Worm Gets a Job

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Everyone's favorite invertebrate sets out on a quest for employment?-and ultimately, happiness?-in a charming tale infused with humor and heart.

When Worm hears about an upcoming art contest, he is sure he can win?-all he needs is a new Deluxe Paint Set. But to buy new paints, he needs money. And to earn money, he needs a job. As Worm soon learns, finding a job is hard work, and so, in his case, is keeping one! With a cheery comic-strip style and a generous smattering of ...

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Overview

Everyone's favorite invertebrate sets out on a quest for employment—-and ultimately, happiness—-in a charming tale infused with humor and heart.

When Worm hears about an upcoming art contest, he is sure he can win—-all he needs is a new Deluxe Paint Set. But to buy new paints, he needs money. And to earn money, he needs a job. As Worm soon learns, finding a job is hard work, and so, in his case, is keeping one! With a cheery comic-strip style and a generous smattering of slapstick humor, Kathy Caple entertains and encourages young readers with a funny story about following your bliss.

Worm attempts various jobs for his animal friends so that he can buy painting supplies and enter the art contest.

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Children's Literature
The indomitable Worm returns for his third adventure. Author and illustrator Kathy Caple's cartoon-strip style boxes document his woes in the quest of earning enough money to buy paints so he can enter an art contest at Buzzy's Art Gallery. He tries babysitting (tricky for an arms-challenged creature), housecleaning (No, Worm, vacuum cleaners are not meant to suck up everything!), newspaper delivery (his aim is a little off), and sign painting. Sign painting? Aha! The perfect job for a budding artist, one would think. Yet . . . Needless to say, Worm perseveres to a happy, creative, and uplifting ending. Caple's humor-with-a-message is kid friendly, and her watercolor illustrations of the friendly little town's streets, shops, and critter inhabitants are low key but pleasant. 2004, Candlewick, Ages 2 to 6.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Reminiscent of Richard Scarry's "Busytown" stories (Random), this latest tale starring Caple's likable character is appealing. Determined to enter a local art contest, Worm needs to earn some money to buy a paint set and tries baby-sitting, housecleaning, and delivering papers. After a series of comical disasters, including a runaway baby buggy and an exploding vacuum cleaner, he finally gets a job painting signs at Frog's Fruit Stand. Worm has the time of his life making his work as artistic as he can, but Frog is dissatisfied and tosses him and his beautiful masterpieces out onto the sidewalk, where the judges of the very contest he dreams of entering discover him and are amazed by his talent. They award Worm first prize, an Ultra-Deluxe Artist's Paint Set, and he is able to launch his career as a painter. Although Worm's predicament is resolved a bit too conveniently, the story, told through simple sentences and a series of comic-strip boxes, is entertaining. The soft watercolor illustrations contribute to the humor. Varying from single-page paintings to smaller rectangles, squares, and circles, the layout of the pages keeps the action moving. Each of Worm's mishaps is depicted with amusing exaggeration. Fans of Worm and his friends will enjoy this latest adventure.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Suddenly faced with a need to raise cash, the limbless protagonist of Well Done, Worm! (2000) and Wow! It's Worm! (2001) discovers that work isn't quite the snap he expects. Needing $20 to buy materials to enter an art contest, Worm takes on a succession of odd jobs, from babysitting to newspaper delivery, housecleaning to sign painting-with uniformly unhappy results. In Caple's cleanly drawn cartoons, it's plain that Worm is tripped up not by his physical limitations, but by lack of judgment and the inability to follow instructions. Not that it matters, for in the end the fanciful signs that get him fired by the local grocer not only win the art contest, but launch him on a career as a rich and successful painter. Not quite as clever as Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Worm (2003), but close. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763616946
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.01 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Caple is both the author and illustrator of WELL DONE, WORM! and WOW, IT'S WORM! She is also the author and illustrator of several other picture books, including THE BIGGEST NOSE. A children's librarian, Kathy Caple has been writing and sketching stories about Worm in her notebook for several years.
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