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Diary of a Worm

Diary of a Worm

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by Doreen Cronin

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This is the diary . . . of a worm. Surprisingly, a worm not that different from you or me: He lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school. But unlike you or me, he never has to take a bath, he gets to eat his homework, and because he doesn't have legs, he just can't do the hokey pokey -- no matter how hard he tries. Oh, and his head looks a


This is the diary . . . of a worm. Surprisingly, a worm not that different from you or me: He lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school. But unlike you or me, he never has to take a bath, he gets to eat his homework, and because he doesn't have legs, he just can't do the hokey pokey -- no matter how hard he tries. Oh, and his head looks a lot like his rear end.

Doreen Cronin, the New York Times best-selling author of Click, Clack, Moo and Giggle, Giggle, Quack, teams up with illustrator Harry Bliss for this hysterical journal about the daily doings and the hidden world of a lovable underground dweller.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
A worm's wriggly life is never dull, and in this refreshingly original picture book from Doreen Cronin -- author of the Caldecott Honor–winning Click, Clack, Moo -- and illustrator Harry Bliss, one little critter talks about its highs and lows in a series of totally hilarious diary entries.

From March to August, the baseball cap–wearing worm records his thoughts and feelings about friends, family, digging, and eating. Armed with his mom's sage advice ("Never bother Daddy when he's eating the newspaper" is one of the most important) and a fairly positive attitude about life, the "underground dweller" gets a kick out of scaring girls on the playground, hanging out with friends (literally, hanging out with Spider), cutting the rug at school dances (getting farther than "put your head in" during the hokey-pokey is impossible), and other school-worm activities. Of course, a worm's life isn't all fun and games, especially since worms can't chew gum or have a dog, but they never have to go to the dentist or take baths! And while the little worm says life is tough because sometimes people forget worms exist, dear old Mom reminds him that "the earth never forgets we're here."

Pairing Cronin's wry storytelling with Bliss's comical, cartoonish illustrations, this charmer touches a range of emotions, ultimately tickling readers' funny bones as they see worms in a whole new light. Scenes of the poor worm sitting pensively under a mushroom and imagining himself as a Secret Service agent are truly priceless, while Cronin's economical, thoughtful use of language is the perfect tone for a little worm experiencing life. Although he's small, this prolific fellow has a heart and a story that are grand indeed. Matt Warner

The New York Times
In Diary of a Worm, Doreen Cronin, the author of Click, Clack, Moo, teams up with Harry Bliss, a New Yorker cartoonist. They sprinkle tiny clods of digestible earthworm facts onto a happy wormworld that children will find reassuring, even alluring. — Bryn Barnard
Publishers Weekly
Cronin's beguiling journal entries by a worm who can write are as witty and original as the missives from her popular cows who can type (Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type). With his red baseball cap and good-natured humor, the titular hero is a winning American Everyboy, and young readers will identify with his escapades in part because they mirror their own. Bliss's (A Fine, Fine School) clever endpapers feature photos of the worm on his first day of school and on a family vacation to Compost Island, as well as his report card (he gets an "A" for tunnel, a "Pass" for Squirming). He makes his friend Spider "laugh so hard, he fell out of his tree," and he tells his sister that "her face will always look just like her rear end." But in addition to being like the hero, youngsters will also enjoy seeing their familiar world from a worm's vantage point. "It's not always easy being a worm," he says. One of the bad things is that a worm can't chew gum; one of the good things is that worms never get cavities (they have no teeth, he points out). At a school dance, a line of worms does the hokey pokey, putting their heads in and out and turning themselves about ("That's all we could do"). Bliss's droll watercolor illustrations are a marvel. He gives each worm an individual character with a few deft lines, and the varying perspectives and backgrounds enhance the humor of the text (especially a view from the sidewalk up, illustrating "Hopscotch is a very dangerous game," with a girl's sneakers about to descend). Inventive and laugh-out-loud funny, this worm's-eye view of the world will be a sure-fire hit. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Our worm hero is introduced on the cover, writing the diary that is the text. His prize photos and mementos are taped into the end papers. With his jaunty baseball cap, he is far more than the average worm. In entries from March to August, our narrator has adventures with family, friends, and hopscotch players, goes to school, learns lessons and wisdom from his family, does an unforgettable "hokey pokey," and puts in some good words for ecology. He's a real charmer with a sense of humor. Bliss's cartoon characters in context tickle our funny bones. A bed is made from an empty tea bag carton, the worm youngsters sit around mushroom tables, one worm has a scraggly beard. Designed mainly as vignettes, the illustrations emphasize the actions in the variety of the worm's experiences through the days, similar in many ways to those of human youngsters. 2003, Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A down-to-earth invertebrate comments on friendship, family life, school, and his place in the universe. An amusing worm's-eye view of the world, with a tongue-in-cheek text and wry illustrations. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Each turn of the page will bring fresh waves of giggles as a young worm records one misadventure after another. He tries to teach his arachnid friend how to dig a tunnel; learns the peril of hanging out on a sidewalk during a game of hopscotch; suffers a nightmare from eating too much garbage before bedtime; makes a one-piece macaroni necklace in art class; earns a parental reprimand for telling his older sister that "no matter how much time she spends looking in the mirror, her face will always look just like her rear end," and much, much more. Bliss gives this limbless young diarist a face and an identifying red cap, adds plenty of sight gags, and just to set the tone, plasters (painted) snapshots on the endpapers captioned "My favorite pile of dirt," "My report card" ("Needs to resist eating homework"), etc., etc. Readers will come away with the insight that worms may not be so good at walking upside down or doing the Hokey Pokey, but they do play an important role in taking care of the Earth. Not so different from us, after all. (Picture book. 6-9)

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HarperCollins Children's Books
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4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, as well as Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Giggle, Giggle, Quack. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their daughters.

Harry Bliss is the New York Times bestselling artist of Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, by Doreen Cronin; A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech; and Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig. He is also an award-winning, internationally syndicated cartoonist and a cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. He lives in Vermont with his son.

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Diary of a Worm 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
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AllieBNY More than 1 year ago
The students in my class absolutely love these Worm, Spider, and Fly books--I hope more will come! I have read each of them at least twice last year. The funny thing is that there are a few jokes the kids might not get but the adults definitely will. Once I explain them to my students they all burst into laughter once they finally get it. Every elementary classroom or home should have these fabulous books!
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MakikoMS More than 1 year ago
This book is really humorous, even if you read it for the hundredth time!!! It is very good for the class room and teachers would find the book to be a good read. Be sure to read Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Fly!
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My 3 year old has read this book every night for the past several months. It is creative and thought-provoking, encouraging young kids to see the world through the eyes of another. Highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'May 28th: 'You put your head in, you put your head out, you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself about...thats all we could do!' In this funny story, 'Diary of a Worm', by Doreen Cronin, the worm writes everything in his diary. One day, the worm was in art class and he makes macaroni necklaces. They ate it for dinner! That night the worm wrote about his necklace in his diary. I would recommend this book because it's a funny story that makes me laugh. It is a great book for second grade!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diary of a Worm is great really funny if you are looking for a book that you just want to laugh at I reccomend this book. It will make you laugh to me it will!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's the best of the series. It's one of my son's favorite books. He liked it so much, he has since bought Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Fly which are also good, but Diary of a Worm is the funniest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book after the first reading. I laughed out loud several times during the story. This cute book is well written, and the author does a great job weaving in facts/information about worms. I think both lower and upper elementary grade students would enjoy this book. Also, I think it could be used when introducing journaling or keeping a diary to children. I highly recommend Diary of a Worm!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dairy of a Worm is a delightfully humorous account of the everyday life of a common earthworm. Through interesting text and charming illustrations, this book is sure to be a favorite of the young and old alike. Within this book Doreen Cronin provides her readers with concise, yet informative, text that allows the audience to view the world through the eyes of a worm. The personification of the characters is simply hilarious! Through the interaction of the main character and the supporting characters, the author depicts the mischievous personality of a young boy who is discovering the world all around him. The illustrations are charmingly done by Harry Bliss. From the cover of the book until the last page, the colorfully painted drawings captivate the reader. The story is definitely enhanced by the whimsical way that Mr. Bliss depicts the situations throughout the story. In my opinion, the illustrator most effectively develops the story through his drawings which include both worms and humans. These illustrations allow us to consider the way worms must view us from their perspective. Overall, this is a great book that I and my students loved reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Doreen Conin's Diary of a Worm and think that it would be appropriate for children of different ages. The main 'worm' discusses, in first person, the pros and cons of being a worm. Children of all ages may view the slimy little creatures differently after reading this book. Teachers could use this book to model journal writing and introduce science lessons and units. The author's words and illustrator's pictures work cooperatively in a way that would make readers want more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Diary of a Worm is my all time favorite book. It is amazing! The creativity is absolutely beyond any other story, and the pictures are phenomenal. I'd reccommend it to anyone with an incredible imagination, and anyone who loves animals and would like to have a good laugh. The worst part is that it is so short. There should be a sequel! Beyond 5-Star!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Diary of a Worm is wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated! It is a hilarious story about life--- through a worm's perspective! My 6 year old daughter truly enjoyed this book and her mother was amused as well!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable, and appeals tremendously not only to my four-year-old son (who LOVES it) but also to every adult who has read it to him. It's packed full of humor and heart plus family, friends, and fears. The illustrations are absolutely perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first glance, I didn't think this was going to be a good book. It's about a worm for crying out loud. Buuut, when she saw it in the library, my 4 year old daughter wanted to read it, so I reluctantly checked it out for her. She loved it so much that we have checked it out numerous times thereafter and I have grown to love it also. When I characterize the words and point to the pictures as we read, she wants to re-read it again. We are especially tickled when worm says to his sister 'no matter how much you look in the mirror, your face will always look like your behind. Spider thought it was funny, Mom did not.' That is such a hoot! Anyway, we loved it immensly so I decided to purchase it for her and introduce ourselves to the Diary of a Spider also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a mom, I really want my kids to develop a love of reading. I decided to get this book for my kids because they love to read about worms, bugs, and other 'gross' things...ha ha. I also loved this little story. It was great to share with them, and they loved reading it on their own as well. As you can see below, I also got them a book about Nose Pickin' and a book about a gassy dog! HA!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin is a hilarious book written for all ages from a worm¿s point of view. Harry Bliss did a great job illustrating it, making the illustration got right along with the wording of the story. In this book, Worm learns many useful things such as worms can not walk upside down, Hopscotch is a very dangerous game, and worms can not chew gum or have pet dogs. This book is about the daily events of a young worm; it tells about his school, homework, dreams, home, family, friends, and even thoughts. In the front and back of the book here are pictures with captions that Worm took. These pictures include a twenty dollar bill that Worm thinks is a leaf, a baseball he thinks is a rock, the time Bee stung him, his family vacation, him and his friend, his own comic, and his report card. I think this is a first-class book that everyone will enjoy. Both children and adults will find this book amusing because of its word choice and illustrations.