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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-The close and sometimes contentious bond between brothers is the theme of this easy reader by Betsy Byars (Viking, 1997). The stories focus on the everyday events in the lives of Ant (short for Anthony) and his big brother, from playing "Bear" in a cave made from a blanket, to Ant's fright at the late-night tapping of a tree against the window, to Ant's delight at realizing that he and his brother are "going to be the exact same thing" when they grow up (men). Narrator Bonnie Kelly-Young captures the essence of the boys' personalities with her liquid voice, embodying both the sweet, slightly petulant sounds of Ant's voice and the alternately affectionate and exasperated tones of his unnamed brother. Readers can choose to hear the stories with or without page turn signals. Despite some minor punctuation mistakes in the text (also found in the original hardcover), this production shines with the quiet (and sometimes not-so-quiet) drama of sibling relationships.
Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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An enchanting companion to My Brother Ant (1996). Little brother Anthony, known as Ant, wants his big brother--the narrator--to be a bear. The narrator plays the part so well that Ant becomes a little worried, and decides to end the game. In the second story, Ant wants to be a dog when his brother's new friend comes to visit, but becomes a boy when he finds out that the friend is capable of playing mean tricks on dogs. Third, Ant wants an explanation for the tap-tap-tapping on the bedroom window. Best of all, though, is the last story, in which Ant discovers what he wants to be when he grows up. In very short chapters, the love and exasperation common between siblings and the sweet thrill of everyday life are laid out for beginning readers who are sure to be delighted. The language is perfectly transparent, plain but full of feeling, and the illustrations, for all their artful simplicity, glow with universal appeal. Byars and Simont prove that within the closest of strictures--the easy-to-read format--brilliance can be achieved. (Fiction. 6-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0130 (What's this?)
  • Series: Penguin Young Readers, L3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141303514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141303512
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Betsy Byars is a Newbery Medal winner and a National Book Award winner. Her books have appeared on the best books lists of the American Library Association, School Library Journal, and American Bookseller, among others.

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