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Spooky, October-Infused Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi

SpiderFlyAt first it was difficult to come up with good Halloween-appropriate picture books. And then someone reminded me of this book. That I didn’t think of it myself is just a crying shame. What a perfect book to do for October! It is now officially the oldest text we’ve done on the podcast, if not the oldest book. And best of all, this is Kate’s favorite book so far! Who knew? All it took was a little devouring of the protagonist. I guess I should have seen it coming.

Listen to the whole show here on Spotify or down load it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or your preferred method of podcast selection.

Show Notes:

  • No apologies. Frank Morgan was marvelous in The Good Fairy. Clearly a man that benefited from a good strong mustache.
  • Hunger Games fanart with cats. Toldja so.




  • And this is what it looks like when you take the cover off of 10th anniversary edition of The Spider and the Fly.


  • Here’s the link to Tony Diterlizzi’s website, where you can find all kinds of additional information. Scroll down and you’ll see a plethora of Spider and the Fly related links. I actually printed out the Christmas ornament art and then forgot to give it to Kate when we were recording. Arg!
  • The fly and her cinematic double Clara Bow:


  • Mounted insect heads. How could I have missed them before? Look behind the fly on the left and right. Also . . . is she tied up with an adorable little bow in front?


  • The legs of the spider, looking particularly Jack Skellington at that moment:


  • The spider doing his best to resemble Raul Julia. With fez:


  • The Spiderwick Chronicles. Remember these?


  • I’ve always thought she looked a bit like Shelley Duvall. Just me?


He’s siiiiiinging in the rain!


  • The sad fate of the little umbrella flower. Which, when you think of it, is a bit twisted. The only one who could have put it there was the spider himself. Did he bury her with a tombstone? Whatta fella.


  • I should note that even though I say kids don’t clamor for this book, my 3-year-old requested it just last night.
  • Wow! This Go Your Own YA podcast is great! They’re really just starting out but already they’ve covered Patricia McKissack and Lois Duncan. Check them out here.


  • Nothing At All by Wanda Gag


  • The Funny Thing by Wanda Gag. Oh sure. It looks cute.




About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Joey Goodall says

    My four-year-old loves this one. We read it each night we had it checked out for the three week period we had it before returning it to the library. Funny thing is, she is often really sensitive to scarier things, but couldn’t get enough of this book.

  2. Thanks from (the Evanston-based co-host of) Go Your Own YA for the shout-out! And on an episode about one of my favorite picture books, too!

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Wait, what, who, how? Evanston-based you say?

      You know what this means, don’t you?