Krumwiede, Lana Just Itzy Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli Candlewick Press, 2015. $15.99 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.
Itzy the spider is going off to school and wants to feel like a big boy. He wants people to stop calling him Itzy Bitzy and he wants to be able to catch his own flies for lunch (and not eat the pre-packed lunch from his mom). While at school he tries to catch a fly and stumbles across three different situations where his is the spider in the story: Miss Muffet eating her curds and whey, the old lady who swallowed a fly and of course Itzy Bitzy Spider. He eventually catches two flies and feels like a big kid.
The illustrations are cute and the cover attracted my kids’ attention, but the story is all over the place. The story is aimed towards a younger audience, but not many kids have a foundation of the stories that are cross referenced throughout this book making it feel like a big jumbled mess. All three of my kids (during two different readings) said at the end of the book—“that was stupid”-not eloquent, but it says it all.
EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.