SPI-KU A Clutter of Short Verse on Eight Legs

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Leslie Bulion, award-winning educator favorite and master of science poetry, is back with a humorous exploration of the silk-spinning, bungee-jumping, hunting, trapping, trick-filled world of spiders!

Meet spiders that spit silk, roll like wheels, scuba dive, hide under trap doors, strum tunes, and so much more. Watch as they find mates, find prey…or find mates that become prey!

Award-winning poet Leslie Bulion and illustrator Robert Meganck team up again for this clutter (a collective noun for spiders) of short poems and humorously accurate illustrations celebrating the amazing attributes of Araneae.

The book is also packed with helpful sidebars, call-outs, and backmatter, including a glossary of science terms, a description of the poetic forms, a list of common and scientific names, a spider-hunting adventure how-to, resources for further study, and a relative-size chart. A feast for science and animal fans!

Leslie Bulion has graduate degrees in oceanography and social work. She has written parenting and education articles and is the author of several children's books.


Robert Meganck is professor emeritus of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned a BFA from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has received more than 300 regional, national, and international awards for his illustration and graphic design work.

★ "Engaging and information rich, this is wonderfully well woven." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Cheerfully illustrated... As always, Bulion uses both evocative vocabulary and a variety of poetic forms; these are chosen with care and defined in the backmatter... Engaging and information rich, this is wonderfully well woven." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Notes on poetic form are on hand for readers who gravitate to the "A" in their STEAM curriculum, but the verses are also effective as mnemonic devices...teasing wordplay...and wry Gorey-esque bait for the spider grossout fans... Meganck's digital artwork balances light-hearted cartooning with reliably detailed anatomical drawing." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Book


"Readers will want to devour the pages... The approachable and accessible verse will make adults and children want to explore the natural world and discover a clutter of spiders.... A fun collection of factual poetry to add to shelves." --School Library Journal


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