THE SPIDER WEB by Julie Brinckloe


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Though wordless pictures books are no doubt here to stay, we're not sure that this one can either support or stand without the ecological message that shapes it. In any case there are surely more telling images of man's disruptions of nature than the mowing down (in one double-page closeup of a wheel and blades) of the tall grass on which a spider has spent the previous eleven double pages constructing her web. That's all there is, and though Julie Brinckloe seems to have put as much art and effort into her fine line black and white drawings (which are effectively scaled to give ""readers"" a spider's eye view of the scene) as the spider has into the web, we view the undertaking as an exercise in futility for both.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1974
Publisher: Doubleday