From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Children will delight in hearing this tale of the spider's comeuppance. After Anansi invites Turtle to a party just to play a trick on him, Turtle exacts his revenge. Almost every page, illustrated in acrylic ink and colored pencils, has some comical element. Laughs abound from the twisted path on the party map invitation that Anansi initially sends to Turtle and then later when Turtle sends a similar one back, to the hilarious costumes that Turtle tries on before he makes his choice of what to wear. Crocodile and Hippo loom large on the page underwater as they try to guess the mystery animal party game. Stevens has captured additional humor in the animals' droll facial features. Children will ask for repeated readings as they pause over the details in the artwork.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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The latest in Kimmel-Stevens’ series about the spider that figures prominently in West African folklore shows how the trickster himself gets tricked, this time by a plodding turtle. Anansi invites Turtle to a party, but his directions are circuitous, Turtle takes forever arriving, and then Anansi sends him back for various items until Turtle has missed the party. Turtle retaliates with an invite of his own to his underwater home that necessitates Anansi holding on to a crab to keep from floating away, causing him to miss all the fun. Stevens’ mixed-media artwork adds to the story’s comic intensity. Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Fletcher