Reader Reviewed Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Charlotte's Web

Written by E. B. White
Illustrated by Garth Williams
Part of the Puffin Modern Classics Series

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How a wise spider saves a young pig from slaughter is the most touching of animal stories. Fern saves Wilbur, the runty little piglet of the litter from her father’s axe and promises to look after him. Fern finds Wilbur a safe home in her uncle’s barn where he meets Charlotte, the remarkably wise spider, who, with the help of some sheep, a goose and goslings and Templeton the rat set about saving the young pig from being fattened for slaughter. And they do!

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"It’s beautiful, tough, deeply moving and it’ll be read for ever." David Almond


Puffin Fact! In 2010, forty-two of the original Garth Williams illustrations for Charlotte’s Web were put up for sale at a New York auction, and fetched a combined total of £487,927. Download more Puffin Facts here!


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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Fern, the farmer's daughter, and all the animals and insects of goodwill on the farm, unite to save Wilbur the pig from slaughter. Charlotte the spider's plan is the most ingenious, and through it Wilbur is saved.

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  • Lola Frary, age 10 - 'This is an excellent classic which will be remembered forever and a definite must read.' Read full review >
  • Milind Kowsik, age 7 - 'Charlotte's Web is a really great classic because it used to be my mum's favourite when she was little and now it is also one of my favourite books.' Read full review >
  • Matilda Greenacre, age 8 - 'This is a fascinating story about a spider, pig and little girl...It's happy, it's sad, it's exciting, it's BRILLIANT!' Read full review >
  • Jessica Cobbin, age 7 - 'I have never read a story like this before, and I think I will remember it for a long time.  I also want to see the film now I have read the book, but I bet the book will be better.' Read full review >
  • Val Cobbin, Jessica’s mum - 'Wow!  Just, wow!  What a lovely, life-affirming, incredible book.  I read this along with my daughter and cannot believe I have left it to the age of 40 discover this gem.  A beautiful story.' Read full review >
  • Isla Bauer, age 8 - 'All adventures with the amazing Wilbur the Pig.' Read full review >


Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur and of Wilbur's dear friend, Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider. With the unlikely help of Templeton the rat, and a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saves the life of Wilbur, who by this time has grown up to be quite a pig. It is a time-honoured classic favourite.

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About the Author

E. B. White was born in New York in 1899 and died in 1985. He kept animals on his farm in Maine and some of these creatures crept into his books, such as STUART LITTLE which was made into a blockbusting film in 2000. He received many awards including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1970, an award given every five years to authors who have 'made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children'.

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272 pages


E. B. White
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Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd July 2014




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