated acrylics paints, giving her full-bleed spreads the visual impact of a poster. Many children will guess early on that the party is actually in the ant's honor, but they'll still enjoy the interplay of the almost fluorescent colors tangerine ducks against a marine-blue sky, turquoise cows with bright purple snouts and hair and the ant's snappy asides. Ages 2-5. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-To follow this tale, it is necessary to begin reading on the inside front endpapers where two cows are shown reading party invitations. A tiny, uninvited blue ant appears on every page, making comments or humorous remarks. ("That's gotta hurt," he says as 10 magenta hens sit on bright white eggs.) He is so small that readers may wonder if the other creatures even notice him. The assortment of animals, too, have their say, making comments in dialogue balloons. The author cleverly incorporates the concepts of color and counting into the story. The large, simple figures outlined in black are done in bold, appealing colors, and are placed on equally vivid backgrounds. An excellent resource for teaching concepts, as well as an enjoyable story.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.