Reader Reviewed They Didn't Teach This in Worm School! by Simone Lia

They Didn't Teach This in Worm School!

Written by Simone Lia
Illustrated by Simone Lia

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August 2016 Debut of the Month This story of an unusual friendship is exactly the sort of barmy, surreal comedy adventure that reduces young readers to hysterical giggling. Marcus, a worm, strikes up an alliance with Laurence, a nondescript bird, initially to avoid being eaten. He attempts to guide Laurence to Lake Nakuru in Kenya, and while their trip ends in failure, a real friendship is formed along the way. Highlights of their adventure include encounters with a beatbox dancing squirrel, some snooty flamingos, and lots of mashed potato. No matter how silly it gets (very), there’s a logic underneath and real feelings at the heart. Simone Lia’s illustrations feature throughout and add immensely to the fun.

This is one to recommend to fans of the Timmy Failure and Barry Loser books. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Children love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading4kids expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. 

  • Annabelle Cassidy, age 8 - 'A brilliant adventure book that drew me straight into the story and flying along all the way...the best book that I have read in my life.'
  • Emma Johnson, age 6 - 'This book was really funny, it made me laugh a lot and I really enjoyed it!'
  • James McNichol, age 6 - 'A tale of two very unlikely friends.'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - 'I give it 5* because I enjoyed the book and liked the pictures. If you are 8+ and like funny stories, you’ll love this book!'


They Didn't Teach This in Worm School! by Simone Lia

Marcus is a worm. Laurence is a bird that looks like a chicken. Laurence wants to gobble up Marcus for breakfast, but the worm surprises him with Good morning! The worm tries to keep the conversation going, and it goes in a very unexpected direction: Laurence seems to think he's a flamingo (he's definitely NOT), and Marcus soon finds himself riding Laurence as he flies towards Africa, where Laurence believes he can finally be happy. A tale of high adventure, wily tricks and unlikely friendship, beloved comic artist Simone Lia has created a comedy classic that will have readers wriggling with laughter.


Lia's understated visual humour goes hand in hand with joyfully surreal verbal adventures [...] It is unexpectedly moving too, with an understated emphasis on self-worth and contentment. The Guardian A tale of high adventure, wily tricks and unlikely friendship, Simone Lia has created a comedy classic that will have readers wriggling with laughter Little ones will be wriggling with laughter when they dig into this quirky, comical story about a worm on a rollercoaster journey of survival. [...] Packed with brilliantly offbeat illustrations, comic artists Lia's tale of soaring adventure, wily tricks and unlikely friendship is just made for adventure-loving kids. Lancashire Evening Post It's as hilarious as a chicken in a cat suit The Phoenix A deliriously illustrated, all-ages read from the creator of FLUFFY and PLEASE GOD, FIND ME A HUSBAND, I gobbled up this deceptively clever 180-page adventure in a single, giggle-filled sitting. Oh. My. Days. This book is one of the funniest middle grade worm books I've ever read. It's combination of bubbly humour and hilarious illustrations are sure to encourage the reluctant readers into action. [...]this is a laugh out-loud read, full of wonderfully funny illustrations ... and a must read for anyone from around seven especially those with a sense of adventure. Red Reading Hub If you are 8+ and like funny stories, you'll love this book! [...] 'They Didn't Teach this at Worm School

's a winner for me [...] theartroomplant.blogspot It's a recipe for all-ages hijinks in a beautifully produced, copiously illustrated hardcover gem. Marcus and Laurence are hugely loveable characters and this beautifully illustrated book will carry you swiftly to its sweet conclusion. Booktrust Great for a first reader sprinkled with funny illustrations and lots of laughs. South Wales Evening Post [...] a unique reading experience that leaves genre boxes behind [...] In this book, Lia hasn't just written a story, she's created an experience. Telling jokes that can be appreciated by adults and discovered by children, presenting characters that have the moral ambiguity that invites readers to make choices and engage with the text, and layering narrative possibilities for reader interpretation, makes Worm School an intelligent piece that dances by any true attempt at classification. Quirky and fun with comic style illustrations, this little book will have you tweeting with laughter. WRD About Books'

About the Author

Award-winning comic artist Simone Lia began painting and drawing in her dad's tool shed at the age of 13 before going on to study at the University of Brighton and then the Royal College of Art. She has written comic strips for children and adults for numerous publications including The Observer with Things That I've Learnt , The Chip and Bean Quiz in The Independent on Sunday and Sausage and Carrots in The DFC. She has also published graphic novels Fluffy and Please God, Find Me a Husband. Her work has been exhibited across Europe, including the Tate Britain. Simone lives and works in London.

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Book Info


192 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th August 2016




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