It’s an Orange Aardvark!

It’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall is a nominee for the 2016-17 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

After hearing a noise in their tree stump home, five carpenter ants wonder what awaits them outside. Could it be a big, gray aardvark, just waiting on some juicy ants to gobble up? Instead of wondering, one ant bores several holes in the stump, and colors begin to pour in.

Orange is the first color the ants see, so, of course, they assume that it’s an orange aardvark ready for a tasty meal. After orange comes blue, red, green, yellow, and purple. With each new color, the terrified carpenter ants imagine a horrible fate just outside their home. But what if it’s not so bad out there? What if something magical awaits them instead? Find out what these five brave ants encounter when you read It’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall!

This book would be a great read-aloud when younger children are learning their colors. It’s a funny yet suspenseful book that will keep little ones eager to turn the next page, and it could inspire them to create their own similar stories.


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