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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.

5, 6, 7
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
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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