“Always remember what I taught you. It’s called the Georgie Jig! Whenever you want to dance again, you know just where I live!” Jolie Della Valle writes in her children’s book, Georgie and the Ants in the Pants.
~ What ~
This numbered twenty-eight-page hardbound targets children ages three to seven years old who enjoy stories about ants and dancing. With no scary scenes, it conveys to get up, jump around, and have fun with your friends. The simplistic, easy-to-understand, and colorful illustrations grace the pages, following the storyline.
In this short rhyming tale, the reader is told to follow the black dotted line to find Georgie, an ant with a bowtie who loves to dance. He and his ant friends with two children jump up and down, shake their baby booty, wiggle their toes, wave their arms, and clap their hands. After spinning around, Georgie is glad to have met the reader and says to blame him the next time he or she feels like dancing as if there are ants in the pants.
This is a cute story for the preschooler age as it gets the reader up and exercising. I like the book ends with instructions to color a ladybug each time the story is read. The drawings are expressive, large, and bright with often tiny ants to look for on the pages.
~ Why Not ~
Due to some of the complicated two- and three-syllable words, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. Those with physical disabilities may be frustrated not being able to do some of the activities.
~ Who ~
Having published her first book, author Della Valle is the creator of Ants in the Pants children’s clothing. She lives wither husband in New Jersey. Illustrator and graphic designer Mooney is a childhood friend of the writer and also lives in New Jersey.
~ Wish ~
Although told in rhyme, the book has a few hard to understand words for young ones. It would be nice to use one syllable words for beginner readers, but that may be too hard to do in the rhyming format.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for an innocuous book to read to young ones (preferably not at bedtime based on the activities), this one about ants in your pants is fun.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on my unbiased, honest opinion.
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