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June 15, 2012

11 year-old Abby from Clapham, England is quite a fan of The Spider & The Fly. “How big of a fan?” you ask. She’s such an awesome fan that she penned an awesome sequel. Check it out.

The Spider and the Fly 2

By Abby, age 11

“Hoorah! My plan has finally worked,”

Thought the spider in his head.

“I have eaten up that poor fly now and she is long dead!”

The spider laughed and laughed with glee.

He then set off for a snack,

But he heard an unwelcome knock on the door

That stopped him in his tracks.


The spider went to open the door

When the visitor barged inside

He could not run, he could not flee,

He could not even hide.


“You have the right to remain silent,”

Said the very angry police pest.

“We think you are a murderer

And you are hereby under arrest.”


The spider met his lawyer,

A cunning, clever man.

The odds were not good at all,

But at least they had a plan.


The opening speech was made,

A story of his knighthood.

The jury seemed to lap it up,

Things were looking good.


The ghostly fly was called to the stand,

An oath is what she swore,

She then began a gory tale

Of what happened two nights before.


Next to be questioned were two ghost bugs

“We warned her but she didn’t listen!”

They pleaded to the judge.


“Aha! At last! It’s my time to shine!”

Thought the spider.

“Now I shall be questioned and I’ll give answers sublime!”


The spider was questioned,

He gave tales that were tall.

“I’m a kind hearted fellow, but ne’er a fool.”


“The spider and the fly?

What a tale of great height.

Why I haven’t seen old Tony

Since…that terrible fight.”


A surprise was in store

For the spider, aghast

As his ex-friend Mr DiTerlizzi

Had arrived at last.



Yelled the spider

“Objection I say!”

I have not forgiven Tony to this very day!”


“Objection not granted,”

Said the judge

“Question on.”

And the spider did not draw breath until he had gone.


“The jury will now pass their verdict.”

Said the judge to the court.

They left

And the spider’s throat was rather taut.


The jury came back, then came the judge.

The spider was ready,

Prepared for the worst.

He knew it was coming,

His tears were well rehearsed.


But the spider was met

With a pleasant surprise.

He didn’t need to prepare his eyes.


Haha! He was free

Of a burden so chilling.

Now he could go back

And do some more killing.


…Here’s what I love: Abby uses the meter of the original poem AND creates a twist ending. Delicious! Perhaps you’ll enjoy the 10th Anniversary edition of S&F that will be creeping its way to bookstores later this year…more on that next time.

Keep writing, keep drawing, keep dreaming.

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.