An ant's-eye view of a raid on a sugarbowl--with further adventures for two members of the crew before they return to the queen's service. From forest to lawn, up a brick wall and over a windowsill, the ants file in quest of their treasure. The two miscreants gorge, fall asleep, and so are left behind for a series of unlikely survivals--in hot coffee, in an English muffin in a toaster, and through a garbage disposal--before returning (like Flack's Ping) to safety. Never mind; each experience is a fine pretext for Van Allsburg's extraordinary illustrations. Details are few and much enlarged; the points of view fun (and sometimes funny); the use of light and design inspired; the draughtmanship splendid. Older picture-book groups should be delighted; this should also please Van Allsburg fans of all ages.