From School Library Journal
PreS-In this sturdy pop-up version of the classic rhyme, the Itsy Bitsy Spider is a little boy in a baseball cap trying to get home to his mom. Set in a delightfully miniature city where tomato cans are grocery stores and salt shakers look more like condominiums, each spread provides plenty of detail to pore over. The familiarity of the rhyme frees up viewers to become active participants in Itsy Bitsy's journey. Egielski's charming artwork combined with Gene Vosough's paper engineering give surprisingly lifelike movement and dimensionality, making Itsy Bitsy pop out of the water spout and the attic window fly open to reveal a relieved Mama spider. This is a must-have for libraries with special pop-up collections, or anyone who loves superb paper engineering.-Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Egielski offers up a bright, whimsical pop-up version of many a child’s first learned nursery rhyme: “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” His urban environment is populated by anthropomorphic bugs, with the titular spider being a boy wearing (many legged) overalls, a (many-armed) turtleneck, and a red beanie. What’s most fun here are the houses: there’s a saltshaker, a teakettle, and a mayonnaise jar, and each is charmingly detailed. The six beautifully constructed spreads offer up many perspectives, including the bottom of a drain, as the spider—and lots of water—is evicted, seemingly out of the book. Raindrops, clouds, and a sun with faces add to the charm. That spout is sure to get a workout. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ann Kelley