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Aaaarrgghh Spiders! by Lydia Monks

Each week to help provide a context for our learning we use a 'Book Hook'. This week's book hook is 'Aaaarrgghh Spider!' by Lydia Monks.


Spider wants to be a family pet. But the family whose house she lives in are terrified of her! Whenever she tries to show them what a great pet she would make, they just scream, ”AAAARRGGHH, SPIDER!”.


This is a lovely story that you wouldn't initially think was about having a pet! It is a beautifully illustrated picture book about fitting in, get along with people ad making friends. To have a pet in your family you need them to be able to do all these things and more.


Don't worry if you haven't got a copy of this book at home we have include a You Tube link so that you can share the book with your child.

Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks

After sharing the story with your child, talk together about the following ideas.

  • How do you think the family felt when they first saw the spider in their house?
  • Why was the spider in the house?
  • How do you think the spider felt when she heard them shouting 'Aaaarrgghh Spider!'
  • After the word spider there is an exclamation mark ! ... when we are reading aloud that tells us to say the words in a shouty voice. Practise saying 'Aaaarrgghh Spider!' in a normal voice and then in a shouty voice. Have a go at saying these words in a normal voice and then in a shouty voice ...  No   Noooo!   Hello   Hellooo!   Stop   Stooooooop!   Help   Heeeeeeelp!
  • Look carefully at the pictures, what pets do the family already have?
  • Have you got any pets at home?
  • If you could have a pet what pet would you have?
  • What did the spider do that made the family think she would make a god pet?
  • Towards the end of the story the family liked having the spider as a pet so why do you think at the end of the story they shouted 'Aaaagghh Spiders!'?