The Artsy-Fartsy Spider
Spencer is an artsy-fartsy spider who spins...a potter's wheel. But because he is teased by the other spiders, Spencer is determined to prove that he can be a creepy crawling, web-spinning, fly-catching spider like everyone else. He follows a How-To book on spinning webs. But after failing to spin a spider-worthy web, Spencer decides to release his frustration as his artsy-fartsy self. As a result, he spins the most intricate web designs anyone has ever seen and ends up attracting more than just the approval of his peers. The Itsy-Bitsy Spider meets Michelangelo in THEARTSY-FARTSY SPIDER.
First 150 Words (not including illo notes):
Spencer was not your typical spider.
Spiders crawl. Spencer cartwheeled.
Spiders are creepy. Spencer was cuddly.
Spiders spin webs. Spencer spun...
...a potter's wheel.
"He’s an artsy-fartsy spider!” teased the other spiders. “How are you supposed to catch a fly with that?"
Spencer stared hopelessly at his art pieces.
“Bet you can’t even spin a web.”
“Can too!” said Spencer. He wanted to prove that he could be a normal web-spinning, creepy crawling, fly-catching spider, like everyone else.
Spencer dusted off his textbook, SPIDER SENSE, and turned to Chapter One. [Illo: Page reads: Chapter 1―Silk Spinning Skills. Eight steps to spinning a web.]
“This makes sense, ” said Spencer.
He spun, spiraled, and wove.
“Tada! ” said Spencer. [Illo: An unusual web with large circles built into the pattern.]
“What's that? ” The other spiders snickered.
“A web, of course.” Spencer admired his creation.
“Does it work? ”
Spencer hung around and waited. A juicy mosquito danced around.
It whizzed right through Spencer's web.
“Spencer can’t catch a single fly!” The spiders laughed.