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

They Didn't Teach This in Worm School! Synopsis

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.

They Didn't Teach This in Worm School! 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!'
  • Georgie Newman, age 8 - 'I liked the way the pictures helped to describe the story.'   

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ISBN: 9781406346503
Publication date: 04/08/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406346503
Publication date: 4th August 2016
Author: Simone Lia
Illustrator: Simone Lia
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Humorous, Animals
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month
Other Categories: Books for Boys, Reviewed by Children

About Simone Lia

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 ...

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