Felix Takes the Stage

Kathryn Lasky, illus. by Stephen Gilpin, Scholastic Press, $15.99 (144p) ISBN 978-0-545-11681-7
Lasky (the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series) launches a new series, the Deadlies, centering on a family of toxic brown recluse spiders who feel misunderstood by humans. Felix, his worrywart mother, and two sisters flee their home in a Los Angeles philharmonic hall after the conductor spies (and wounds) Felix, and they know an exterminator will be summoned ("May Felix molt soon so his leg grows back!" prays Edith). Accompanied by a wise cat, the arachnids relocate to an antique shop, where they encounter spiders of various species and temperaments. Fear of an exterminator prompts another move, and they board a Boston-bound bus to live in a library. Lasky's prose strikes an excellent balance between naturalism and anthropomorphism (Gilpin's spirited cartoon illustrations tend toward the latter). Baseball cap–wearing Felix, an artist at heart, bristles at the necessarily reclusive nature of his species ("Should he be judged by the venom in his fangs?"). If the story meanders a bit as the spiders travel cross-country, readers will find plenty to enjoy in the frequently comic dialogue and well-integrated facts about spiders. Ages 7–9. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/10/2010
Release date: 05/01/2010
Show other formats
FORMATS
Prebound-Sewn - 142 pages - 978-0-606-23066-7
Paperback - 142 pages - 978-0-545-11730-2
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.