Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyWith their characteristic swaths of solid color, Russo's bold paintings illustrate a sprightly look at a farm's food chain. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS Consciously uncomplicated in design, The Big Fat Worm provides an almost textbook example of what a good book for the very youngest can look like. The story line is a simple circular tale, using logical sequence and rhythmic language. Van Laan employs just enough plot tension to appeal to a two or three year old: i.e., Will the bird eat the worm? Will the cat eat the bird? Beginning with a ``big fat worm,'' the story moves through its characters: bird, cat, dog, and back again. The repetition of key phrases (``I'm going to eat you up'') will delight children and encourage them to participate in the telling. Russo's illustrations are bold and somewhat childlike in their lack of detail and shading. Throughout, bold colors will grab the attention of the youngest children and hold it. This is an excellent read-aloud book for either one-on-one sharing or one-on-fifty storytime experiences. Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libs . , Green Bay, Wis.
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