The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi

This isn’t strictly a Halloween book, but I love its slightly creepy feel — kinda like one of those old black-and-white horror movie reels.

Based on the brilliant cautionary poem by Mary Howitt from 1829, the stunning illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi really milk every sly spider line to deliciously slimy effect, while the gullible and vain fly serves as a great foil to the former’s wiles.

The cover and pages of this Caldecott Honor book also seem to have a beautiful silvery sheen to them. And as for the timeless lesson brought home by this classic poem — “Unto an evil counselor, close heart and ear and eye” — I personally think it’s one that’s never too early to take to heart.

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