Aaaarrgghh, Spider! by Lydia Monks

Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

Written by Lydia Monks

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A very funny story that is almost guaranteed to make spiders less frightening both to toddlers and their parents as they read it together; well may be until the last page. Full of humour the story of an unloved, unwanted spider is brilliantly brought to life by one of the UK’s most talented young book illustrators. The book is also full of simple, short phrases for toddlers to widen their vocabulary – phrases such as ‘Look at me’ and ‘Out you go’. The wonderful textured pages including a terrific sparkly spread are a real treat to share.


Aaaarrgghh, Spider! by Lydia Monks

All Spider wants is to be a family pet. But the family whose house he lives in are terrified of him. Whenever he tries to show them what a great pet he would make, they simply cry, 'Aaaarrgghh, Spider!'.

Themes of tolerance and misunderstanding make key discussion points for children in this book.


Monk's cartoonish illustrations are lively and offer some genuinely funny moments.

About the Author

Lydia Monks

Lydia Monks lives with her husband and two daughters in Sheffield. Her favourite subjects at school were Art, English and R.E. She then went to Kingston University, where she studied for a degree in Illustration. A keen Irish dancer, she wins trophies at the weekend. She also enjoys going to aerobics, watching films and visiting friends. Lydia lists her favourite food as ice-cream, and her extravagance as buying a cornflake cake at the bakers when she only went in to buy a loaf of bread!

Things you didn't know about Lydia Monks:

1. She has ginger hair.
2. She goes to tango classes.
3. She has a sister called Julie who also illustrates children’s books.
4. She doesn’t have any pets but would like some.
5. She always talks to cats in the street.
6. She listens to the radio all day while she works.
7. She has won medals and trophies for Irish dancing.
8. She used to have an old, green car that was born in the 1970s, which people used to laugh at.
9. She uses teeny, weeny brushes to work with.
10. She has a husband who is also an illustrator.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author from top children's publisher Egmont.

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: From 2


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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books

Publication date

1st April 2004




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