Saturday, October 10, 2015
Review - Westly: A Spider's Tale by Bryan Beus
This is tale of a caterpillar named Westly who is destined to be a Monarch butterfly and the next king of the butterfly kingdom. But sometimes things don't turn out the way we plan. When Westly emerges from his cocoon he is nothing like he expected. As a spider he must rediscover who he is. Adopted by the "dirt eaters," Westly is determined to make a difference. He is determined to belong, to be loved, and most importantly, to become who he was born to be.
Westly is a book for younger readers. It has a bit of an Ugly Duckling feel with a member of a society being vastly different than everyone around him. In this case Westly is a slightly different caterpillar that comes out of his cocoon vastly different than all of his peers.
The book has a strong message about alienation and self-worth, Westly is actually his greatest enemy. His butterfly family could have been quicker to accept him, but he left them before they even really got a chance to adapt to the new situation. He also feels worthless to the gardener society on the ground, even though he proves his worth after a short time.
The pictures are mostly small, but do a good job of conveying enough imagery to give the reader an idea of what is going on while still allowing plenty of room for imagination.
This book was an enjoyable read and something I look forward to reading to my daughter soon. I also hope that she will read this book herself when she is a bit older.