Westly: A Spider's Tale by Bryan Beus (Blog Tour Review)

Welcome to my tour stop for Westly: A Spider's Tale by Bryan Beus! This book was so very, very cute! Check out my full review below...

Westly: A Spider's TaleWestly: A Spider's Tale
by Bryan Beus
Juvenile, Children's, Fantasy, Chapter Book
Hardcover & ebook, 176 Pages
September 29th 2015 by Shadow Mountain


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. He's a spider! And he must navigate the social hierarchy with butterflies at the top and insects at the bottom and Westly somewhere in-between. 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.

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My Review

Westly: A Spider's Tale was a cute, sweet, and enjoyable children's chapter book. There was some emotion and danger. There were loveable characters and friendship. There was a little tiny spider, who turned out to be different from everyone else, who was searching for himself. There was a lesson to be learned that was difficult in coming and one that is easily relatable to kids (and even adults) today. No matter how we look or speak or how different we are, we each are unmeasurably valuable.

My children were engaged from page one in this story, although they actually were interested once they saw this adorable cover. They wanted to know who Westly was and what would become of him. They were the perfect age to read this story with (ages 4 - 11) and it was fun seeing them get into it. I'd recommend Westly: A Spider's Tale to children from 2nd grade through 6th and others who enjoy sweet coming-of-age stories with a little bit of adventure and danger.

Content: Clean

Source: I'd like to thank Shadow Mountain for my complimentary ARC, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author


Bryan Beus – which rhymes with Zeus – is the winner of the Kirchoff/Wohlberg Award from The New York Society of Illustrators. He works full time as an illustrator for magazines, book covers, film and game conceptual art, and more. When not writing and drawing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, mindful meditation, drinking root beer floats, and eating far too many Sour Patch Watermelons. Westly is his debut novel.

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