Book Review: Charlotte’s Web by EB White

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Charlotte’s Web was selected as one of the young adult book’s to read on the Children’s Book Readathon I’m hosting on my blog this month. This classic by E.B. White has been seen countless times on television, but how many of us have actually read the book? This is my second read and review, but I’m glad to dive back in as you discover so much more the second time around. It also reminded me White wrote Stuart Little, too! I’d either never known or forgotten.

Death is not easy. Dealing with it as a child is painful. On a farm, there is death all the time. It’s a natural process, but Fern is not ready to let her father slaughter a runt of a pig. Although she successfully convinces him to let her raise the pig, once Wilbur–her name for her new pet–is old enough to become food for others, she tries even harder to convince her father not to slaughter him. Wilbur gets a new home at Fern’s uncle’s place where they promise to keep him for a few months until they need to do something like potentially eat him! That’s when Charlotte the spider comes along and weaves her magic to save Wilbur’s life. From talking animals to life lessons, this classic is a treasure. I cry every time I see it on the television, and now I can say I’ve cried when I read it. Poor Charlotte… she’s truly the epitome of a selfless creature.

White built perfection in this story. It’s harsh but not cruel. It’s sweet but not sappy. It’s realistic yet fantastical. I adore it. Everyone should experience this first hand. I’m so glad it won the poll for our readathon


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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


32 thoughts on “Book Review: Charlotte’s Web by EB White

    Andrick Schall said:
    August 23, 2018 at 8:03 AM

    I love this story! It’s one of the reasons I capture spiders and put them outside instead of smashing them. Yup, I’m a bleeding heart. That, and they are our allies on the war on bugs. Anyway, great review of a great book.

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    tidalscribe said:
    August 23, 2018 at 8:04 AM

    I’ve never read this, heard of it, but never knew what the story was, now I feel I must read it.

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    Jennie said:
    August 23, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Excellent review!

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    scr4pl80 said:
    August 23, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Great review. I’m almost finished with it. I wonder if animals on a farm really talk to each other?

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    One of my favorites! Every summer we name a spider Charlotte 🙂

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    rugby843 said:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:09 PM

    This was always a favorite because I thought I was Charlotte at times. Growing up in that era, on a farm, it was very relatable.

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    tylerus said:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Loved this book – I don’t believe any other has ever made me cry (sob!) like this one. A beautiful, touching tale.

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    Lisa@LismorePaper said:
    August 24, 2018 at 3:15 AM

    Wonderful review, Jay! One of my favorites. I think Rodas farm is magical like this 😊💗

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    ..nehu.. said:
    August 24, 2018 at 4:02 AM

    I love reading Children’s book.
    Last month it was Chronicles of Narnia, haven’t read all yet though. May be September or October..

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    Judy said:
    August 24, 2018 at 1:50 PM

    I read it once and never again. It doesn’t end happily. Charlotte was the star. I also save spiders and put them outside. When I was very young I had a house spider build a web in my bedroom’s windowsill, inside. She even had babies. A couple of the babies set up house for a while. I was sad when they all moved away. And that’s a memory I haven’d dredged up in decades.

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    August 25, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    This is the first chapter book I read as a child and this story has stuck withe for a lifetime. It’s such a fantastic book. Great review, Jay! 😊

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    Heidi M. Simone said:
    August 25, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Aww…such a great book! I’m sad I couldn’t get for it for this to re-read, but I really enjoyed it when I did read it a few years back. Great review!

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    Fizzy Pop said:
    August 26, 2018 at 9:01 PM

    A childhood favorite I read over and over. . .is it bad that I’ve never watched the movie?

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    carhicks said:
    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 PM

    Great review James. I really hope to get my reviews written tomorrow or Tuesday, I am running behind.

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    Rae Longest said:
    September 7, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Lovely review.

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