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The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the Fly

by Mary Howitt Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly. Through the story of a Fly that allows a Spider to flatter her, children learn the important lesson of not listening to people who hide their true intentions behind sweet words. This book, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, is a Caldecott Honor Book.

Breathing new life into Mary Howitt's 175-year-old warning, DiTerlizzi draws inspiration from classic black-and-white Hollywood movies like "Frankenstein" and "The Mummy" and fills dazzling silver-tinted illustrations in this monstrously entertaining picture book with a dose of humor big enough to quell even the faintest of hearts.

Ages
5, 6, 7
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Genre
Classics, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Fables, Poetry, Songs, Verse

About the Author and Illustrator

Mary Howitt
Contributor Image Alt Tag Tony DiTerlizzi Illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi's works include Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure and Ted. DiTerlizzi worked in gaming illustration until 2000. His art is inspired by Norman Rockwell, Arthur Rackham, Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, and Jim Henson.

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