Title: Yucky Worms: Read and Wonder
Author: Vivian French
Illustrator: Jessica Ahlberg
Word Count:749+ (word count not including the worm commentary in speech bubbles, sidebars with information, and back material on how to be a wormologist)
Top 10 Element: dialogue
Summary: Instead of this book just listing facts and pictures, the information is presented as a story. It begins One day when I was in Grandma's garden, Grandma dug up a slimy, slithery, wiggly worm. "Yuck," I said. "Throw it away!" But, of course, his grandmother doesn't. Through dialogue between the two, children learn how to tell which end is which on a worm, what worms eat, etc.
Sound boring? Not really, and children will especially love all the information about casts. Do you know what casts are? Casts are
And seriously, what kid doesn't get the laughs and giggles when it comes to poop. Children also learn the dangers of being a worm, how to trick worms into coming out of the soil, and lots of cool facts. Did you know that worms have bristles in their muscles. The bristles help them move. There are also looks of cool comments from the worms in speech bubbles within the illustrations and back material on being a "wormologist".
I know boys will love this book. Girls? I don't know. I know I would have enjoyed it as a child. Would you like it? Find out for yourself. I found a video (by mrssworley's channel on YouTube) of someone reading it.
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