by Janell Cannon

Artistic flair and the spirit of cooperation save the day!

Crickwing never set out to be a bully. All he wants is to create his art in peace. But it's not easy being different--a cockroach with a cricked wing and a flair for sculpture is a ready target for the bigger creatures in the forest. Crickwing just wants to even the score, and leafcutter ants are so easy to pick on. ...

Big mistake. Nobody angers the leafcutter queen and gets away with it.

In this epic adventure beneath the foliage, Crickwing and the leafcutter ants go head-to-head. Then a swarm of ferocious army ants threatens, and suddenly everyone is in danger. Crickwing has to do something, but what? He's an artist, not a fighter. What the leafcutters need is a hero. Or, maybe, a cockroach with a really clever idea...


  • About the Author: Janell Cannon's picture books have won many awards and are beloved around the world. Before she became a full-time creator of books for children, she designed and produced summer reading programs at her local public library. Born and raised in Minnesota, Ms. Cannon now lives in Southern California. A lonely cockroach named Crickwing has a creative idea that saves the day for the leaf-cutter ants when their fierce forest enemies attack them. ISBN-13: 9780152017903 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: 9/28/2000 Pages: 48 Age range: 6 - 9 Years Format: Hardcover - First Edition - Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | General - Animals | Insects, Spiders - Cockroaches -Ants - Forest insects -Insects