SPIDER JANE ON THE MOVE by Jane Yolen

SPIDER JANE ON THE MOVE

KIRKUS REVIEW

Three ironic--i.e., not wryly humorous--episodes in the life of cranky Spider Jane and her ever-helpful, all-too-patient, friend Bluebottle Burt. In the first, she's morose about having to move--her web has been destroyed--so, after persuading her to clear away the old web, he leads her around with her eyes closed to the same spot. . . and she almost has to admit that it is. In the second, he persuades her to hold a "web warming"; counters her complaints/worries that no one will come; and, when everything does go well, has the satisfaction--which the reader shares--of hearing her defend the party to cranky Uncle Fred. The third finds Spider Jane put upon by rich old Uncle Ferd and putting him in his place; and the last has her taking Burt's advice that she take a vacation--and then, to save the money of hiring a web-sitter, taking it herself at home. It's all rather forced and harsh (to look at too)--no real harm in it, but not much good either.
Pub Date: April 1st, 1980
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1980




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