Books by Joshua Prince

I SAW AN ANT IN A PARKING LOT by Joshua Prince
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

Displaying a positive zest for partial rhymes, broken rhythms and ornate phrasing ("O faster ant! O tire not! / O tire turn / unless you blot / the living, breathing life out of / a hungry ant in danger caught!"), Prince is likely to lose the audience he engaged with the tripping, tickety-tackety verse of I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track (2006). Here he sends the same oblivious ant wandering out into a parking lot, where it again faces annihilation (from a minivan rather than a locomotive), but is saved at the last instant (also as before) by a tasty snack—this one a chocolate doughnut thrown by an observant attendant. Rendered with a slightly unfocused, computer-generated look and fish-eye lens perspectives, the art centers on a miniscule California Raisin-style ant with big brown eyes, human teeth and white gloves capping its top four limbs. He wanders across wide open pavement and, at the end, sits possessively atop a luscious-looking doughnut that is the best thing in this uninspired reprise. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
I SAW AN ANT ON THE RAILROAD TRACK by Joshua Prince
ANIMALS
Released: April 3, 2006

When an ant walking east, "tickety-tack," meets a train heading west, clickety-clack," switchman Jack tries to head off the impending smack. Pamintuan illustrates Prince's consonantal verse with sunny, smoothly finished ground-level scenes featuring a Disneyesque ant with white gloves and large human eyes, strolling along oblivious both to the huge locomotive roaring up and portly, blue-collar Jack's struggles to switch the track. But then, at the last microsecond, the ant spots Jack's nearby sack of snacks and hops to safety. Of like-sounding outings there is no lack (see, for instance, Rob and Amy Spence's Clickety Clack, illustrated by Margaret Spengler, 1999), but there's enough melodrama here to keep readers coming back. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >