The Spider and the Fly

10th Anniversary Edition

Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
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About The Book

A special 10th Anniversary Edition of an illustrated classic that won the Caldecott Honor. Includes a collectible poster showcasing original art.

“Will you walk into my parlor,” said the Spider to the Fly....
This enduring verse from Mary Howitt dates back to the nineteenth century, but its warning—to beware the wiles of flattery—remains as relevant as ever. Celebrated artist Tony DiTerlizzi, drawing inspiration from his love of classic Hollywood horror movies of the 1920s and 1930s, shines a cinematic spotlight on a quintessential cautionary tale.
In commemoration of its tenth year, this revitalized edition showcases both the Caldecott sticker and a custom anniversary sticker as well as a brand-new jacket, features an author’s note and new art, and includes a four-color poster.

About The Author

Mary Howitt was born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1799. With her husband, William Howitt, she wrote more than 180 books, including the poem The Spider and the Fly: An Apologue: A New Version of an Old Story, which first appeared in The New Year’s Gift.

About The Illustrator

Photo credit: Kim Pilla

Tony DiTerlizzi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for twenty years. From fanciful picture books, such as Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-This-World Moon-Pie Adventure and The Spider and the Fly (a Caldecott Honor Book), to fantastic middle grade novels like Kenny & the Dragon and the WondLa trilogy, Tony imbues each story with his rich imagination. He created The Spiderwick Chronicles with Holly Black, which has sold millions of copies around the world. You can learn more about Tony at DiTerlizzi.com.

Awards and Honors

  • Caldecott Honor Book
  • ILA/CBC Children's Choices
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Master List
  • Utah Beehive Award Master List
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • Charlotte Award Ballot (NY)
  • Zena Sutherland Award (University of Chicago Laboratory Schools)
  • ALA Caldecott Honor

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