OMG! And how funny, I was just looking at my treasured Ant and Bee books yesterday and thinking "I wonder if you can still get these, I'd love for my little boy to have them."
I've got Ant and Bee Go Shopping and Around The World With Ant and Bee, they're brilliant. Still haven't forgiven myself for taking all my books to the charity shop when I was about 12, in a moment of trying-to-be-cool. What an utter, utter moron. All my Quentin Blakes, all my Mog the Forgetful Cats, and so many others I can't even remember now...all gone
I love Ant and Bee - my dd's are currently enthralled by 'Ant and Bee and the Doctor' - it's priceless to me as it was given to me by my new baby sister when I was born some here that are not too bad although still have a day to go.
I loved Ant and Bee, don't know what happened to any of our copies though. By sheer coincidence, am doing some work research on Egypt, and just found out this about the Nile Valley and Delta:
"The Ancient Egyptians called these the Land of the Ant (the Valley) and the Land of the Bee (the Delta). On ancient inscriptions you often see an ant and a bee beside a pharaoh's name, meaning ruler of the Valley and the Delta"
Could this have been the inspiration for Ant and Bee??