Artist Troy Cummings has created a clever spin-off of the "Eensy Weensy Spider" nursery rhyme in this humorous picture book, sure to appeal to kids and adults who also love fractured fairy tales.
The Eensy Weensy Spider climbed up the waterspout . . . and everyone knows what happens next! By the time the sun comes out to dry up all the rain, the Eensy Weensy Spider has freaked out over her washout, big-time! "There's no way I'm climbing back up that gutter!" she says. Eensy has lost her climbing courage, but with the help of her best ladybug friend, Polly, she begins to take on bigger and bigger climbing challenges until she's rewarded with the most spectacular view of outer space that any bug has ever seen! Hilarious text and a retro, graphic art style take this popular nursery rhyme to new heights. There's also a fun size chart on the end pages for kids to track Eensy's progress as she tackles taller and taller objects. Spin-offs of children's songs and nursery rhymes are very popular with kids, parents, and teachers!
Cummings's debut children's book uses humorous illustrations and clever text to envision the emotional aftermath of the events of the familiar nursery rhyme. After getting washed out of the waterspout, the timid brown spider with her grade-school hairdo and striped scarf vows, "I'm sticking to the ground from now on," and tells her ladybug friend, Polly, "I'm all washed up!" Eensy is embarrassed that her mishap has even made it onto the Web ("Slippery Spout Spooks Spider" reads a headline), but with Polly's encouragement, she conquers her fear of heights and regains her spunk by starting small and climbing higher and higher. Cummings provides a satisfying red herring of an "ending" as Eensy eventually works her way up to climbing a huge crane whose wrecking ball announces "The End," to which she protests, "Wait! It's not over yet! I can climb way higher than that!" and proceeds to demonstrate just that over several more pages. The spider's delight in her accomplishments and her steady climb to success provide a gentle template for small readers with their own fears to overcome. Ages 3 5.