Thursday, November 8, 2018

Anthill For Sale by Johnny Ray Moore and illustrated by Zuzana Svobodova

Publisher: Big Belly Book Co.
ISBN: 978-1-7325541-1-5
Ages: 3-8 Price: $10.95*
My thoughts: Mr. and Mrs. Ant, Alvin and his wife, are now empty nesters (or ant-hillers) and look about their home where the raised their little ants and decide it is time to move on because they don't need such a home any longer. So they embark on the "sell-the-homeplace" endeavor.

A parade of potential buyers stroll through their home. They critique it, enthuse over it, voice their plans to change it.

Alvin's welcome mat wears thin on some of these encounters; and then in avid frustration he shoos some out of his home. Finally, it is sold and then.......

But that would be telling.

This is a delightful children's book hinting into what it would be like for parents to sell the family home. Told from the perspective of a little ant, it tells a grand story of love of place and love of memories that parents hold in their hearts once their beloved family moves on. Families of young children can impress on them as they read that they are shaping memories for the future and can also relate the theme of the story to loving grandparents who are perhaps currently experiencing the heart breaking task of selling a beloved family home.

A joy to read and the illustrations are charming.

About the book: Alvin shows his home to potential homeowners. The buyers can't see the beauty in the anthill and want to change everything about Alvin's precious home. Alvin is disappointed the buyers don't see what he sees. The home reminds him of the memories of  him and his family. Alvin has a change of heart and must convince his wife the anthill is their only place to call home.

*Discounted 10% through end of November through Big Belly Book Co. only $9.80, plus shipping,

Available: Amazon - click here, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Big Belly Book Co and request at your local book store.

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