How To Walk An Ant (Hardcover)
Roaring Brook Press, 9781250162625, 40pp.
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
There are nine steps to becoming an ant walker, and Amariyah, the expert ant walker, is here to show you how it’s done.
This irreverent and quirky picture book, How to Walk an Ant, follows a young girl as she goes through the process of walking ants, from polite introductions to tragic leash entanglements.
In the end, this unique book from author-illustrator Cindy Derby shows that as long as you’re doing what you’re best at, you may find a like-minded friend to tag along.
*Zero ants were harmed in the making of this book.
**Oops, 7 ants were harmed in the making of this book.
About the Author
Cindy Derby is an illustrator and author based out of San Francisco, California. She is a puppeteer and has performed all over the world. How To Walk An Ant is her first picture book.
Praise For How To Walk An Ant…
"Budding entomologists (and plenty of regular kids) will delight in the focus on these commonly seen insects. Be prepared for leash requests—so convincing is this guidebook. Teachers may also appreciate it as a humorous model when explaining elements of informational text. "—Kirkus
"Derby, making a highly original debut, offers sly comic timing and deadpan prose that feel right at home with her scratchily inked, goth-vibed art style."—Publishers Weekly
"The confident guide format is funny, and the contrast of our heroine’s assured manner with the fanciful details and chaotic outcome ramps up the comedy. It’s the art that kicks this through the goalposts, though; Derby’s watercolors, in a limited palette where black and gray predominate, have the fierce childlike disorder of Neal Layton with a touch of Stephen Gammell in the squirrely lines."—Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books
"Amariyah sounds like a kid playing at a job, and her logic is whimsical. Kids will find certain ideas, like using grandma’s fake nail as a bridge for the ants, entertaining. To maintain the illusion that this is a DIY guidebook, each section includes instructions, tips, and rules, which are written by hand, as well as helpful, minimally colored visuals, made from watercolors and thick inks."— School Library Journal