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What Does an Anteater Eat?

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Anteater is hungry, but he has completely forgotten what anteaters eat. Baffled and with his tummy rumbling, he consults the other animals. But Sloth is too busy, Toucan is clueless, and Crocodile has his own mouth full. Maybe the ants will know - and maybe the answer isn't quite as obvious as you may think! A delightfully silly tale that little ones will return to again a ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 7th 2018 by Nosy Crow
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The book’s title suggests the simplest of questions and answers and yet, as with most of Collins’ work, there is humorous play here between expectation and subversion. As our protagonist seeks advice from other animals about what he should be eating, each one suggesting something comical and playful, the tension builds until the final few panels when he finally encounters an anthill. Although the whole premise of the book resides on the hilarious close, this is a joke that does not dry up in a s ...more
Shane Duquette
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a charmingly illustrated book that my two-year-old enjoys well enough. I think I might enjoy it more than he does. The twist ending had me laughing, and I love it every time.
Daisy May Johnson
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Picture books are a performative thing. Every book is, in a sense, but picture books are perhaps more performative than others. They are made to be shared and talked about and enjoyed by multitudes of readers. They are made to be read aloud, to inspire funny voices, and to have their corners chewed on by babies who are figuring out this wide, wide world that they live in. I always think that it's a good thing when you can feel this edge of performance to a picture book, where you can sense the p ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
The joke that provides the entire basis for this book is really only funny to preschoolers, and the punchline stumped at least one of my kids, but if I were still working in the library, I would have tried it for a class visit. If nothing else, it's a good example of how text and illustrations work together in picture books to achieve a whole greater than than the sum of the parts. ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Anteater wakes up hungry, but he can’t figure out what anteaters eat. He tries asking the other animals that he encounters. Sloth is too busy to answer his question. Snake offers advice on chewing food. Toucan is certain that anteaters eat watermelon, but the melon doesn’t fit in Anteater’s mouth. Other animals are too busy eating their own meals or considering Anteater for their next meal. So Anteater ends up asking the ants. Anteater has figured it out! Or has he?

This is one of those picture b
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Targeted for the preschool or beginning reader, this story features one hungry anteater who wakes up hungry and just can't recall what he is supposed to eat.

Anteater begins asking the critters he meets along the way what he should eat. One critter is rude to him, a tiger in a tree says that he thinks anteater looks pretty tasty and another suggests watermelon might be a good choice. When the anteater runs in to a anthill full of -- yes, ants, and asks the same question, what happens next is not
Solia Martinez-Jacobs
Poor anteater is very hungry, but he can’t remember what he’s supposed to eat! Anteater’s mouth isn’t big enough for melons, he can’t fly like the bats, and he doesn’t want to be crocodile’s dinner. This clever story uses vibrant pictures and humor to teach young readers about jungle animals. The brightly colored backgrounds warmly surround the animal illustrations while visual differences in font and text placement on the page provide clues for pre-readers to identify who is talking and what’s ...more
J.L. Slipak
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This large book is very clever. It has bright, big illustrations for the young reader to engage with. There's humor and silliness and a perfect ending to make you and young readers smile.

This author/illustrator puts fun artwork with a clever story together to entertain a new young reader.

The words are large and sentences short. Full page illustrations using bright and clever characters. This book would greatly encourage new reade
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The answers may seem obvious here to all the animals whom are polled, but to one hungry, confused Anteater it isn't so clear. What does an Anteater eat?! This anteater is tired and hungry--though always very polite, which I loved--as he sets off in search of his breakfast. Children will love the animals and all their different personalities; the big, bright pictures; and the silly ending.

I'm looking forward to trying this in storytime, and I think that this would pair well with Piranhas Don't Ea
Nabeela Ahmed
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I can see this book being a hit in a reception or year 1 classroom!

As we journey with an anteater, we're on a mission to find the answer to a very important question, 'what does an anteater eat?'

The fantastic use of bright and vibrant colours, large images that dominate the page and an opportunity to become the character of the slippery snake with no teeth, or the crocodile who likes eating rotten fish, or the tiny little ants who are afraid of the anteater (for some reason!) make this book extr
Abigail Bookworm
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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Just here in the U.S. this month, from England, and another for younger readers to love and laugh over. Anteater is confused, begins to ask what anteater's eat. Sloth is too busy, Toucan has no idea, and Crocodile will share, but Anteater doesn't think fish are quite the thing. It's funny, page by page, as everyone knows the right answer. One can just feel the lumbering anteater walking along, trying to discover the answer. Readers are in for a silly surprise. It's wonderful! ...more
Katie Charles
I found the story line quite simple in this book. I like that the text was bold when the anteater speaks and in italics when the other animals respond. It would be good to use to allow children to follow the patterns through the book when beginning to read and noticing what happens when someone else speaks.

I didn’t find the book particularly humorous but I can imagine some children would really enjoy the different food items offered throughout from the animals.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My two-year-old (almost 3) chose this at random from our library's new books shelf, and it was a winner. An anteater (who I imagine speaks with a British accent) goes to all his neighbors to get advice on what to read. Short, cute, and a funny ending (but the joke depends on you knowing about what anteaters eat)! ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is very funny to read with the children.
There was genuine care with the development of the story line, so that the Anteater only interacts with animals from his habitat.
It's a great way to present children with the concept that a simple question may have an unexpected answer.
And, definitive proof of success: kids want me to read it again and again 😁
Juliana Lee
Anteater wakes up and feels hungry. But what does an anteater eat? He asks several different animals, none of whom know what an anteater eats. Finally he stumbles upon an anthill surrounded by ants and bananas. Guess what he eats... bananas!
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very easy to incorporate into a storytime (made a "food" theme?). Anteater goes around to all the other animals asking if they know what an anteater eats. At the end anteater encounters a bunch of ants, and they run away. (he concludes that he eats bananas, haha) ...more
Stanlee Uy
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ks1
Gave it a 5 star, purely because of the ending!
For literacy, you can do sequencing, description writing e.g. why wouldn’t watermelon be something anteaters eat? Or create your own story and having this book as a frame.
Guided reading, you can do choral/echo reading and focus on expression.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Silly, fun, sparse text, familiar formula of asking different creatures the same question. Funny ending that would make it a great one for storytime before doing a "bananas" rhyme. Bright illustrations make it a great second book for a preschool storytime. ...more
Mama Bearian
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A funny book about an anteater who is hungry, but doesn’t know what anteaters eat. So, he asks several different animals for help. It has a humorous surprise ending, too. Another great one from Ross Collins!
Ellie  Flude
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book would be perfect for KS1 children. It follows the story of an anteater working out what to eat. Animals along the way ‘help’ the anteater to work out what he wants to eat. This story could be great for questioning children in a class about what they think an anteater should eat.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Edward Sullivan
Quite the clueless critter.
Lisa Newman
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Would probably make a good kindergarten read aloud
Alyssa Gudenburr
A very funny book about an Anteater that is trying to figure out what they eat. Would make a great first storytime book.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With giggle-inducing text, adorable pictures, and a delicious surprise ending, What Does An Anteater Eat? will delight and amuse readers of all ages.
Ms Threlkeld
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Silly read aloud with an unexpected ending that will have kids giggling.
Colorado Buck
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-picture
cute book, lots of animals
Pamela Groseclose
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book could be made interactive and could be one to use for preschool stoytime.
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Ross was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1972.
He would eat anything and resembled a currant bun.

As he grew up he was fond of drawing, the Bionic Man and precariously swinging backwards on chairs.

He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994 with a First in Illustration. In the same year he won the MacMillan Children's Book Prize an achievement that opened many doors in the Big Smoke.

Ross then s

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