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. Volume XX Number 22. . . .February 7, 2014
The Worm is part of the new humorous nonfiction “Disgusting Critters” series. While reading The Worm, children will discover fascinating facts, including: the different types of worms (earthworm, tapeworm, flat worm, white worm, and the maggot), their diet (earthworms eat rotting plants and enrich the soil by making paths that let air and water circulate in it), and their habitats (some live in water, plants, animals, or humans). This is a good early reader introduction to nonfiction books, and, due to the interactive illustrations, this book could be well suited in a story time setting. Throughout the book, the page layout consists of factual information in conjunction with interactive and humorous illustrations of talking worms. Although The Worm is a nonfiction title, there is no index or glossary, but, due to its brevity, neither is really needed.
Author Elise Gravel completed her studies in graphic design. Readers are sure to be thrilled that Gravel has written and illustrated this book as the mix of facts and humorous illustrations are wonderfully done. Gravel has written and illustrated many children’s books in both French and English, and she won the Governor General’s Literary Award for illustration in 2012 for her book La clé à molette.
Other titles in Gravel’s “Disgusting Critters” series, to be released in 2014, include The Fly, The Rat, and The Slug.
Kaitlyn Vardy is a Children’s Librarian at the Prince George Public Library in Prince George, BC.
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