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This is the diary . . . of a worm. Surprisingly, a worm 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 ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 14th 2003 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1996)
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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
Jennifer
Apr 24, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.

CIP:
A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about bein
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Heather
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
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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.
Jo
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
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Kaitlin
‘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
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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
Jessica
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
Hapzydeco
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.
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
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Kristen
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.
winda
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
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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
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Emily
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
Ashley McCubbins
Oct 19, 2007 Ashley McCubbins rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes picture books and likes to laugh
I learned that some authers are really good writers.
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
Danny
I liked his mother
Asia
Apr 09, 2011 Asia added it
It is gooooood
Mary
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Age 4-7

From Booklist: PreS-Gr. 1. The verbal puns and the wry, colorful cartoons create a funny worm's-eye view of the world in this playful picture book. There's no sustained story here, as there was in Cronin's wonderful Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2000), but the hilarious vignettes of the worm-child with his family, friends, and enemies show the absurd in humans as much as in the wriggling creatures in the earth. When the worm forgets his lunch, he eats his homew
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Carroll
Everybody's special, and everybody is different. Our hero is a young boy worm who writes a diary of his days-- telling us about the special talents he has, and the family and friends that love him.
Key Issues:
self-image, family, personal abilities and talents
Main Characters:
Worm: a young boy worm, the main focus of this book. Worm is facing the usual challenges of growing up, being a friend and a family member. He wonders about his future, and dreams his dreams like all the rest of us.
Sister: Wor
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David
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Harry Bliss is a very humorous book about the life of a young worm, presented in diary format. The fantasy of a worm's life being very similar to a child's life will amuse readers, while painlessly teaching them facts about worms. Details such as the fact tht worms don't take baths, can't really do the hokey pokey, and the always popular fact the their heads look a lot like their butts, will have readers laughing.

The text is clever, humorous, and
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Amy Keltner
1. I would place this picture book under the other category
2. This a story about a worm and his daily entries in his diary. He retells the adventures he encounters with his friends and just being a worm.
3. a: This is a great story that sticks to the theme of the author is trying to get across. She sticks to only telling about the worm and his life and none of the other characters found within the picture book.
b: What is really great about the book is how children reading the book can relate t
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Lisa Mason
1. Picture Books-Other

2. Diary of a Worm relates the personal reflections of a young, male earthworm as her makes entries into his diary over the course of six months.

3. a. Theme b. Each page or two of this book represents a diary entry for the young earthworm. His entries address many of the topics that are important to all children like homework, friendship, nightmares and sibling rivalries. c. One series of entries include an exchange between the earthworm and his friend the spider. Worm tr
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Connie
A review of: Diary of a Worm

Publishing Details: Diary of a Worm
Author: Doreen Cronin
Year: 2003
Publishing: HarperCollins

Introduction: In Doreen Cronin’s Diary of a Worm, Worm keeps a journal documenting his adventures. He writes about family, friends likes and dislikes, and just general life as a worm.

Description: Worm enjoys life in the earth with his family and friends. He attends school, does homework, and plays just as a normal kid. He and his best friend, Spider, go on adventures together a
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Karen
Diary of a Worm is just what the title suggests, a diary of a little boy worm. It goes from March 20th to August 1st highlighting the important days and events in this worm's life. Cronin does well with sticking to the point of view of the worm. As a diary would, we don't learn about the thoughts and feelings of other characters, but we do get to know this worm. We get to learn what it likes to do, eat garbage, and what it doesn't like to do, be on the sidewalk during hopscotch.This story is ver ...more
Brittany
This is a story about a little worm. He writes in this book as if it is his diary. He writes about his friend, the spider and how different they are. The spider cant dig holes in the ground, and the worm cant climb upside down. This story talks about the daily life of a worm, how he wanted to say hi to the ant's but there was 600 of them, so it took him all day. Or how he gets so hungry that he sometimes eats his homework when his mother forgets to send him to school with garbage. It is a cute w ...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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