The Spider and the Fly

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A classic cautionary tale with a unique twist. 'Will you walk into my parlour, said the Spider to the Fly...' is one of the most recognised and quoted first lines in all of English verse. But how many of you know how the tale actually ends? Join celebrated artist Tony DiTerlizzi as he shines a 1920's film noir cinematic spotlight on Mary Howitt's 173 year old classic poem, warning us against those who would use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions and lure us into danger.

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Jan 25, 2008

Completely Gorgeous

The silent film feel that this book gives is fantastic. You feel like you?re experiencing camera zooms, and you can almost see lightning crash and hear music. The artwork is charming and perfect for the poem. The artist is very expressive and has a good eye for detail. The pictures are captivating and humorous.

The poem itself is tried and true, and it leaves off with the right, perfect ending. There is a little letter from the Spider at the end that drives the point home without feeling heavy-handed or contrived.

This is a wonderful little book. Every house should have one.

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