Perfect Picture Book Friday / Diary of a Spider

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Title: Diary of a Spider

Written by: Doreen Cronin

Illustrated by: Harry Bliss

Published by: Joanna Cotler Books (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

2005- Fiction perfect for preschool and elementary age kids.

Theme: Humor, Diary, Spiders, Insects

Resources: http://www.liveoakmedia.com/client/guides/9486X.pdf for ideas on discussions starters with kids and other activity guides. There’s also vocabulary words and internet activities here.

From the jacket: This is the diary…of a spider. But don’t be worried—he’s more scared of you and your gigantic shoe! Actually, he’s a lot like you. He goes to gym class and has Grandparents Day at school. But he also spins sticky webs, scales walls, and takes wind-catching lessons. Lucky for him, his best friend is a fly!

Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, the team behind the #1 New York Times best-selling Diary of a Worm, spin a hilarious tale about the upside-down web world of an eight-legged charmer and his unlikely friend, Fly.

Why I love it: From the photo album inside cover to the speech and thought bubbles on the illustrations, this book had me smiling real wide. For an example; the post card from Grampa was addressed to Spider on 5 Web Ave. Arachnidville, USA, and had a French gnat leg scotch-taped to the back as a delicious present for Spider, his grandson the narrator and main character.  The text was definitely stand alone, and when the illustrator made his art stand alone beside it, Diary of a Spider was the best thing that happened to me all day. It was so special I immediately re-read it for that fun feeling of being tickled again and again.

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Would you read this book? Why or why not?

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28 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday / Diary of a Spider

  1. Joanna says:

    Your enthusiastic review sure makes me want to read this clever, fun tale, Clar! It’s on the TBR when I get to an anglophone library, list!

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  2. Great choice, Clar! I love Diary Of A Spider. Also, Diary Of A Worm! Humorous books are such fun. Thanks for adding another fantastic book to our growing list 🙂

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    • clarbojahn says:

      You’re welcome, Susanna. Glad to know you’ve read them. I am a fan of humorous books for kids. There’s so much gloom and doom that a funny book is a treasure. 🙂

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  3. Julie says:

    Wow, I’m convinced after reading your wonderful review! I want to smile like that – *off to get Diary of a Spider*

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  4. I am not a fan of spiders, but I must say your review of this book captivated me! It sounds like a hilarious book. And, I loved your response to the book. I was chuckling with what you shared. Must get this one. Thanks. It’s a great choice for PPB.

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  5. Natalie says:

    How fun! I just took my boys to see the play, “Diary of a Spider, Worm and Fly,” at our local children’s theater. The play was so well done and the books are really fun too. Great Choice. 🙂

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  6. I love this book! Great review (and PPBF)! Did you know that there is a “Diary of a Fly”?
    Erik 🙂

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  7. I would definitely want to read it thanks to your great review! You really bring these books to life for us–thanks so much!

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  8. Darshana says:

    I had seen this title for a while, but never bothered to take a look. After reading your review I will have to go get it now. Thanks for posting.

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  9. Yes. I love humorous books with fun illustrations.

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  10. What a great review! I need to read this. I adored Diary of a Fly.

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  11. Now I normally don’t like spiders, but this sounds like a fun book. Will look out for it in my local library, hope they have it …. *fingers crossed*… Thanks Clar.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      The library should have it. IF not and you really did want to read it, you could get a hold on it and an interlibrary loan. I’ve been known to do that. Quite frequently actually.
      Good luck. 🙂

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  12. Tracy Bermeo says:

    My kids get so freaked out by spiders, that I think this is a must read family book for all of them- even my 10 year old!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Welcome to my blog, Tracy, and thanks for commenting. I went to you blog and enjoyed what I found there.

      I’m sure if you read this book to them it will change their outlook on spiders and may even change it to one of humor. 🙂

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  13. Yulia says:

    Will try to find this book in the book store here. My kids love books, love story telling

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  14. I have both this book and Diary of a Worm on request at the library, so I’m glad to see they’re worth reading.

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  15. clarbojahn says:

    Good thing we go to different libraries because I also have Diary of a Worm on my mind. 🙂

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