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|Frank the seven-legged spider|
Author: Razi, Michaele
Frank loves making beautiful webs, scaring humans, running, and scurrying but after waking up one morning missing a leg, he wonders if he still is a spider.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 194526
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 72700
School Library Journal (00/08/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—Frank loves being a spider. He gets to make beautiful webs, and scare people, and he has eight wonderful legs to help him accomplish these things. Then one day he wakes up to find that one of his limbs is missing. He searches for it, despairing over the possible effects, before finally realizing that it does not change who he is. This is one of the few picture books available with a main character who has a physical disability. Through this determined protagonist, Razi speaks to kids about the topic with sensitivity, even when touching upon specifics such as discrimination, identity crisis, and rehabilitation. Her message is optimistic; this is made possible because of the uplifting tone created by the cute, circular characters and the humor. In general, the artist's considered use of color and space helps convey a variety of emotional notes in the digital art. VERDICT Razi's debut paints a hopeful picture about a protagonist with a physical disability while at the same time acknowledging some of the struggles he encounters. Great for one-on-one or small group sharing.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ont. - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.