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Charlotte's Web

Written by E. B. White

Illustrated by Garth Williams

Part of the Puffin Modern Classics Series

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LoveReading View on Charlotte's Web

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!

Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers.  To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.

"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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Charlotte's Web Synopsis

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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Charlotte's Web Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading4kids expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this as well as a number of other titles in the A PUFFIN BOOK series. You can view all the reviews of the A PUFFIN BOOK titles that our kids panel have read and reviewed by clicking here or scroll down to see the kids reviews for this title.

  • 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 >

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780141354828
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141354828
Publication date: 25/09/2003
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)

ISBN: 9780141354828
Publication date: 25/09/2003
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141354828
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: E. B. White
Illustrator: Garth Williams
Publisher: Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Animals
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Classics, Reviewed by Children

About E. B. White

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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