Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.
Frank the Seven-Legged Spider tells the story of Frank, a spider who is happily doing whatever Spider’s do. But one day, he woke up missing one of his legs. Spiders are supposed to have 8 legs. Now that he only has 7, what is he? Is he still a spider? His friends weren’t even sure.
So Frank sets out to look for his missing leg. He searched far and wide and practiced moving around with only 7 legs. Then he found a group of ants who tells her about one of them who lost her antenna. But she eventually became their queen.
He then rediscovers other things and activities that any spider could do like make webs and move around. Knowing that he is still a spider, he goes back to his spider friends and resumes his jolly, happy spider self.
Title: Frank the Seven-Legged Spider
Author: Michaele Razi
Published by Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books
Text Copyright 2017 by Michaele Razi
No. of pages: 30
About the Author & Illustrator
Michaele Razi is a children’s book illustrator and a mother to two children. She says in her website:
Recently, my mother unearthed a box of my old children’s books and I squealed in happiness. Cracking those books open and reading them again took me back to my childhood mindset. Those books filled me with wonder and possibility. They kept me company when I was lonely or sad and fired up my imagination with their words and “pretty pictures.” I felt like I was finally reunited with my old friends! What a gift books are to children and what an honor it is to make them.
Visit http://www.raziink.com/ to know more about her.
Values or Lessons
This is a fun book about having a disability (missing a leg) and still being respected for one’s identity. It also helps kids understand that other kids or people may have disabilities and they are still capable of being themselves and doing things their own way.
If you have fear of spiders, you may find one particular scene icky. Frank, the 7-legged spider looks for his leg in a dark cave, which turns out to be a man’s nose.
The artwork is minimalist with muted colors. The background is also sparse. But the illustrations are fun and Frank’s expressions can be seen through his eyes and the text on the page. The color scheme was easy on the eyes and the drawings were fun to look at.