The Bottom Line
- Presented in a clear, straightforward style (accessible)
- Title: Charlotte's Web
- Author: E.B. White
- Genre/Type of Work: Children's book; fable; fantasy
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Publication Date: 1952
Guide Review - 'Charlotte's Web' Summary
Charlotte's Web is a fable by E.B. White. an award-winning story about a pig named Wilbur, who is befriended by a spider: Charlotte. The spider saves Wilbur, makes him miraculous (special)--so he doesn't go to the slaughterhouse to be turned into bacon.
Charlotte is a friend. We come to care what happens to her. In Chapter 5, Wilbur thinks, "I've got a new friend... But what a gamble friendship is! Charlotte is fierce, brutal, scheming, bloodthirsty--everything I don't like. How can I learn to like her, even though she is pretty and, of course, clever?"
All the while, White employs his famous award-winning writing style ("unable not to write"). As James Thurber once said, "No one can write a sentence like White." (One of his claims to fame was The Elements of Style.)