Aaaarrgghh, Spider!: Lydia Monks
Told from the viewpoint of a spider who wants to become a family pet, she gives us lots of reasons that spiders are better than other pets but the family still respond in the same way:
Poor spider, nothing she does seems to convince them until… This lovely book is great fun to read and the repetition of “Aaaarrgghh, Spider! Out you go!” can be picked up easily and joined in with from even young toddlers. There’s a lovely tactile glittery page of spider webs plus glittery webs on the cover to encourage children to touch and feel the pages along with the story.
It’s a book that showcases the good things about
creepy crawlies spiders and different ways of humanely catching and disposing them if you decide you don’t want one as a pet! We tell our girls that spiders are good because they eat flies and flies spread sickness. I have a limit to the spiders I allow in the house though, and Mr Chaos disposes of the ones I don’t like outside. MG and DG aren’t keen on spiders despite trying very hard to be neutral in their presence but I am now persevering with picking up snails and worms and watching ants etc to increase their acceptance of small crawly creatures. Fortunately children seem to naturally like most bugs so that’s working.
Aaaarrgghh, Spider! is a lovely addition to any bookshelf for bug lovers or bug haters alike!
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