Things are looking good - maybe even GREAT! - for Ants In Space. The Kindle reached #3 in the UK and #4 in the USA on its first promo weekend - screenshots above to illustrate the relevant Amazon pages.
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Latest News on the Paperback Print edition for those of you asking me is it will be available before the end of July 2016!
FIRST THREE REVIEWS FOR ANTS IN SPACE
Fun and mesmerizing for kids and adults alike
By J.C. Wing on 26 June 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Even before the story starts to unfold, author G.J. Griffiths had me laughing out loud. He begins with an instructional note about how his tale, Ants in Space, should be told. Adults are known to forget important details like making sure tiny ant-people have tiny voices. He tells the children, who are excellent at reminding grown-ups, that this is an essential part of the storytelling, and Griffiths offers the most wonderful opportunity for both readers and listeners with this first book in his new series.
Lara is in the garden one beautiful day admiring the flowers, the sunny weather and the ants that are marching along the ground. When she hears tiny voices, she is sure that it is her older sister, Eva, playing tricks on her. When she realizes that Eva is nowhere near, she decides to do some investigating. This is when both Lara and Eva are carried away to begin their out of this world adventure.
These little ant-people the girls discover are enchanting. After Lara tells them she’s ‘a girl’, and that Eva is ‘my sister’, the tiny aliens take to calling them ‘Agorrl’ and ‘Myzeesta’. This is only one of the many wonderful, creative things Griffiths has come up with to make his story unique and entertaining.
The ant-persons of planet Antanesta need help. They are facing the direst of situations, and are hopeful that the children living on planet Earth will be able to assist them. Will Lara and Eva be able to come up with a solution to their problem?
I love everything about G.J. Griffiths’ Ants in Space. This book is absolutely mesmerizing … and not just for children. I’m an adult well past my picture book phase, and I was completely enthralled; not only with the story itself, but with the humor the author includes throughout, and the illustrations that decorate this delightful tale.
There are some neat ideas here.
By Alex James on 25 June 2016
Format: Kindle Edition |Verified Purchase
Ants in Space is a pleasant illustrated science-fiction book for children 8-12 year olds, which entertains and yet at the same time informs about serious environmental problems. The light and clear tone means it can also be happily enjoyed by adults reading to children.
When Lara and Eva first try to have a conversation with alien ant Kweezy Capolza, they have no idea that they might find themselves transported away from their Mum on a trip to learn about taking care of the environment and all living creatures. They will learn that even doing small things can contribute to helping, like finding non-stick pots.
I was convinced children would understand the message, much as I did. I liked how Kweezy took things literally, like the girls' names when they weren't saying their names, and when the girls say "Two suns, how cool is that?". Taking things literally is sometimes a common trait of aliens visiting earthlings, and ironically those on the autistic spectrum. It could be to do with difficulties in language processing, so this does make sense.
There are some neat ideas in Ants in Space, some of which can easily referenced to current technology such as similar mini mobile-phone devices. There were some new ideas as well like shrinking devices, being simple and yet effective for children to understand. The ants’ antennae curl up in happiness or flop down in sadness, which I felt was a good way for the children to understand what the ants were feeling and to sympathise with them.
Fun Story for Young Readers
By Purple Violin on 24 June 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
A delightful tale for young readers, sure to give them an early love for the scifi genre. Ant aliens have landed and whisked away two youngsters, hoping they can help them find their most precious commodity, teflon.
The girls have an interesting adventure ahead of them as they try to learn more about the ants and their culture. First there's a bit of a language barrier, then there's the strange ant food (which turns out to be quite nice). Followed up with a trip in a flying saucer.
Young readers will enjoy the language throughout, complete with words that are loads of fun to hear when the story is read aloud. Not to mention pantomimes of the ants' wiggly antennae! But it isn't all fun and games. There's a lesson to be learned as well about respecting the earth and taking good care of all its creatures.
A Casualty of Grace by Lisa Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Casualty of Grace is a tale about two British children, Oliver and Simon, who are sent from late Victorian England to live in Canada. The orphans end up living on a farm where they have to endure hard labour as well as the intense cold of Canada’s winter, sleeping in a barn. The plight of the two brothers is meant to represent that of many hundreds of children from similar circumstances, such as workhouses and poorhouses, during the years that the British Home Children system was in existence. Oliver’s loyalty and affection towards his younger brother is touchingly told through the various circumstances that they find themselves over the years that lead up to their maturity. It is difficult to read to the end of the story without developing a growing respect and admiration for Oliver, whose courage and insight are believably and skilfully drawn by Lisa Brown. Despite the obvious hardships and tragedy that befall the children the author still manages to include aspects of kindness through the occasional comforting attentions of the farmer’s wife, notwithstanding a tender friendship between the teenage Oliver and Helen a local girl. This reader wound up rooting for the boys and the undercurrent of trust for a more favourable life still to come came through, which I attribute to Brown’s wonderful writing.
Casualty of Grace is a novel of historical fiction that will appeal to anyone who enjoys a story about people and their relationships with others, both kind and cruel; people whose perseverance through harsh circumstances can illustrate just how much strength of character may lead to triumph and hope for the future. It is a satisfying tale of tears and smiles. I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Whiteout by Laurel Heidtman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I found Laurel Heidtman's thriller, set in extreme blizzard conditions of the Kentucky outlands, very enjoyable. It was a straightforward, fast, read with three main points of view that were handled well by the author. While some readers find a changing POV to be a problem, when it is a pertinent aspect of the plotline and aids the construction of a book, then I find it to be a powerful instrument adding some cream topping to one’s enjoyment of the story. The various elements of each character’s back story were well done, giving plenty of colour to their personality, and likely strengths and weaknesses. Each conversation used dialogue that I found believable and often riveting within the relevant context. And when the conversations and situations dramatically changed, from being relatively mundane and “straightforward”, then this reader was suddenly confronted by a twist that had such a strong hook I was compelled to read right to the end.
The story includes two couples waiting out a snowstorm, with undercurrents of the problems that trouble their marriages. It also has two escaped, dangerous criminals and various groups of officers of the law, involved in the attempts to recapture them. When the pace steps up into the fast moving and intriguing plotline that one expects from a thriller, the author skilfully introduces elements of suspense that keep you turning the pages. Some of the descriptions of the landscapes, the snowscapes and the medical consequences of the cold were wonderfully graphic. In fact so graphic were the literal pictures of frozen feet and hands that it could deter anyone from ever going out in a snowstorm again! I was a little concerned at the end of the novel when I thought I could see signs of “all’s well that ends well” but I should have remembered Heidtman’s skills at relating events. The book is rounded up in a full and satisfactory fashion, leaving readers feeling that maybe, just sometimes, life does have a way of affecting a kind of natural justice following tragedy. All told I found this novel just as compelling as Bad Girls, Laurel Heidtman’s previous book, and will look forward to reading her next one.
I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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