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The Spider and the Fly

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by Mary Howitt (Author), Tony DiTerlizzi (Author, Illustrator)

A Cautionary Poem

Most of us have listened, read or heard this legendary poem by Howitt. But Tony DiTerlizzi puts a fantastic spin to it. Through his brilliant black and white gouache and pencil art, Tony reproduces this work in a duotone.

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The paintings look positively spooky and downright evil!

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The characters are complete with the 1920’s attire. Seated in a Victorian seat, the spider stares down at the fly dressed in her Victorian era outfit complete with a flower umbrella.

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Halloween or not, you will love reading this spidery tale of catch me if you can. The story is about a spider who notices a lonely vulnerable fly and tries to woo her. The fly at first is very cautious but later falls to his charms.

Rarely do you find a recreation worthy of praise. This sophisticated poetry book will appeal to one and all, and especially to those fans of Poe and Burton!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


15 comments

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  1. Wow! these pencil drawing are amazing. Such great detail, and so much personality…..

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  2. LOVE the illustrations – they are amazing! Am I dreaming or did you change your blog design? I really, really like it alot!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks Renee.. we did do some customization to it and maybe thats why you see the changes Yes the illustrations are AWESOME!

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  3. Hi! I’m visiting from Friendship Friday I hope you’ll also join me for my Friday Flash Blog on The Jenny Evolution (www.thejennyevolution.com). Happy weekend!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by !Wishing you a great weekend too

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  4. I love the drawings. The facial expressions are superb! Just dropping by with Friendship Friday.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Betty. I agree that the illustrations are very clever!

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  5. The drawings are wonderful. Even my child’s eyes seems to find the computer this morning.

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    • reshamad

      Thank you for stopping by Cynthia. Yes DD likes to go back to the book simply for the drawings

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  6. I totally agree…the illustrations kind of creep me out!

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  7. This is really impressive. Kinda creepy yes, but still impressive.

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  8. Sush

    We got this book from library today. What a lovely story with impressive illustrations! Till the very last page we were hoping the fly would outsmart the spider. We found ourselves discussing important issues after the story was read. What a great book with a moral!

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    • reshamad

      Absolutely agree Sush! The kids in DD’s classroom had the same expectations .. and i think they were kind of disappointed. But personally I feel these stories are important because they reflect what real life can be. We also talked about tragedies as a genre. Thanks for sharing!
      -Resh

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