The Spider's Lair (Stitch Head)

The Spider's Lair (Stitch Head) - Guy Bass This book, Stitch Head: The Spider’s Lair, is the fourth in the Stitch Head series. We have not previously read any books from the series. We picked it up at Half-Price Books because it looked interesting. I wish we had discovered the series earlier. In many ways, Stitch Head: The Spider’s Lair is what I would call the perfect bedtime story book.

It’s aimed at ages 8-11, so if your child is a little bit younger, they’ll probably need some help. That’s where it gets good. See, this is one of those books that begs to be read out loud. The individual characters are very, well, individual. One of them shouts every other word, one of them speaks in a high-pitched whisper, etc. The illustrations are varied. Sometimes they’re cute, sometimes they’re creepy. The artist does a great job of relaying the scene to the readers. There’s some humor in the book will appeal to adults as well in Stitch Head: The Spider’s Lair.

As you can see from the cover, the main character is a somewhat familiar one (at least to adults). Stitch Head is a re-imagined Frankenstein’s monster. It is easy to think of him as a child in Stitch Head: The Spider’s Lair, though he definitely is not. (At one point in the story he references waiting for 40 years for the professor to remember him.) The author uses this to teach kids a simple lesson.The townsfolk are afraid of Stitch Head (and the others) because they look different. Turns out, the people who look normal are the ones being monstrous, whereas the ones that look monstrous are not monsters at all. Creations, yes, but friendly ones (at least once Stitch Head helps them.) Also, one character has a phobia that has an impact on its ability to do something at one point in the story.

Fans of Coraline will probably love Stitch Head: The Spider’s Lair. There are a few elements of it that ring strongly of the movie. From the Tim Burton style illustrations to actual points in the plot itself. With a few tense moments, but a good resolution in the end, it’s an enjoyable read that is creepy without being scary. We loved it.