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There's a Hair in My Dirt! A Worm's Story Paperback – October 6, 1999
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Larson is never preachy, the text is hilarious, and his illustrations are filled with wonderful sight gags. It may look like a children's book, but there's enough here to keep the most sophisticated adult chuckling for hours. You might learn something, too. --Simon Leake --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
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Debra Shumate, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas,
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
Top Customer Reviews
With characteristic candor and capability, Gary Larson takes us on his own version of the slaughterhouse fieldtrip, reminding us of the cutthroat, utilitarian, and utterly unromantic reality of survival in this world. All the while, he helps that bitter pill slide down by coating it with a healthy dose of belly laughs-of the kind that used to make us spit up our coffee when we read The Far Side in the morning paper.
But humans are not the focus of this long-awaited Larson gem (though the main characters are hilariously anthropomorphized-right down to the father "smoking" a pipe filled with dirt). The food being consumed here is not meat but soil, and the young protagonist, an earthworm with adolescent angst, must come to terms with his own role in nature.
With a Zen-like pragmatism and a confidence that comes from his biological background, Larson challenges us to put our species pride aside, and to enjoy this natural world for what it is, not for what we want it to be.
My wife is an elementary school teacher, and I discovered this book on one of the science shelves in her classroom, near the rotting pumpkin and the ant farm. It's a great teaching tool for children, but I would recommend it for students of all ages.
For those of us that claim to be concerned for the environment, this book turns some preconceptions topsy-turvy.
As an educator, I just can imagine what Larson could do to ignite the language arts, math, and the social studies.
We need more tales of "Harriet" in public and private schools!
He could work wonders for the classroom!
Be prepared - this is a quick read. It took me about 15 minutes. Also, it looks like a little kid's book (K-3), but it is not. There are language and thematic issues that you should be aware of before handing it to your first-grader. On the other hand, your middle schooler will love it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dirt, Worms, Wildlife, Golden Hair Girl...
All that is missing is a magic wand and a high castle.
mood? Learning with satire. I use this to introduce Ecology, at the University level. I wish Gary did more Biology/Science topics. A textbook would be to die for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David H.
Such a funny story. Any Gary Larson fan will easily the twists in the story and the ending. Excellent illustrations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by GrandpaJack
The book is in good condition, but it is not appropriate for children. I got to use in my classroom, but cannot due to language.Published 2 months ago by Jenny
Son's favorite book. Bought a copy for my great niece and she loves it.Published 5 months ago by Glen Tunnell
Hilarious and brilliant. Be sure to look at each drawing closely for additional laughs.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a really good book. It also teaches some childhood lessons along the way. The lessons are geared toward middle school aged children but the little ones like the story too... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Deborah L. Moore
Quite an enjoyable children's book. Everything one would expect from Gary Larson.Published 6 months ago by JRJ