Thursday, October 1, 2015

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

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Westly: A Spider's Tale, by Bryan Beus
2015, 176p, Children's Fiction
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review

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.

What a great story! Westly is a caterpillar who is destined to be king. However, when he emerges from his cocoon as a spider, he knows life will never be the same. The butterflies are stunned by what he's become so he leaves home. He has a new life to adjust to and tries hard to fit in. There are some fun mishaps along the way, and one of his new friends ends up betraying him. 

Westly is a fun character! At the beginning, he tries hard to show that he knows what he's doing but he's really just bluffing his way through. Out in the cruel world, he wants to be helpful but usually ends up making things worse. He is able to find success at times, too. His character grows throughout the story and he learns valuable life lessons along the way.

This is a book that will be fun to read with children. It can also help start some great discussions, like how to handle life when it doesn't turn out the way you thought it would and how being different can be a good thing. There are also fun illustrations scattered throughout that add to the story. Overall, a great debut novel and an interesting tale!

Author Bryan Beus

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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sherry fundin said...

Such a cute cover and it does sound like a fun read. :-)
sherry @ fundinmental

Unknown said...

This sounds so cute....and I love the cover!

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