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The Spider and the Fly

Written by Mary Howitt & illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
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“‘Will you walk into my parlor,’ said the Spider to the Fly…” is easily one of the most recognized and quoted first lines in all of English verse. But do you have any idea how the age-old tale of the Spider and the Fly ends? Join celebrated artist Tony DiTerlizzi as he — drawing inspiration from one of his loves, the classic Hollywood horror movies of the 1920s and 1930s — shines a cinematic spotlight on Mary Howitt’s warning, written to her own children about those who use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions.

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Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
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Who Wrote The Spider and the Fly

Mary Howitt

Mary Howitt was born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1799. With her husband, William Howitt, she wrote more than 180 books, including the poem The Spider and the Fly: An Apologue: A New Version of an Old Story, which first appeared in The New Year’s Gift.

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Who Illustrated The Spider and the Fly

Tony DiTerlizzi

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for fifteen years. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at

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Tony DiTerlizzi's Book Dedication

For Holly and Theodor Black, the quintessential gothic couple.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
August 21, 2012
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The text for this book is set in Caslon Antique
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The illustrations that appear in this book were rendered using Lamp Black and Titanium White Holbein Acryla Gouache and Berol Prismacolor Pencil on Strathmore 5-Ply, Plate Bristol board and reproduced in silver and black duotone. The "ghosts" were created in graphite and then added as a transparent layer using Adobe Photoshop. Much thanks to designer Greg Stadnyk for putting it all together.
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