A Day in the Life of Axel the Ant

Pilly the Pelican Children's Book Series

Children - General
54 Pages
Reviewed on 07/07/2013
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Author Biography

Gregory Stevenson Skeete was born in 1987 in Caribbean island of Barbados. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of the West Indies (U.W.I.) and currently works in the local manufacturing industry.

Greg, as friends and family call him, believes in learning and personal growth. He continuously tries to improve himself and surroundings in all ways. In this quest, he joined the John Maxwell Team at the start of 2013, to further improve his skills, especially in the areas of speaking and leadership.

Greg started writing as a hobby. It was a nice form of relaxation and an escape from technicial engineering-type thinking. Then he had the idea that he could use books as a medium for sharing positive messages which targeted both adults and children.

Family is very important to Greg, as he is well aware of the roll it played in shaping the man which he is becoming. Publishing of his 1st series, "Pilly the Pelican Children's Book Series" involved his father, mother and younger sister.

Apart from writing, Greg's other interests include photography, philosophy, physics, reggae music, barbering, technology, health, fitness and football (soccer). His favourite football club is FC Barcelona and he coaches the junior football team at his church during the annual 5v5 Anglican Football League tournament.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ginna Lamkie for Readers' Favorite

"A Day in the Life of Axel the Ant" was written by Gregory Stevenson Skete. It is a book about an ant that lives in Barbados. We are led there by Pilly the Pelican, who meets up with Axel and follows him through is day, from gathering food, to his job, to relaxing on the beach and bedtime. The illustrations done by Laura L. Garcia and Abira Das add a wonderful element to the rhyming story.

I really enjoyed sharing this book with my kids. I had originally planned to read it to my 7 year old (as my 2 year old rarely sits still). As soon as I started reading my 2 year old came over and sat down. I think the rhyming drew him in. My 7 year old interacted with me as I read the story, commenting on Axel’s house, job, and trip to the beach. My 2 year old loved the pictures, getting excited as soon as he saw each new one. I thought the illustrations in this book are wonderful; Very well done, detailed and colorful. My son commented on every picture telling me what he saw in the background.

I particularly like reading rhyming stories out loud because children seem to like the rhythm. The story was light-hearted and enjoyable. My 7 year old gave it 2 thumbs up and said his favorite part was that Axel ate a snow cone on the beach. I would recommend this book for all young school-aged kids.

Corey Lund

I did not know ants knew how to be mechanics! Overall, this was a very fun book to read.