There are nine steps to becoming an ant walker, and Amariyah, the expert ant walker, is here to show you how it’s done.
This irreverent and quirky picture book, How to Walk an Ant, follows a young girl as she goes through the process of walking ants, from polite introductions to tragic leash entanglements.
In the end, this unique book from author-illustrator Cindy Derby shows that as long as you’re doing what you’re best at, you may find a like-minded friend to tag along.
*Zero ants were harmed in the making of this book. **Oops, 7 ants were harmed in the making of this book.
"Derby, making a highly original debut, offers sly comic timing and deadpan prose that feel right at home with her scratchily inked, goth-vibed art style." ―Publishers Weekly
"The confident guide format is funny, and the contrast of our heroine's assured manner with the fanciful details and chaotic outcome ramps up the comedy. It's the art that kicks this through the goalposts, though. Derby's watercolors, in a limited palette where black and gray predominate, have the fierce childlike disorder of Neal Layton with a touch of Stephen Gammell in the squirrely lines. Soft gray washes background wild-haired Amariyah, the precisely inked ants, and the trickly, hand-lettered-style text and speech emanata. The result is both edgy and cute, reveling in and amplifying the story's enjoyable weirdness. Kids who've had enough of picture-book bunnies will welcome the originality here..." ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Budding entomologists (and plenty of regular kids) will delight in the focus on these commonly seen insects...Be prepared for leash requests--so convincing is this guidebook." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Howto Walk an Ant isn't merely silly...it goes much further: It's absurd." ―New York Journal of Books
"Come for the wonderfully offbeat premise. Stay for the oddball humor within. It's hard to dissect humor, nor would I want to dive too deeply into doing so, but there is something about Cindy Derby's brain and the way she tells her stories that make me happy she's making picture books. Rather, it's many things...Derby is an author who doesn't get in her own way. She lets character take the wheel here, and it is gratifying every (ant) step of the way." ―Julie Danielson, Kirkus