Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PB14:14 - Day 12 - Yucky Worms

Welcome to Day 12 of the Picture Book 14:14. We're almost finished with the challenge, and I've written about 13 books so far (yesterday I did a "two for Tuesday" post). Thirteen books into it I realize I have not blogged about any non-fiction books. Sooooooooo...

today's book is:

Title: Yucky Worms: Read and Wonder
Author: Vivian French
Illustrator: Jessica Ahlberg
Publisher: Candlewick
Year: 2012
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.

Here's today's link to read other participants' day 11 picture book reviews:


Katie Logonauts said...

Sounds like an engaging way to introduce real information about this topic to younger readers. Plus, who doesn't like learning new ways to talk about poop?

Manju Howard said...

I want to read all the "worm commentary in speech bubbles."

Laura Boffa said...

I do love when non-fiction information is told through a story. And yes, as a teacher, I can tell you that girls also LOVE giggling about poop and yucky thing!

janet smart said...

I watched the video. Great book, the author did a good job.

Damon Dean said...

Sounds like my kind of book! I agree, the dialogue seems to be a key element here, and I'm finding that it serves non-fiction quite well!
Thanks for the heads up on this one, Linda.

Vivian Kirkfield said...

Now this is a book I just have to get, are right about the 'poop' grandson is 6 and he thinks it is the cat's meow! He loved all of Artie Bennett's books with Poop, and Butts, and Belches, Burps and Farts, Oh My. ;)

I love this book and it reminds me of the rhyming pb I wrote, Boy to Bug. I planned on having back matter to explain more about the different I will have to study this book and see how they did it. ;)