Opening Clue - As the giant tarantula crawled across
the table, Ole knew that Ichiro was in mortal danger.
Did Ole bring the spider along for show
and tell? (No.) In his lunch box? (No.) Did Ichiro? (Yes.)
In his lunch box? (Yes.) Had
the boys accidentally swapped lunch boxes? (Yes!!)
Did Ole realize that? (Yes.)
So he realized that Ichiro would be eating
his (Ole's) lunch, to which Ichiro was allergic? (Yes.)
Was the lunch made of peanut butter? (No,
but close enough. It was a Snickers bar.)
Here are the KEY Facts
in The Mysterios Tarantula
- Fact 1 - Ole and Ichiro were brothers.
- Fact 2 - The tarantula was Ichiro's pet.
- Fact 3 - Ichiro put the spider
in his school lunch box.
- Fact 4 - The boys lunch boxes
got mixed up.
- Fact 5 - Seeing the spider, Ole realized that Ichiro
now had Ole's lunch.
- Fact 6 - There is a nut candy in Ole's lunch.
- Fact 7 - Ichiro is allergic to nuts.
The details of The Mysterious Tarantula
Ole is 11 years old.
His little brother Ichiro is just six. Terry the Tarantula is Ichiro's
pet. For days, Ichiro had been begging his mother to let him take the
spider to school, for show and tell. Mom had said, no, so Ichiro planned
to smuggle Terry out of the house in his lunch box.
In their rush to leave the house for school, Ichiro and
Ole accidentally swapped lunch boxes. Their lunches were identical except
for two important differences. One - the stowaway arachnid. Two - Ole's
lunch included a Snickers bar, left over from Halloween. Ichiro, who
has a severe allergy to nuts, had gummy bears in his lunch. Ole knows
that one bite of the Snickers could be fatal for his little brother.
Staring at the tarantula, and realizing that Ichiro was now in possession
of the potentially deadly candy bar
Ole knew that Ichiro
was in mortal danger."
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Mysterious Tarantula, Don Fitzmahan, 2002 / Minute Mystery is trademarked
by Don Fitzmahan.