Spiders!: Strange and Wonderful – Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Meryl Henderson


    Spiders!: Strange and Wonderful – Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Meryl Henderson, Boyds Mill Press, (9781629793214), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? This non-fiction entry is informative to the max, admirably providing readers insight into spiders’ “quiet, amazing lives”. Starting with features spiders share vs. what differs from their fellows in the arachnid class: scorpions, mites, and ticks, the majority of the book focuses on the “strange and wonderful” features of spiders, providing thoroughly illustrated fascinating facts. For instance, one arresting page displays seven oversized spider heads for comparison purposes! Another section describes different kinds of webs spiders make from funnel webs to the diving bell spider that uses an underwater web to store oxygen. This is a must-have for elementary school library collections.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for readers in grades 3 – 5.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries, elementary classrooms, and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in 595.4 with other books about spiders.  

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, you might end up fascinated by spiders, even if they previously creeped you out!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  1/16/18

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