This book about spiders would be best suited for middle school children because there is a lot of text involved. Though the language used is easy to understand, each page has lots of words on it and it can get a bit lengthy to read. However, the information is all accurate and there are a lot of interesting facts to learn from the book. There are amazing, large, close-up photos of spiders that help children to learn about insects as well as appreciate them. The blurb in the back of the book about the research the author put into this book is very impressive. The index and glossary were also beneficial. After reading this book, children will feel informed and awed – especially by the pictures. Smaller children would enjoy that aspect as well as the colorful entertaining layout of the book but they will most likely find it too long to sit through.
Author: Nic Bishop
Publisher: New York: Scholastic Inc., 2007
Reviewed by: Heather Egerer, Racine Zoological Society