Do Ants Wear Pants?

A Children's Rhyming Book

Children - Animals
48 Pages
Reviewed on 08/13/2020
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Reviewed by Rylanne Burdette for Readers' Favorite

In the adorable story Do Ants Wear Pants?, Gabrielle Grice talks about different animals by asking questions about them. “Do foxes sleep in boxes? Do goats ride in boats?” These are just two animals that the author writes about in this book! There isn’t much of a plotline, but it works in its own way, and I thought that it was great. Each page is just one question written with a corresponding illustration. They automatically draw the eye and make the story something special with the drawing style and bright colors. This is a cute book that easily brought a smile to my face.

Do Ants Wear Pants? was such a fun little book to read! The illustrations were captivating, and I loved seeing the myriad of animals depicted in the different pages. Gabrielle Grice crafted a sweet story that is both simple and fun. It was easy to read, and I think that this book could be a great tool to use when teaching young children how to read. The illustrations drove the story, and they connected well with the questions that were asked on each page. Everything tied together in a great way, and I honestly could have read another fifty pages of Grice talking about different animals. I think this is a book that all young children could fall in love with as they read it, and I would recommend that parents and kids read it together. This book gets a five-star rating from me!

Jack Magnus

Do Ants Wear Pants? A Children's Rhyming Book is a children’s animal concept book written by Gabrielle Grice and illustrated by Alland Wijaya. In this educational book for new readers, animals are introduced via rhyming questions. As well as the title insect, the ant, who may or may not be wearing pants, children are introduced to bears, skunks, deer and otters, and a host of other animals and insects. The page devoted to a turtle shows him gallantly jumping over a hurdle (a fence) with legs spread wide and a big smile on his face. The raccoon page shows an entertaining raccoon complete with a microphone up on a stage -- playing a tune. And deep beneath the waves, there’s a picture of a fish blowing out the candle on its birthday cake and making a wish.

Gabrielle Grice’s Do Ants Wear Pants? is a brightly illustrated and humorous book that asks the reader a series of questions about the animals pictured. Along the way, kids learn about words that sound alike but are spelled quite differently, such as the towel-using owl and the quails who may or may not love whales. Each panel works brilliantly with the text and helps cue the new reader when they encounter unfamiliar words, and the fact that they know everything will rhyme helps them even more as their reading skills increase. While an ideal selection for story hour or a bedtime read, this book is perfect for new readers, especially those who feel intimidated by the reading process. Do Ants Wear Pants? is most highly recommended.

Marta Tandori

Some children with their inquisitive young minds have probably wondered Do Ants Wear Pants? Gabrielle Grice has created a thought-provoking picture book that asks just this question, as well as many others. How about “Do snakes eat cakes?” or “Do storks eat with forks?” or this real thought-provoker, “Do pigs wear wigs?” Grice introduces young readers to familiar animals like ants, bears, skunks, deer, sheep, otters, turtles, raccoons, ducks, fish, owls, cows, bees, cats but also to more exotic ones like dragons, quails, antelopes, crocodiles, puffins, macaws, and sloths doing and wearing some unusual things. Grice’s questions are age-appropriately short and they rhyme, which will teach children about like-sounding words.

And while Gabrielle Grice’s questions may seem a little silly and nonsensical, they encourage young children to examine the illustrations, playfully presented by Alland Wijaya, and figure out whether there’s any truth to the questions. Admittedly, there’s nothing cuter than a saucy pink pig rocking a blonde wig and while the pictures may be funny, a child is introduced to what is reality and what is not. These questions, along with Wijaya’s colorful illustrations, are sure to evoke curiosity and simple discussions between child and parent as to an animal’s natural habitat and diet. For example, most children will get a kick out of sharks playing in parks or crabs driving cabs but this will lead to discussions about where sharks and crabs actually live. Deceptively simple and brilliantly executed, Do Ants Wear Pants? is sure to be a pleaser with both children and parents alike.

K.C. Finn

Do Ants Wear Pants? is a work of fiction for children in the form of a picture book, and was created by author Gabrielle Grice. Intended as a read-along story for children aged three to seven, this charming story is presented in rhyme and features a whole variety of adorable animals in different situations. The full-color illustrations introduce young readers to lots of different members of the animal kingdom, putting them in funny human-like situations that will be sure to entertain, but also have children interacting with the questions and making up answers of their own. What results is a lavish visual and audible reading experience perfect for bonding time with loved ones.

Author Gabrielle Grice has crafted a truly beautiful book that all animal-loving children will come to adore, and are sure to want to read and look at again and again. Even as an adult reader, there are plenty of images that tickle the funny bone, and each of the animals has a dedicated personality that leaps off the page (the owl in the towel and the hat-wearing cat spring to mind especially). One of the most admirable things about the book is that the rhymes all work and never feel forced for the sake of the book’s rhythm, displaying well thought out concepts and accessible, readable content to help children understand and learn rhyming sounds as they read. Overall, I would highly recommend Do Ants Wear Pants? for young readers everywhere to truly fall in love with.

Lois J Wickstrom

Do you know a child who loves rhymes and silliness, better yet rhymes and silliness together? Do Ants Wear Pants? by Gabrielle Grice, illustrated by Alland Wijaya, will have children giggling. Making rhymes that give rise to silly pictures is a skill. This author/artist combo gets it right. They have ants in pants, sheep saying “beep,” ducks that drive trucks, and many more. The sense of unlimited impossibility as well as the real world in rhyming opportunities is charming. Some are realistic, like mice eating rice and others are imaginative, like a shark playing in a park. The picture of the smiling shark swinging on a swing is one of my favorites.

Do Ants Wear Pants? by Gabrielle Grice may be the beginning of many rhyming games. Children who hear these rhymes and laugh at the adorable accompanying illustrations will feel empowered to come up with their own. Poetry is often taught as words on a page written by adults and without illustrations. While this book is written and illustrated by adults, the nature of the rhymes makes them feel accessible to children. Children will want to refer to this book for reminders of how much fun rhyming can be. At the end of the book, the author asks, “Which was your favorite one?” Each child will probably pick a different one. It’s also fun to read at the end that the author is a retired police officer, who also writes stories for adults under another name.

Edith Wairimu

Do Ants Wear Pants? is Gabrielle Grice’s delightful rhyming children’s book that identifies amusing sound correlations between words. The book is comprised of funny sentences that ponder different possibilities that relate to animals. It opens with a delightful illustration of a beaming ant wearing blue trousers. On the second page featuring a brown big bear seated on a chair, the second question is posed, “Do bears sit in chairs?” A happy deer dressed in a cheerleading outfit and a fish blowing out a candle on a birthday cake are other incidents in the book that evoke comical questions.

Do Ants Wear Pants? encourages children to be creative, to stretch their imaginations, and to picture scenarios that they would otherwise not have imagined. While children may be familiar with some animals, the illustrations also show many other different animals that young readers could learn about such as crocodiles, puffins, macaws, and more. The rhyming words present a fun and easy way for children to learn new words and identify different types of sounds. The illustrations have beautiful backgrounds that create a feeling of warmth and joy when reading the book. They also show the ideas posed by the questions. All the questions’ respective illustrations are summarized at the end. It was fun to try to remember which question each illustration represented and choose which were my favorites. Do Ants Wear Pants? is a wonderful book with illustrations that children will love. It also inspires young imaginations and is a great tool for introducing new words to a child’s vocabulary.