Miss Spider's Wedding

Book review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
Miss Spider's Wedding Book Poster Image
Beautiful art shines over sometimes dark read-aloud.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Teaches young readers about storytelling through rhyme. The fantastical eye-popping art may inspire kids to make their own bright creations.

Positive Messages

Celebrates the power of true love: "And when she heard his little voice/ It seemed to her somehow/ That she had known him always/ Though they'd never met 'til now."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Spiderus is pretty menacing -- and May is meddling -- but Miss Spider and Holley are gentle and loving with one another. And they're loyal, too.  Miss Spider even rescues Holley when he is attacked by Spiderus, and spends days nursing him back to health.

Violence & Scariness

More scary than violent: Spiderus traps Miss Spider's beetle friends in his web, and threatens to eat Holley. His attack causes him to pass out for three days. Miss Spider saves Holley by knocking Spiderus out with a rolling pin.

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the language may leave little ones wondering over words like "milksop" and even the clever "co-webitate."  But Kirk's vibrant, nearly 3-D oil paintings are sure to transport them, especially the golden picture of Miss Spider walking down the aisle in her spider web veil. There are some scary images, especially a dark picture of Spiderus looming over Holley, threatening to eat him -- and there is the part about a spider who has "drunk so much petunia wine/ He's hardly fit to crawl."  But in the end, the book imparts a sweet message about finding true love.

 

 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBadatrating August 15, 2009

What is your prob kids

How can a kiddie book be scary
Adult Written byjmoreland8155 November 3, 2011

Very inappropriate. Horrible language and refrences.

I was reading this book to my five year old boys, and I came across the word "pantywaste". Immediately, I put it down. I read it later myself, and the... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 26, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byarcelios November 5, 2009

What's the problem?

Anyone who has a problem with this clearly has not read it or is overly sensitive. This was one of my favorite books when I was younger, and I still read it for... Continue reading

What's the story?

Miss Spider has found the man of her dreams -- a wise, kind, and polite young spider named Holley -- but a meddling friend thinks he's not good enough for her. So she arranges for scheming Spiderus Reeves to press his affections on Miss Spider. When Miss Spider spurns his honey-tongued advances, he is enraged. "You cannot mean," Spiderus howled, / That you're rejecting me! / Tell me this loathsome rival's name; / I'll squash him like a flea!" When Spiderus catches up with Holley, set to administer the fatal bite, Miss Spider sweeps down from the heavens to crown him with a blow from a rolling pin. Soon, wedding bells chime for Holley and Miss Spider.

Is it any good?

A lot of this story will play better for adults than kids. The author uses words like "co-webitate" -- and a lovesick Holley daydreams of Miss Spider, "Envisioning her fine assets, / Her gentle curves, her spinnerets." But read aloud, kids will be lulled by the rhyming poetry, even when they don't understand exactly what's going on -- and they will certainly be captivated by Kirk's nearly 3-D artwork, which transports them into Miss Spider's surreal world. 

Once the menacing Spiderus Reeves is out of the picture, the story brightens considerably, and kids will likely prefer this part of the book: There are fun details about the spider wedding ("June beetles spin in pirouettes,/and clickbugs clack like castanets"), a lovely picture of a golden Miss Spider in in her spider web veil, and a certain sweetness as Miss Spider cherishes finding "the place where love abides."

Kirk's vibrant oil paintings create a glowing surreal world. His art is truly transporting, especially the golden picture of Miss Spider walking down the aisle in her spider web veil.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the art. How does Kirk make his images so vibrant? How does he use color to create a mood?

  • Was the story scary?

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