Translated by Marshall Yarbrough full color throughout $ 17.95 US / $ 23.95 CAD Hardcover / 8.5 x 11 32 pages / ages 4 to 8 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4486-5 On Sale October 18, 2022


All aboard for a rollicking ride!

Little anteater loves riding on his mama’s back—it’s the very best place to be. But sometimes the little anteater feels lonely. When he asks Badger, Duck, and Hare to join him—the new friends eagerly accept and are happy to have a fresh vantage point from atop mama anteater’s back—How bright! How roomy! How stylish! Soon everyone wants to join in the fun. The little anteater can’t stop making new friends. When Squirrel, Frog and family, Snail, Fox, Woodpecker, Mole, and Dormouse jump on—things start to get wobbly. And here comes a long legged heron. Will they all fit on Mama’s back?

Bruno Hächler’s ticklish tale presents a vivid panorama of the animal kingdom. Laura D’Arcangelo’s humorous illustrations take the animal antics to new heights!

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With charmingly anthropomorphized animals in the starring roles, the story treats readers to a fine lesson on habitats...fun
School Library Journal

This is a good one for storytimes or lapsits where it will no doubt be asked to be read over and over.
Katrina Yurenka, Youth Services Book Review

This playful story is filled with silly thrills and wonderful artwork, perfect for any story time!
Laura G's Kids Book Recommendations, Brazos Bookstore

A delightful nod to The Mitten, although this time, the place where there' not quite enough room is on top of Mama Anteater's back! Kids will giggle at the growing tower of animal friends, and laugh when they all come crashing down. Each animal is its own unique character and they're all lovingly portrayed. It's great to meet new friends!
Tildy, Belmont Books

This book has the perfect blend of humor, knowledge, and understanding of the world. The entertaining squish and squeeze of all the animals will appeal to young children, as will the story's inevitable conclusion.
Children's Literature Reviews

This is an ideal book for young children to identify the animals in the pile of creatures on mama anteater’s back as it gets higher and higher, to anticipate the final collapse and to enjoy the animals tumbling to earth.
Just Imagine

Fun illustrations and a fun story line make this a fun-filled book for everyone.
Midwest Book Review