Aaaarrgghh, Spider!
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Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

By (author) Lydia Monks , Illustrated by Lydia Monks

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Carries EU Toy Safety Directive 'Unsuitable for children ages 0-3' warning logo. A rip-roaring read-aloud (shout-aloud) picture book about a spider who wants to be the family pet from the internationally acclaimed illustrator of Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard. Spider wants to be a family pet. But the family whose house she lives in are terrified of her. Whenever she tries to show them what a great pet she would make, they simply cry: "AAAARRGGHH, Spider!" The illustrator of Julia Donaldson's famous titles such as The Singing Mermaid and The Rhyming Rabbit proves she is an author in her own right with this best-selling picture book story.

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 210 x 264 x 4mm | 180g
  • 01 Apr 2004
  • Egmont UK Ltd
  • Egmont Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1405210443
  • 9781405210447
  • 20,505

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Lydia Monks Lydia Monks is one of the best-loved illustrators of her generation. She is the illustrator of the phenomenally successful What The Ladybird Heard with Julia Donaldson and has written and illustrated several picture books for Egmont, including Aaaaarrrgghh, Spider! Eek Mouse! No More EEE-Orrgh!, Ooo, Ooo, Ooo Gorilla! and Babbit. Lydia lives in Sheffield with her husband and two daughters. Her favourite subjects at school were Art, English and R.E. before she went on to achieve a First Class degree in Illustration at Kingston University. At the weekend she wins trophies in Irish dancing, goes to aerobics, watches films and visits friends. Her favourite food is ice cream.

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Monk's cartoonish illustrations are lively and offer some genuinely funny moments.

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The resident spider in a human family's home would much prefer to be a pet than a silent bystander, but when she tries to dance fetchingly by the couch or show how clean she is (by hanging out in the bathtub), the family screams "Aaaarrgghh! Spider!" In a somewhat baffling development, it's not until the blue-eyed, pink-lipped spider retreats to the backyard and starts to build sparkly webs (printed with actual silvery glitter) that the family decides the spider might make good pet material: "That spider is so clever!" "Maybe she'd make a good pet!" From then on, the spider goes shopping with mom, swings with the kids, and is walked on a leash like the pet of her dreams. When she gets comfortable enough to bring all her friends home, however, the story concludes with the family's scream, "Aaaarrgghh! Spiders!" Monks's cartoonish illustrations are lively and offer some genuinely funny moments, but they don't save what is essentially a very lightweight story about how spiders are people, too. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews)

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