Kirkus Reviews QR Code
ANT AND HONEY BEE by Megan McDonald

ANT AND HONEY BEE

A Pair of Friends in Winter

By Megan McDonald (Author) , G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5712-3
Publisher: Candlewick

Winter’s arrival leaves sleepy Honey Bee in no mood to entertain her still-antsy friend.

Having quickly run through all the possibilities for solitary activities, Ant ignores her bigger buddy’s “bee-mail” brushoff and heads out into the “rainy and complain-y” weather to pay a call. Grumpy reception notwithstanding (“Honey Bee sure had her stinger out today”), Ant’s relentless persistence ultimately pays off in a cooperatively assembled “peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich”—actually a bowl of milk with some chips in it—enhanced, “Stone Soup” style, with raisins, maple syrup, goldfish crackers, gummy worms, squeeze cheese, ketchup and even stored-away honey. “It’s very antsome,” admits Honey Bee. And the towering result makes a perfect final snack before cuddling down on a shared couch for a long winter’s nap. McDonald’s three-chapter tale offers an entertaining mix of wordplay and amusing back-and-forth conversation—not to mention delicious kitchen antics and, from Karas, cartoon illustrations rich in both visual gags (“Napping House” reads the sign outside Old Man Spider’s home) and small but clear cues to the mutual regard lurking under the (four-limbed, but never mind) insect friends’ moods.

Sure to give recent Henry & Mudge grads a happy buzz. (Early reader. 6-8)