About your Book:
ANTics is a fun children’s fantasy in ebook and print for ages 7 to 11 about a colony of ants that live in a hidden world called InhabitANT. All the characters have names that describe their personality and end in ANT. The story centres around three little ants – ExuberANT (nicknamed Zube), BrilliANT (called Brill) and HesitANT.
When the trio set out to bring a juicy berry back to their nest they never imagine the antics in store when they stumble across their fiercest enemy – a crazy, evil spider with magic powers. They call him RepugnANT (Puggy for short), because that’s what he is. He’s got the biggest temper and worst smell of any creature in the crawly kingdom.
The little ants flee for their lives with the eight-legged beast in hot pursuit. He’s vowed to turn them into ant soup and wipe out their nest.
Can they outsmart the monster and save their nestmates?
Targeted Age Group: Children aged 7 to 11
Genre: children’s fantasy
The Book Excerpt:
The three ants are caught in a spider’s web:
Sawing was hot, tiring work. Zube mopped his brow. He looked up, blinked and looked again.
“Uh-oh! Time just ran out.”
Brill and HesitANT followed Zube’s gaze and saw Puggy lumbering lopsided towards them on six legs.
“I don’t think he sees us,” Brill whispered.
The three prisoners sucked in their breath and crossed their claws.
They heard a whistle. “How convenient!” Puggy laughed. “It must be my lucky day.” Zube’s heart sank as Puggy planted one big foot in front of the other and stomped up to the web. “So pleased to see you again, Short Stuff,” Puggy said, staring hungrily at HesitANT, “and your two little friends.” The beast rubbed his leg recently speared by the pine needle. His eyes sparkled as he strutted up and down in front of the trapped trio. “Who will I eat first?”
HesitANT collapsed against the tangle of silk, Brill frowned and Zube glared at Puggy.
Puggy pushed his face up against the web. He leered and poked a hairy claw at Brill. “Will it be you?” Brill blinked. “Or you?” Puggy smiled nastily at HesitANT, who slammed his eyes shut and groaned. Next Puggy snapped his jaws at Zube. “Or maybe you?”
“I’ll pass, if you don’t mind,” Zube said, wriggling against his silken chains. He screwed up his face. “Gross!” he exclaimed. Puggy ponged worse than ever. “Don’t you ever wash?”
“Huh!” Puggy frowned and looked down at his body. “What’s wrong with me?”
“Hmmmm! How long have you got?” Zube said.
Puggy’s eight eyes narrowed. “Ahh! A smart mouth.” He growled deeply. “We’ll see if you’re still laughing when I chop you into tiny pieces and turn you into ant soup.”