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The Very Busy Spider: A Lift-the-Flap Book (The World of Eric Carle) Paperback – October 5, 2006 by Eric Carle (Author)

the hardcover version, is small, very small. This is not very clear in the description, was expecting a regular size hardcover book. The book is 3" tall x 3 1/2" wide. A tiny book, very cute story. Nothing against the story. That I love. And I plan on buying this in a different format. Luckily rocks and a refund was given instantly without shipping this back (5 stars to Amazon). Recommend the board book or paperback And not the HARDCOVER the size of a spider version. 1 star to the hardcover tiny book, 5 starts to amazon and 5 stars to the story itself. Check it out!

Amazon.com Review Every young child should be introduced to this story, as great a classic as its predecessor, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This colorful picture book describes a spider’s day. Blown onto a farmyard fence, she starts to spin a web. The other animals ask if she wants to play, but in every case “the spider didn’t answer. She was very busy spinning her web.” The book is touchable: elements including the strands of web are embossed on the pages and you can follow them with your fingertips. But the best thing by far is Carle’s familiar, yet still breathtaking skill as an illustrator. Especially in this large 11.5-by-8.5-inch format, his cow, goat, and dog (just to mention three favorites) capture the essence of each animal in a way few artists can hope to approach. (Baby to preschool) –Richard Farr –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


The Very Busy Spider: A Lift-the-Flap Book (The World of Eric Carle) Paperback – October 5, 2006 by Eric Carle (Author) Review

Like a lot of people, I ordered this directly from Amazon, figuring it’d be a regular sized book, or at the very least, about the same size as the board book version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Usually Amazon will say in the item title what version the book is, like board book, hardcover, etc. Seeing as how The Very Busy Spider here was the same price as the board book of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I figured it’d be a board book too. Nope! Granted, the product details do tell you the measurements of the book, but shouldn’t they have the decency to say this is a miniature book in the title too? Heck, why order this when you can get the paperback version for the same price through Amazon’s Used & New?Either way, this is a fairly cute book, though I don’t think it’s anywhere near as memorable as Eric Carle’s other books like the Caterpillar, Cricket, Ladybug and Firefly books. It’s about a [very busy] spider who lands on the scene one day, and just starts to spin its web. Many other animals come over and invite the spider to come with them and have fun, but the spider doesn’t reply- it’s too busy spinning its web. Finally a rooster asks the spider if it wants to come and chase flies, and by this point, the web’s done. The spider doesn’t need to reply to the rooster, because after it asks, a fly lands in the web. Story over. There’s no real message or moral here that I can figure out, not that it’s necessary in order to enjoy the story or anything, but where The Grouchy Ladybug is about bullying and being put in your place, all The Very Busy Spider is is a spider ignoring offers by other animals because it wants to complete its web. Yeah, there could be the message of how important it is to stay focused and finish the job, but I’m sure there are a lot of parents out there who’d whine about the spider having bad manners or something. The art style is done in the standard Carle fashion, always a treat, and the spider’s web is done in a special way on the paper so that it’s risen from the page a bit and ‘bumpy’. I give the book on its own 3. 5 stars, but this dinky version: a tiny hardcover book with regular paper pages, not being billed as that in the title and throwing off many people, reduces the score a bit. Sure it could be a good choice to take on trips, but most kids will enjoy the illustrations better if the pages are bigger. Unless your child specifies that they want THIS version, go with the old paperback or hardcovers instead. -Read Reviews-

I am really disappointed in this book. I guess I didn’t read closely enough to see that there’s no texture to the spider’s web, which is half the joy of this wonderful book. As a child I loved running my fingers over the spider’s web as she slowly constructed it. With this book, my son can’t do that. Incredibly disappointed.

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