Acclaimed New York Times-bestselling picture book creator Michael Hall delivers a funny and suspenseful story about colors, ants, aardvarks, and rainbows that will appeal to Lois Ehlert fans and fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. Another winner from the author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale!
Five carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. What is it? One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking outside the stump, just waiting to eat them. One ant makes a hole in the stump to see. Orange light floods the stump—it's not an aardvark, proclaims the ant chorus. It's orange! So what is lurking outside the stump? This very funny picture book features die-cut holes on almost every page, suspenseful page turns, a wonderful surprise ending, and an introduction to a rainbow of colors. It's an Orange Aardvark! is a tour de force for Michael Hall, the acclaimed and bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale.
Teaching Guide to the Books of Michael Hall
This teaching guide, aimed at grades Pre-K through 3, contains Common Core-aligned discussion questions and classroom activities for Michael Hall's It's an Orange Aardvark. It also includes three printable activities—a homophone matching game, a counting activity, and a shape activity—for Cat Tale, Perfect Square, and My Heart Is Like a Zoo. [PDF]
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Get ready for some hilarity and hijinks as five ants discover what’s really outside their stump home. . . . Hall uses the die-cuts to great effect, playfully piquing the curiosity of readers while revealing both the real and the ridiculous.”
Publishers Weekly“Hall’s fourth bold, graphic picture book . . . serves as an entertaining introduction to the colors of the rainbow, as the ants put each color in context (“Red like a fire truck”) that readers will readily grasp.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books“ Hall’s latest outing is entertaining both for its unusual cast of characters and its amusing yarn-spinning. . . . This could entertain a group, who will giggle at . . . this clever tale.”