Review: Anty Hero

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Book Title: Anty Hero (available here)

Author: Barry Hutchison

Illustrator: Tom Percival

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Publication Date: August 2018

Most Suitable For: KS2

Reviewed By: Lisa Davies, Deputy Head & Class teacher


Ant is…strange. His clothes are often dirty, he has bugs in his hair, he doesn’t know anything about football and has an odd fascination for insects. Most of the children in his school think that he is a weirdo but he does find two good friends – Zac and Tulisa. They stick with him even when Zac discovers that behind Ant’s enormous round glasses his eyes have lenses like a bug’s.


When Ant is captured by his creepy science teacher, Zac and Tulisa set off to rescue him.

This is a book that will appeal to children who like science fiction and a good laugh. It is very funny and is a Barrington Stoke book. Barrington Stoke publish books for dyslexic and struggling readers and the font and layout are very clear.


I gave this book to one of my less able readers and he thoroughly enjoyed it. It is now doing the rounds of my class and almost all the children want to read it, but particularly the boys. Any book which can muster these levels of enthusiasm is great and comes highly recommended!


Curriculum Links: Science, Living things


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You can order Anty Hero online or from your local bookshop or library.



Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Lisa Davies for reviewing it.

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