Diary of a Worm: Teacher's Pet


Worm loves his teacher Mrs. Mulch. She’s the best teacher Worm has ever had—and a great teacher deserves a great present! But what can Worm give her?

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Worm loves his teacher Mrs. Mulch. She’s the best teacher Worm has ever had—and a great teacher deserves a great present! But what can Worm give her?

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Cronin and Bliss' droll humor come to the early-reader set courtesy of Houran and Nez. Mrs. Mulch is the best teacher Worm has ever had. So, when they have a substitute so she can take the day off for her birthday, Worm just has to think up a present that will be more spectacular than those of his classmates. His best friends, Spider and Fly, try to help, but their ideas just aren't appropriate for worms. But when they take him kite flying (literally) to cheer him up, they spy an apple from their vantage point. Will it be rotten enough? Will they be able to get it to Worm's school? Will Worm be able to pull a birthday card out of thin air? Nez's illustrations in the style of Bliss entertain, his characters sporting accessories and facial expressions that will be quite familiar to readers. Houran and Nez have transferred all the elements that made the Diary series so successful--the slightly gross humor, the three friends and their talents playing off one another, and the similarity to real human plights--to this early reader, continuing the trio's adventures for kids just striking out on their own. When will Fly and Spider get their own school stories? (Early reader. 5-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Worm is back again with friends Spider and Fly in this entertaining early reader based on the humorous tales of Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. Readers will delight in the antics of Worm, captured in the familiar journal style, as he discovers that even teachers have birthdays. He tries to find the perfect gift for Mrs. Mulch. "October 6 I woke up worried. One more day until the party and I was still stumped." Full spreads and expressive spot illustrations assist new readers with plot development. Bottle cap chairs and mushroom desktops set in a forest classroom create a fun perspective for readers as they follow Worm on his quest. Simple vocabulary and large font make this a welcome addition to beginning-to-read collections and young fans of these three pals.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062087058
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: I Can Read Book 1 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 817,569
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin

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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