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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  20,126 ratings  ·  589 reviews
Doreen Cronin (Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type) and cartoonist Harry Bliss (illustrator of A Fine, Fine School) shed a whole new light on a creature that spends most of its time underground: the earthworm. Written in diary form, this truly hilarious picture book tracks the ins and outs of a worm's life from the perspective of the worm family's young son. Take June 15's en ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published 2004 by Scholastic Inc (first published January 1st 1996)
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Apr 24, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschool-1st grade
Recommended to Jennifer by: PSC reviews-I reviewed Diary of a Fly
Tunnel into the hilarious world of a young worm through a series of laugh-out-loud diary entries chronicling his life. Join worm as he goes to school, tries to play the hockey pokey (think about that for a second), and harasses his sister ("no matter how long you look at your face, it will always look like your rear"). Ecological message makes this an easy-pick for Earth Day story times.

A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about bein
Beth Sniffs Books
[2.5 rating]This book will definitely appeal to kids who are interested in all things nature — especially worms! Definitely a unique main character, can’t say I can think of any other children’s books starring worms. Fun story with some laughs. The ending tried to come full circle, but it didn’t work for me as the author never really talked about what worms do (and why it works) to keep the Earth healthy — and that never was the focus of the story anyway so I’m not sure why there was a brief sci ...more
L-Crystal Wlodek
Diary of a Worm is a book for children in preschool through first grade. It is a humorous story in diary form of the everyday life of a worm. The worm’s humanistic qualities are shown as he chronicles the family’s vacation to Compost Island, his first day of school, his report card, information about his family, and his first tunnel, among others. In his diary, the worm also describes information that his mom tells him always to remember, why it is good to be a worm, why it is bad to be a worm, ...more
Oh, the laughter. The boys love worms. They especially love worms that write funny books. I enjoyed reading this because it was witty and surprisingly funny. The illustrations are fantastic. They've looked through the book many times since.

One caution - there is a part where the worm tells his sister her face looks like her rear end, with accompanying dead-on illustration. Being the crass person that I am, I almost lost it, but my 5-year-old said in his most indignant voice, "that's a really mea
Diary of a Worm is a fun, accessible read for students. I loved the diary format and the creativity and humor in every entry. This would be a great text to engage students before a lesson on insects, especially because it invites the reader to relate to the insects (often detested creatures). The vivid illustrations and comedic style gave me the feeling of reading a comic book. I think this book will be a quick and engaging read for many kinds of young readers.
The Diary of a Fly is a story about a fly named fly. She is very spunky and loves her best friends Worm and Spider. She keeps a diary of her life, and begins the story writing about how she is nervous for the first day of school. She learns how to fly and loves school; in the end she decides she wants to be a super hero. She realizes that she probably will never be a super hero like she wanted but that it is good to have big dreams and believe in yourself.
This E-book was well done. One sentence
Ryan Hercik
Title: Diary Of A Worm
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
Genre: Online Book (TumbleBooks)
Theme(s): Friendship, Differences, Importance of all species
Opening line/sentence: March 20
Mom says there are three things I should always remember:
1. The earth gives us everything we need.
Brief Book Summary: A young worm describes his daily life through short journal entries. He has a best friend, Spider, that is very different from him and he still tries to have him eat dirt and breathe undergro
This is such a cute little children's book. We laugh and laugh every time we read it. Our family's favorite part is when he writes about his sister. No matter how long she looks in the mirror her face will always look the same as her rear end. Worm's friend spider thought it was pretty funny, his mother, however did not.
Hannah Harris
Title: Diary of a Worm
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Theme(s): Fiction, diaries, school responsibilities, growing up
Opening line/sentence:
"March 20
Mom says there are three things
I should always remember:
1. The earth gives us everything
we need."
Brief Book Summary:
A young male worm records his experience and journey learning the good and bad features of being a small worm in a very big, very vast world.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Ken Marantz and Syl
Ashley McCubbins
Oct 19, 2007 Ashley McCubbins rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes picture books and likes to laugh
I learned that some authers are really good writers.
I liked his mother
‘Diary of a worm’ is about a young adolescent worm who writes about life in his diary every couple of months. We see him befriend a spider and try to hang upside down, along with his trouble of being a worm and eating all your homework. When Spider tries his hand at digging in the dirt, Spider realizes that he is not the greatest digger and leaves it to Worm. This book has a great sense of humor that makes you laugh from page to page at all the ridiculous situations this worm finds himself in. O ...more
Michelle McBeth
I loved this book from the very first page. This is a journal written by a young boy worm. It is his perspective on life. Throughout he talks about the advantages that worms bring to the earth such as airing soil and composting. The little boy is mischievous at times, but is good to his friends.

The illustrations are wonderful, colorful and fun. The book is laced with humor that kept me laughing to the end. One of my favorite scenes is when the worms try to do the Hokey Pokey at a party, but they
Elizabeth Menchaca
The title describes the content of this book perfectly. It is the diary of a young male worm who's name he never discloses. He writes of days spent with his friend spider,his dreams,goals,experiences at worm school and things he learns from his parents and grandfather as well as his interactions with humans. I found this book to be very creative, both the style of writing and illustrations are imaginative and fun. Some things I liked in particular are that the first and last two pages of the bo ...more
My library has Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, but I chose Diary of a Worm for my bug-themed storytime because of the line, "My older sister thinks she's so pretty. I told her that no matter how much time she spends looking in the mirror, her face will always look just like her rear end." That cracked me up. The Diary of a... books are a little wordy, but great for storytime because you can always paper clip the pages together that you want to skip, and it's easy to skip ...more
This is the diary . . . of a worm. Surprisingly, a worm is not that different from you or me: He lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school. But unlike you or me, he never has to take a bath, he gets to eat his homework, and because he doesn't have legs, he just can't do the hokey pokey -- no matter how hard he tries. Oh, and his head looks a lot like his rear end.

Cute, Clever book. I am not sure how it will play out as a read aloud, but know the kids will love to lo
Brenna Mclean
Diary of a Worm is a fun story of a worm's life. It is a fictional book about worm who narrates his life. He talks about his schoolwork, his family, his home underground, and his best friend, Spider. He talks about why it is fun to be a worm, and also why it sometimes is not so fun. It shows what he does on a day to day basis, what things are like from his point of view down underground.
Diary of a Worm is a great book. Doreen Cronin made it fun to read, it was humorous and interesting at the sam
Sam Ott
Diary of A Worm by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Harry Bliss, Published 2003.
Genre: Fiction
Format: Physical Book.
Plot Summary: This fun book details the life of a young worm as he explores, learns, and plays. It goes through several months in his life and discusses the trails that face young worms and what he learns during that time.
Considerations: None.
Review: New York Times Book Review, Nov. 2003.
Selection Source: Charlotte Huck's Children's Literature: A Brief Guide.
Recommended Age: Ages 6 &am
Suka sama ilustrasinya.
Buku ini ditujukan untuk 1tahun dengan pendamping dan lima tahun ke atas dengan membaca mandiri.
ceritanya lucu, tapi lebih baik lagi kalau dengan catatan harian itu lebih mengenal cacing.
Meskipun fiksi, tapi cerita tentang cacing yang menari di pesta dansa sekolah...rasanyaaa, agak kurang sesuai yaaa untuk anak-anak pre school. mungkin menari dan bernyanyi bersama teman-teman di sekolah lebih sesuai.
suka dengan catatan harian di akhir buku ini
Tidak selalu mudah menjadi
Ian King
What a cute Laugh Out Loud story. I loved it and actually did lol, especially when the worms were doing the hokey pokey.
Hilarious and adorable! Diary entries by a little boy worm with appearances by his family (I love Grandpa worm!) and his friend the spider. Super funny. I would have loved this as a child since I was always digging in the dirt and playing with worms.

Love the subtle eco-friendly message conveyed that shows how worms are important to the earth and that even the smallest creatures have a role in helping and protecting the planet. :)

We're very small, and sometimes people forget that we're even here
Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's
By Taylor and Joseph

This book is about a worm that writes a diary about his life. The problem is that his dad and mom tell him that there are three important things to know: 1. The Earth gives us everything we need. 2. When we dig tunnels, we help take care of the Earth. 3. Never bother Daddy when he is eating the newspaper! This would be a great book to read for Earth Day! On March 29, he tried to teach a spider to dig. First he got his legs stuck in the dirt and then he swallowed a bunch of di
Nicole Eschweiler
I absolutely love reading this book to my students. They love the character in the book and how funny it is. This book is easy for the kids to relate to because it refers to things that they know like school and the dentist and makes it funny. It is a great resource to use when teaching students about worms and what they do for the earth. It also teaches them a little about other animals like spiders and ants and how they are different from worms. The pictures in this book are so detailed and cu ...more
Natalia Leston
Realistic Fiction

Diary of a Worm is a realistic fiction book in which a young worm tells about what life as a worm is like. While this book contains many facts about worms and teaches young students about the body, life, and habitat of earth worms it is written in a child friendly way that is accessible to young students and gets them interested in science.

This book can be used for Project Based Learning study, particularly in an Earth Worm unit, or to teach about earth worms in a science class
This wonderfully illustrated book is part of our local library StoryWalk program. It is with a smile that we have observed the children as they walk around the pond and read the worm's tale. Beginning to look at the earthworm in a whole new light.
In Diary of a Worm, Doreen Cronin chronicles the humorous adventures and thoughts of a young boy worm who shares many of the same concerns as human children. This humorous offering shares diary pages from the spring season of the unnamed worm’s life. The little worm shares with the reader his day-to-day adventures, including his mother’s advice (“Never bother Daddy when he’s eating the newspaper”), his adventures with his friend Spider, the dangers of being a worm (“Hopscotch is a very dangerous ...more
This is a perfect book to read on Earth Day or for any type of science studies on the life of worms! This worm's diary gives you a glimpse into what it's like to be a worm, but with a contemporary fiction twist. For example, this worm gets in trouble for eating "garbage" before bed - but it is actual garbage! He also is terrified of hopscotch (for good reasons). Children will find this book funny as well as informational. This would also be a useful tool when talking about different types of wri ...more
Emily Galicia
I think that this book is adorable. It is the diary of an earth worm. The book is about a very day worm's life, hobbies, and problems. Each page has a date and different pictures that tell about what he did on that date. It's interesting to me how the author talks about daily life from the worms perspective, such as how dangerous the game of hopscotch is and how the spider makes fun of him because the spider thinks that you need legs to be cool, and how to dance "the worm". The author did a grea ...more
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Doreen Cronin was a practicing attorney in Manhattan when her first book Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type became a publishing success. But her book was not published overnight, in fact, she had written this barnyard tale even before attending law school but only received rejection letters from publishers. Five years after submitting the original manuscript she got a call from a publisher who want ...more
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