This is such a cute book, but I'm not sure how to describe it. I've saved and posted a fairly large cover image so you can get a good look at the gorgeous art and here's an excerpt to give you an idea of the text:
He's Daddy Longlegs, always on the move.
The reader follows Daddy Longlegs as he grooves around town. The artwork is simply stunning and the text is rhythmic and fun. However . . . I can't just read it. I have to sing the book. You can imagine how that thrills my cat -- the victim of my childrens-book-reading test runs. She's really more of a pop lover, although Sarah McLachlan's Christmas album is her personal favorite (I am so not kidding -- if I put in that CD on the way to the vet, she just curls up her paws and grins at me). Sarah's a little groovy, so the cat didn't run away. She just looked a little wide-eyed when I sang the book.
There is no musical score, but the blues are easy to make up as you go. I highly recommend listening to a little blues and singing this book to your kid if you can carry a tune. It's a winner.
5/5- Fun, rhythmic text that's enjoyable to read aloud or sing aloud; beautiful artwork and the spider doesn't look frighteningly spidery. He looks almost human.
This is part one of Children's Book Day, since I have three children's books to review. I planned to spread them out over the weekend, but that didn't work out. I had to go buy my husband an anniversary gift (he remembered our anniversary; I forgot) and then we had to go back to the Big City a second time to get an overcharge fixed and buy a new set of tires for the Toyota. So, we were hardly home at all, this weekend. I bought books. More on that, later.
Thanks to Sterling Books for the review copy.