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Adam is delighted when his aunt gives him an ant farm for his birthday and cannot wait for his ants to arrive in the mail, but his impatience is beginning to drive his older brother, Max, crazy
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Grade 3-5-- Second grader Adam receives an ant colony for his birthday--without the ants. As he waits impatiently for them to arrive, he bones up on ant facts at the library, his mother worrying all the while about the insects getting loose in the house. When they finally arrive, older brother Max informs a disbelieving Adam that people eat chocolate-covered ants. If Max can prove that he is right, he'll win a bet with his brother. Disaster ensues; Mom calls off the bet, but Adam gets the last laugh. In Max' first-person narration, the deliberately paced story is precipitated by the arrival of the ant colony, and the plot is stretched from there. Ant jokes, riddles, and puns abound; the eating of chocolate-covered ants is gross and funny, although overused. This undemanding, quick read is mildly amusing fare for fans of Rockwell's How to Eat Fried Worms (Watts, 1973) and Robert Smith's Chocolate Fever (Dell, 1978). --Megan McDonald, Minneapolis Public Library
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