They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School!: One Worm’s Tale of Survival – Simone Lia


         They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School!: One Worm’s Tale of Survival – Simone Lia, Candlewick Press, (9780763695361), 2018

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

Genre: Animal fiction

What did you like about the book? Marcus the worm is content with his life of digging tunnels in the earth when he somehow ends up in a birdhouse high in a tree with a fat fluffy bird getting ready to eat him! Terrified, Marcus introduces himself learning that the bird is Laurence. He keeps talking to distract the bird whom he learns has this big dream of traveling to Lake Nakuru in Africa to join a flock of flamingos, as he firmly believes that he is one. Marcus is enlisted as the navigator and thus begins their adventures. This is a very silly, very fun book that should delight 2nd and 3rd graders. And Marcus is just so adorably charming.

Anything you did not like about this book? Nope.

To whom would you recommend this book? Excellent choice for beginning chapter book readers, as the chapters are short and funny with illustrations on every page. Teachers could delight their students using it as a read-aloud.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Juvenile fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Well, not quite, but super fun.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 2/11/2018

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