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I'm Trying to Love Spiders

Bethany Barton Bethany Barton



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01 December 2015
Insects & spiders as pets; Children's & Educational; Picture books
The official spider test.

What do you do when you see one of these? a. Lay on a BIG spidey smoocheroo. b. Smile, but back away slowly. c. Grab the closest object and aim it at the spider. d. Run away screaming. If you chose b, c, or d, then this book is for you! (If you chose a, you might be crazy.) I'm Trying to Love Spiderswill help you see these amazing arachnids in a whole new light, from their awesomely excessive eight eyes to the seventy-five pounds of bugs a spider can eat in a single year! And you're sure to feel safer knowing you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being fatally bitten by a spider. Comforting, right?? No? Either way, there's heaps more information in here to help you forget your fears . . . or at least laugh a lot!
By:   Bethany Barton
Illustrated by:   Bethany Barton
Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 277mm,  Width: 242mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   428g
ISBN:   9780670016938
ISBN 10:   0670016934
Pages:   40
Publication Date:   01 December 2015
Recommended Age:   From 4 to 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bethany bARTon was drawing monsters for her other picture books (<i>This Monster Needs A Haircut</i>, <i>This Monster Cannot Wait</i>) when a spider crawled across the page and demanded her attention. Since she couldn t smash Mr. Spider into her artwork, she decided to try and love him. It wasn t easy (RIP Mr. Spider) but in the process, this book was born.When she isn t writing or illustrating books about awesome and icky things, Bethany spends her days decorating sets and painting miniatures for film/TV. Bethany lives in Los Angeles with her rad husband, their adorable son, and an outrageous number of garden spiders she won t let anybody smash. (Well... unless they re really big.)</p>

Reviews for I'm Trying to Love Spiders

<b><b>A 2016 CHILDREN'S CHOICE BOOK AWARD WINNER! PRAISE FOR <i>I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS</i> </b> * The skillful juggling of scientific fact and emotional truth make this a winner. <i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review * Barton's wacky ink and digital artwork is simultaneously cringe-worthy and cackle-inducing.... Both arachnophobes and arachnophiles will find useful debate fodder squashed within these pages. <i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, starred review The presentation is original and engaging, with a zippy text and hilarious visuals. The cartoon illustrations are appealingly childlike, with the font a hand-written scrawl, and the spiders depicted are downright cuddly. <i>School Library Journal Watercolor-like splotches form the background for the spiders, who actually look hapless and cute. Fact-filled and funny arachnology. <i>Booklist</i> <b>PRAISE FOR BETHANY BARTON: </b></b> Toothy and unkempt, with wild eyes and a temper tantrum of a roar 'I wanna go camping NOW!' Stewart fully embodies a preschooler who has not yet mastered the art of waiting. Barton s sprawling, hand-lettered text and its buoyant placement match the urgency of Stewart s desperation. <i>Kirkus</i> review of <i>This Monster Cannot Wait!</i> The sprawling text printed in capital letters emphasizes Stewart s impatience, and the quirky ink and Photoshop illustrations add many humorous moments to the story. <i>School Library Journal</i> review of <i>This Monster Cannot Wait!</i></p>

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