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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.