by Bethany Barton
Viking Books, 2015. Picture Book.
“I keep telling myself: ‘Spiders are cool.’ I want to love them.” The narrator of this book is heroically trying to love spiders despite being afraid of them. The narrator and reader pump themselves up by going over awesome arachnid facts, and just when it seems like it’s working… “Ahhhhhh!! It’s moving!! Squish it!! Squish it!! Squish it!!” A dotted-line handprint around the spider lets the reader help with the squishing, and on the next page there is a big dark ink splat. Oops!
Full of fun spider facts, clever captions, and cute cartoon spiders, this book is just plain hilarious!