The Day the Aunts Disappeared by Russell Hughes and KayeC Jones

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

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.


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 storyline 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, not to mention being strange and a tad bit scary to the child audience. Because I review children’s books based on their teaching abilities rather than just the storyline, I’m afraid that this book falls short of those standards.

However the storyline 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, which approves of the book, but just barely.

Rated: * * *