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 Luigi, the spider who wanted to be a kitten
 Author: Knudsen, Michelle

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2024)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [37] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 527381 ISBN: 9781536219111
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Spiders -- Fiction
 Cats -- Fiction
 Impostors and imposture -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $23.28

On a street of old houses, a big hairy spider is searching for a home with dark corners to hide in. But when he wakes up, he finds a hand reaching for him and a lady proclaiming that she has always wanted a kitten--and will name him Luigi! But how long can he keep up his facade, and what might be at stake in pretending to be someone you're not?

 Illustrator: Hawkes, Kevin

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/24)
   School Library Journal (01/26/24)
   Booklist (02/15/24)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/26/2024 PreS-Gr 2—Knudsen and Hawkes, the team behind The Library Lion, team up for a sweet tale that approaches the trope about being yourself from a slightly different angle. A big, hairy spider (with large, friendly eyes) looks for a new home with dark corners to hide in and walks into a cozy pastel house with the perfect sofa under which to sleep. He is awakened the next morning by a kind-looking woman who declares, "I have always wanted a kitten," naming him "Luigi." The elderly white lady feeds him, plays with him, and curls up on the couch to watch a movie with him, and even tucks him into a box near her bed. Luigi enjoys this new life as a kitten because spiders live alone in dark corners. "But kittens… kittens got to have friends," It's not until the lady has friends over who call him a "spider" that Luigi realizes he has failed at making others believe he's a kitten. In the end, the lady tells Luigi she has always wanted a kitten, but she would still like him to stay. "Can you be yourself and still be my friend?" Although an odd tale, kids will relate to trying on another persona and appreciate reassurance that they don't need to change who they are to be loved. VERDICT This works well as a read-aloud as children will enjoy the spider pretending to be a kitten, the crisis in identity which the spider works through, and the subsequent happy ending. A welcome addition to picture book shelves.—Carrie Voliva - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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