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An Interview with Harry the Tarantula

An Interview with Harry the Tarantula

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by Leigh Ann Tyson, Henrik Drescher (Illustrator)

An Interview with Harry the Tarantula (HC)


An Interview with Harry the Tarantula (HC)

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This comical and informative book is in a question-and-answer format. It consists of Katy Did's interview with Harry Spyder. Katy Did works as a disc jockey at WBUG radio. Harry is a tarantula who has recently had a scary experience when he was scooped into an empty bottle by a little girl. The two insects are in a radio room sipping coffee as they chat on-air about how Harry defended himself. The reader will learn about the life of a tarantula as Harry explains how he responded to this tumultuous event. Harry also discusses the foods that he enjoys and how he finds a mate. The two main characters, a katydid and a tarantula, both have human facial expressions and characteristics. The story is delightful and the creative illustrations are very humorous. This is truly an inventive method for both entertaining and educating young readers. The book concludes with additional facts about the life of a tarantula. 2003, National Geographic,
— Denise Daley
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Complete with quirky illustrations, this spoof of a radio talk-show interview is a clever method of revealing facts about tarantulas. Harry Spyder appears as a guest on Katy Did's program, "Up Close and Personal." Prodded along by her questions, the tarantula describes his frightening encounter with a girl who scooped him up into an empty glass jar. He was so threatened by her presence that he leaned back on his hind legs, opened his fangs, and rubbed off a few of his hairs to fling at her. Eventually, Harry was released in her backyard where he met several female tarantulas that were ready to accept his romantic intentions. Throughout the interview, Harry reveals much about himself and his lifestyle, including his favorite foods, whether his bite is poisonous or not, and why he sheds his skin. Drescher's scratchy cartoon drawings add life and a touch of comedy to the story. Harry's expressive face, with its eight eyes and mouth full of teeth, is never scary or terrifying. Additional facts about tarantulas are included. An imaginative, engaging, and instructive book.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Katy Did interviews Harry Spyder on KBUG radio on her program "Up Close and Personal," she brings listeners the latest chirp while readers learn a lot about tarantulas. Cleverly designed just like an on-air interview with "Q" and "A" designating the questions and answers, Harry relates his frightening experience when Laura Webber scoops him into an empty bottle. Naturally, Harry did what tarantulas do; he lifted his front legs, opened his fangs, and tried to fling hairs off his back at her. Drescher's signature frenetic style and garish colors are the perfect wacky match for this inventive, fun, spider-hair-brained way to relay information about tarantulas. Two pages of backmatter provide 16 tarantula facts, e.g., there are 850 kinds of tarantulas. It's everything Little Miss Muffet needed to know. What a great device to encourage groups or classes to mimic the idea with other insects and arachnids. (bibliography) (Picture book. 4-9)

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National Geographic Society
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Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.36(d)
AD360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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An Interview with Harry the Tarantula 1.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an adult humor book and should not be included in any school library. It is recommended for use to teach the 6+1 writing traits but the sexually explicit content is not appropriate for any classroom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that this book is not appropriate for children ages ranging between 4-8. This book has the use of sexual words that my child or for that matter any child should be reading. My son is five years old, and I was disgusted when I read the page that stated the word sperm and about being careful to tap her carefully because that puts her in a romantic mood. Please explain to your children at the age of five the meaning of the word sperm. This book needs to be removed from all elementary schools.