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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