Frank the Seven-Legged Spider, written and illustrated by Michaele Razi.
Perhaps it’s the interminable winter? The staggering cold? Remaining housebound for fear of slipping on the ice?
I have been quite cranky lately. But finding this little gem absolutely made me smile and, quite FRANK-ly, I needed that.
The first line of the book,
“Frank likes being a spider. He likes making beautiful webs.”
So, reading that and seeing a rather detailed web interpretation of the Mona Lisa next to it really did make me chuckle.
We are treated to some funny pages about how much he likes being a spider, scaring humans, and having 8 legs.
We then have this amazing page turn,
“Everything was going great until…” (page turn)
“he woke up missing a leg.”
Only having seven legs causes Frank much dismay. Is he still a spider?
Frank regains his balance and goes on a funny seek and find where Frank looks for his leg, the most hilarious of which is in the nose hair of a hipster.
Frank doesn’t find his leg, but he is reminded by a group of ants that he is still a spider. The dialogue in voice bubbles is clever and funny.
When Frank says,
“I’m a spider, I’m supposed to have eight legs.”
The ants reply,
“So? Our friend Nancy lost an antenna. And she became our Queen!”
There’s a quirky ending that you will have to read/see for yourself.
The fact that this book deals with disability in a way that feels relatable to a child is something that I found endearing. ‘Not having a leg’ doesn’t define who or what you are is a big message delivered with humor and wit. Things happen to us that we are unable to control. It’s how we respond to those challenges that makes us who we are.
Thank you, Frank the Seven-Legged Spider and Michaele Razi for cheering me during this terrible weather and reminding me that,
we are all okay.