What’s it about?
It aims to teach children to beware of trusting people on the internet.
My Review of One Creepy Street: The Spider in the Web
I completely admire what this book is trying to do. As our children get on the internet at earlier ages all the time, we have to realize that we can’t always be looking over their shoulder. They need to have some basic grounding in ‘truths’ about the Internet, which, unfortunately, includes the fact that you shouldn’t trust people you meet on the Web. Books like this, which aim to put a concept very simply to young readers, are needed.
However, there were a couple things that were off-putting. First – and the only direct criticism of the content of the book- there was a line in the book that talks about how the mother and police officer only found out what was going on through emails the young girl had forgotten to delete. Why would she delete her emails? Doesn’t that infer that she knew what she was doing was wrong? Is that a thought we even want to put in young children’s head? “Its okay, we can just hide it so no one knows we were talking.” Now, if that was something that the Spider told Annica (which I could believe) that’s fine, but it needs to be made more clear.
Now, the illustrations were absolutely awesome. Brightly colored, they definitely capture and hold the attention. On the other hand, and here’s my second thing that I’d change about the book, the font isn’t a great choice. It doesn’t stand out well against the background color its printed on, and while it might ‘look nice’ to some people, it can be a bit hard to read. I initially pulled this up on my phone and could barely read it. It could serve to be a bit darker and easier to focus on.
Also, the rhymes were, at times, a bit of a stretch/ little awkward. It might seem like I’m nitpicking here, but truth is its easy to remember things that rhyme smoothly and simply. Trust me on this. My 6 year old can remember some ridiculous rhymes. If it flowed a bit smoother, it might be more of a ‘fun’ read altogether and encourage kids to come back and re-read it.
Overall, though, a great message and fun illustrations combine to make this a book that many parents should consider getting for their kids.
Title: One Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web | Series: One Creepy Street | Author: Lee Jordan | Publisher: Black Rose Writing (site) | Pub. Date: 2015-4-6 | Pages: 32 | ISBN13: 9781612965253 | Genre: Children’s Fiction (educational) | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-1-29 | Source: Received a copy free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.