Diary of a Worm

Diary of a Worm


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#1 New York Times Bestseller!

This hilarious picture book from the bestselling, acclaimed author-illustrator team of Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss tells the adventures of a worm through his daily diary entries.

This is the diary of a worm. This worm lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school. But unlike you or me, he never has to take a bath, he gets to eat his homework, and because he doesn't have legs, he just can't do the hokey pokey—no matter how hard he tries.

Read the other books in the series: Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Spider!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060001506
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/14/2003
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 47,584
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Doreen Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, as well as Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Giggle, Giggle, Quack. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their daughters.

New York Times bestselling artist Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. He is the author and illustrator of Bailey and Luke on the Loose and the illustrator of A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech, Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, and Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo. His self-titled single panel gag cartoon Bliss appears in newspapers internationally. He lives in New Hampshire. You can visit him online at www.harrybliss.com.

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Diary of a Worm 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Exactly what the title says, Diary of a Worm, super funny, life as told by a worm.
aleykk11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was short but good!
szanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The wit in this book is simple and crisp. The voice of the worm sounds like the kid next door! Children have so much fun using this book to create their own imaginary journals for incongruous creatures!
DebbieMcCauley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the hilarious diary of a worm, one who has as much to deal with on a daily basis and as many interesting experiences as anyone else! He tries to teach a spider to dig, scares humans, does the hokey pokey worm style, and reveals his ambition to be a secret service agent. I think the scrapbook `photos¿ inside the front and back covers are a great addition. This book will subtly help children understand what a worm does and how important they are to the earth. Wonderfully illustrated.
rlanten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Diary of a Worm is a story made up of the diary entries of a little boy worm describing his daily activities. He tells us about his best friend spider, how they try to teach each other how to dig holes and walk upside down, and even how they get through an argument. We see him teasing his sister and getting in trouble for it. Then he tells us the best and worst things about being a worm. He ends by telling us that even though people sometimes forget about worms, the earth never does. I loved this story. The pictures were entertaining and did a great job illustrating the story being told. The diary entries were typical for most young boys making this something kids can easily relate to. It was also good in showing us how worms help the earth.1.This could be used in a science lesson on soil.2.Could be used for a writing lesson it would be a great way to start journaling.
karafrib on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have you ever stopped to wonder what life would be like if you were a worm? That¿s exactly what Doreen Cronin does in her picture book, Diary of a Worm. The main character is a young worm in a red baseball hat, whose journal creates the body of the book. Readers discover the panic that ensues during fishing season, the pros and cons of being a worm, and what happens when a worm¿s home is flooded by water among many other things. Worm attends school, has an older sister who is annoying, and a best friend, Spider, with whom he has comedic misadventures. Worm experiences common feelings such as jealousy of Spider¿s legs and ability to hang upside down, but realizes that he also has attributes that are admirable.Light-hearted, witty, and fast-paced, Diary of a Worm addresses both every-day issues normal children face as well as those specific to young worms, while providing an entertaining education about the role worms play in taking care of the earth. Harry Bliss¿ illustrations are colorful and often funny, and it is safe to say that worms have never looked so cute and appealing. The next time someone who has read this book encounters a worm on a sidewalk on a sunny day, they are likely to stop and put it back in the grass, so that it can continue its important work for the earth. With thoughtful details put into every aspect of the book, Diary of a Worm is a delight to read and is perfect for children who are looking for an up-beat character they can relate to. Recommended for PreS ¿ 4.
fvalle89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A guided reading group loved this and picked out funny statements. They had to explain why they thought it was funny by putting themselves in the animal's point of view.
weeksie50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book.I love that The Worm writes a diary.The pictures in this book are so cute.One of my favorite parts is when the brother worm tells the sister worm, her front looks the same as her end. I read this in the spring after it has rained and we go and look for worms on the sidewalk.Super cute, funny book.
katiejanelewis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This entertaining picture book is written in the format of a young worm who journals some humorous and interesting details of his life. He writes about adventures with his friend, the spider, as well as tales of encounters with humans and issues at school. This book is great for almost any age - probably best for second, third, or fourth graders. It can be intertwined with a science lesson, as some of the worm's diary entries (as well as pictures) include a worm's duties and responsibilities.
TheMightyQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anecdotes from the life of a worm. Charming, imaginative, depiction of life underground from the perspective of a young worm/boy. Humorous text and supporting images woven in between. Especially fond of the illustrations drawn like photographs taped into a journal at the start and end of the book. Not entirely scientifically accurate, obviously since worms don't keep diaries, but a good introduction to earth science. Recommended for all readers and all picture book collections.
ReneePesheck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story introduces the happenings of one day in the life of our narrator - a worm. This would be a great story to introduce a writing project focused on the diary format. There is lots of humor in the text.
bgiancola on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a picture book that is written like a diary that will catch the attention of children. The illustrations are cartoon like and the book is very humorous and is written from the perspective of the worm as he goes through his daily events. This book is great for young elementary classroom second grade and under. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 for its hilarious diary entries and cartoon like illustrations.
MandaW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I though it was funny and cute. It made me laugh a lot. I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
farfromkansas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Diary of a Worm, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss, is a concept book about (you guessed it!) worms. However, rather than scientifically describe the lifestyle of worms, Cronin has utilized the narrative device of a ¿diary¿ that allows the worm to describe the different actions in his life as if he was just a normal, average kid (who just so happens to be a worm). Like a diary, there are dated entries detailing typical life events: going to school, interacting with friends, and life dreams¿ there are just more spiders, ants, and dirt in this version. There are also ¿pictures¿ of worm memories (like a family vacation visiting a compost heap), including a particularly clever joke about the hokey-pokey. Like the text by Cronin, the illustrations by Bliss are very entertaining: who would¿ve thought that a worm could actually be cute? Overall, Diary of a Worm is a surprisingly entertaining way for children to learn about science in an understandable, relatable way¿ and to get in a few giggles at the same time.Citation:Cronin, Doreen, and Harry Bliss. Diary of a Worm. New York: Joanna Cotler, 2003. Print.
rebecca401 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great follow-up or segue into vermicomposting or worm dissection, this book takes real facts about worms and stretches them, giving worms human characteristics. It is also a good writing prompt. Students can recognize the pattern the author uses and create their own fantasy books about animals, based on real facts and humor.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is based off of a diary that is kept by a worm; this makes this book a good example of a fantasy. The illustrations in this book very well crafted. The reader is able to understand a lot of the story just by the illustrations.
jcardwell04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Goes through the life of a little worm and what he encouters in the course of a few days; things from bugging his sister to seeking protection during the "fishing season".
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So clever and funny. Lots of cute touches that you almost miss.
Leshauck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good for teaching younger kids about how worms live. Most kids love insects so this book would be good for them. Great for teaching science.
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