Web by E.B. White
Reviewed by the deValera Library Children's Book Club
every member of the deValera Library Children's Book Club enjoyed
this book. However, the children, ranging in age from 8 to 13, felt
that it was too easy for their age-group. They give it marks of
eight and a half out of ten.
Web describes how Charlotte, the pretty but rather large and hairy
spider, saves Wilbur's life, using words she weaves in her web.
The words she uses describe how extraordinary Wilbur is. This ensures
that everyone believes he really is an extraordinary pig, and consequently
he becomes famous. He is not like any other pig and, therefore,
will never share their fate.
The children's favourite characters were Wilbur and Charlotte. The
story is centred mainly around these characters but they are also
the most likeable and most genuine.
Fern and the Gander follow closely behind in that Fern is gentle
and caring and always vigilant in looking after Wilbur. She is trusted
by all the animals. The gander gives constant humour to an otherwise
Templeton, the rat is the least-liked of all the characters as he
is both crafty and cunning and cannot ever be trusted.
A favourite part of the story was when Fern initially saved Wibur
from imminent death, and continued to care for him like a baby.
Children loved the description of Wilbur escaping from his pen and
looking for Fern and the chaos which ensues is hilarious.
Finally, at the end of the book Avery, Fern's brother, is at the
fair. He takes the stage and believing himself to be very funny,
pretends to wash himself in front of a large audience. Everyone
found this part the funniest.
were relieved that Wilbur was finally famous and was not going to