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Diary of a Worm

Diary of a Worm

Fall 2003 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
ISBN: 006000150X
Hardcover Price: $15.99
The author of the best-selling children's book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is back with a story that's sure to appeal to lovers of all things slimy. This time, Doreen Cronin turns her attention to a young worm making his way in (or under) the world. Among the lessons learned: The earth gives us everything we need, and in turn, worms care for the earth. Set up in diary form, our worm hero reveals such insights as, "Hopscotch is a very dangerous game," and that no matter how pretty his sister thinks she is, "her face will always look just like her rear end." Cronin's text is tightly written and funny; the illustrations by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss provide the visual punch-lines, perfectly complementing the jokes set up by the words. Children will like the inherent yuck factor in a book about worms, and will appreciate the comic asides in many of the illustrations. But there is also a poignancy not lost on children or adults-like kids, worms are small and sometimes overlooked.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2003 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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