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Diary of a Worm

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Diary of a Worm

Having a head that looks like your ear is just one of the difficulties of being a worm. Through droll diary entries the baseball-capped young son of the worm family in this hilarious story describes both the dangers (being dug up as bait) and the perks (never getting in trouble for dragging mud through the house) of life underground.

Having a head that looks like your ear is just one of the difficulties of being a worm. Through droll diary entries the baseball-capped young son of the worm family in this hilarious story describes both the dangers (being dug up as bait) and the perks (never getting in trouble for dragging mud through the house) of life underground.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Doreen Cronin is one of the best new humorous writers for young children, and DIARY OF A WORM does not disappoint. Harry Bliss uses multiple voices for Worm and his various friends. Bliss brings Worm himself to life with the cadences, enthusiastic tones, and simple statements of a young boy who meets the joys and opportunities of each day with sometimes wistful, sometimes deadpan humor. The music and sound effects enhance the story and performance; the environmental theme, along with the humor, make this a great selection that kids and adults alike will enjoy. W.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from July 21, 2003
    Cronin's beguiling journal entries by a worm who can write are as witty and original as the missives from her popular cows who can type (Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type). With his red baseball cap and good-natured humor, the titular hero is a winning American Everyboy, and young readers will identify with his escapades in part because they mirror their own. Bliss's (A Fine, Fine School) clever endpapers feature photos of the worm on his first day of school and on a family vacation to Compost Island, as well as his report card (he gets an "A" for tunnel, a "Pass" for Squirming). He makes his friend Spider "laugh so hard, he fell out of his tree," and he tells his sister that "her face will always look just like her rear end." But in addition to being like the hero, youngsters will also enjoy seeing their familiar world from a worm's vantage point. "It's not always easy being a worm," he says. One of the bad things is that a worm can't chew gum; one of the good things is that worms never get cavities (they have no teeth, he points out). At a school dance, a line of worms does the hokey pokey, putting their heads in and out and turning themselves about ("That's all we could do"). Bliss's droll watercolor illustrations are a marvel. He gives each worm an individual character with a few deft lines, and the varying perspectives and backgrounds enhance the humor of the text (especially a view from the sidewalk up, illustrating "Hopscotch is a very dangerous game," with a girl's sneakers about to descend). Inventive and laugh-out-loud funny, this worm's-eye view of the world will be a sure-fire hit. Ages 4-8.

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