Stadelmann, Amy Marie The Not-so-Itty-Bitty Spiders (Olive & Beatrix Book #1) Scholastic, 2015. $4.99. Content: Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: G Violence: G CHAPTER BOOK
Olive and Beatrix are twin sisters, one is a normal girl and one is a witch. They like to play tricks on each other, but its harder for Olive because she can’t use magic. So Olive and her best friend play a trick with spiders and thanks to Beatrix’s magic, things go awry.
This is a very very simple chapter book. Its filled with images and easy to read for a new reader. I really love this book except for a couple of big things. The first is the spider trick, I honestly worry a child my think its an ok trick to dump a bunch of spiders on someone’s head. I know books are not reality but I don’t like to promote such abhorrent things to such young readers. Additionally the magical twin threatens revenge with magic, revenge is also not such a great concept for first graders either. So close yet so far.
EL(K-3) –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.