By Candlewick

Reviewed for First Grade, 2010

This tap dancing spider dreams of the big time. And kids will get a big kick out of joining his adventures as they get hands-on with the goodies packed inside this book! Pull Speckle's report card out of its envelope and take a peek, touch his ticket for the The Big Banana boat, or examine a letter written to Professor Knowitall. From fan mail to newspaper clippings, the book is full of fun things for small hands to handle. While we're not as wild about the text as we are about the art, the story is solid enough to carry the concept, and kids not quite ready for chapter books will love the grown up feel of this interactive picture book. ($14.99, Candlewick Press)