The Spider and the Fly

October 11, 2012

_DSC0256Welcome to creepy town, my spookies!  I found ‘The Spider and the Fly’ last year, in my favorite used bookstore. Based on the story by Mary Howitt, this rendition is most marvelously and monstrously updated and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi (of 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' fame). I wasn’t sure if Julia would like it. But she’s got enough of her mama and daddy’s dark humor in her it seems, because she has greatly enjoyed this book all year long, not just at Halloween time.

I will tell you straight up that things DON’T END WELL FOR THE FLY.

_DSC0273She ends up like these fine buggy folks:

_DSC0263Ghost buggies! Don’t you love it? Maybe you might not love it, but we do because we’re silly-boos.

But let’s backtrack for a wee moment. Before she ends up as a fly ghosty, Miss Fly is wooed and pursued by the debonair Mr. Spider. My spookies, he’s bit intense looking, so keep keep your kiddo’s temperament in mind.

_DSC0259_DSC0267_DSC0258_DSC0276_DSC0268I looove the whole 1920’s spin on the art! Miss Fly’s cloche hat and flapper dress coupled with Spider in his gentleman’s swing coat and cravat ~ pure fabulousity. DiTerlizzi drew his artistic inspiration from old school, classic horror films of the '20's and '30's era.

At this point in my book collecting life, I'm looking for books like this that deliver incredible art that is unique and unlike anything else one might normally come across...

_DSC0264DON’T LISTEN TO HIM FLY!!! Oh pickle, she finally falls for his sweet talk.

_DSC0269I especially appreciate the epilogue “letter” Spider writes to us at the end, wherein he warns of the dangers of tricky people and flatterers, who might beguile one to enter and become ensnared in foolish and dangerous schemes. A WISE LESSON, that.

P.S. I would like to thank my friend’s son for leaving his awesome spider web jacket at our house. It made the perfect backdrop for this book! I wonder if he wants his jacket back?

P.P.S. If you want the book and don't feel like searching around for it, this one I thought highly enough of to place it in my Amazon affiliate bookshop! It's in the seasonal section.




21 comments:

  1. I know I've seen this book around (bookstore? library?) but I've never read it! Oh it looks wonderful! I know my kids will dig it... and me big time! okay, getting this one right away.

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    1. It's really fantastic Robyn, YOU will LOOOOVE :)

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  2. This looks so cool! Now I must find a copy for myself!! :)

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    1. Look in the shop dearest! Or check your local library (my PSA announcement of the day :)

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  3. We LOVE this book! My youngest's birthday is the day after Halloween, and since she loves spooky stuff, my sister grabbed this one for a birthday gift a couple years ago. The old movie lover in me loves how the illustrations resemble an old '30s horror film.

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    1. Why am I not surprised you already have this one?? Do you have a favorite old fashioned horror film that you love, by the way?

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    2. Well, my favorite is the decidedly un-PC Freaks, directed by Tod Browning, followed by James Whales's awesome camp classic The Old Dark House. That one starred Boris Karloff, Gloria Stuart (Titanic), Charles Laughton, and an old woman playing an old man. (Really.) I also love Bride of Frankenstein (Whale again - it's even better than the original), and the Val Lewton-produced low-budget horror movies from the '40s, such as I Walked With a Zombie, Cat People, and my personal favorite, Bedlam.

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    3. I'm too afraid to watch 'Freaks'!! :) I love Val Lewton's stuff. Haven't seen 'Old Dark House', that sounds very fun!!

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  4. Oh I LOVE this one! I was fortunate enough to meet Tony DiTerlizzi a few years ago so now our copy is all signed and personalized, complete with a little spider. I love it when they draw pictures for you! Best book signing I ever attended (aside from Donny Osmond, but that one was a little less about the book for me!)

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    1. How FUN Paula!!!! I've never been to a book signing -- I really wanted to go to the Erin Morgenstern 'Night Circus' signing that happened last year but I wasn't able to go :(

      (you met Donny Osmond? COOL!!)

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    2. Bummer! Still haven't read that. I know, I know, I'm so ashamed.

      Donny...yes, quite a moment. I think I managed to squeak out a "hi" before nearly collapsing from excitement. I am significantly more poised around children's book authors.

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  5. The art is to die for! But what a creepy story LOL!!!

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    1. I had never read it before I got this edition -- I was surprised that the fly does indeed, ahem, NOT make it out of the spider's lair successfully!

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  6. This looks amazing and I love the wise lesson at the end. Must find it.

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    1. V -- now I really want to go read 'The Spiderwick Chonicles'!!

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  7. This book looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing it. I've put it on my wish list :)

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    1. I have so many books on my wish list, my wish lists have wish lists...did that make ANY sense?? ;)

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  8. Well it looks so beautiful! And the rhyming, that makes i seem so un-creepy...but clearly it's creepy, yes? But it looks so so lovely!! Perhaps the illustrations are the spider sucking you in to the creepiness...Well, that being said, I'm going to have to find it!!!!
    And look at this, comments 2 days in a row! Wahoo, maybe I am getting organized...lets not hold our breath. Oh! This book looks so great!

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    1. It's creepy and beautiful!! And I adore hearing from you Miss Whitney!!

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  9. I work in a elementary school library & just today read that book to the kids!! They loved it, as did I!!

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    1. Yay! So glad you all enjoyed it! I so appreciate you letting me know...:)

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