Friday, May 21, 2010

friday favorite: the spider and the fly

this week malcolm and i have spent a lot of time watching videos on youtube. it seems he has inherited my love of all things spooky. it's crazy, but ever since he was a teeny tiny little guy (well, he is still pretty little) he has loved anything halloween, or nightmare, or scary. alanna did too when she was a toddler. i guess that it is in their blood, you know, since i do have a tiny little obsession :)

we found lots of old disney halloween cartoons, and we watched the halloween screams fireworks show over and over (the same one we loooved this past october at disneyland), so all of this macabre has inspired my book pick of the week. today i chose the spider and the fly by tony diterlizzi -based on the cautionary tale by mary howitt. i found this book on a trip to barnes & noble with alanna when she was about six. as soon as i pulled it off the shelf, i was in love. i felt like it was made just for me. it is beautiful, and sweet, and dark, and creepy all at the same time. perfect! i know that malcolm doesn't understand the message in this story yet, but he really loves for me to read it to him. it is one of his favorites, go figure! haha. the description online is great, so i am just going to post it here:

Breathing new life into Mary Howitt's 175-year-old warning against those who use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions, DiTerlizzi draws inspiration from classic black-and-white Hollywood movies like "Frankenstein" and "The Mummy" and fills dazzling silver-tinted illustrations in this monstrously entertaining picture book with a dose of humor big enough to quell even the faintest of hearts.

" 'Will you walk into my parlor', said the Spider to the Fly..."

(please disregard the torn bedspread. thanks lucky dog.)

one of my absolute favorites!

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