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4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  495 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
For the first to third grade set, spiders are fascinating and suitably gruesome, especially when looked at in EXTREME close-up. Amazing images show the beauty and otherworldliness of spiders. Simple, engaging text conveys basic information about spiders as well as cool and quirky facts. One stop-action montage shows a spider leaping twenty times its body length!
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Scholastic Nonfiction (first published 2007)
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Aug 13, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
If, like me, you are not fond of spiders, then this book is going to make your skin crawl. But you should still read it. The information in this book is interesting and it's presented in a way that really turns "eew, spiders," into "cool, spiders!" My nephew is also not a huge spider fan, and when we started reading this book he was covering his eyes. By the time we were several pages in, however, he was remarking upon how neat some of the spiders looked, was naming the green ones as his favorit ...more
Apr 30, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Spiders are creepy, crawly and scary, but Nic Bishop’s book, Spiders, still makes you want to know more. The amazing pictures grab your attention and keep you turning the page even if it turns your stomach. He manages to find many unusual subjects and photograph them up close so you can see the smallest details like the spines on the legs of the green lynx spider. He also includes pictures of a tarantula eating and a wolf spider carrying her babies on her back.

The text includes so many facts tol
Nov 02, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it
Non-fiction - single topic
Sibert Honor Book
For grades 2-8

Stunning photographs accompany the text describing the life-cycle, habits and characteristics of a variety of spiders.

The high quality, close-up, full page photographs alone make this book a must-read for fans of spiders. In addition, the narrative text is fact-filled but entertaining, occasionally using a larger font for emphasis. The basics of spider life are woven into fun facts about many types of spiders, using humor and shock value
Jun 18, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ls560
Spiders by Nic Bishop is a great learning tool for almost any age. It contains an index to find specific spiders and a glossary to explain the "spidery" terms. This book contains closeup, clear, photographs. Some of these photographs were taken in the wild while others were taken in artificial settings that met the natural environment of the spider. The reader finds this out in the author's note at the end of the book.

The book was riveting and very real. I had to appreciate these details even th
NS- Sarah
Nov 12, 2009 NS- Sarah rated it liked it
This book is simply amazing! Nic Bishop's photography is stunning and impressive. The fact that his work is being shared with kids is very exciting because his pictures are good enough to appear in magazines, textbooks or online. I just completed a science unit on spiders with my first graders and they were mesmerized by this book. As a teacher, I couldn't have found a better book to spark my students' interest. The text is also very appropriate for elementary school students. The reading level ...more
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
Dec 12, 2014 Kaitlyn Steckbeck rated it it was amazing
"Spiders" is an informational book shows the different types of spiders and a close look into what a spider does. I really like that this book describes the long existence of spiders, which many times we do not think of. It says that "they were on of the first predators to walk on land, starting more than 320 million years ago". This book includes real life up close pictures of spiders, and describes the parts of the spider and what they do. It is a very interesting book and the pictures are ver ...more
Melba Deoleo
Apr 07, 2014 Melba Deoleo rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Spiders is a book filled with great pictures of different spiders, giving us plenty of close up views of this hairy, leggy creatures. Just by looking at the cover it gives you a clue of all the detailed images you are going to see. The pictures give us such a close up that you can clearly see all of their eyes and the hairs all over their legs. The books talks about different spiders and all their different characteristics. The book not only has simple close up pictures of spiders laying still, ...more
Fatma Mahmoud
Jan 18, 2014 Fatma Mahmoud rated it it was ok
سخيييييفة ..كنتت بكرها وبذاكرها غصب عني
وكنت بتلخبط ف اشخاصها ..
لن أنسي إن الدرجة الوحيدة اللي نقصتها ف الانجليزى كانت ف تانية بسبب سؤال نسيته فيها اووف وجبت 49 ف السنتين :( :(
Rebecca Wilson
Apr 19, 2014 Rebecca Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Twin Text: Spider-Man's New Suit adapted by N.T. Raymond

Spiderman is a well loved character and it is important to provide books that will engage all students, including young boys. Although Spiderman is a fictional story, he contains characteristics of a spider that can be tied to non-fiction texts about spiders. The non-fiction text, Spiders, provides students with an up-close look at the characteristics of spiders. The students will be able to make some connections with sp
Kathryn Eder
Dec 04, 2012 Kathryn Eder rated it really liked it
This is a great book that is full of amazing facts for students to learn about. The photos that they chose to use in this book go so well with the information in the book. It is a great combination to have fact and to have beautiful and realistic photos of spiders.
Dec 06, 2014 Jrowe rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Bishop, N. Spiders. (2007) New York: Scholastic, Inc.

Informational Book
2008 Sibert Honor; 2008 Orbis Pictus Honor

by using large zoomed in, crisp images of each species of spider and by using fonts of varying sizes and colors, the author holds the interest of the reader, explains pictures and the intricacies of each spider's biological structure, behavioral characteristics and excentricities. Fold out pages that show progressive movements of spiders with advanced motor capabilities off
Yusra Faridi
Apr 08, 2014 Yusra Faridi rated it liked it
This book is an introduction to spiders! It discusses the many different types of spiders, where and how they live, and some of their distinguishing characteristics. This book is fun to read because the format is very suitable for children; all though it provides a lot of information it does so in a kid friendly format and manner. One of the things that kept me hooked in this book were the pictures, which were extremely close up and allowed me to see minor details that I would not notice otherwi ...more
Rachel Jolley
Feb 08, 2015 Rachel Jolley rated it really liked it
Shelves: lssl-3361
"Spiders" does a great job of giving facts about the life of a spider and unknown information. It has a great variety of images to express the different beauties in spiders.

I really enjoyed this book because the pictures were great. I think students would enjoy seeing the pictures, but also learning facts that comes along with it.

An activity would have allow student's to color a spider cut-out and glue it to a popsicle stick. Every time the teacher says the word "spider" have the students hold u
Corey Lynch
This book was very interesting to read. The awe-inspiring pictures and detailed information about different spiders made this a very informational book. In a classroom this book would be ideal for a teacher to use to educate students about spiders. From the body parts to the survival instinct and eating habits this book covers a wide variety of useful information. This book would also provide teachers with a good source of vocabulary for a biology unit with many terms that would allow students t ...more
John Sperry
Jul 31, 2014 John Sperry rated it it was amazing
This book details the history, anatomy, and type of spiders that exist in the world today. The incredible close up and detailed photos in the book help to separate it from its peers. This book can be used as a resource in a science classroom for elementary or potentially even middle school age students to teach general facts or even specific facts such as the fact that spiders use the hairs on their legs to detect insects. I personally learned a lot about spiders and probably more than I wanted ...more
Kristie Y
Apr 10, 2016 Kristie Y rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Spiders is comprised of ultra close up photography and interesting facts that take your casual everyday arachnid experience to a whole new level. Nic Bishop has searched and raised spiders to capture the world of spiders including the molting of a blue tarantula, a 4 page spread showing the distance a jumping spider can cover. Even your kids who might be squimish about this topic will become engrossed in the larger than life details. In my classroom I would use this in October as a nonfiction co ...more
Dec 16, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing

Recommended for grades 2nd-5th
This picture book is packed with amazing facts about these highly successful predators. The text explains that spiders were around more than 350 million years ago, long before lions and tigers; and that today more than 38,000 types still exist and are doing just fine. Bishop, a biologist and an expert photographer, uses beautiful full-color photos to bring exciting science to children. General facts about spiders are here: the difference between spiders and insects,
Nov 30, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars

The pictures in Bishop’s book add a tremendous amount of depth to the book. The pictures are vivid, up close, and very life-like. I turned the page once and was startled, because the images seemed to jump out into my lap. The pictures are full page, and sometimes they take up more than an entire page. One page in the middle of the book folds out into a series of four pages, brilliantly illustrating the movement of a jumping spider. The text is well-written and concise,
May 05, 2010 Annette rated it it was amazing
Whether Nic Bishop's "Spiders" will ease or intensify the fears of arachnophobics is uncertain; what is certain is that they will learn fascinating facts and view stunning photographs of one of the world's oldest predators. I learned that in addition to their eight legs (and usually eight eyes), spiders have two small arms called pedipalps (they look kind of like the Tyrannosaurus Rex arms in relation to its body). Their eyes do not see that well, but they rely on other senses on their bodies su ...more
Beverly Kennett
Mar 05, 2011 Beverly Kennett rated it really liked it
This picture book shares a large colorful photograph beside a one page/one-two paragraph of text describing that particular spider. It icludes cptions with additional information, a short glossary, a centerfold photograph of a junping spider and a section about the autor/photographer.

I enjoyed the colorful close-ups photographs of the spiders. When I taught First Grade we taught a unit about spiders focusing on non-fiction information. The culminating activity was to cut spider bodies out of con
Mary Beth
Jun 15, 2010 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing
I gave this book five stars. How can anyone not want to investigate Spiders by Nic Bishop after seeing the large, detailed, colorful and mesmorizing photo of the spider on the book's cover? The oversized photos throughout the book illustrate how a variety of spiders hunt their prey, spin their web, as well as describe their anatomy. Along with captivating photos, variation in the size and color of the font enhances the information in this descriptive non-fiction. Young readers interested in find ...more
Jill Wolosonovich
Jun 19, 2010 Jill Wolosonovich rated it it was amazing
The photographs in this book are incredible! I have learned so much about spiders. I never knew the number of legs is the difference between a spider and an insect. I also didn't know that spiders sucked their prey from the inside out leaving only a crusty skelton. I believe childen would be fascinated by this book. The pictures are so vibrant and full of bold colors. The close up photographs make each spider come alive sometimes too alive for my taste. The photographs are so graphic that I won' ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Toby rated it really liked it
2010 Monarch Award master list
Well, for those of you who thought Nic Bishop's Frogs was gross, welcome to Nic Bishop's Spiders. Like Frogs, Spiders has 'fun' facts like they have blue blood (who knew they had blood at all?) and they liquify their prey with poison so they can drink their food. Spiders all have eight eyes, but it's clear from these photographs that they're not always arranged the same: some have 2 rows of 4, some have all 8 in a circle on top of their head, or rather, cephalotho
Carly Allen
Nov 25, 2012 Carly Allen rated it it was amazing
Creepy & captivating all at the same time!: A Sibert Honor Book worthy of all it’s praise. I’ve never been a fan of spiders. In fact, I don’t know many people who are, but I dare you to read this book and try and close it. It’s photographs taken by none other than Nic Bishop himself are meticulously planned and plotted. They’re so vivid they almost feel like they could crawl off the page. I found myself actually studying the pictures, noticing things I’d never been close enough to a spider l ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Q_Ayana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
“Spiders were hunting long before lions and tigers. They were hunting even before Tyrannosaurus rex.” Nic Bishop’s book Spiders, a 2008 Sibert Honor Book and winner of several other awards/honors, not only provides a plethora of details about the tiny insects, it also gives an up-close and personal look at a variety of species. The photos are appropriate for all ages that do not mind seeing spiders, yet the text is appropriate for students in grades 3-8. At times, the details can get very specif ...more
Adam Bakken
Dec 01, 2013 Adam Bakken rated it it was amazing
This book would be best suited for grades 1 through 3, but would work in any elementary or even secondary classroom. This book uses extreme close up photos of spiders, along with short paragraphs, to show the beauty and bizarreness that is a spider. Filled with quirky facts and excellent photography, I read this book through twice, it was that good. It also contains a short glossary at the end, a centerfold with an amazing stop motion photo set of a jumping spider, and a note about the author. T ...more
Caitlyn Clark
May 24, 2013 Caitlyn Clark rated it it was amazing
"Wait a second... What is THAT?!"
"That is actually pretty cool."
All these phrases were spoken out loud while I was reading this book. Sometimes they were spoken multiple times. I went into this reading this book, expecting to be completely horrified about what I was about to see. I had heard about this book prior to reading it and knew that the pictures were very very graphic. LIFE. SIZE. PICTURES. OF. SPIDERS. There is nothing right about that sentence. But, my overall reaction about th
Apr 20, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Spiders is the first in what is now a trilogy of books (and what I hope will be a long-running series) by Nic Bishop about some of the world's smallest animals and insects. Bishop does a great job of distilling the basic information about spiders, such as diet, life cycle and anatomy, into basic sentences that newly confident readers can understand and read on their own. Each page highlights one particular sentence with a larger font in a contrasting color that will pull browsers in. Almost ever ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Rubi rated it it was amazing
The picture book Spiders, was very interesting and informative. The author, Nic Bishop, does an amazing job of informing children about the many spiders that share the world with us. This book is one of the many books published by Nic Bishop. He has a collection of picture books on different animals, like snakes, lizards, butterflies and many more. In this particular book, the author talks about the many types of spiders that exist, the way they live and the features that makes each spider uniq ...more
Emily Parsons
This book creeped my out! I absolutely hate spiders and I was reading this book cringing. I can't even look at the cover for too long, however I think that kids that are interested in spiders and other creepy things would very much enjoy this book and the information given in it. It was very informative and the pictures were a little too life like for me, but overall it is a book I will have on my shelf in my future classroom. I would use this book when discussing my unit on animals.
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