Spiders in Your Neighborhood: A Field Guide to Your Local Spider Friends

Get caught in a web of arachnid enchantment


Scary? Maybe. Cool? Definitely.

Author Pat Stadille used to be terribly afraid of these eight-legged daddies, until he started learning more about them. Now spiders are his best friends! We have a feeling you’re going to feel the same way, once you hear about their silky skills, hunting habits, and generally shy and gentle nature. Learn about jumpers, wolf spiders, tarantulas, the “bird turd spider,” and, of course, the black widow!

Spiders in Your Neighborhood features detailed drawings and photos of the critters you’ll find, and sections on types of webs, how and where to discover spiders, spider anatomy, common relatives… even a spidey quiz to test your creepy crawly knowledge. So, grab a flashlight and your sleuthing kit and join Pat “Spiderman” Stadille on a journey around your backyard that will leave you spinning with excitement.

Advance Praise

“Amazing! Fascinating! A triumph!”

—Pat’s Mother


“Wonderful bedtime reading!”

—Local Psychotherapist


“Stadille has certainly spun a tangled web in this venomous thriller!”

—Someone Important

About the Author

Patrick StadillePatrick Stadille, science teacher and San Francisco Giants fan, is a yard saler and ukulele player when not out looking for spiders, insects, and other interesting creatures. He holds a degree in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley.