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Gnu and Shrew
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Gnu and Shrew

by Danny Schnitzlein
illustrated by Anca Sandu

Gnu and Shrew match wits while trying to reach a cave filled with diamonds in this STEM-filled twist on “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”

“A refreshing demonstration of different approaches and a friendship that transcends those contrasts.” —Booklist

When Gnu says that there’s a cave filled with diamonds across the river, Shrew is intrigued. But Gnu seems to be all talk, fantasizing about riches yet dismissing all of Shrew’s suggestions. As Gnu dreams his days away, tossing out one big idea after another, Shrew spends his nights trying to make those dreams a reality. Will Gnu’s big ideas ever be able to mesh with Shrew’s hard work to make something remarkable happen?

Author Danny Schnitzlein uses deadpan storytelling to put an entertaining spin on “The Ant and the Grasshopper” that values the roles of both dreamers and doers. Anca Sandu’s illustrations, rendered in pencil and colored digitally, add to the humor and whimsy. eBook available.



Also by Danny Schnitzlein:
The Monster Who Ate My Peas
The Monster Who Did My Math
Trick or Treat on Monster Street

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-146-1
Publication Date: 10/1/2020
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-262-8
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: 560L
Themes: Adventure, Collaboration, Cooperation, Friendship
BISAC 1: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


“This is not the usual story of industry triumphing over sloth….it’s refreshing to see a fable in which a generous spirit mitigates the usual ‘gotcha’ ending.” —Publishers Weekly

“Schnitzlein keeps readers aware of the yin and yang of the characters’ relationship without judging them, employing a pleasing pattern of language and syntax—and a few unexpected twists…. Fun, a few surprises, and something to ponder.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Sandu’s cheerful, digitally colored pencil illustrations contain plenty of amusing details, wonderfully capturing the different energies of the characters. Schnitzlein’s humorous story surprises in its sympathy toward both characters….a refreshing demonstration of different approaches and a friendship that transcends those contrasts.” —Booklist


Best STEM Books—ASEE / ITEEA / NSTA / SEPA / CBC, 2021

Children’s Gallery Award (Nominee) —National Christian School Association, 2021-2022

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk

Danny Schnitzlein studied creative writing at Eckerd College and holds a BS degree from the University of Florida. He lives in Georgia.

Meet the Illustrator

Anca Sandu

Anca Sandu was born in Romania and studied children’s illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge, England. She works as a freelance designer, and Churchill’s Tale of Tails was her first picture book. She lives in Oregon. You can visit here website here.