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My Brother, Ant (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3)

My Brother, Ant (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3)
Author: Betsy Byars
ISBN 13: 9780140383454
ISBN 10: 14038345
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
Publication Date: 1998-01-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
List Price: $3.99

Meet Ant, the little brother who's big on laughs. In four upbeat stories, Ant and his big brother confront the monster under the bed, recreate the story of the three little pigs, and write a letter to Santa in July! Sometimes funny, always endearing, Ant is invariably entertaining. "A great storyteller and a great illustrator are at their very best in this tender, funny easy-to-read." Booklist, starred review

Publishers Weekly

It may not earn Byars (Summer of the Swans) another Newbery Medal or Simont (A Tree Is Nice) another Caldecott, but this volume is tailor-made for kids just beginning to read on their own. For starters, they will immediately take to the admirably tolerant narrator, whose feisty younger brother, Ant (short for Anthony), would test any sibling's patience. In these snippets, the older boy chases a monster from under Ant's bed; copes with an indecipherable picture that someone (guess who?) has drawn on his homework paper; reads Ant a fairy tale; and plays scribe when Ant dictates a letter to Santa . . . in July. Told with brevity, in simply constructed sentences and controlled vocabulary, these four vignettes are full of homespun warmth and easy-going humor. Echoing the good-natured narrative, Simont's straightforward pictures do a commendable job of helping to relay the plots-a big plus in fiction for this audience. Ages 6-9. (Mar.)