Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Charlotte's Web

This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt...

Details Charlotte's Web

TitleCharlotte's Web
Release DateOct 1st, 2001
Number of pages184 pages
GenreClassics, Childrens, Fiction

Reviews Charlotte's Web

  • Jason Koivu
    I don't give a fig if it is a kid's book, Charlotte's Web is one of the most well-crafted stories ever written. This classic children's tale deserves 5 stars for story craft and language usage alone! (Read your Strunk & White to understand this man's talents in that regard.) The fact that it's a heart-warmer/wrencher clinches it. Never was I made to love pigs and spiders so much in my life. Charlotte's Web will always rank high amongst my favorit...
  • Melki
    ". . . this lovely world, these precious days . . ."Charlotte, a spiderI always get in the mood for this book when county fair season rolls around. Ah, the midway with it's dizzying rides and scary carny folk. The agriculture buildings featuring prize-winning giant produce and lovingly crafted quilts. And the yummy scents of frying dough competing with the much earthier smells emanating from the livestock tents.It smelled of hay and it smelled of...
  • Richard
    I have been familiar with the story for most of my life, but never read it until now.Wilbur the pig is born a runt, and the farmer decides he must face the axe. Kind-hearted little Fern intercedes and saves him. She cares for the undersized pig, who later goes to a nearby farm. Wilbur's life is nearly idyllic until he discovers the fate that has been woven for him: he will likely be the next Christmas ham. Horrified, he looks desperately for a do...
  • David bernardy
    I grew up without reading this book. For some, that seems to be unimaginable. I can maybe understand why. My wife and I are reading it now, or I should say, I am reading it aloud before bed, and it's really wonderful. I could totally see why it would be a kind of life-formative book. I was reading a passage last night and laughing at it (there is so much in here that is really funny), and it made me wonder about the level of the humor. That is, w...
  • Mark Lawrence
    'pologies to anybody following my reviews in hope of insights into epic fantasy novels - I get through more kids' stuff reading to my little girl (who is too disabled to do it for herself). Charlotte's Web is a book I've been aware of for nearly 40 years but somehow managed to avoid reading when I was little. We picked it up at the hospice last week and read the first half, then had to buy a copy at Waterstones yesterday to finish it off (59 year...
  • Deanna
    One of my favorite childhood memories is of reading this book with my mother. I remember how much I giggled at some of the funny situations and cried especially when we read it the first few times. Sobbing into my pillow with my mom rubbing my back I wondered why Charlotte had to die. My mom patiently explaining the gift Charlotte left for Wilbur. Even now I feel a bit of a lump in my throat. It was treasures like this that started my love of boo...
  • TL
    No words I can say but this book is magical and beautiful and everyone should read it... a truly wonderful tale :) <3
  • Carol
    As I now join the million's of readers who have enjoyed this great book, I realize it truly is a book for ALL ages. Loved every minute of it!
  • Stephanie
    Within 3 minutes of reviewing its Top 100 Novels Written in English List, I knew The Modern Library was irrelevant. That's because it failed to include CHARLOTTE'S WEB. I mean, I realize that children's literature is considered a joke by most intellectuals, but get serious. Anybody who reads this story and fails to recognize its greatness doesn't really like books, in my opinion.Not only does CHARLOTTE'S WEB feature one of the most ingenious plot...
  • Shayantani Das
    It may sound weird but this is the first time I am reading this book. I don’t know how I missed out on it when I was a kid. Maybe it was the Famous 5 or Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. Anyway, if I had read it as a kid I might have mustered some sympathy for Wilbur. Right now though, I am just mad. Such a whinny and annoying crybaby. Met enough people like him in real life. Poor Charlotte! My personnel bitchy nature aside, this book was amazing. A qu...
  • Natalie Monroe
    How I feel about spiders when I read Charlotte's Web:How I feel about spiders when I see one in my house:But I really do love this book. Charlotte A. Cavatica, you will live on my heart forever.
  • Ash
    I could not stop myself from crying. I literally had tears in my eyes after I finished reading it. Charlotte was such a sweetheart. And Wilbur's innocence made him look cuter.These lines made me breakdown : "She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both."One of the best stories of friendship I have ever read.Updated:09/28/2012I watched the movie today and it is o...
  • Ji
    I read this book three times and my opinion of the book has changed each time. The importance of this? Just think how complex and well written a book is if you can take different meanings from a novel at different stages of your life. Here is a mini recap of what I thought each time I read it...4th Grade: Poor piggy! I'm glad he found a nice spider friend. I'm so sad that Charlotte died at the end! But I still hate spiders. 8th Grade: I guess it ...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    An endearing tale from childhood., I grew up watching the animated movie every year. Once I had my daughter, I knew I had to buy this book for her. Now that she's grown, I decided I needed a copy for myself. This book teaches us about love and friendship. It teaches us to celebrate life. These are lessons we are never too old to be reminded of. 2017 Reading Challenge: nonhuman perspective
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This was one of my favorite books as a kid and I always felt bad for Charlotte that people saw the spider web that said "some pig" and were instantly impressed with the pig... not the super intelligent spider who could spell. (This might have been the ONLY time I liked spiders). Anyways, I had a weird love for Templeton the rat and still think this entire story is absolutely adorable :)
  • Theresa
    "Charlotte's Web" is SOME BOOK! A childhood favorite of mine. Brings back wonderful memories for me. A classic! :)
  • Wanda
    ***Wanda’s Summer Carnival of Children’s Literature***I distinctly remember my grade one teacher, Doris Wright, reading Charlotte’s Web to us, a chapter or two per day. I suspect there was some snivelling when we reached the end of the tale.Boy, could I identify with the main human character, Fern. I grew up on a small farm like the ones in the book (without the work horses—we used tractors during my childhood) and it was primarily a hog ...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    One of the best books written for children that I've read so far this year.It has full of lessons that anyone including adults can learn from or at least be reminded of. It has many interesting characters that anyone can relate to. It's about life - the young pig Wilbur learning his life important lessons from the caring spider Charlotte. It's about friendship - Fern taking care of runt Wilbur, Charlotte weaving for Wilbur, rat doing favors for W...
  • Luffy
    Charlotte's Web is a tender children's story with sweet insights about life, growing up, and mortality. It's a privilege to open a book and hear the timber of a gifted writer, whose voice was so simple that one wonders why this book was not hatched decades earlier. The author's voice remains unique enough to be distinctive from the crowds of pretenders that have succeeded him. I think what I've done in my review is describe a classic. Make no mis...
  • midnightfaerie
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is a classic piece of children's literature I've only recently revisited. My five year-old son and I started reading it together and I was surprised how in to it he was, even though his attention span lagged at some spots such as the extensive descriptives White likes to use. They paint a colorful picture, but there were too many words my son didn't know at once, so it was hard for him to pay attention enough during ...
  • Katherine
    ”’My name,’ said the spider, ‘is Charlotte.’‘Charlotte what?’ asked Wilbur, eagerly.‘Charlotte A. Cavatica. But just call me Charlotte.’” Like many people, I absolutely hate spiders. They’re creepy and crawly and just all around nasty. I can’t even look at a picture of a spider without going into full on panic mode, and if I see one in person all hope is lost for me. I usually stand there like Janet Leigh in Psycho and jus...
  • Susanna
    In my desperation for a good night's sleep, I jettisoned my Nguigi wa Thiong'o novel (as Em says "is there any great African literature that's not about war or hunger or political corruption?") and, as after Mom's going, delved into some children's books. This was all I remembered it being when I read it at 8 and more.I can't say more than Eudora Welty did:"What the book is about is friendship on earth, affection and protection, adventure and mir...
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  • Mandy Crider
    What a beloved classic! One of my favorites, such a magical story of love and acceptance based on the inside. Charlotte and Wilbur make for an incredible cast along with the other zany characters. Great children's book.
  • Kristine
    {spoilers ahead, but on the other hand, if you've seen the Disney movie, you should be ok}FYI this review will NOT do this book justice. Maybe one day I'll spend a year writing a critical analysis titled "Why I Love Children's Literature" and use this book as its topic. Because it's really that good. I know some people don't get kid's books. But I have really found there to be no lack of word crafting, prose, strong characterization and voice, co...
  • Michael
    Annotation:A young pig's life is saved by a Charlotte, a wise spider. Through Charlotte, the pig learns important lessons about friendship and loss.Review:Perhaps the most striking aspect of E.B. White's 1952 classic Charlotte's Web is abundance of endearing, clearly-drawn characters. White's tale of friendship, altruism and loss rings very true because of how quickly the reader comes to care for and identify with the characters. Despite being wr...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Charlotte's Web, E.B. WhiteCharlotte's Web is a children's novel by American author E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams; it was published in October 15, 1952, by Harper & Brothers. The novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in her web in order to persuade ...
  • Sean Kennedy
    Contains perhaps one of the saddest passages in literature:Good-bye!" she whispered. Then she summoned all her strength and waved one of her front legs at him.She never moved again. Next day, as the Ferris wheel was being taken apart and the race horses were being loaded into vans and the entertainers were packing up their belongings and driving away in their trailers, Charlotte died. The Fair Grounds were soon deserted. The sheds and buildings w...
  • Joey
    Lo and behold, my young student lent me – although I abhor to do so- this in tatters considering that I am now finicky about book covers. I prefer pristine books to crispy ones since I would love to build my own private library someday where in I would definitely hole up reading the books I would like to keep up with. (Stargazing) Yippie! I can’t wait for it.I rarely get a chance to meet a young student whose taste for books is paralleled wit...