Parodying the classic The Itsy Bitsy Spider, the hilarious story tells of a Roly Poly Spider who has all of her friends for lunch--literally--and becomes so chubby that she cannot get up the water spout.
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Using catchy verses that follow the rhyme scheme of "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider," Sardegna (K Is for Kiss Goodnight) presents a seemingly sunny tale which, on closer inspection, masks abundant unpleasantness. This yellow, appropriately bug-eyed spider appears jolly, but is in fact a selfish and crafty creature who lures bugs to her web by complaining of loneliness, engages them in friendly chat, then eats them. "She snagged a caterpillar/ and asked him, 'What's your name?'/ He said, 'My name is Lester./ I'm handsome as can be.'/ Said the roly-poly spider,/ 'You look like lunch to me.'" She's only following nature, of course, but her lack of menace and casual slaughter will likely disturb the book's intended audience-the cuddly victims here will evoke more sympathy than the eponymous protagonist. Unfortunately, Arnold's (Green Wilma) outwardly playful watercolor and colored- pencil compositions reinforce the mayhem of massacre, as they depict a half-eaten ladybug in the spider's mouth, a hapless "great big fly" ensnared between two pie crusts, etc. Ages 3-6.
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PreSchool-Grade 1?This must be the Itsy Bitsy Spider's evil twin, craftily luring creatures into her sticky web. Once stuck, the victims are devoured in sadistic ways. The roly-poly arachnid eats a bee's knees, sticks a straw in a beetle for beetle juice, and creates a crunchy shoefly pie, among other things. Her ravenous appetite catches up with her, though, when she gets stuck in a water spout. Try singing the words of this funny picture book to the familiar tune; they're interchangeable. That fact alone makes Sardegna's book worth a try, but coupled with Arnold's cartoons, this offering is a real winner. Watercolor and colored-pencil artwork in bright yellows, greens, and lavenders give the story a lighthearted tone. The yellow spider is huge and sphere-shaped, with bulging eyes and diminutive legs. The art is a delight, right down to the webbed endpapers.?Lynn Cockett, Nutley Public Library, NJ
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Book Description Scholastic Trade, 1994. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110590471198
Book Description Scholastic Trade. LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0590471198 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0228836