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Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. for Readers' Favorite
Lee Jordan has come up with an interesting story in One Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web to teach children about the dangers of child predators on the Internet. Jordan uses an adorable young teenage girl as the main character. Creating a humorously spooky setting to grab the reader's attention, the author and illustrator achieved that goal beautifully. Annica, the red-headed thirteen-year-old witch, loves playing online and making friends. Her pet bat, Murray, has concerns about her decision to meet up with a new friend she met online, and her mother apparently has not been paying attention to Annica's online activities. As expected, Annica opts to meet her new friend without telling her mother she was leaving the house and without leaving a note. The new spider friend is actually one of the child predators that many innocent children succumb to. Annica's mother discovers she is missing from her room and phones the police for help. Can Officer Tate save the day and Annica?
One Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web is very colorful and eye catching - if not a bit spooky. But, it covers a very frightening and serious topic in a softer way. The story expresses how many children are not saved. Going forward, Annica's mother and her pet bat, Murray, will mentor her on best practices for being online. There is a great lesson for both children and their parents within the pages of Jordan's tale. It may be a bit young for tweens and teens, but even so the message is deeply important. And, to top it off, Jordan has written it in rhythmical poetic style. Fun, cute, colorful, spooky and powerful! Good job!