All Spider wants is to be a family pet. But the family whose house he lives in are terrified of him. Whenever he tries to show them what a great pet he would make, they simply cry, 'Aaaarrgghh, spider!'. Themes of tolerance and misunderstanding make key discussion points for children in this book.
Lydia Monks gained a First Class degree in illustration from Kingston University, and has gone on to become one of the best-loved illustrators of today. Her first picture book title, I Wish I Were a Dog won the Smarties Bronze Award in 1999. Since then, her many picture books include My Cat's Weird (Egmont), Princess Mirror-Belle by Julia Donaldson, Esmeralda by Karen Wallace and The Skipping-Rope Snake and Queen Munch and Queen Nibble by Carol Ann Duffy (all Macmillan), and, published April 2004, Aaaarrgghh, Spider!, which has already had enormous success, going into 8 co-editions, with an initial print-run of 55,000 copies. Lydia got married in March 2004, and lives in Sheffield with her illustrator husband Frazer.