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.
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!'
- Georgie Newman, age 8 - 'I liked the way the pictures helped to describe the story.'
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.
's a winner for me [...] theartroomplant.blogspot It's a recipe for all-ages hijinks in a beautifully produced, copiously illustrated hardcover gem. jealousprints.com 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. Ink-mag.co.uk Quirky and fun with comic style illustrations, this little book will have you tweeting with laughter. WRD About Books This is a gentle, touching story with many laugh out loud moments and plenty of expressive pictures which help the reader understand more about their situation than the characters do. Great for newly developing readers and fun to share. Primary Times Magazine [...] funny, intriguing book [...] It's a really good story and I would recommend it to my friends. National Geographic Kids The best jokes come unexpectedly The Observer'
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