Monday, February 12, 2024

*Review* Smarty Ants by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Kirsti Call

Genre: Children's 3-7 years
Published: August 1, 2023
Pages: 37

Ants are busy little creatures, and these smarty ants are extra busy using their math skills! They are ready to build one gigantic home, filled with everything an ant could want. But what happens when disaster strikes? Dynamic author duo Corey Rosen Schwartz and Kirsti Call (Mootilda’s Bad Mood and Cold Turkey) use simple addition, word play, and rhyming text to create a memorable math book that you will want to read over and over again.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This was a cute mathematical story about ants building a new house. The story itself progresses through the numbers 1-10, with some very simple sums as we go along, and then we even count back down from 10-1. Additionally, the story made a point of emphasizing all the words that contain ant, which I found cute. 

The illustrations were super bold and colorful, really drawing your attention in and providing items for the children to count as you read along. I could read this book a few times before I'd want to hide it for a while to read something else. Overall I give Smarty Ants 3.9758 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Corey Rosen Schwartz is the author of The Three Ninja Pigs and a significant number of other rhyming picture books. She lives with her family in Warren, NJ, but is getting antsy and plans to relocate soon.

Kirsti Call is an inhabitant of Antover, Massachusetts, where she can't stop reading and writing books. She's the author of Mootila's Bad Mood, Cold Turkey, Cow Says Meow, and The Big Scream. Find her at

Erin Taylor loves to travel: by plane, train, automobile, and pencil. She has lived in three different hemispheres and strives to reflect her world experiences in her artwork. When Erin's feet are on the ground she loves time with her family, getting lost in the wild, and visiting the zoo. Drawing is a daily necessity, just like eating, which she also enjoys quite a bit!

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