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  • Published: 3 December 2018
  • ISBN: 9781783446100
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $35.00
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An Anty-War Story


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Douglas is happy growing up in Antworld. He wants to join the line of ants finding food, but the Chief Ant says he must be a soldier.

The only ant with his own name, Douglas is born into the wonderful Antworld and dreams of one day joining the line to hunt out food. But his superiors have other plans for him: Douglas is to be a soldier. They tell him his job is all about parading, waving flags and wearing a uniform, but Douglas is about to discover that there is no glory in war. A humbling perspective on the First World War from master-storyteller Tony Ross.

'Uncompromisingly powerful' GUARDIAN
'Layered and shocking; to be read with the knowledge that a conversation on war will surely follow' KIRKUS
‘the perfect way to address the idea of war with children’ ASSOCIATION OF ILLUSTRATORS

  • Pub date: 3 December 2018
  • ISBN: 9781783446100
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Tony Ross

Tony Ross has been illustrating books for over 40 years, and has been published all over the world. He is perhaps best known for his much-loved Little Princess series, which has been adapted for TV and is currently showing on Channel 5s Milkshake, and for his collaboration on David Walliams’ best-selling children’s books. Tony’s books have been shortlisted for the The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (Slug Needs a Hug) and the Kate Greenaway (Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Tiggers), and Tadpole’s Promise won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize. He has been named as the best-selling illustrator in the UK for three years in a row, and he is the UK’s libraries' most-borrwed illustrator. He lives in Rutland.

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Praise for An Anty-War Story

“Uncompromisingly powerful”

Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian

“...one that might spark fruitful discussion among readers well into their teens.”

Imogen Russell Williams, Times Literary Supplement


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