ANTics by Dakota Douglas

A captivating children’s story.

Cover for 'ANTics'

About the book: Three young ants are chased by the world’s craziest, smelliest spider – an evil monster with magic powers who has vowed to turn them into ant soup. One is a fun-loving scamp, one is clever and the third is scared of his own shadow. Can they outwit the beast and save themselves, their families and friends? An exciting fantasy adventure for 7-11-year-olds in ebook and print. ANTics is a fun way for children to learn about ants with some interactive suggestions at the end. It’s a story of courage with lessons about the importance of friendship and teamwork. As well as lots of funny moments, the story is a good way for young readers to learn new words, as all the characters have names that describe their personalities and end in ANT

Review by Susan Keefe

Everyone knows that ants are everywhere; they are industrious, clever, work as a team and live in anthills, however, have you ever really thought what life is like for them?

ANTics  is a brilliant adventure story which will capture your imagination and ensure that you never look at ants in the same way again.

Set in a world literally at your feet, ant cadets Zube [ExuberANT] and  Brill [BrilliANT] decide to try and pass their  foraging flag and they agree to take the timid HesitANT with them.

However, their adventure is fraught with unforeseeable dangers, both from the giant two legs world above them, and from some of the other wildlife around them. Together, the intrepid explorers find themselves escaping dangers, overcoming challenges, vanquishing foes and making new friends in this captivating and educational book.

This delightful story, with brilliantly devised character names, not only gives children an insight into the world of ants but most importantly, they are taught through an engaging story about the importance of qualities such as loyalty, teamwork and respect.

About Dakota Douglas: Dakota Douglas is a former newspaper reporter from the North East of England, following her childhood dream of being a novelist. As a kid she read books under the bedclothes by torchlight. Now she dives under the covers, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between her book characters in case she forgets them in the morning. She has written stories since she was about eight years old. She wrote them on a toy typewriter and her dad did the illustrations. When she wasn’t pounding on her typewriter, she was found smashing a tennis ball against the brick end of a block of garages beside her home. For hours on end she perfected her lob, backhand and forehand shots – all the time spinning stories in her head.

Website: http://www.dakotadouglas.co.uk/

ANTics is available:

from Amazon here in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-Dakota-Douglas/dp/1477696709/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-ebook/dp/B008EKVXB8/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

and at Smashwords here http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165122

Where’s Green? (The EnteleTrons Series) by Renee Heiss & Gary A. Stewart

 

A wonderful way of introducing science and nature to children.

Written by Renee Heiss & Gary A. Stewart, illustrated by Fay Cofrancesco

 

 

 

 

 

The three main characters in this book are Priti a proton, Ning a neuton and Ellie an electron.

One day, their world looks different, why, what has happened? Then they discover the reason, green is missing! Where could it have gone?  It’s Priti, Ning and Ellie’s task to find out what has happened, and why. Eventually they decide to ask the primary colours if they know where green could have gone, and the truth transpires.

Through an engaging story, children start to learn in an easily absorbed manner about science, nature, primary colours, how rainbows are made and prisms. The back pages contain the EnteleLab, web site links for activities and idea’s for a game. However, there is much more to this book, woven in the pages are important life lessons, about working together, respect for others, and our place in the universe.

This is a bright, cleverly thought out book, beautifully illustrated and appealing to children. I wish it had been out when my children were young!

Available at Amazon in Hardcover here http://www.amazon.com/Wheres-Green-EnteleTrons-Renee-Stewart/dp/0988781301/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_har?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1367300677&sr=1-1&keywords=Where%27s+Green%3F+by+Renee+Heiss

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Wheres-Green-EnteleTrons-Series-ebook/dp/B00BVV12WW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1367300796&sr=1-1&keywords=Where%27s+Green%3F+by+Renee+Heiss

and at Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wheres-green-renee-heiss/1114998808?ean=2940044413474

Rainbow’s Promise by Mary Clark Dalton

A lovely children’s story beautifully illustrated.

Rainbow's Promise

Available in Paperback from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Rainbows-Promise-Mary-Clark-Dalton/dp/1616636351/ref=cm_pdp_rev_itm_img_1

Amazon Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Rainbows-Promise-ebook/dp/B0046ED24W/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359979608&sr=1-5&keywords=rainbow%27s+promise

At Barnes & Noble in Paperback here  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rainbows-promise-mary-clark-dalton/1025037244?ean=9781616636357

 

Rainbow the caterpillar is very sad; all his friends are butterflies already! His mom tries to tell him to be patient and enjoy his life as he is for now, but he just can’t.

Join Rainbow as he meets new friends and has adventures, whilst he waits to become a butterfly.

As a mother and grandmother, I would thoroughly recommend this beautiful, brightly illustrated book, which will capture a child’s attention with its engaging story whilst also gently teaching them important messages.

The Seasons – American version (Science and nature)

At this colourful time of the year, here’s a lovely Kindle book for children.

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-seasons-American-version-ebook/dp/B008REDOBI/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Available in Kindle format.

 

This bright and colourful book is part of the author’s Science and nature series.

Through lovely photographs and clear easy to read text, children are taught how the year is divided into the four seasons.

Each season is introduced and then descriptions are given into what to expect during that season, a fun, yet educational book for children aged 4 to 8 years.

 

Please Note: There is also an Australian version of this book also available in kindle format.