Diary of A Worm

Cronin, Doreen

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Diary of A Worm
A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world.

Publisher: New York : Joanna Cotler Books, c2003
ISBN: 006000150X
Branch Call Number: J PIC C
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bliss, Harry 1964-Illustrator


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Doreen Cronin’s funny, diary-style account of the challenges and benefits of a being a worm. Students can listen and read along to this book through NYPL’s Tumble Book database. http://bit.ly/rSV6Wg

Also available (with a nonfiction companion) through Bookflix.

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Oct 18, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book from the very first page. This is a journal written by a young boy worm. It is his perspective on life. Throughout he talks about the advantages that worms bring to the earth such as airing soil and composting. The little boy is mischievous at times, but is good to his friends.

The illustrations are wonderful, colorful and fun. The book is laced with humor that kept me laughing to the end. One of my favorite scenes is when the worms try to do the Hokey Pokey at a party, but they can only put their heads in, out and turn all around. I like the subtle way this book teaches ecology and the benefits worms bring to the earth. This book would be a perfect starting point for an Earth Day lesson. I also love the creativity of the worm's perspective.

There are two newer books in a series called Diary of a Worm written by Lori Houran. These are young readers based on this picture book, but are not written by Doreen Cronin. There are also Diary of Fly and Diary of a Spider by Cronin. I look forward to reading these next.

This book is advertized for ages 4-8. I really don't think four year olds would get most of the humor in this book. I would say it is more appropriate for ages 6-9.

Jan 18, 2011
  • olivermcgee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

All the Doreen Cronin books are a hit at our house. They are simple, easy to read and a cute story line. My husband and I enjoy reading them to the kids.

Jul 26, 2010
  • lms rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kids are always asking for this book


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Oct 18, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

Jul 09, 2014
  • violet_butterfly_1922 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 17, 2011

PreS-Gr 3-A baseball-capped crawler gives readers an episodic glimpse into the vicissitudes of his life in these hilarious diary entries. Difficulties such as having no arms, having a head that looks a lot like your rear end, and facing the dangers imposed by people digging for bait are balanced by a loving family and good friends. The young protagonist describes playing with his friend Spider, engaging in a variety of activities at school, and interacting with his parents and sister. Packed into these droll slice-of-worm-life vignettes are a few facts about earthworms and their behavior, all rendered with a dry sense of humor. The full-color watercolor-and-ink illustrations sprawl across the pages in lush earth tones. Bliss's cartoons give the worms lots of personality without overly anthropomorphizing them. The use of multiple perspectives will have children eagerly looking at the pictures to identify objects and locales. Primary-grade youngsters will especially appreciate the classroom scenes. This quirky worm's-eye view of the world makes these ubiquitous invertebrates a little more understandable and a lot more fun.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.


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