Emma Dodson Speckle the Spider

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Speckle the Spider

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Join Speckle the spider as he tap-dances his way to fame — with maps,
flaps, and other novelty surprises throughout. (Ages 3-6)


Speckle is sure he’s a special kind of spider — so special and talented that he should be better appreciated than he is at home in the Bahamas. So off he sets on an adventure in search of fame and recognition, and after some run-ins with giants of various species, finally finds himself on public display. The ambitious Speckle is certainly getting lots of attention, but it’s not quite what he had in mind! With fun, energetic illustrations and plenty of interactive features — including "fan mail," memorabilia, and a mini book of spider facts — this engaging tale of "be careful what you wish for" is certain to charm even the arachnophobes among us.

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Emma Dodson has worked as a prop designer for film and television as well as an illustrator for magazines, greeting cards, and more recently, children’s books, including THE BADLY DRAWN DOG. She lives in Surrey, England.

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K-Gr 3–Speckle the spider thinks he's special. In search of fame, he stows away on some bananas bound for foreign shores. After landing in a family's kitchen, the spider is captured by Hettie Highbottom, who sends him off for expert identification. Speckle turns out to be special after all; he is touted in the papers as a rare species and given a place of honor at the zoo. Tiring of the spotlight, Speckle and his zoomate escape back to the Bahamas. Once home, he realizes that his friends and family are what make him special. Scattered among the pages of the text are pockets and flaps with Speckle's report card, travel documents, newspaper clippings, and more (no maps, however, contrary to what is printed on the cover, which includes a tactile Speckle). These gimmicks are not enough to save this meandering tale. Characters and plot points are revealed with little development, particularly the homecoming, which feels hollow (the family and friends who make him feel special are never introduced). While Speckle is appealingly drawn, the rest of Dodson's ink and acrylic art is stiff. Stick with Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Spider (HarperCollins, 2005) for your spider lovers.Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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