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.
I've enjoyed reading Westly: A Spider's Tale with my eight-year-old. It's not unusual for him to try to get me to read a lot more than one page to his one page, but I was happy to see that with this book, he stopped me if I kept reading when it was his turn. Although the title, cover, and book blurb give away that Westly is not a butterfly, Westly not knowing what he really was pulled my son into the story.
There aren't a lot of illustrations, but the few that are sprinkled throughout the book are great.
I really like the messages found in the book. Westly started out sure of who he was, but he used his position to put himself above others, and get out of work. The other caterpillars revered him as the prince, so his downfall was sad in a way, but it really made him into a much better bug.
About the Author/Illustrator:
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.
Title: Westly: A Spider's Tale
Author: Bryan Beus
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Published: September 2015
Source: I received copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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