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Aaaarrgghh! Spider!


Don’t let this lonely spider frighten you! She just wants to be a family pet—and she thinks she would make a better pet than the typical dog or cat. But every time this clever spider tries to impress her chosen family, she scares them instead, until the day she unwittingly enchants them. Aaaarrgghh! Spider! spins a lively tale about one creature’s efforts to find her place.

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Don’t let this lonely spider frighten you! She just wants to be a family pet—and she thinks she would make a better pet than the typical dog or cat. But every time this clever spider tries to impress her chosen family, she scares them instead, until the day she unwittingly enchants them. Aaaarrgghh! Spider! spins a lively tale about one creature’s efforts to find her place.

A clever spider is lonely and longs to become a family pet.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Alysse Green
A lonely spider longs to become a family's pet, but she cannot seem to figure out why the family keeps throwing her out. The little spider is convinced that she could easily be a better pet than the average cat or dog. Her journey to becoming a pet consists of trying to wash herself, dancing for the family, and feeding herself, but she has absolutely no success. As soon as the spider gives up all hope, she wins the family's heart by making sparkling webs in the back yard at night. The family soon welcomes her as one of their own. She rides with them in the car, and they even walk her. Monk's visuals lure the reader into the book, beginning with its bold red cover. On the cover, Monk has the characters' images raised and adds texture to the picture. She also added to the boldness of her book by making the spider's web on the front cover with silver glitter Reviewer: Alysse Green
Children's Literature
In this hilarious picture book, a lonely spider watches a family having fun with their family pets and decides that she wants to join in. Excited by the prospect of becoming the newest family pet, she tries to impress the whole clan by showing them her fancy dance moves, jumping in the bath tub to prove her excellent hygiene practices, and weaving a web to catch her own dinner. Unfortunately, the family does not react kindly to her antics and scoots her outside every chance they get. After three unsuccessful attempts to garner their attention, she decides to go live by herself in the backyard. One evening, she weaves dozens of beautiful, sparkly webs around the yard, and the family quickly becomes enthralled by the awesome sight. They decide to welcome her into their household as the newest family pet. She loves her new role and everything runs smoothly, that is, until she decides to invite all of her spider friends over for a visit. Aaaarrgghh! This comical story and the accompanying artwork perfectly complement each other and create a winning picture book. Children will enjoy touching the sparkly silver webs, which appear on the book's cover, as well as on a spread inside. This book will make a great read-aloud selection. 2004, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 4 to 8.
—Debra Briatico
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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 pi ce de r sistance 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 Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
Monks begins with a visual bang and an unusual premise:a spider wants to be this family's pet!
School Library Journal

Monk's cartoonish illustrations are lively and offer some genuinely funny moments.
Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618737512
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/3/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 114,060
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Monks has written and illustrated many books for children. She lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    A favorite in my house!

    My 2 year old loves everything spiders, she will dig past all the typical 2 year old books in her stack to run this one to me yelling "Spider momma! Spider!" I think this is one of, if not the favorite book she has, it's cute and she points to the spider(s) on every page!

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Spiders, ARGH!

    Aaaarrgghh! Spider is a clever book written from a spider's perspective. The spider wants to be a pet spider in a specific home to a specific family. When this family sees the spider they scream and put the spider outside as they say, "Out you go!" The spider tries to show that it could be a better pet then their dog or cat, but it keeps getting put outside so it decides to stay out in the backyard. The spider starts to spin his web in the yard will have to read the story to find out what is in store for this spider and the family he wants to live with.
    My preschool students would absolutely love this book. I say this for a number of reasons.
    1. All the children know that I don't like spiders and I always scream when I see one.
    2. The book repeats phrases, so the children can pick up on this.
    3. My preschoolers love to talk about their pets, whether real or not.
    4. The spider spins glitter webs that they would think were so cool.
    5. There is some humor that they would be able to pick up on and understand throughout the book.
    These are only some of the reasons I came up with, but I am sure there would be more.
    The only negative about this book is that the illustrations have no diversity. The family is made up of a mom, dad, son, daughter who all appear to be Caucasian, who live with their cat & their dog. There are also some stereotypical sex roles in the book; the mother is the one cleaning the bathroom, the father is the one driving the car and the mother is the one pushing the grocery cart. This can be alright for a few books, but I would have to find books with more diverse races and family structures along with illustrations that show less stereotypical female and male roles to represent the different students and families in my class and beyond.

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