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 Diary of a worm : teacher's pet (I Can Read! Level 1)
 Author: Cronin, Doreen

 Publisher:  Harper (2013)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 31 p., col. ill., 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 250523 ISBN: 9780062087058
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Teachers -- Fiction
 School stories
 Worms -- Fiction

Price: $14.79

Worm loves his teacher Mrs. Mulch. She's the best teacher Worm has ever had--and a great teacher deserves a great present! But what can Worm give her?

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Bliss, Harry
Houran, Lori Haskins
 Illustrator: Nez, John A.
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 159011
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.10
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 60951

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/13)
   School Library Journal (06/01/13)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (09/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2013 PreS-Gr 1—Worm is back again with friends Spider and Fly in this entertaining early reader based on the humorous tales of Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. Readers will delight in the antics of Worm, captured in the familiar journal style, as he discovers that even teachers have birthdays. He tries to find the perfect gift for Mrs. Mulch. "October 6 I woke up worried. One more day until the party and I was still stumped." Full spreads and expressive spot illustrations assist new readers with plot development. Bottle cap chairs and mushroom desktops set in a forest classroom create a fun perspective for readers as they follow Worm on his quest. Simple vocabulary and large font make this a welcome addition to beginning-to-read collections and young fans of these three pals.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Bulletin for the Center... - 09/01/2013 This easy reader based on Cronin and Bliss’ Diary of a Worm (BCCB 10/03) follows the premise of the original, sharing the entries Worm writes in his diary that address the trials and tribulations of being a worm. In this offering, Worm is trying to come up with the perfect gift for his teacher’s birthday. Fortunately, his friends Fly and Spider are there to help, and “Fly spotted something with one of her zillion eyes”-a perfectly rotten apple on the ground under a tree. Unfortunately, he forgets an accompanying card, but he manages to chomp out a “Happy Birthday” greeting on the side of the apple. The watercolor illustrations don’t have quite the fizz of Harry Bliss’ originals, but they offer some gentle humor, particularly in Worm’s changing expressions. The grass-level world is carefully realized, with lots of little details adding interest to the scenes. As is often the case when picture books are adapted into easy reader format, there isn’t much new here; the dynamics among characters, the humor, and the diary format are more or less repackaged with somewhat simpler text and more visual clues, and since the original title was perfectly suited for reading alone at the same age, this is less a re-aiming than an extension. Still, Worm was entertaining the first time around and proves entertaining once again in this format. Look for more entries in this series-Spider and Fly are certain to want their own shot at easy-reader fame. HM - Copyright 2013 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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