Book review: Spidermania: Friends on the Web, by Alexandra Siy and Dennis Kunkel

Siy, Alexandra. Spidermania: Friends on the Web. Photomicrographs by Dennis Kunkel. Holiday House, 2015. $17.95. 48p. 978-0-8234-2871-7. Ages 7-10. P10Q8

Siy SpidermaniaThe collaborators of Bug Shots return to illustrate the world of the original web masters, replete with spider identification of ten unusual arachnids and close-up electron micrographs. The message of how spiders are friends is contradicted with dangers from black widows, brown recluses, and other spiders known for venomous bites as well as an illustration of a scorpion. The false colors to bring out characteristics is a bit disconcerting, but the explanation of behaviors and physical characteristics (for example, number and position of the eyes) will fascinate. P10Q8

October/November 2015 review by Nel Ward.


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