One Mean Ant with Fly and Flea and Moth – written by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

One Mean Ant with Fly and Flea and Moth – written by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier, Candlewick Press, 2021. 9780763683962

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover Picture book

What did you like about the book? First there was One Mean Ant.  It was followed my One Mean Ant with Fly and Flea. Now Moth has joins the group.  Ant, Fly and Flea have ended up as slave performers in a circus.  Grueling work.  “Every night, and twice on Sundays, they had to perform death-defying circus acts.”  Ant is angry. He blames flea for their sorry state of affairs while Flea blames Ant. Fly remarks that at least they have it better than Moth who is forced to fly into a light bulb every night.  They had to get out of there.  They form an escape plan with Moth.  They urge moth to not fly into the light bulb as his natural instincts dictate – then they can all escape while the audience is diverted.  There is actually a smile on Ant’s face as Moth flies them all to the moon.

The pen and ink watercolors, gifted with the facial expressions of the Ant, the Fly, the Flea and the Moth, aligned with body language create a very funny story worthy of the previous two.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? There is no way that kids will not love this book, especially if they have read the previous two adventures.

Who should buy this book? Day-care centers, public libraries, grades K-1, and all who have read the previous two titles.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Editor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: November 5, 2021

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