Spyder

LONG LIST REVIEW: Spyder

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It is a special day at Number 7 Fleming Road: Little Tom Webster’s birthday! Spyder (codename 008) – the world’s smallest secret agent – loves birthdays. Just as she puts her feet up in her penthouse apartment in the loft above the Webster’s home, Spyder receives an urgent message. Bluebottle (a very naughty fellow) has just entered Spyder’s airspace and he has one destination in mind: The Cake! What a party pooper!

Spyder springs into action. She packs her trusty spy kit with all the essentials: binoculars, laser pen, disguise, camera, newspaper, flask of tea, banana… and sets off on her near-impossible mission. Being only as big as a pin badge means that the house below is fraught with dangers and obstacles are around every corner: huge strange hairy creatures with terrible breath, the sock of doom and bath tubs! But Spyder is quick thinking and brave. She thwarts all of the perils in her path and is hot on Bluebottle’s heels. With her trusty web, Spyder saves the day (and the cake) defeating Bluebottle and becoming the hero of the hour.

A fantastically fun read! Humour and wordplay are woven seamlessly, into the text with witty references to espionage and James Bond as well as plenty of arachnid puns. Vibrant and striking, the unique style of the illustrations and their simple colour palette means each page bursts with energy and has a distinctive comic book feel to it. The story is quick-paced, action-packed and brimming with energy –page after page of giggles and laughter. A winning combination and the ideal story to enjoy again and again.

Spyder     Matt Car

Scholastic    978-1407172934

You can read another review of Spyder here. You can read our reviews of 'Superbat' here and about a 'Superbat' event here.

Spyder

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Spyder (Codename 008) is a super special secret agent who lives in her penthouse apartment at Number 7, Fleming Road, the loft of the Webster's home. Determined to foil Bluebottle's plot to eat little Tom Webster's birthday cake, Spyder is called upon to save the day.

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Small she may be, but nothing gets in Spyder's way. Full of determination, courage and tea, she is ready for anything. The story would make a brilliant starting point for discussions about these qualities and how important they can be. I could also see children creating their own secret agents, using what they know about various creepy crawlies! 

The illustrations are fabulous. Bold blocks of colour keep backgrounds simple and uncluttered and layout is comic-like which allows the story to move quickly. There is so much humour on every page, which will appeal to any adult reading the story for the links to the James Bond films as well as to children. Matt Carr allows us to see things from Spyder's perspective- looking down on a room, looking up a the threat of a giant foot- which really makes you feel part of the story. 

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As well as being an entertaining story, 'Spyder' also contains information about spiders on the 'Spider Facts Website' at the end of the book. If any book can salvage the reputation of these amazing creatures, this must be it! 

Next week's Book Group session will be based around this lovely story and I hope there will be many more missions for this super special secret agent before too long. Brilliant stuff!

Spyder     Matt Carr

Scholastic      ISBN: 978-1407172934

You can read our review of Superbat which won the NSTBA 2017 Picture Book Category here.