The Deadlies #1: Felix Takes the Stage by Kathryn LaskyThe Deadlies #1: Felix Takes the Stage by Kathryn Lasky

The Deadlies #1: Felix Takes the Stage

byKathryn Lasky

Paperback | April 1, 2011

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Bestselling author Kathryn Lasky's new series for a younger audience!

The Deadlies are a very nice family of well-mannered spiders...who just happen to be incredibly toxic. It's not their fault that their venom is so harmful. They would never hurt anyone! But the humans they live near just don't understand. (The other spiders around aren't that friendly either.)

The Deadlies love their cozy web in the basement of the philharmonic hall. But trouble starts when Felix Deadly tries to meet his hero, the Maestro. The silly man faints from fright, and the Deadlies have to flee before the exterminators arrive. Is there no place a friendly-and deeply misunderstood-family of spiders can call home?

Kathryn Lasky's bestselling series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole, has over four million copies in print, and is soon to hit silver screens as the major motion picture, Legends of the Guardians. Kathryn is a Newbery Honor recipient for Sugaring Time. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Title:The Deadlies #1: Felix Takes the StageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.57 × 5.26 × 0.34 inPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545117305

ISBN - 13:9780545117302

Appropriate for ages: 7


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Family of Spiders Fantasy Reason for Reading: I enjoy the author's books and animal fantasy. This is a cute, funny book filled with lots of interesting information on brown recluse spiders and spiders in general. The Deadlies, a family of brown recluse spiders minus a dad, live in the basement of a philharmonic hall. The mother is very strict that the kids keep themselves hidden as their venomous nature scares humans so much that even the sight of them will bring in the dreaded E-Men to exterminate them all; something the mother has lived through in the past. But Felix is different from the others, he loves the music and has an artistic bent. He finds himself pulled towards the stage at night when the conductor is working there alone at night but of course the dreaded thing finally happens one night and he is seen. Within hours the exterminators arrive and the Deadlies are on the run to find a new home. They temporarily find shelter next door at an old antiques store but head off to the Boston Public Library where the mother lived with her own mother before she passed away. A fun, exciting story that any animal fantasy fan will be sure to enjoy. Written for a younger crowd than Lasky usually writes for, the story is more humour and adventure based with little fantasy other than the world in which spiders can talk. They have themselves a great sidekick in Fatty the Cat, the theatre's backstage cat who is the children's godspider and accompanies them on their journey. A silly, fun story that doesn't resort to any gross spider facts but instead opens up an entertaining world of spider facts that will fascinate boys and girls alike. I look forward to reading the next book in the series: Spiders on the Case.
Date published: 2011-12-05

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Deadlies: Felix Takes the Stage

"Humor and action seamlessly blend as these arachnids struggle for survival... Genuinely funny dialogue helps move the brief chapters along, and Gilpin's lively black-and-white drawings provide an animated accompaniment... [A] successfully spun tale."- Kirkus Reviews