From the Publisher
" . . . a believable story about growing up."
- Baltimore’s Child, Baltimore, Maryland
"The style of this book is perfect for children in Grades 2 through 4. The dialogue and expressions are natural and honest with just the right touch of humor. Maisie is a model of independence and self-awareness, and her gentle and thoughtful nature make her a very endearing narrator -- she thinks, acts, and speaks as a typical 9-year-old. . . belongs in every library collection."
- Canadian Book Review Annual
"Written at a grade-three reading level, Fangs and Me has 50 pages divided into ten chapters and eight black-and-white illustrations. . . Rachna Gilmore succeeds in creating a believable tale about a girl who has trouble making friends. . . Gilmore handles her characters with deftness and creates a plot line that will be interesting to young readers.
- Canadian Children's Literature, Summer 2000
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Shy Maisie misses her best friend who has just moved. To make matters even worse, a bullying boy has arrived in her place next door. Discovering a spider, Maisie makes a pet of it and stands up to the bully when he threatens its orb web with his basketball. This newfound courage gives her a chance to think about making new friends at school. But the bully is lonely, too, and they strike up a tentative friendship which gives Maisie several new directions to pursue. The amateurish drawings of people add little to the story but the many accurate renditions of Maisie's diadem spider which she names Fang hover like guardians over Maisie's gradual change. In addition, the information this spider-loving nine-year-old imparts may inspire other girls to take an interest in biology.