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Author: Michael Hall

Illustrator: Michael Hall

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: The five carpenter ants who live in a stump are curious. They want to take a peak into the outside world. One ant is worried that an aardvark is outside waiting to eat them up and so he warns them to stop making peepholes. This picture book shares the emotions of worry and fear (and overcoming them) with children.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 1.9

Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved this book. She thought it was funny and loved the rainbow colors. Her reaction surprised me. She often gets fearful of perceived danger so I thought she would be upset over the aardvark trying to eat the ants. However, she found it funny and wanted to re-read it.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked It's an Orange Aardvark, but not as much as my daughter. I loved the colors and the creativity of the worried ant.

Pros: An imaginative, colorful story awaits young readers (and aardvark lovers).

Cons: The majority of the ants did not believe the worried ant and that could present problems for some readers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun book to read when you borrow it from the library, but I don't see it as having enough staying power to read it repeatedly.


Educational Themes: The story offers opportunities to talk about several themes: listening to each other, working together, feelings, and fear of the unknown. With younger audiences, it is also a chance to explore color and talk about what you see on the pages.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, emotions, friendship, teamwork

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2015

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