This is the fourth book in the very funny Sam Wu series, featuring a boy who so far has NOT been afraid of ghosts, sharks or the dark and who is now absolutely NOT afraid of spiders … maybe! So, when Tulip, a Goliath bird eater tarantula, escapes from the sixth-grade classroom Sam decides that he must step up and protect his fellow pupils by finding her, if only to prove to his nemesis, Ralph Zinkerman, that he is not “Scaredy-Cat Sam”. Madcap and hilarious escapades ensue as Sam and his group of loyal friends try to come up with a fool-proof plan, aided by his fearless, spider-loving little sister and involving a jar of honey and a cat wrapped in tinfoil. What could possibly go wrong!
The authors of this appealing series have found a winning formula with a theme of overcoming common fears and a cast of likeable, diverse characters all presented in a humorous and accessible style and brilliantly enhanced by Nathan Reed’s wonderfully lively, witty cartoon-like illustrations. Facts, jokes, amusing footnotes and speech bubbles abound and combine with the witty text and eye-catching cover to create an excellent addition to a series that is perfect for reluctant readers and fans of madcap adventure.