Title: They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School!
Author/Illustrator: Simone Lia
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade, Humour
Description: Marcus is a worm. He likes the colour brown. He likes mud (because it’s brown). And he likes digging holes in the mud-brown earth. But when Marcus meets Laurence (a scruffy, fat bird who looks a lot like a chicken…and thinks he’s a flamingo!), he comes face to face with his worst fear. Marcus has two choices: Survive. Or be slurped up like piece of spaghetti…
My Review: I really love this book. It’s so funny and silly and has some great messages about friendship too. Marcus is a worm and likes to do worm things, but one day he ends up on a plate in front of a bird. About to become the bird’s breakfast he does the only thing he can…he says hello.
The story in this book is silly with Marcus the worm getting to know Laurence the bird and agreeing to help him go on a journey. I don’t want to give away the plot but this book is just really funny and daft. The book is told from Marcus’s point of view and is written in the first person. Every page of the book is filled with funny moments. The whole way the book is narrated and Marcus tells it is funny, there’s never a moment that isn’t and the illustrations just add to the humour.
There are pictures throughout the story and there isn’t a page in the book that doesn’t have an image around the text. The illustrations are all black and white and grey with the exception of the pink used to colour Marcus and a few other things. I really like the style of the pictures and especially the way that Marcus looks with no outline and that cute little face.
The story has a great message of friendship wrapped around the humour and I especially liked the ending which is of course funny but also quite heartwarming too. I enjoy a lot of funny children’s books but this is one of my favourites, there were moments I actually laughed aloud, especially when the ‘Eiffel Tower’ made an appearance. I think plenty of adults would really enjoy reading this every bit as much as kids would and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a book to cheer up their day. It’s definitely a story I’ll be reading again in the future!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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