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The Bookworm

Written by Debi Gliori

Illustrated by Debi Gliori

Books for Babies and Toddlers Books of the Month Featured Books for 3+ readers Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on The Bookworm

September 2019 Book of the Month

A warm, family-centred story, full of humour and with a totally unexpected ending, The Bookworm is classic Debi Gliori. Like young children everywhere, Max is desperate for a pet, but his parents reject all his suggestions, from puppy to dragon (they don’t exist, says Daddy). But then Max finds a pet in the garden that’s just right for him, and is soon best friends with his story-loving worm. The illustrations are hugely appealing, full of well-observed details that will be recognisable to all families, and there’s a freshness to the telling that makes it particularly charming. This is certain to be a real favourite.

Andrea Reece

The Bookworm Synopsis

Max really wants a pet. His parents aren't so sure. Puppies chew, parrots screech and sharks have too many teeth. How about a dragon? Max's parents say that dragons don't exist, so Max settles for a pet worm instead. Except this particular worm turns out to be very unusual when its back begins to turn spikey and it begins to breathe smoke ...

Dragons don't exist. Do they?

A funny and light-hearted story from much-loved children's author Debi Gliori, perfect for any child who has ever wanted a pet. With an added cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for.

The Bookworm Press Reviews

Praise for Alfie in the Garden:

The ultimate book to share with ages three and upwards - Irish Examiner

Helping in the garden could not be more fun than when it is with Alfie - Practical Pre-school

A lovely story made even more charming by the exquisite illustrations - Creative Steps

Debi Gliori at her best. Perfect - Books For Keeps

Praise for Dragon Loves Penguin:

Debi Gliori is an experienced and award-winning author, and her ability to write an engaging and well crafted story shines through - Muff and Teacake

This book sings with love - The Little Wooden Horse

It is simply delightful, utterly heart-warming and brimful of hope - Library Mice

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ISBN: 9781408893036
Publication date: 22/08/2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408893036
Publication date: 22nd August 2019
Author: Debi Gliori
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Animals
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Collections: 40 Great Bedtime Stories for the Under 5s,

About Debi Gliori

Debi started writing children's books in 1976, then attended art school in Edinburgh from 1979 to 1984. She received a travelling scholarship award to go to Milan, and worked as a freelance from 1984 onwards. She lives and works in Scotland, and her studio is situated in a thirteenth-century herb garden. She now has four children and her book No Matter What is dedicated to them. Debi Gliori is the author/illustrator of many books for children including Mr Bear, the winner of a Children's Book Award. DEBI GLIORI is the award-winning author and illustrator of many Bloomsbury picture books including the Alfie series, ...

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