Spider Spider

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In a tête-à-tête reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny, a mother and son explore what it might be like if the boy were a spider.

As Peter watches a spider crawl across the floor, he and his mother play at imagining all that they would do if Peter were a spider.

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Overview

In a tête-à-tête reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny, a mother and son explore what it might be like if the boy were a spider.

As Peter watches a spider crawl across the floor, he and his mother play at imagining all that they would do if Peter were a spider.

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Children's Literature
Peter watches a small spider crawling across the floor and announces to his mother, "I will become a spider." "And what will you do?" his mother asks. The dueling dialogue continues between mother and son. As a spider, Peter will crawl outdoors, his mother will capture him and put him in a jar, but the spider always crawls free to pursue another adventure. The dialogue between the pair ends when Peter's mother declares, "I will become a spider, too!" Youngsters will be delighted at the humor that develops as the story moves along with the spider. The brilliant pictures by Hallensleben add drama to the game of wits between Peter and his mother. 2000 (orig. 1996), Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 4 to 8, $5.95. Reviewer: Sue Reichard
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-Originally published in France, this tte--tte between a boy and his mother takes on the cozy cadences of Margaret Wise Brown's Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942), but ends with a startling, not altogether comforting twist. Watching a spider on the living-room floor, Peter announces that he'll become a spider, eat crumbs from his mother's plate, and crawl into her bed to bite her toe. What would she do then? Sweep him out the door, she replies, or wash him down the drain. What if he just crawled onto her book and fell asleep? She promises to place him in a nest of towels and sheets. If he hid in her sleeve? She would shake him out and then become a spider too. Setting this conversation in a small, well-kept apartment, Hallensleben uses warm impressionistic watercolors in muted shades to give mother and child dark, quiet eyes and relaxed postures. Peter as a green-and-white spider with red, fanglike mouth parts is seen both at arm's-length and close-up, but readers are still likely to be taken aback by the final spread, in which he suddenly almost fills the page, facing his even larger arachnid mother. Probably not a good choice for bedtime reading, this title should still find a ready audience of children who enjoy stories with a bit of a jolt at the end.-John Peters, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
As Peter watches a small spider crawl across the floor, he declares he will become one. "And what will you do?" his mother asks. As he limns his plans, Peter's mother comments, sweeping her little boy/spider outdoors or washing it down the drain, but he always crawls free for another adventure; then Mother declares that she'll become a spider, too. Banks presents a duel of imaginations that could go on interminably were it not for the loving mother's gentle ending of it. Hallensleben's bright, cat-inclusive illustrations show readers the boy-as-spider in mischievous activities like pilfering his mother's lunch to napping on her book, which is open to a witty, bright party scene where the spider blends in well with the animal guests. Some of the mother's anti-spider tactics may seem threatening, as well as the view from the child/spider's perspective in many of the pictures, but the text's even tenor and the pictures' tender expressions—to say nothing of the cat's equanimity—assures readers know it's all a game.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613307475
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books for children. Kate Banks lives on the French Riviera. Georg Hallensleben lives in Paris.

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