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Gregory the Spider: Romping Through the Year
Join Gregory, a sweet, silly, impish spider, as he journeys through the year and celebrates each Season's special days.  Parents and kids alike will relish Gregory's exploits in this lively read-aloud, sing-along book full of vivid, luminous illustrations.  Young children will love Gregory's silly antics and the book's sing-song language; rather than reading  the words, try singing them to the tune of "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider."  Older children will enjoy the I-Spy adventure, searching for hidden items and month-names. This book will be savored long after the story ends!
Meyer brings back the spider and mouse family previously seen in Merry Stirring Mice: Santa’s Secret Team in a tour of the seasons set to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” The song repeats three times as Meyer moves through the months, each of which gets its own spread, highlighting holidays and seasonal changes. “Out came the sun and dried up all the snow./ Then April wind and showers/ began to blow and blow,” writes Meyer as Saumell shows a leprechaun looking on grumpily while Gregory juggles his gold; on the following spread, the mice make their way through a rainstorm under umbrellas made from flowers and acorn caps. Saumell’s illustrations have a painterly and almost three-dimensional presence, though Gregory, with his oversize green eyes, looks out of place and cartoonish among the other characters. The images are packed with details, however, and a closing list highlights items and animals for readers to seek out, along with the names of the months, which are hidden in the images. It’s a cheery jaunt through the months of the year. Ages 4–8. (BookLife) Correction: An earlier version of this review contained a typographical error and misstated the title of the author's previous book.
Kirkus Reviews

“Friendly Gregory and his pals...explore what’s special about each month. Each page offers I-Spy animals, objects, and month names to notice or find hidden in the illustrations....For example, a humpback whale and her baby are shown in August, that month being the best time to see them on the U.S. East Coast. Another nice recurring feature are children’s backpacks, which often have month-related books visible, such as one on MLK for January. The illustrations are well-detailed, colorful, and appealing....Whimsy and hidden objects add much to the appeal of this month-by-month journey.”

Readers' Favorite

"An enchanting children's picture book. Gregory is a surprise main character...a delightful 'narrator' with his antics, his costumes, and his expressive eyes; a book that will be read over and over again!" 

Readers' Favorite

"More than your usual children's reading fare. Each page informs as it delights and I can easily see young readers spending hours happily chasing the seasons with this marvelous and friendly spider."