The Spider- a review by Crystalee

By Elise Gravel
Published on February 10, 2015
Published by 
Random House of Canada
Source: Net Galley
Part of a series of hilarious nonfiction about disgusting creatures, this book looks at the spider. It covers such topics as the spider's habitats (pretty much everywhere but outer space), the silk it spins (it can trap prey and makes a nifty bowtie), and its parenting practice (female spiders carry around their eggs in a silk purse). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Spider contains real information that will both amuse and teach.

A few months ago, I reviewed the book The Slug, just to tease a very special someone who hates slugs! This book is from the same series from Elise Gravel, which makes learning about disgusting insects humorous and fun!

Things I learned about spiders from this book:

  • female spiders sometimes eat their husbands 
  • female spiders carry their eggs in silk sacks also suitable for tiny spider-sized lipsticks (!)
  • mother spiders carry their babies on their backs
If the mating habits of spiders don't excite you, there's also stuff about how they catch their prey and spin their silk. I encourage you to check out all of the books in this gross and funny series.



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