I’m Trying to Love Spiders” written and illustrated by Bethany Barton

Review by Yvonne Selander, lover of all critters creepy, especially eight-legged beasties

I don’t understand how people are frightened, scared or disgusted by spiders. I could watch one spin a web, gracefully scale the side of a house or, in the case of those tiny amazingly cute jumping spiders, hop all around and dance, for hours. Sadly, when I try to share my joy EWWWW! is typically the response. If that is you then this is a book you should read.

The narrator wants to love spiders but is having a hard time. A VERY hard time. Some spiders were harmed on the way to getting to a place of admiration but through observation, some fun facts and interesting tidbits, a love of spiders blooms. The illustrations are cartoony and fun. You’ll giggle while you learn, and the interactive parts will keep young children interested and entertained. Did you know that a single spider can eat over 75 pounds of bugs in a year? Without spiders can you imagine how many mosquitoes, flies and other annoying insects there would be? 

If your brain knows it should like spiders but your heart isn’t quite there yet, this book may help. If you want to know lots and lots of facts and learn about many different types of spiders try “Spiders! Strange and Wonderful” written by Laurence Pringle and illustrated by Meryl Henderson.