Reader Reviewed I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt

I Can Only Draw Worms

Written by Will Mabbitt
Illustrated by Will Mabbitt

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February 2017 Book of the Month Will Mabbitt has created a counting book and picture book like no other. Though his subject is worms, generally regarded as rather boring, this book dazzles, and not just because of the day-glo brightness of the pages. Mabbitt subverts our conceptions of what a picture book is – his is about worms, because that’s all he can draw; he asks readers to do the storytelling for themselves; he even overturns the simple counting element (I won’t tell you what happens to worm number 8, but readers have two halves to count in the final line up of 10). Like recent hits such as The Book With No Pictures and This is a Serious Book, I Can Only Draw Worms will make adult readers laugh as much as child readers, and both audiences will revel in its wit and pizzazz. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

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  • Asrah Khan, age 5 - 'The book is very bright and colourful. I will pick it first every time at story time I find it funny that I laugh out loud, will be reading it again and again.'
  • Joshua Bertenshaw, age 4 - 'Fantastically funny sort-of-counting-book that is worth re-read after re-read...We laughed and laughed at this delightfully quirky book!'
  • Emma & Jack (age 4) Radford - 'We LOVE it...It definitely made us giggle. The humour is really well pitched. A very simple yet engaging story, which kept us entertained and encouraged confidence with counting.'
  • Edith Andrews, age 3 years 9 months and Mum Ella Andrews - 'Brilliantly simple idea, fabulously executed. My daughter and I laughed out loud. Even the baby enjoyed all the bright colours. This book went down a storm with the whole Andrews family.'
  • Sabrina and Robyn Chorley, age 4 & 8 and Mum Tracey Chorley - 'A funny book that made us all giggle! Both girls loved this funny simple story...It's a fun, quirky book with bright illustrations that we all liked.'
  • Ares Yow-Fairs, age 2 - 'I like the worm that goes to the toilet and the worm that was snipped into two pieces.  That was my most favourite part.'        
  • Priya Dhoot, age 3 - 'Front format looks inviting...Maybe appeal to a group reading.'


I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt

This book is about worms. I can only draw worms. You might think worms are boring - but you'd be wrong. These worms have INCREDIBLE adventures! I can't draw those bits, though, so you'll have to imagine them. A hilarious and superbly silly book that will have children in stitches and begging for more.

Perfect for fans of The Book With No Pictures, each page is a riot of colour and builds on the joke of the previous page, getting steadily more uproarious as the story continues. Readers young and old will laugh out loud, and we’d be very surprised if Worms did not one day become a cult classic. Will says he expects nothing less.

About the Author

Will Mabbitt

Will Mabbitt likes to write. He writes on the train, in the corner of cafes, and sometimes, when his laptop runs out of power, he writes in his head. Will has a background in children’s media, producing digital content for Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. His previous children’s books, The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones and Mable Jones and the Forbidden City are also published by Pufffin, for middle grade and primary readers. The third instalment in the Mabel Jones series, Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book, is due to publish on February 7th 2017 (just after I Can Only Draw Worms). Will lives with his family, cats and a woodlouse infestation in Lewes on the South Coast of England.

He now, also, draws. But he can only draw worms.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

26th January 2017




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