The Official Spider Test.
What do you do when you see a spider?
a. Lay on a BIG spidey smoocheroo.
b. Smile, but back away slowly.
c. Grab the closest object, wind up, and let it fly.
d. Run away screaming.
If you chose b, c, or d, then this book is for you! (If you chose a, you might be crazy.)
I’m Trying to Love Spiders will help you see these amazing arachnids in a whole new light, from their awesomely excessive eight eyes, to the seventy-five pounds of bugs a spider can eat in a single year! And you’re sure to feel better knowing you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being fatally bit by a spider. Comforting, right? No? Either way, there’s heaps more information in here to help you forget your fears . . . or at least laugh a lot!
Here's a guide to spiders that acknowledges that arachnids can be difficult to cozy up to. In the attempt to study them closely, Barton (This Monster Cannot Wait!) admits, bad things may happen. Sometimes the narrator's fear gets the better of her: "Oh my gosh! There's a spider stuck on there! Smash it! Squish it! Get it right now!" The next page reveals a black blot in the center of an otherwise spotless page. "We're not very good at loving spiders just yet," Barton concedes. She hikes through the landscape of spider facts, covering the bad news honestly (the "totally gross" extended arachnid family of ticks and scorpions, the way spiders liquefy their food) while also praising spiders' more impressive attributes, such as silk they spin into webs. "That's like you and me building a house with our hair," she gushes. "And then catching food on it." Big, black brushstrokes give the illustrations and text the impact of still-wet pages, as if they'd just been completed. The skillful juggling of scientific fact and emotional truth make this a winner. Ages 4 8.