Welcome 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.
She ends up like these fine buggy folks:
Ghost 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.
I 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...
DON’T LISTEN TO HIM FLY!!! Oh pickle, she finally falls for his sweet talk.
I 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.