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 Ear worm!
 Author: Knowles, Johanna

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [30] p., col. ill., 22 x 27 cm

 BTSB No: 527206 ISBN: 9781536207835
 Ages: 2-6 Grades: K-1

 Worms -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Singing -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $22.58

One summer day, as Little Worm heads out to play, he discovers he has a song stuck in his head. Owl flaps along with a song of his own, and before long Chipmunk, Bunny, and Fox fall in line, each contributing an ear worm to the joyful cacophony.

 Illustrator: Bernstein, Galia
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 514632

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/21)
   School Library Journal (-) (11/01/21)
   Booklist (12/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—Knowles attempts to explain what happens when people remember the words and melody of a song and sing it to themselves constantly. Throughout the book, a baby worm searches for the creature that put an ear worm in its head, meeting others with the same problem along the way. An owl, a squirrel, a chipmunk, and a rabbit all have their own ear worms. When the baby worm goes home for a nap, readers will smile to learn who is the source of the song. This one-joke tale does little to explain what an ear worm is, and the journey to understanding hints at a cumulative effect but never achieves a pace or rhythm. VERDICT The analogy of an ear worm is not explained well enough for young readers or English language learners to comprehend; the idiom of an ear worm is totally lost in the story.—Tanya Haynes, Meyer Elementary/Lamar CISD, Stafford, TX - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/01/2021 A round pink worm with even pinker cheeks, a sweet smile, and large black eyes has a stanza of a tune stuck in his head, and he’s wondering where and who it came from. He wriggles around his community and asks a variety of creatures if they are responsible for planting the snippet of song, which readers soon learn is called an “ear worm.” Owl, Chipmunk, Bunny, and Fox each deny responsibility, as they each have their own little ditty that doesn’t match the worm’s. As Little Worm surveys the neighborhood, each animal he questions joins in the search, singing their melodies as they go. At naptime, Little Worm returns home to his father, and the mystery of the earworm is soon solved. Ask listeners to create a tune for each critter’s song and this title may soon become a most-requested storytime favorite. Large, charming illustrations, created digitally, depict an enthusiastically singing and dancing troupe. The typeface changes position, size, and font, adding energy to the happy tale. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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