Lydia Monks Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

ISBN 13: 9781405230445

Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

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A rip-roaring read-aloud (shout-aloud) picture book about a spider who wants to be the family pet from the internationally acclaimed illustrator of Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard. Spider wants to be a family pet. But the family whose house he lives in are terrified of him. Whenever he tries to show them what a great pet he would make, they simply cry: "AAAARRGGHH, Spider!" The illustrator of Julia Donaldson's famous titles such as The Singing Mermaid and The Rhyming Rabbit proves she is an author in her own right with this best-selling picture book story.

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Lydia Monks gained a First Class degree in illustration from Kingston University, and has gone on to become one of the best-loved illustrators of today. Her first picture book title, I Wish I Were a Dog won the Smarties Bronze Award in 1999. Since then, her many picture books include My Cat's Weird (Egmont), the Princess Mirror-Belle stories by Julia Donaldson, Esmeralda by Karen Wallace and The Skipping-Rope Snake and Queen Munch and Queen Nibble by Carol Ann Duffy (all Macmillan), and, published April 2004, Aaaarrgghh, Spider!, which has already had enormous success, going into 8 co-editions, with an initial print-run of 55,000 copies. Lydia lives in Sheffield with her illustrator husband Frazer and her daughter.

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PreSchool-Grade 1–From the first page, where humans appear to be hanging upside down and a spider takes center stage (the scene is seen from the spider's perspective, as she clings to the ceiling), it's obvious that this is no ordinary tale. Monks begins with a visual bang and an unusual premise: a spider wants to be this family's pet. However, each time the arachnid tries to entertain them, they toss her outside, screaming, "Aaaarrgghh! Spider!" Disappointed, she stalks off to live in the backyard. When the family members peek out the back door and see the trees festooned with glittering webs, they decide she'd make the perfect pet. Although the resolution is a bit simplistic, the story provides a nice showcase for the art. The acrylic cartoons ably capture the wide-eyed, fearful expressions of the parents, their two children, dog, and cat when confronted with their visitor. A variety of patterned fabrics provide visual interest throughout, but the pièce de résistance is the backyard bejeweled with webs that shine with actual glitter. The bright red cover with its dangling spider; black, hairy title letters; and sparkling silver webs will entice browsers. Readers attracted by the glitz of Marcus Pfister's "Rainbow Fish" books (North-South) are sure to give this one more than a glance.–Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
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Monks, Lydia
Published by Egmont Books Ltd (2007)
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