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Marty McGuire Digs Worms! Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Praise for MARTY MCGUIRE:
"Messner gets all the details of third grade right [and] Floca's black-and-white sketches are filled with movement and emotion...Believable and endearing characters in a realistic elementary-school setting will be just the thing for fans of Clementine and Ramona."
About the Author
Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of MOONSHOT: THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11 and LIGHTSHIP, both Sibert Honor Books. He has illustrated Avi’s award-winning Poppy series and, most recently, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s BALLET FOR MARTHA: MAKING APPALACHIAN SPRING. Brian grew up in Texas and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find him online at www.brianfloca.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Worms and third-graders make for an explosive mix, especially in the hands of Kate Messner. After the kids overfeed their slimy charges, the worms escape and Marty and Annie have to capture them. Patience isn't Marty's strong point, but over the course of the story she learns to wait for her worms to slowly process trash into compost. On the big day, the environmentalist returns to judge the projects. Will Marty's worms win or won't they? Messner cleverly keeps readers at the edge of their seats as the winners are announced and brought on stage.
Marty is an engaging character, one whom kids will be sure to root for. And the environmentalist message, while prevalent, is rarely heavy handed. The students at Orchard Street Elementary genuinely care about saving the environment. One girl, whose father sometimes throws soda cans in the regular trash and not the recycling bin, sets up a metal detector that will buzz if aluminum goes in. As she explains, "I really wanted to set it up so he'd get zapped with a shock, too, like those electric dog fences, but my mom said I couldn't." The story is heavily sprinkled with such humorous tidbits, making it an enjoyable read. Brian Floca's light-hearted illustrations add to the fun.
The book is actually a great outline for school projects at any level.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good because they did something about recycling. I think my friend should read it because she recycles too. Thanks.Published 24 months ago by severine degnan
Reading this aloud to my 4-yr old daughter and she loves Marty and her antics with saving the Earth and navigating the complex social life of a 3rd graderPublished on June 20, 2014 by X10Khan
I think that this was a great book and I think that the author did a great job with all of the details!!!!Published on May 12, 2014 by Danielle Obernesser