Gnit-Wit Gnipper and the Ferocious Fire Ants by T J Lanz
Publisher: Happy Gnome Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 8+
Length: Short Story (17 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aloe
Gnipper is an eight year old gnomish scientist trying hard to earn the community’s respect for her work. She just needed an idea that could benefit everyone and now she has it- she’s going to create a growth serum to fix the gnome’s height issues. Everything is great until she decides to test her product on Chloe, the queen of her fire ant farm. Now she needs to act quickly or the entire community is about to be destroyed by twenty pound, angry insects. Can she save Rosehaven from another one of her mishaps?
Gnit-Wit Gnipper is back and she’s still facing some challenges if she wants to get a real hat instead of a frying pan for her head…
This author has a great imagination and writes a silly, busy story that should grab young ones’ attention and keep them reading to the end. Everything Gnit-Wit does seems to evolve into big trouble. You find yourself waiting to see just how things are going to turn out this time.
All she wants is a cookie. How could trying to reach where the cookies are stored cause a problem? Well, it can if you try to create a growth potion you can use to reach up there and manage to test a drop on your fire ant queen. The potion DOES work and now you have a monster aunt who happens to be pregnant!
T J Lanz’s world of gnomes is fun to visit. Everyone seems to be a bit crazy. Gnit-Wit’s Granny can fly (her plane is out of this world), and her friend, Sam, is part human and part squirrel. With characters like these and a BIG ant that is going to hatch thousands of babies shortly, the action picks up and races through the short story.
Any child who likes silliness, has a good imagination or would just like to be surprised by how a story will enjoy this one. It’s a fast read that could easily work into a fantastic conversation about the things your own child can imagine. Why not let them write their own story and read it to you? I’m sure this author would be pleased to know that his/her work has created another fantasy story.