Part of a series of hilarious non-fiction about disgusting creatures, this book looks at the spider. It covers such topics as the spider's habitats (pretty much everywhere but outer space), the silk it spins (it can trap prey and makes a nifty bowtie), and its parenting practice (female spiders carry around their eggs in a silk purse). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Spider contains factual information that will both amuse and teach at the same time.
About the Author
ELISE GRAVEL is an award-winning author/illustrator from Quebec. She has won a Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration in French, and is well-known for her original, wacky picture books and graphic novels. After completing her studies in graphic design, Elise found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration. Her old design habits drive her to work a little text here and there into her drawings and she loves to handle the design of her assignments from start to finish. She is inspired by social causes and likes projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity. The author lives in Montreal, QC.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My students enjoyed the fun facts and humor. Great read.
While my son called the book "okay," it wasn't a smooth reading which makes it hard for an early reader learning the flow of reading sentences. I also didn't like that the text jumped back and forth between facts about spiders to quotes the spider would say. Example: "...create webs that trap air so they can breathe underwater. We also make really handsome ties." I would have liked if they kept facts as facts instead of trying to make them fun like who spiders can make ties and dance.