First confession: I own two copies of the Tony DiTerlizzi illustrated version of The Spider and the Fly; one I bought in 2002, and one I just bought last month. I wouldn't let my young son "read" my 2002 version of The Spider and The Fly because I wanted to keep it pristine. Now I will just keep the 10th Anniversary Edition to myself.
Pretty much everyone knows the opening lines to The Spider and The Fly, and with good reason; they are pretty amazing first lines. The rest of the poem, although seldom quoted, is just as great.
The Spider and the Fly was my initial introduction to Tony DiTerlizzi's artwork, and I've been a fan of his work ever since. There is a bit of Rackham, Gorey, and Brian Froud living in his work, but the combination is pure DiTerlizzi.
Second confession: I bought the original The Spider and the Fly long before I was a mom. I wasn't even married. I just really, really wanted the book because of the black and white, film noir illustrations. And the fly looked very much like my younger sister, Luna, at the time (although, she does only have two arms and two legs.)
Third confession: For the Hallowe'en party of the library in 2006, my fellow librarian, Louise, and I did a Reader's Theater version of this book. We pre-recorded the dialogue and acted it out in costumes for the kids at the party. Louise was the spider. I was the fly.