by Bethany Barton
Viking Books (July 7, 2015)
Nonfiction picture book
I'm Trying to Love Spiders will 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 better knowing you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being fatally bit by a spider.
Why You'll Love It:
- This is humorous nonfiction at its best! An unseen arachnophobe relates a series of fascinating facts about spiders as she attempts to talk herself out of her fear after she encounters one.
- Solid material on spiders is cleverly woven into the narrative, and fun facts about different spider varieties are incorporated into the endpapers.
- Big, black brushstrokes give the illustrations and text the impact of still-wet pages, as if they'd just been completed.
Who Should Read It:
Great for K-2 as far as read alouds go, but I can see using this even in upper elementary as a mentor text for nonfiction writing.
What Else You Should Read:
- I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are by Bridget Heos
- Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle by Cheryl Bardoe
- Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks