EXPLODING ANTS – A Lesson from Francie at Takoma Park Library…

Last year my Snails are Just My Speed! book tour took me to Takoma Park Library in Maryland. Someone asked what my next TOON book would be. This happened…

Francie was right. I was wrong. So I dedicated “Ants Don’t Wear Pants!” to “The children who teach me things, like Francie at the Takoma Park Maryland Library who told me about EXPLODING ANTS!”

Dedication page, Ants Don’t Wear Pants!

Heading back to Takoma Park Library on October 3. I hope I see Francie so I can thank her properly and give her a copy of Ants Don’t Wear Pants!

UPDATE: Francie, 10/3/.19 photo by Maurice Belanger, Takoma Park MD Library.

Well, Francie is now 5 years old. She and her family came to see me at the Takoma Park MD Library. She is such a wonderful human being. She wants to be a writer and illustrator. Francie even knows the Latin name for exploding ants – Colobopsis. I have to look it up every time.

Steven Engelfried wrote a nice review of Ants Don’t Wear Pants! at School Library Journal: “Lively and intriguing information, with high visual appeal. VERDICT: An excellent choice for younger readers who like animal facts peppered with humor.” He also noted, “the variety of ant species with some especially interesting examples such as the trap-jaw ant and exploding ants. (emphasis added) -Thanks, Francie! 

“Exploding Ants vs Rhinoceros Beetle” outtake from Ants Don’t Wear Pants!

Ants is my 5th book in 5 years for TOON Books and I am still having fun! Above is my Fall tour schedule. I’m at the great Politics and Prose Books in D.C. Then An Open Book Foundation hosts my visit to inner-city D.C. schools. I’ll be at Brooklyn Book Festival and Comics Art Brooklyn. Also doing two new festivals, Glen Rock, NJ and Easton, PA. See You!

3 thoughts on “EXPLODING ANTS – A Lesson from Francie at Takoma Park Library…

  1. Right on, Kevin! Love the new book!

    On Mon, Sep 2, 2019 at 3:59 PM Illustration Concentration wrote:

    > illustrationclass posted: ” Last year my Snails are Just My Speed! book > tour took me to Takoma Park Library in Maryland. Someone asked what my next > TOON book would be. This happened… Francie was right. I was wrong. So I > dedicated “Ants Don’t Wear Pants!” to “Th” >

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