Spider and the Fly

Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
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About The Book

"'Will you walk into my parlor,'
said the Spider to the Fly..."
is easily one of the most recognized and quoted first lines in all of English verse. But do you have any idea how the age-old tale of the Spider and the Fly ends? Join celebrated artist Tony DiTerlizzi as he -- drawing inspiration from one of his loves, the classic Hollywood horror movies of the 1920s and 1930s -- shines a cinematic spotlight on Mary Howitt's warning, written to her own children about those who use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions.

About The Author

Mary Howitt was born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1799. With her husband, William Howitt, she wrote more than 180 books, including the poem The Spider and the Fly: An Apologue: A New Version of an Old Story, which first appeared in The New Year’s Gift.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 2002)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689852893
  • Grades: 1 - 4
  • Ages: 6 - 9

Raves and Reviews

"The most charming spider you'll ever dine with!"--Henry Selick director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach

"A gleefully sinister fable that spins its tale like a great old silent film. The kind one might only see in a haunted nickelodeon. I love the beautiful, dramatic, black-and-white illustrations."--Lane Smith illustrator of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Awards and Honors

  • Caldecott Honor Book
  • ILA/CBC Children's Choices
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Master List
  • Utah Beehive Award Master List
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • Charlotte Award Ballot (NY)
  • Zena Sutherland Award (University of Chicago Laboratory Schools)
  • ALA Caldecott Honor

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