SPIDER Magazine May-June 2021


Whether making art, moving to a new home, or rescuing a kitten, our young heroes find imaginative solutions to whatever challenge is thrown at them. But they make some really big messes along the way.

Front Cover by Ying-Fang Shen


We all learn from our mistakes and sometimes the worst messes can be the biggest breaks—the good kind of break. This edition of SPIDER Magazine looks at how we’ve turned problems into potential, created happy accidents, and learned how our mistakes can be masterpieces.


See how Benjamin accidental breaking of dish becomes a “bonding” experience, and how they save and recycle broken ceramics in a most creative way in Japan. Find happiness making a happi-mess and travel back to an ancient story about a tricky artist. Mad-libs, crafts, crayon goo, and a packing puzzle round out the messy, good times in this edition of SPIDER.


Enjoy features including:

  • Dolly & Dot by Sholto Walker
  • Doodlebug & Dandelion by Pamela Dell
  • No Pets! by Eileen Spinelli
  • Cracks of Gold by Elizabeth Donnelly
  • Beautiful Breaks by Stacey Lane
  • Happi-messes by Joyce Matthews
  • The Artist’s Challenge by Pamela Love
  • Bug Adventure by Michael Chesworth
  • The Strangest Sculpture by Libby Madding
  • Billy McBeal and the Best Part of Art by Neal Levin
  • Magnet Painting
  • Perplexing Packing Puzzle by Noah Space
  • Moving Day Roadway by Arthur Bombay

Regular features of SPIDER Magazine include: Spider’s Corner, Spider’s Mailbox, Ophelia’s Last Word, Bug Adventure, Buggy Bulletin, The Fun Zone, Mind-Buggler, and Spider and the Gang.