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Superworm Hardcover – January 28, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545591767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545591768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 11.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3—The team behind The Gruffalo (Dial, 2005) returns with a slightly slimy superhero who will (literally) worm his way into your heart. It's Superworm! He rescues toads and beetles from peril and young bees from boredom. The insects clap and cheer for their very own invertebrate champion, inciting the ire of the Wizard Lizard and his henchman crow, who kidnap Superworm for their own sinister devices. The toads, slugs, earwigs, and other bugs band together to rescue the hero, with a cunning plan to wrap the villain in honey and spiderwebs and relegate him to the rubbish heap (the slugs help by eating the wizard's flower wand). All is right with the world as Superworm returns to act as swing, slide, and hula hoop for his adoring fans. The illustrations are charming and detailed (look for a gruffalo in the garbage dump), with earwigs and beetles managing to look entomologically accurate as well as cute and cuddly. The story line and rhyme are not as engaging as in Room on the Broom (Dial, 2001), but young insect lovers and fans of Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Worm (HarperCollins, 2003) and other buggy tales will be thoroughly entertained.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC

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Superworm is a popular member of his community. With his long, supple body, he can entertain by serving as a jump rope, a hula hoop, or a slide, while also being helpful by fishing fallen insects out of a well and becoming a lasso to save a baby toad from an impending bicycle accident. When the Wizard Lizard captures our hero in order to cast a spell and make him do the lizard’s bidding, Superworm’s many friends, including grasshoppers, snails, and honeybees, have to hatch a plan to save their buddy. Told in well-scanning, rhyming couplets, this tale of friends helping friends is a joy to read aloud and will be welcomed by children in group or one-on-one sharing. Saturated, boldly colored cartoon illustrations reveal googly-eyed insects who live together in harmony, once they rid themselves of a pesky lizard. Read this along with Crichtor (1958) by Tomi Ungerer for a storytime about long, lithe, and helpful characters.Read this title along with Crichtor for a storytime about helpful reptiles Preschool-Kindergarten. --Maryann Owen

More About the Author

Julia Donaldson is the author of many successful books for children, including the classic THE GRUFFALO, which has won the Smarties Prize and the Blue Peter Award for the Best Book to Read Aloud. THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD was one of the biggest best-sellers of 2004 and won WHS Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Julia has also written many children's plays and songs, and runs regular storytelling and drama workshops. She lives in Glasgow with her family.

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Great story and awesome illustrations.
Erin Andrews
My 3 1/2 year old granddaughter memorized this book word for word in 6 days!
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After reading this one time my son asked to read to over and over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan G. on February 11, 2014
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Being a big fan of Julia Donaldson (and Axel Scheffler) I have to say they have done it right again. I love this team! My 3 1/2 year old granddaughter memorized this book word for word in 6 days! This book is totally addictive. Has anyone else noticed that her characters show up in her other books? The Gruffalo, especially, is fun to find hidden in the other books (written after Feb 2006). In the Gruffalo's Child, he carries a Stickman! Very clever. I recommend this book highly and all the others that this team has produced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin Andrews on April 19, 2014
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Great story and awesome illustrations. Have lots of your stories and will get more to finish our collection. My we man loves it
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By Sam on July 12, 2014
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My son absolutly loves this book, it is well written as all of Julia Donaldson's books.
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I bought this for both of them. My daughter (their mom) reads to them every night. Since giving it to my granddaughters, they want it read to them every night!! They are 5 and 2 years old.
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By scottw on May 22, 2014
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One of our little ones loves bugs, so this was a big hit from the start. So many kid stories are very similar, so its nice to have a story that is a bit different and creative.
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By Bangardi on May 17, 2014
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Good story. Had a lot of fun reading it and enjoyed the story, telling it both to out kids and to the kids at school.
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