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There's a Hair in My Dirt!: A Worm's Story

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,061 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Once upon a time, in a place far away, lived a man named Gary Larson who used to draw cartoons. It was a cartoon that appeared for many years in daily newspapers and was loved by millions. (And was confusing to millions more.) But one day he stopped.

Gary went into hiding. He made a couple of short films. He played his guitar. He threw sticks for his dogs. They threw some b
Hardcover, 65 pages
Published April 15th 1998 by Harper (first published 1998)
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This, I think, is the most wierdest, most unique and odd book I have ever read. And I loved it. Its about a little worm who finds a hair in his dirt(hence, the title) and his dad goes on about how he should like to bea worm. It goes through a story about a random princess who goes on a walk through the forest and encounters things that turn out to be ironicly bad for her or the animal. It explains science in a hilarious, unique manner that can only beexplained as fantastic. Some people might fin ...more
Gary Larson made a living making single panel comics striking a cord with young and adult alike, so how does he carry out a story over multiple pages? Excellently, as a matter of fact.

The best description is a children's book showing a lady walking through the woods commenting on how awful reality is and the father worm talking about why it's necessary fir it to happen for nature to keep balance.

At the same time the entire thing is hilarious. The story i mocking the "Be kind to everything livi
I found this short graphic story so sarcastic and hilarious. The art was rather good, too. It looked childish, but it really wasn't. The language and content is too advanced for children.
Jun 06, 2011 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cheryl by: El Paso Public Library
Adult humor in a picture book format by Gary Larson of The Far Side Gallery. I couldn't help laughing at this twisted but hilarious story. Since I chose it solely based on the title (I was looking for picture books with worms), this was quite an unexpected surprise. A great example of picture books that are really for adults, not the little ones.

As funny as I found this book, it is definitely not a book I'd recommend for classrooms or children's sections of libraries since having a child go arou
Joshua McPhill
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Sarah DeWalt
"There's a Hair in My Dirt!" is a very funny entertaining book written by Gary Larson. This book is about a young worm and his family who have sat down for dinner and the little worm has found a huge piece of hair in his meal. He proceeds to complain about how much he hates being a worm because of the horrible life worms have. His father tries to make him feel better by telling him a story about Harriet, the lover of nature. Harriet may love nature but she sure doesn't understand it. She goes ar ...more
Intriguingly illustrated and playfully written, this book captured my attention. Though short, it manages to make an important point about the necessity of understanding our environment, while avoiding becoming heavy-handed with this emphasis. The plot of the story is humorous, from the style of the illustrations to the intentionally ironic ending (I won't give it away here). A quick, but interesting read, I would recommend this book to anyone seeking a brief, yet thought-provoking read.
This book is terrific for adults. Grown-ups can get more out of it than kids. I particularly love it when the blond girl feeds a gray squirrel and the book tells us that grey squirrels are a mean bunch that bully the native red squirrel. The picture shows a grey holding out an acorn in an open palm as a peace offering while surrounded by reds who are smoking cigarrettes and wearing shirts that say "I kicked Thumper's ass." It's a hoot!
A wonderful book recommended to me by Amy. A young worm becomes grossed out when he finds a hair in his dinner. Meanwhile, poor clueless Harriet is observed wandering around in the woods. She Loves Nature, but she just doesn't understand how it works. Daddy worm explains biological processes to his son, and we learn all about survival of the fittest, among other nature facts.
Clueless Harriet remains remain in the woods.
This one is written by the Far Side guy Gary Larson and it's just as hilarious. It's a fun and yet disturbing look on how us humans at times take for granted the world we live in.

A little worm complains about hair in his dirt and his dad and mom tell him all about the way the world is...and there's a twist at the end! Truly humorous and yet dead on!
As long as I am adding worm books.... This is one of my favorites. I read it to my 9th grade Earth Systems students too. My 4 year old loves it and my daughters think it is funny. It has a lot of good points and environmental issues in it. Don't forget that Gary Larsen (The Far Side author) is an Entomologyst (sp) (bug scientist) at heart!
This is an interesting book. It is about a book about a worm who finds a hair in his dirt and refuses to eat his dinner. The worm’s parents try to encourage the child worm to eat his dirt. Abut only does so after the father worm tells him a story that explains how hair ended up in his plate of dirt. The story is basically about a princess who takes a walk through the forest and at the end of her walk she helps a mouse which gives her a virus which kills her. And her hair ends up in the dirt henc ...more
My fellow science teacher at Hebron Middle School gave this to me to read.
Hilarious, and interesting.
Worms are important to the growth and condition of our soil.
I found it to renew my interest in life in the soil.
Great for any science class.
*laughs* Now I know why Sarah Blackstone was traumatized after her dad read this to her as a kid. It's pure black humor. I mean, it ends with Harriet dying! It's amazing! XD

Sep 19, 2008 Paige rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adult/ young adult
His usual twisted view of the world. Not a children's book, but I have my 9th graders read it every year to introduce Ecology.
There’s a Hair in My Dirt is a non-Farside book by popular American cartoonist, Gary Larson. It begins with a worm family having dinner when the young worm son complains of a hair in his dirt. This leads to his father telling the story of Harriet, a young woman who lived in a cottage by the woods. At once a humorous and cautionary tale, it is, of course, graced throughout with Larson’s quirky illustrations. It may look like a children’s storybook, but it proves to be much more. Every square cent ...more
Sep 16, 2008 Ron rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
A single-page joke expanded to book length.
Aug 20, 2012 Tina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High school teachers
Recommended to Tina by: Boss (Librarian)
I had seen this book laying around the circulation desk a few times and I thought (after having read nearly every Jon Scieszka book) that this was a primary book, so today when a teacher asked me to hold it for her I was utterly confused when the catalogue said it was in the high school area (I work in a school library in case you hadn't notice that) I thought we might've made a mistake when we order it but I got the book look through the pages and it looked just like any book in the everybody b ...more
A little-known gem of a book by Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson. It begins with a family of worms eating dirt for dinner, as always, and the child worm finding a hair in his dirt. This leads to the father worm telling the story of Harriet, a well-meaning buffoon who tried to interfere with nature, with disastrous results (ultimately ending with her hair getting in the worm's dirt). The story is actually meticulously researched and has an important moral to it. And fans of The Far Side won't be d ...more
Ariane Frost
This book is so odd. I mean don't get me wrong it is interesting and creative but so wrong at the same time. I mean the ending... talk about weird. Also this is totally age inappropriate it looks like a kids book but really it's got some heavy themes that I would want to introduce till maybe a little older and the way it was written is totally for an older audience. I guess I am just a little confused for whom the author was trying to write this book: for the parents or for the children?
This book is definitely not age-appropriate. There is swearing, complaining, bad attitude from the teenage worm. The father then goes on to tell a story that is graphic and creepy about their importance in the ecosystem. The girl in this story dies from trying to do good deeds. Then the father worm explains that that is where the hair came from and it ends with "see you soon." The worms are waiting for us all to die... it's weird. Funny, but weird.
Staci Browning
Pretty disgusting and morbid. I thought the idea was interesting, a cool way to tell a story but the ending just made me uncomfortable and nauseous. I really don't think this is an appropriate childrens book because of how morbid the ending is. I also question, however, if kids would really get that the worms are eating more than the hair. Just a thought I had, but one I will never answer because I will never read that book to my class!
I thought that this book was hilarious. This book has a great beggining and ending, when the father worm explains everything to his son, just when looking at all of the pictures there is something funny to every page if you look closely. Just how they use all of the animals in the book makes it really funny. When I read the cover of this book I could tell that there was something funny about it. This is a very good book that isn't very long and has alot of pictures. The really cool thing about t ...more
This book sports a twisted sense of humor. But, I can think of several high school/junior high aged kids who would appreciate it (especially boys). To the wrong audience, this book has potential to be dangerous. It’s quite disgusting and could disturb certain individuals, but given to the right person it could be a fun book that is perfect for their sense of humor. I will be keeping this book in my back pocket for the future.
To be totally honest I loved this book!!! I definitely wouldn't read it to those children that are in Kindergarten through maybe 4th grade but I think some would enjoy this book past that age. I actually thought it was fantastic that they had that twist in the story and I never would have guessed the ending, it was a very interesting twist on the story . I think once children reach a certain age they would like this story too.
Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
Read by: Mary
Author and Illustrator: Gary Larson
Genre: Humor/Science
Interest Level: 6-8
Grade level Equivalent: 7.1
Lexile Measure: 640L
Guided Reading: NR

There's a Hair in My Dirt is a humorous story of a worm who gets upset when he finds a hair in his dirt. This prompts him to complain about being a worm, which his father in turn, tells him a story of a lady. The story is about a delusional lady who misunderstands the things she saw, vilifying some animals, while romanticizing others. The story
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May 15, 2012 Joann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: This book is really aimed at adults who will get the humor.
Recommended to Joann by: Saw book in a waiting room
Believe it or not, I first saw this book in the waiting room of my foot surgeon. Since I am a Gary Larson fan, this was an additional positive endorsement of the man I chose to hack at my foot...

This book is hilarious - and is full of high level adult humor with equally funny illustrations. As a father worm has a dinner conversation with his son about the title hair in the dirt, we are regaled with a tale of the forest surrounding this family of earthworms. Punctuated with the actions of a space
From the creator of The Far Side comes a very funny tail of nature loving gone wrong. Harriet loves nature...and spends the day "helping" her forest friends...while in reality she does more harm than good. The kids all agreed that her intentions were good, and that she really thought she was doing good. However, Papa worm shows us that her actions had a very negative impact on the environment. This tale make the kids think about their own actions while making them laugh about the funny pictures ...more
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Gary Larson was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. His parents were Vern, a car salesman, and Doris, a secretary. He attended Curtis High School before attending Washington State University and graduated in 1972 with a degree in communications. In 1987, Larson married Toni Carmichael, an archaeologist.

Larson credits his older brother Dan for his "paranoid" sense of humor. Dan would pull countl
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