The Worm

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Overview

The second in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Worm is a look at the earthworm. It covers such topics as the worm's habitats (sometimes they live inside other animals), its anatomy (its muscle tube is slimy and gross), and its illustrious history (worms have been on earth for 120 million years). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Worm contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.

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Overview

The second in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Worm is a look at the earthworm. It covers such topics as the worm's habitats (sometimes they live inside other animals), its anatomy (its muscle tube is slimy and gross), and its illustrious history (worms have been on earth for 120 million years). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Worm contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/10/2014
In one of two books kicking off the aptly (and wonderfully) named Disgusting Creatures series, Gravel (How Do You Doodle?) explores the long and short of worms, with a big emphasis on humor. A pink earthworm who is prone to shouting pops up repeatedly, at one point insisting, "I am not disgusting!" after Gravel describes his species as "basically a long digestive tract inside a muscle tube. It's that muscle tube that's slimy and disgusting." The boldly colored cartoons and handwritten display fonts make this a very appealing package, though the images can be at slight cross-purposes with the text (Gravel gives the friendly crew of worms eyes and smiley faces, even though readers learn halfway in that worms don't actually have eyes). But those idiosyncrasies in no way diminish the enjoyment of the book as Gravel tightrope-walks the line between gross and funny—as in a silhouetted image of a dog that shows two parasitic white worms sitting down to a meal in its belly. Says one, "Pass the salt, please!" Simultaneously available: The Fly. Ages 6–9. (Mar.)
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“Gravel presented a perfect sequence of fascinating facts with a delicate dash of icky…. It’s part of a series and we’re hoping the other books are just as good.”
The Globe and Mail

"The boldly colored cartoons and handwritten display fonts make this a very appealing package . . . Gravel tightrope-walks the line between gross and funny."
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 1–3—These easy-to-read entrants feature caricature-like cartoon illustrations that appealingly depict worms and flies. The brief text imparts information and is accompanied by chatty asides from the subjects ("I'll have the garbage juice soup for starters…" states a fly as it scans a restaurant menu, while an earthworm, after being told that humans use worms as bait and that some even enjoy eating them, protests, "Delicious? No, no, no!"). Readers will find these titles fun to peruse and will pick up some useful material on the subjects, along with a tasty soupçon of icky-ness.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770496330
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Series: Disgusting Creatures Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 405,462
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ELISE GRAVEL is an award-winning author/illustrator from Quebec. She is the winner of this year's Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration in French, and is well-known in Quebec for her original, wacky picture books. She has published a number of books with US publisher Blue Apple and is currently working on a graphic novel for Roaring Brook Press. Having completed her studies in graphic design, Elise found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration. Her old design habits drive her to work a little text here and there into her drawings and she loves to handle the design of her assignments from start to finish. She is inspired by social causes and is likes projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    I love the illustrations and colors in this children's book. Gr

    I love the illustrations and colors in this children's book. Gravel does a great job of making worms funny and even interesting, and there is great information here for kids. My almost 3-year-old son immediately said, "Read it again!" That's a winner for us.

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