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My grandson seems to be obsessed by spiders and for some reason we seem to have an abundance of the little creatures at the moment. My daughter was telling me that they had an enormous spider in the bath and when I saw this book in the library I just has to get it out for the grandchildren to read.
The front cover features two children's eyes peering over the edge of a bath.
Publisher -Red Robin Books
ISBN - 978-1-905434-15-2
Author - Neil Griffiths
Illustrator - Peggy Collins
First published - 2008
Pages - 24
The story is about a young boy called Stanley who tries to find every excuse going to avoid having a bath. He hates having a bath more than anything else so he tries all the tricks possible to put bath time off, he dawdles up the stairs, takes ages to undress etc; However on this particular day he is only in the bathroom for one second before he screams and runs down the stairs. He tells his parents that there is a spider in the bath and as parents do they respond by "Don't be silly, spiders can't hurt you".
At first his sister says that she will remove it but she too screams and says that the spider is huge. Mum of course thinks they are both being silly and offers to remove it herself. She too beats a hasty retreat and says that it is enormous. Its now left to dad to face the spider. Dad enters the bathroom and the rest of the family hear him too scream but he doesn't appear. On peering round the door the family see that the spider has grabbed dad and this is shown as a surprising pop out page that takes the reader by surprise. Dad finally escapes and says the spider is ginormous. Stanley finally concludes that bath time is cancelled for that night.
This is a humorous story that I can certainly relate to. Spiders always seem to find their way into baths. Fortunately my grandchildren enjoy bath time so don't behave like Stanley but they don't like spiders. I think they get this from my daughter as she is terrified of them. Some of the phrases in the book I have heard myself saying which also made the book appealing to read. The text is fairly simple and is no more than 5 lines long on any page which means the illustrations are very prominent in their bright bold colours. The use of different sized fonts also makes the story very readableThe pictures themselves tell the story without the text which is ideal for toddlers to look at and follow. The surprise is the unexpected pop up of dad being held by the spider as this is not at the centre of the book but towards the end. My grandson loves this section and turns immediately to this page whenever he gets hold of the book screaming "spider, spider" before running into the bathroom to see if there is a spider in the bath. The picture of the spider in the book is of course grossly out of proportion but is amusing sitting in the bath with a pink bath cap perched on his head and a loofa in his claw.
A very enjoyable read.
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