Nothing Scares Spider! – by S. Marendaz/illustrated by Carly Gledhill

     Nothing Scares Spider! by S. Marendaz, illustrated by Carly Gledhill, Tiger Tales, 9781680102116, 2021

Format: Hardcover/Picture book

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Adventure

What did you like about the book? Brave spider sets out on a big adventure. But her friends are worried for her and themselves while their protector is away. She leaves a string of web behind for them to tug on in case of emergency. There are numerous tugs for her to come back and rescue them, which she does, though she does not consider them emergencies, until the last one. The last tug pulls them all into a real emergency in which they all work together to thwart the frog. I like that spider is brave enough to go out on her own and try new things, but doesn’t let her friends down in order to do it, she’s there for them when they need her. I like that she responds and helps them, even though she finds it … tiresome. Best of all, they work together in the end and spider says, “On my next adventure, You’re all coming with me. In case of emergencies!” Simple, clear, vibrant illustrations make this a joy to read.

Anything you did not like about the book? nope

To whom would you recommend this book? 2-5 year olds (I feel like this might be good for those struggling with separation anxiety)

Who should buy this book? Parents/libraries/schools looking to curb fears (of separation or just trying new things), or looking to encourage a sense of adventure.

Where would you shelve it? jfiction picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top, it was fun and cute for the little ones

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Vicky Deneault, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review5-4-2021

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