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Just Itzy    by Lana Krumwiede & Greg Pizzoli order for
Just Itzy
by Lana Krumwiede
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2015 (2015)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

No doubt you'll recall that Itzy Bitzy Spider is the central character of a well known nursery rhyme. Lana Krumwiede has some fun with this little spider in this picture book as she follows him to spidergarten.

Tired of being call Itzy Bitzy, the little fellow wants the Bitzy moniker dropped. To prove he's a big boy now, Itzy sets out to catch his own lunch. His teacher instructs the class on how and where to spin their webs and Itzy is about to discover that the where part can be a real challenge.

Itzy is advised to 'Keep your eye on the fly!' If he does that he'll find the perfect place to spin his web. Following this advice - and after an encounter with a girl sitting on a tuffet, an old lady who swallows everything in sight, and a dangerous waterspout - Itzy finally accomplishes his task.

Not only is this a fun story that incorporates some other nursery rhymes but it is also funny. Children two years of age and older will find this entertaining and a book they'll want to share with friends.

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