The story starts off under an old house where a “spinspider” is tending to her webs. While complaining about the upcoming winter, she notices a struggle in one of the webs. To her delight, she finds a “tomebeetle” struggling to get escape his certain death. As she inspects her prize, she notices a book attached to the tomebeetle’s back. Eager to bribe for his freedom, the captive offers to read a few stories to the spinspider out of the book. He starts with a story about a colony of otterwills, creatures who depend on water for survival. One day, their water supply dissappears. Desperate to find out what the problem is, an elderly otterwill, Grandma Lilibud, and her grandson, Puffer, embark on a long journey to find the answer.
I feel that this book would be thoroughly enjoyed by someone much younger than me. It’s a fun, adventurous story that can be read in one to two sittings. It’s the perfect bedtime story. However, I do not recommend this book to anyone much older than 8 or 9 years old. It’s definitely a children’s book.