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Diary of a Worm Hardcover – August 14, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New title edition (August 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006000150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060001506
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Doreen Cronin (Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type) and cartoonist Harry Bliss (illustrator of A Fine, Fine School) shed a whole new light on a creature that spends most of its time underground: the earthworm. Written in diary form, this truly hilarious picture book tracks the ins and outs of a worm's life from the perspective of the worm family's young son. Take June 15's entry: "My older sister thinks she's so pretty. I told her that no matter how much time she spends looking in the mirror, her face will always look just like her rear end. Spider thought that was really funny. Mom did not." Except for the fact that he can't chew gum or have a dog, the boy likes being a worm. He never has to go to the dentist ("No cavities--no teeth, either"), he never gets in trouble for tracking mud through the house, and he never has to take a bath. As long as he can remember Mom's rule "Never bother Daddy when he's eating the newspaper," all is well. Bliss's endearing cartoonish illustrations of anthropomorphized worms are clever visual punchlines for Cronin's delightfully deadpan humor. For example, "June 5: Today we made macaroni necklaces in art class" sounds normal enough until you see the worms wearing one piece of macaroni around their necks, taking up a good part of each worm's body. Children and adults alike will adore this worm's eye perspective on the world. (Ages 6 and older) --Karin Snelson

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-A baseball-capped crawler gives readers an episodic glimpse into the vicissitudes of his life in these hilarious diary entries. Difficulties such as having no arms, having a head that looks a lot like your rear end, and facing the dangers imposed by people digging for bait are balanced by a loving family and good friends. The young protagonist describes playing with his friend Spider, engaging in a variety of activities at school, and interacting with his parents and sister. Packed into these droll slice-of-worm-life vignettes are a few facts about earthworms and their behavior, all rendered with a dry sense of humor. The full-color watercolor-and-ink illustrations sprawl across the pages in lush earth tones. Bliss's cartoons give the worms lots of personality without overly anthropomorphizing them. The use of multiple perspectives will have children eagerly looking at the pictures to identify objects and locales. Primary-grade youngsters will especially appreciate the classroom scenes. This quirky worm's-eye view of the world makes these ubiquitous invertebrates a little more understandable and a lot more fun.
Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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My 6-year old son LOVES this book.
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I actually think it's funny and know that he's taking the messages of the book to heart!
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By C. H. Poorman on March 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Diary of a Worm" is a prime example of how the right combination of illustrator and author can make an amazing book!
As part of the Junior Girl Scout "Books Badge," I asked my 12-year-old Girl Scouts to read a review of "Diary of a Worm," then read the book and see if they agreed with the reviewer's opinion. Well, those 12-year-olds were soon cracking up at the idea of a worm diary, but they laughed even more at the directions in which the illustrator took the diary entries.
When the little boy worm writes, "July 4... When I grow up, I want to be a Secret Service agent..." my girls roared at the picture of two little worm agents in sunglasses and earpieces, wearing black suit jackets (no pants, of course). They laughed even harder as one girl pointed out, "Look! He drew the jacket with sleeves, but they've got no arms to put in them!"
How funny are these little details? Take a close look at: a dentist whose name tag reads "Dr. D. Kay"; macaroni necklaces consisting of one piece of macaroni that completely encircles the worm's neck; and the books that the worm is dragging home from school, with the titles "DIGGING - A History" or "Compost 101."
The funniest bits, however, are the illustrations on the book's endpapers! They are meant to look like the little worm's scrapbook, and have family photos with his captions written underneath. A picture of him with a baseball says "I found this really cool rock!" Another drawing is a corner of a $20 bill with the caption "Isn't this leaf awesome?"
My five year old son adores this book. AND so do I, AND so do all of my 12 year old Girl Scouts! No mean feat (or feet, either!) (sorry, couldn't resist a "feet" joke)
We all HIGHLY recommend this book. :-)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Portianay VINE VOICE on September 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The most entertaining, truly hilarious picture book I have picked up in a long time! This one crosses the line of humor, in that small children, to whom it is being read, will "get it," but the adults reading will be howling. I always enjoy a Cronin read, but she has surpassed herself this time. Favorite entry in the diary: his comments on his sister's enjoying her own reflection.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My 3 1/2 year old son loves this book, and so do his parents! I bet my son will think twice next time he wants to step on a worm. I really recommend this book because it's really funny; some of the things I have to explain to my son, in a humorous way of course, but that's part of our bonding while book-reading. It's a great book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Stein on September 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for both boys & girls. In a whimsical manner the reader/listeners are taken through a worm's world showing all from the trivial to the most important aspects of their lives. With his little red baseball cap, our subject says good morning to a line of ants one at a time taking him all day. He points out the dangers he faces and explains his most important jobs. What an excelent way to learn about such an unusual creature in our world. Good for story times for 5 & 6 year olds as well.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Snap Happy on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 10 yr old son and I picked this up in the bookstore to consider it for my 3 yr old daughter. We read it together and i had tears running out of my eyes, I was laughing so hard. My son thought it was a riot and was cracking up as well. FUN BOOK! As much fun for parents to read as it is for the kids to hear it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zelda on November 20, 2004
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I bought this book when it first came out and have shared it with so many people who love it! This book is a hoot! A little worm keeps a journal, sharing daily life from a worm's perspective and it's very funny - such as "Dad was busy eating the newspaper" and worries about fishing season starting or trying to make it across a playground blacktop with kids jumping rope. I just love this book! The illustrations are wonderful, but the text is excellent. Just one of the best books I own! Kids love it, too, of course!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bonita Brinamen on March 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin follows the day to day life of a little earthworm. We learn about his daily adventures, his family and friend, a spider. Some of the humor will be appreciated by adults. Another great book for parents and teachers to introduce to their children. When the spring and summer arrives, take you child out worm hunting! The author, Doreen Cronin, also has another book entitled Diary of a Spider. It's equally as enjoyable.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Greazel on March 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My students (1st and 2nd graders) loved reading this book! They really enjoyed the pictures and the funny captions.
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