There's a Hair in My Dirt!: A Worm's Story

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Once upon a time in a place far away, lived a man named Gary Larson who used to draw cartoons. It was a cartoon that appeared for many years in daily newspapers and was loved by millions. (And was confusing to millions more.) But one day he stopped.

Gary went into hiding. He made a couple short films. He played his guitar. He threw sticks for his dogs. They threw some back.

Yet Gary was restless. He couldn't sleep nights. Something haunted him....

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Overview

Once upon a time in a place far away, lived a man named Gary Larson who used to draw cartoons. It was a cartoon that appeared for many years in daily newspapers and was loved by millions. (And was confusing to millions more.) But one day he stopped.

Gary went into hiding. He made a couple short films. He played his guitar. He threw sticks for his dogs. They threw some back.

Yet Gary was restless. He couldn't sleep nights. Something haunted him. (Besides Gramps.) Something that would return him to his roots in biology, drawing and dementia—a tale called There's a Hair in My Dirt! A Worm's Story.

It begins a few inches underground, when a young worm, during a typical family dinner, discovers there's a hair in his plate of dirt. He becomes rather upset, not just about his tainted meal but about his entire miserable, wormy life. This, in turn, spurs his father to tell him a story—a story to inspire the children of invertebrates everywhere.

And so Father Worm describes the saga of a fair young maiden and her adventuresome stroll through her favorite forest, a perambulator's paradise. It is a journey filled with mystery and magic. Or so she thinks.

Which is all we'll say for now.
What exactly does the maiden encounter?
Does Son Worm learn a lesson?
More important, does he eat his plate of fresh dirt?

Well, you'll have to read to find out, but let's just say the answers are right under your feet.

Written and illustrated in a children's storybook style, There's a Hair in My Dirt! A Worm's Story is a twisted take on the difference between our idealized view of Nature and the sometimes cold, hard reality of life for the birds and the bees and the worms (not to mention our own species).

Told with his trademark off-kilter humor, this first original non—Far Side book is the unique work of a comic master.

Now Larson can finally sleep at night. Question is, will you?

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From the celebrated Far Side comic.
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From the creator of "The Far Side" comes this hilarious faux children's fable. It begins a few inches underneath the forest floor, when, during a typical worm-family dinner, a young whiny worm finds a hair in his dirt. What follows is a father worm's story to his son about idealized nature and the cold reality of life for the birds, the bees -- and the worms! Color illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060932749
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 115,157
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Larrson creator of the phenomenally successful cartoon, The Far Side®, grew up in Tacoma, Washington. As a kid he liked to draw but never formally studied art or considered being a cartoonist. His real love was biology, which ultimately became a frequent topic in his cartoon panel.

Larson has the distinction of having the scientific community name a biting louse and a butterfly after him. He lives in Seattle, Washington—above ground.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    There¿s a Hair in My Dirt is a non-Farside book by popular Ameri

    There’s a Hair in My Dirt is a non-Farside book by popular American cartoonist, Gary Larson. It begins with a worm family having dinner when the young worm son complains of a hair in his dirt. This leads to his father telling the story of Harriet, a young woman who lived in a cottage by the woods. At once a humorous and cautionary tale, it is, of course, graced throughout with Larson’s quirky illustrations. It may look like a children’s storybook, but it proves to be much more. Every square centimetre of the pages is worth close attention. An extra Larson fix for Far Side addicts. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Hilariously Funny

    I am a middle schooler who just discovered this book today in my school library. My friend was looking for it in the library and he let me read it... it was insanely funny! it's witty, it's smart, and it's perfect for kids right around our age! No, it's not for little ones, despite the misleading look of it. The illustrations were hilarious. Parents: I wouldn't recommend reading this to the youngsters unless you want to explain what a "sex maniac" is... but it's wonderful for ages 12+! A must-have for any lover of satire and comedy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Entertaining and Subtle Science

    Entertaining, well illustrated, and actually includes biology facts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    AWESOME!

    I bought this thinking 'Hey, Gary Larson did a kid's book!' Oh, imagine my surprise when I read it! Let's just say the older kids will love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was an absoulte revolution of a masterpeice. The complex words, the award winning art, all of which entwined to form a book that not only exceeds some of the best sellers of our modern time (Da Vinci Code, Crank, 1984, The Great Pig Escape, Harry Potter) but as well provides a vivid landscape of imagination and opens the doors to an endless possibility for a sequel novel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    Doing the 'right' thing may really be 'wrong'

    What a wonderful story for young and old! Gary Larson has certainly expanded his creative imagination for the sake of learning some very valuable lessons about everyday life. It is a wonderful story for all

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2002

    FUNNY!!!!!!!!!

    that book was very funny! u should read it!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    There's a hair in dirt! (very witty)

    Hi...I loved this book because it is very witty. I love the old woman who likes the animals and the little worm. I am a kid incase you did'nt know(age 13)and I think that anyone of any age would just love this book. So check it out by ordering it on this website and you will love it so much!***** five stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha..............

    I don't normally like to read, but this book caught my eye. There's laughter on every page, who can't use a little of that! I've passed the book to friends, all have loved it. Due to it being a short book with an entertaining cover, it could look like a book for little children, but it's actually for teens and us older folk. I would highly recommend this book. Oh yeah, as I tell everybody, read the pages before you look at the pictures.:) Have a good laugh!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2001

    There's a Hair In My Dirt....

    and this book is so funny it'l make your hair fall into the dirt laughing. The format and pictures were wonderful, and Gary Larson's sadistic humor is at its best in this comical masterpiece. This is one for the whole family, or at least ages 12 thru 60, because anyone older might be at a health risk from laughing or the shock at the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2001

    This is a great book

    This is a really good book. It is very funny, too. I sugest you buy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    It was so great!!

    My 9th grade Mythology teacher read it to us (why in mythology I don't know....)and the class couldn't stop laughing for at least 5 minutes. Definitely recommended...and the ending, well, it was so so so funny!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2000

    I loved it!!

    I just loved it.I thought it was funny & entertaining. I didn't really see the ending coming. I was suprised and LOL my head off. (don't worry I got it back on now!)It will make you think and I loved the little stories within the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    It's supposed to be for adults!!!

    And it is wonderfully insightful and funny. Comic books are for kids...Larson is for adults who think like kids. I enjoyed every minute.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    Super Outstanding Terrific

    I think this book is so awesome. It proves anyone can be a kid at heart. Lawson is fantastic, the way he throws in little adult humor quips is wonderful and refreshing. What playful adult doesn't love picture books??

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    outstanding book to read

    I am a 15 year old sophmore and my biology teacher read this book to us and I absolutely loved it. It was educated, but also entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    a must-read!

    a great book for all larson fans- the humor is wonderful, if not slightly skewed as always...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2000

    must read

    a very funny story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    Had a good idea but didn't get away from adult mode

    I am 9 years old and thought the book would be really funny. What could be lower than a worm? I was sad to see cuss words and pictures that I thought took away from the book. Mr Larson had a great idea to teach a little 'nature science' in his book but I think he forgot what age group he was writing for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

    I love this book! Despite it's cover, this is definitely not kid

    I love this book! Despite it's cover, this is definitely not kid friendly. That said, I shared it with my sons who were 11 and 17 when I first read it. They loved it too.

    I teach college history, mostly graduate level students, and always have this on my suggested readings list because it is a great introduction to perspective- a key element in understanding history.

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