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Diary of a Worm
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
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
VINE VOICEon 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
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
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
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
on November 21, 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
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
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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What a truly enjoyable book! Doreen Cronon (author) and Harry Bliss (illustrator) have come together to create an enlightening story, DIARY OF A WORM, which portrays the characteristics and life of an earthworm by giving it human qualities and comparing it to other creatures. The book is hilariously written in a diary format from the perspective of a young worm boy in a baseball hat. The human scenarios in which the worm is depicted give way to glimpses of the real life characteristics of a worm such as not having to go to the dentist because worms have no teeth. Interaction with other creatures leads to one of my favorite parts when the worm boy says good morning to an ant and then the other 600 ants that follow!

It is not surprising to have Doreen Cronin create another wonderful text after already having successes with CLICK, CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE and GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK. Harry Bliss continues to provide delightful and warm illustrations (including the scrapbook like pictures at the beginning and the end of the book) as in A FINE, FINE SCHOOL.

DIARY OF A WORM, especially for PreK through 3rd grade, lends itself as a great example for teachers to use to introduce and model "Voice", one of the "6 Traits of Writing", to students. It would be a great lead into students writing from the perspective of someone or something else. This book can also lend itself well to identifying and discussing humor using the delightful and amusing perspectives woven through it. Related activites could include the study of worms as well as comparison to other creatures such as spiders. The developmental assets of "self-esteem" and "personal power" from the "40 Developmental Assets" are supported by this book.

DIARY OF A WORM is entertaining and highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This book is just hilarious! Other reviews have described the content of the book, so I won't cover that, but I will say we've read it nightly for a week (a la "Five in A Row" by Jane Lambert) and it has launched discussions and research into the following:

1. Worms, what they are really like, how they live, etc...

2. Perspective - in the author, who came up with the hilarious idea of a diary by a worm, and in the illustrator, who drew wonderful pictures from a worm's point of view - particularly the one of girls playing hopscotch and the worms' look of horror in the foreground.

3. Diaries, their value, why people keep them

4. Secret Service men, who they are and what they do

5. Vocabulary words

6. Manners

The kids (even the reluctant writer) are now busy trying to write their own diaries from the point of view of an ant and a chessboard rook.
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