Luigi, the Spider Who Wanted to Be a Kitten

By Michelle Knudsen

Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

The New York Times bestselling and award-winning creators behind Library Lion deliver a warm (and delightfully fuzzy) storybook, another classic in the making, marked by humour and depth, endearing characters and the assurance that the right people will accept and adore us, unconditionally, just as we are.

On a street of old houses, a big hairy spider is searching for a home with dark corners to hide in. But when he wakes up, he finds a hand reaching for him, and a lady proclaiming that she has always wanted a kitten – and will name him Luigi! At first, a somewhat puzzled Luigi, used to being left alone to creep and dangle and spin webs, resists her kind advances. But soon, tasty breakfasts and getting tucked into bed (no one’s ever wished him good night before) have him thinking that kittens surely live magical lives. I will be a kitten! he decides. But how long can he keep up his façade, and what might be at stake in pretending to be someone you’re not?

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 4+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529517828
  • Published: 06 Jun 2024
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 288 x 248 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'Kevin Hawkes’ illustrations portray Luigi’s kitten-ness with panache…and Michelle Knudsen offers a sympathetic story of being yourself, trying out a new persona and companionship.' Red Reading Hub

'The beautiful illustrations and soft colours make this a cosy, friendly spider image which I wasn't at all scared of (phew)! I can see this book being read aloud to classes and prompting great discussions about identity, conforming, peer pressure, acceptance, unconditional love, being yourself, and also neurodiversity. A really sweet story with lovely illustrations, ideal for reading aloud to children aged three upwards.' Reading Zone

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