The Day the Aunts Disappeared by Russell Hughes and KayeC Jones

The Synopsis:

Hungry and tired of bug bites, Greg the Anteater decided to go to town to find an easy meal.

He quickly finds out that there are aunts all around the town! But “aunts” and “ants” are not the same thing, as he quickly finds out.

Find out what happens to Greg and all the aunts in town in this colorful and nonsensical story that will make you laugh and giggle.

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

Review:

Bringing the ever constant confusion of “aunt” and “ant” to a whole new level, The Day the Aunts Disappeared helps the young readers know the difference in meanings and spellings of the two very similar, yet very different words.

Though the characters and illustrations are plumb adorable, I did find the story-line to be a little odd. The “ant” eater becomes an “aunt” eater to avoid bug bites, which goes against the science of anteaters in the wild because they actually are created to endure bites. Not to mention that the idea of aunts getting eaten is a bit strange and scary to the child audience.

Because I review children’s books based on their teaching abilities rather than just the story-line, I’m afraid that this book falls short of those standards.

However the story-line does redeem itself with the overall moral of the story, which is righting your mistakes and apologizing to those you wronged. This is demonstrated very clearly and because it is clearer than the oddness of the scientific flaws (and is a greater life-lesson), I will in the end approve of The Day the Aunts Disappeared. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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Rayleigh is a Freshman in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.