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Miss Spider's New Car Hardcover – October 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Miss Spider
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590307134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590307130
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 12.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

David Kirk, creator of the bestselling favorites Miss Spider's Tea Party and Miss Spider's Wedding, has created another deliciously quirky, rhyming Miss Spider adventure. This time the amiable arachnid is car-shopping with her husband Holley. At Mantis Motors, a praying mantis named Mik is a used car sales-insect: "Mik Mantis crooned, 'This honey runs/On Nectar from a flower./Its two-stem engine is equipped/With turbo-bumble power,/And capable of reaching speeds/Near ninety yards per hour!'"

Miss (or is it now Mrs.?) Spider and Holley explore other car lots (including Meg's Wings n' Things) and encounter a few near misses, but all ends well thanks to the help of benevolent Moth Sue. The book's clever and original verse is laced with subtle ironies that won't be lost on you or your little ones; in the first spread, for example, a note arrives "snail mail," because the postal carrier is a snail. Kirk's exuberant, luminous colors and hilarious, cartoonish depictions of the bug world are truly wonderful. Miss Spider's New Car is the perfect book for any child who loves cars or bugs--not to mention a clever gift for any adult itching to buy his or her dream car. (Ages 4 to 8)

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2?Upon receiving an invitation to tea from her mother, Miss Spider takes her husband's advice and shops for a new car. (Only on the jacket copy is Holley recognized as Miss Spider's new husband.) Together they test drive several fanciful models: some powered by wings and jumping legs, and others with leaves, grass, twigs, and other plant parts. At last, they try out the "Inferno," powered by matches, but the steering locks, the brakes fail, and they jump to avoid an explosion. Miss Spider then decides to return to the first car she saw, the blue one at Bub Bumble Bee's. However, Holley has secretly arranged for Moth Sue to purchase that car as a surprise for his wife. Miss Spider's disappointment at missing out on her favorite vehicle turns to delight when she spies the dazzling, "just right" little car on her own lawn. The energetic verse conveys the movement of the vehicles. Full-color, cartoonlike paintings, rendered in jewel tones, depict each eventful test drive on full- or double-page spreads. With judicious use of light, varied perspectives, and a fluid line that indicates motion, the lavish, enthusiastic pictures extend the text. This outing will be good for storytimes or one-on-one sharing so children can explore the details of the illustrations. Young readers will enjoy this exuberant companion to the earlier books.?Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2000
Format: Board book
Quite by accident we stumbled upon MISS SPIDER"S TEA PARTY when my granddaughter was five. That book was to be touched,read, and taken to bed a many nights before she fell in love with the next one (MISS SPIDER'S WEDDING). The rhyming does not take away from the message of virtues that can be found in any culture. Holley is her hero because he wears glasses and shows kindness. We have collected all of Mr. Kirk's books and can't wait for future books to be presented. The vividness and texture of the pages held her attention long after we had finished reading a particular page. She clapped and cheered for Holley and wanted explanations of phrases that at that time was beyond her comprehension. Now she reads these books herself and although she has them memorized by heart; she still turns page by page to view the characters and touch the colors. What a wonderful way to start on the pathway of reading for fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Suter on June 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My daughter loves the line about the Chuggy Buggy and this is her favorite of the Miss Spider books. Of the three it is the one we read the most. She loves it and I have to admit it is pretty fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The illstrations, while vivid, are a bit obtuse and difficult to discern. The prose doesn't flow. The book simply can't stand alone the way the "counting Book" and Miss Spider's Mom, do. If your child is hooked on Miss Spider, then this will be a fun addition to your collection, but it shouldn't be your first choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Our 11 month old daughter loves the board book version of this tale. She is fascinated by the bright illustrations. Given a choice, she will always go for this book. The Teaparty Counting board is also great for smaller Miss Spider Fans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
We have read all of Miss Spider's books, and we love them. The pictures are so beautifully done, and although the words can be a bit out of range for younger children, they are fun to decipher for them to help them understand the meaning of what is going on. It can also expand their vocabulary without realizing it. Each story has a real life message that can be put to use in everyday experiences. We have enjoyed keeping up with the life of Miss Spider, and look forward to reading more about her adventures in the forest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Hardison on February 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
My son always goes back to books he likes, and he does not come back to this one any more. I think it is because he likes to figure things out, and the drawings are a little hard to understand.

He can't figure out why Miss Spider is driving an egg at the end, or why it is humming in the night after they get out of it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By saguaro on April 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have a 3yr old and a 12mo old and they both love the Miss Spider books that we have (ABCs, and Tea Party) so I was excited to find this one at a yard sale to add to our collection. This one, while having the beautifully vivid and imaginative pictures this series in known for, it has not only "sinister" pictures (as mentioned in another review) but it also has a TERRIBLE illustration where the "used car salesman" figure is making Miss Spider frown as he helps her into her new car (the matchbox car)....she is frowning as she looks down at his hand on her BUTT(!!!) helping her into the car! Can you believe a children's illustrator would put that into a book? My 3yr old ALWAYS asks why Miss Spider looks sad or upset and I get so angry at having to try to make up something that I have tossed out the book. That is to say that the lurid illustration of the "classic sleazy car salesman groping the woman" is NOT lost on the preschooler, as one must have hoped. There is just NO excuse for putting something like that in a sweet little children's book. The illustator and the editor should be ashamed of themselves.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is pure poetry; a tender love story with rhyming language that flows to the ear like warm honey. It presents softly the mystery of attraction, devotion and pairing between individuals who from outward appearances are totally unsuited for one another. Dramatically illustrated, the romance between aphid and arachnid teaches tolerance for and acceptance of those who are different from ourselves. Its lyrical vocabulary is satisfying to the adult reader as well as little people. In fact, it brings tears to my daughter-in-law's eyes when she reads it to Jack and Mimi.
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