Author: Mary Howitt
Illustrator: Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 2002
Genre: Alphabet, Animals, Picture Book, Poetry, Fable
Awards: Caldecott Honor Book, ALA Notable Children’s Books, Beehive Award Master List (UT)
Overview: A haunting tale, based on a 1800’s poem by Mary Howitt, about a devious spider who coerces an innocent little fly into his parlor of no return. The illustrations in black and white provide details about the story that would not otherwise be known.
Activity: This fable could be used around Halloween, as a light horror story. You could then have students write their own horror story. Have students share their stories with the rest of the class.
Reviewer’s Name: Kristen