Great review & endorsement from The Bugman of Mt Washington, in Los Angeles. A kindred supporter of bugs.
December 15, 2014
Book Review: A Huntsman Spider in My House by Michelle Ray and illustrated by Sylvie Ashford
We quickly jumped on the opportunity to review Michelle Ray’s new children’s book and we are pleased to endorse the message it conveys. The home does contain many unwelcome pests, but there are also many beneficial species that either accidentally or purposely find themselves inside. Huntsman Spiders are common in Australia, and they are generally considered benign creatures that do no harm to human inhabitants, yet they are frequently subject to unnecessary carnage because they are large and scary appearing to the uninformed public. The young, nameless female protagonist of Sylvie Ashford’s charming book speaks in rhyme as she explains the habits of Huntsman Spiders to children as well as to the adults that read the book aloud. Our personal favorite of all of Sylvie Ashford’s colorful illustrations is the one that accompanies the text “I could squash him with my shoe, but he’s not hurting me.” We thoroughly endorse educating young children to have more tolerance for the lower beasts in hope of reducing Unnecessary Carnage. This book is suitable for young children learning to read and it has particular relevance for Australian children. This book is a nice stocking stuffer.
‘What’s that Bug?’ does not endorse extermination.