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The Spider and the Fly: 10th Anniversary Edition ANV Edition
Contributor(s): Howitt, Mary, DiTerlizzi, Tony (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1442454547     ISBN-13: 9781442454545
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: August 2012
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Annotation: An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Spiders; Juvenile poetry.
Flies; Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, English.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Insects, Spiders, Etc.
- Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, Fables
Dewey: 821/.8
LCCN: 2013363516
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 11.75" W x 0.50" (1.22 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 64285
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): 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.

Tony DiTerlizzi
is the author of The Search for WondLa and A Hero for WondLa. He is also the co-creator and illustrator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles and the author and illustrator of Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure as well as the Zena Sutherland Award–winning Ted. His brilliantly cinematic version of Mary Howitt’s classic The Spider and The Fly earned Tony his second Zena Sutherland Award and also received a Caldecott Honor. He lives with his wife Angela and their daughter in Western Massachusetts and Jupiter, Florida. Visit Tony online at DiTerlizzi.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
Inspired by Gorey, Addams, and film noir, DiTerlizzi spins his own stylish version of Howitt's cautionary 1829 poem. As a debonair spider lures a doe-eyed fly to his lair, ghosts of the spider's prey flit about. Black-and-white illustrations with a silvery sheen capture the dance with cinematic flair. This edition of the Caldecott Honor book includes a poster on the flip side of the dust jacket.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Inspired by Gorey, Addams, and film noir, DiTerlizzi spins his own stylish version of Howitt's cautionary 1829 poem. As a debonair spider lures a doe-eyed fly to his lair, ghosts of the spider's prey flit about. Black-and-white illustrations with a silvery sheen capture the dance with cinematic flair. This paper-over-board edition of the Caldecott Honor Book is notable for its bargain price. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring)
Inspired by film noir and the illustrations of Edward Gorey and Charles Addams, DiTerlizzi spins his own stylish version of Mary Howitt's cautionary 1829 poem. As a debonair spider (vaguely resembling Clark Gable) lures a doe-eyed fly in a cloche and flapper dress into his lair, ghosts of the spider's past prey flit about. Black-and-white illustrations with a silvery sheen capture the dance with cinematic flair. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 July #1)
Howitt's 1829 cautionary poem of a fly's risky entanglement with her perfidious predator springs to cinematic life amid silver-sheened black-and-white illustrations by an artist well known for his work on the Magic: The Gathering trading cards. Gouache images that seem to glow in the dark deftly recall the silent film era, craftily luring in readers even before the tale's famous opener, " `Will you walk into my parlor?' said the Spider to the Fly." An exterior view of a darkened mansion, its sole light coming from an attic window, gives way to a close-up of the same window as a petite dragonfly in flapper attire (complete with fringed dress, long gloves and flower-petal parasol) peers inside at Spider's lair: a Victorian dollhouse set amid cobwebby attic treasures. With an arsenal of Vincent Price expressions, the well-heeled Spider uses food and flattery to entice his guest into staying within his walls. Some of the text appears periodically against a framed black backdrop, à la silent movie captions, while a silvery web is progressively woven in the background. Finely detailed scenes foreshadow Fly's demise with subtle, Charles Addams-esque humor that, while it may escape younger readers, will tickle the Lemony Snicket set. (In one scene, previous insect victims, now ghosts with their feet hovering above the floor, hold up a copy of The Joy of Cooking Bugs, in a vain warning to Fly.) DiTerlizzi has spun a visual treat that young sophisticates and adults alike will enjoy. Ages 6-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 September)
Gr 1-6-Most people are familiar with Howitt's poem, but DiTerlizzi's art raises this hackneyed classic to a new level. Rendered in black-and-white gouache and pencil, then reproduced in silver-and-black duotone, the paintings have a spooky quality perfectly suited to retelling this melancholy tale. Ms. Fly, with her whimsical flower umbrella and Roaring '20s attire, captures the flavor of an old-time Hollywood heroine. Her nemesis, seated on his Victorian chair, is dressed like a pasha in silk robe and slippers (six, of course) or resplendent in tails, top hat, and spats; he is clearly a dastardly fiend cloaked in splendid apparel to dazzle his victim. Wispy, transparent, ghostly shapes haunt the eerie mansion; the white print on the black pages stands out against the shadows creeping across each spread. All of these elements foreshadow the fly's untimely demise. With its tragic ending, heavy moralizing, and sophisticated artwork, this book will appeal to older children as well as to adult fans of old horror movies. This title is worth purchasing for its valuable artwork alone.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.