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Would you like an adventure on another planet?

This is just one of the questions Lara and her sister, Eva, must answer one sunny day in their garden. They wonder, how will they return to Earth in time for lunch? And how will they get there when the aliens' spaceship is so small?
When it's only big enough for ants!

But their help is needed on the planet Zeegrazzalo- Jeewopp
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Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published June 20th 2016 by GJG
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Stjepan Cobets
My rating is 3.5
Children's book “Ants In Space” by D.J. Griffiths is a beautifully illustrated, but with the story itself; I was not too thrilled. From children's literature expect that story to be appropriate to their age, I think that the writer is not quite managed to do in this story because at times and for me it was too much too serious. The sympathetic beginning of the story when the girl Lara discovers ants from outer space, as the story progresses at times turns children's ages and bec
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Review: ANTS IN SPACE by G. J. Griffiths

First in a new children's series, this is a delightfully illustrated ants-as-aliens story. Two lucky little girls, sisters, discover in their garden aliens who resemble ants. The two girls get to travel on the spaceship to the alien planet, where they learn some science and are helpful.

ANTS IN SPACE is a chapter book with illustrations.
Alex James
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ants in Space is a pleasant illustrated science-fiction book for children 8-12 year olds, which entertains and yet at the same time informs about serious environmental problems. The light and clear tone means it can also be happily enjoyed by adults reading to children.

When Lara and Eva first try to have a conversation with alien ant Kweezy Capolza, they have no idea that they might find themselves transported away from their Mum on a trip to learn about taking care of the environment and all l
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Priya Narayanan
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Since the book is for middle-graders, I asked my daughter aged 10 to read it and let me know her thoughts. My 5-star rating is based purely on her reaction - she loved the book. It had her in splits at places - especially at every mention of Agorrl and Myzeesta - and made her contemplate about the subtle but more serious issue of saving the earth's ecosystem at others. It takes imagination to come up with gibberish yet plausible names and terms used by the aliens and the author seems to have exc ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Ants In Space (Kweezy Capolza Books, #1) by G.J. Griffiths is a book for kids about middle grade. It has delightful illustrations throughout the book to help enhance the story. The story itself had a predictable plot and shallow characters but for kids, maybe they don't care but I did. I wanted to quit reading but stuck it out and it did get better. Overall it was an okay book but not likely to read more of these ant adventures or loan it out to my grandkids.
Scott Spotson
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unlike most other readers probably, I read the sequel first, then the original book. This book is written much better than the sequel, more accessible to children, and the language flows more naturally. I was relieved to see that this series had a solid start.

A good message to children with some environmental themes. Some ideas seemed bizarre, though, like snatching away endangered species to another planet to be kept safe (very hard to do in practice, as animals evolve over a very specific envi
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D.C. Wolf
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Adorable children's book filled with science and so much more!

Ants In Space (Kweezy Capolza Books Book 1) is an adorable and creative illustrated book for young children written as only G J Griffiths can.

I call it a fun science starter as it touches on various subjects and topics in science, introducing them and allowing the child to explore them in very creative and humorous ways. A good way to make an impact and make learning science fun. I could imagine moms and dads reading together with the
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J.C. Wing
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even before the story starts to unfold, author G.J. Griffiths had me laughing out loud. He begins with an instructional note about how his tale, Ants in Space, should be told. Adults are known to forget important details like making sure tiny ant-people have tiny voices. He tells the children, who are excellent at reminding grown-ups, that this is an essential part of the storytelling, and Griffiths offers the most wonderful opportunity for both readers and listeners with this first book in his ...more
Ellie Firestone
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ants in Space is a wonderful chapter book, which transports the reader to a fantastical world while still retaining elements of science fact.

I really liked the characters of Eva and Lara, and it was very funny how the aliens kept getting their names wrong. The aliens' gadgets and gizmos were also entertaining to read about. I think some aspects of the plot may be too complicated for small children to understand, but they will probably still enjoy the book as a whole.

One thing I didn't like was h
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Sonal Panse
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Ants in Space" by G J Griffiths is a children's science fiction story that stresses how important it is to use the earth's resources judiciously.

Two sisters, Lara and Eva, while they are playing out in their garden, stumble upon alien ant people, and one of these ant people, Kweezy Capolza, asks for the girls' assistance and asks them to travel with them to their planet, Antanesta. He reduces them in size with his Kivata-zazza, a quantisizer, and they travel in the ant space ship.

On Antanesta,
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Lana Axe
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A delightful tale for young readers, sure to give them an early love for the scifi genre. Ant aliens have landed and whisked away two youngsters, hoping they can help them find their most precious commodity, teflon.

The girls have an interesting adventure ahead of them as they try to learn more about the ants and their culture. First there's a bit of a language barrier, then there's the strange ant food (which turns out to be quite nice). Followed up with a trip in a flying saucer.

Young readers w
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Lee Gabel
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you were to ask an eleven year old if they wanted to read about the consequences of global industrialization on human and animal habitat, they would probably say "no". But to read a story about "Ants in Space", you'd likely get a resounding "yes".

I was not surprised to discover that author G.J. Griffiths was a retired science teacher. "Ants in Space", the first book in Griffiths's "Kweezy Capolza" series, is loaded with real-world facts and delightful illustrations. The parallels drawn betwee
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Patricia Walker
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant children's story that just begs to be read out loud in teeny tiny voices! It is beautifully illustrated through out with gorgeous pictures that depict each of the characters at various points in their adventure.

This is a fantastic story that introduces children to the world of recycling, the need to protect our planet and treat all living things with respect. It encourages children to ask questions about recycling and how they can actively work to save our planet and all it'
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John Greenwood
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Received as a Goodreads giveaway.

I like the the fact that the story presents a parallel of life on earth, the need for energy and resource management.

I felt that the message was clouded, suggesting that if you are running out of energy/fuel - don't worry, you can get it elsewhere easily enough!
Brightfeather
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely delightful. I've thoroughly enjoyed this read and can't wait to read it to my God daughter this weekend I'm sure she will love it, it's funny and exciting and just adorable . Not sure how my squeaky voice will do but ill give it a go .
I received this beautifully illustrated SIGNED copy through a giveaway here on Goodreads .
also includes a sneak peak at the second book.
Emmyjo
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. I read this with my nephew and niece. They thought the ants were so cool with the pictures.
A.J. Culey
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ants in Space by G.J. Griffiths is an ambitious project, one that clearly hopes to raise in children an awareness of ecological concerns and to spark in them compassion for all of life on earth. That it is packaged as an adventure tale in space is just added fun for the reader.

I found the design, layout and illustrations to be charming and quite effective. Having said that, they do make the book feel as if it’s more an early reader / beginning chapter book than a middle grade novel, particularly
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T.J. Lantz
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ants in Space is fun story designed as a Children’s transition book, meaning to fill the slot in between when a child is reading picture books and when they move onto Chapter books. It has multiple small, color illustrations, short and quick chapters, and simplistic sentence structure mixed with context driven science vocabulary.
As an elementary teacher, this is a book I’m happy to share with my students. Though the plot might be a bit linear and predictable for more advanced readers, it’s perf
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Maggie Larche
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book (with a killer title, by the way) is a fun, somewhat sciency adventure for middle grade readers. Lara and Eva encounter strange little ant-men, who turn out to be aliens. They immediately set off on an interplanetary adventure, learning about the ant's planet that parallels our own in many ways. Along the way, the girls learn a little about conservation, ecology, and even the relativity of space and time. Not bad for a middle grade read.

The pictures are bright and engaging. The humor i
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Kirsten Jany
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I’ll admit, based on the illustrations I had pegged this book for preschoolers, when it is actually geared towards older children (8-10), and contains a valuable environmental message. That said, I did like the illustrations, they were colorful and will definitely appeal to kids. The story revolves around two young girls, whisked away from earth by an alien culture of ants, who enlist their help in gathering teflon, a valuable resource on their planet. The book is actually a chapter and not a pi ...more
Garfield Whyte
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was given to me by the author for an honest review. The story it kind of cute but not a very fun read. I tried to think of what I would like if I were between ages 8 to 14. I doubt I would enjoy it. The story line has a kind of science to it but for children the names for me an adult kind of troubling to pronounce and read...Kweezy Capolza just one example. Those kind of distracted from the story. It is a good effort by the author to see what the market is for this kid of story for chi ...more
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G J Griffiths is a retired science teacher with some early working experience of the photographic industry. Born in the UK he enjoys reading most genres of fiction such as sci-fi, crime/detective thrillers, historical and wildlife stories. Non-fiction reading mainly includes scientific or historical books. Walking in the English, Scottish or Welsh countryside with binoculars ready for bird-watchin ...more