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Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, the brilliant team behind The Gruffalo, have created a new exuberant character who is sure to delight young readers - and their parents - in this eagerly anticipated hardback, Superworm. The funny and fantastically-illustrated story is full of bouncy rhyming verses and has a fun chorus that is sure to have ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 2012 by Alison Green (first published 2012)
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Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

“Superworm is super-long.
Superworm is super-strong.
Watch him wiggle! See him squirm!
Hip, hip hooray for SUPERWORM!”

This book is a joy to read. Sure to put a smile on your face. There is just something fun and new about a superhero worm to the rescue!

Vivid colors—blacks, purples, yellows, and more—jump off the big pages and pictures with action and fun! One minute Superworm is a lasso the next a skipping rope! Hehe…All with a smile on his little pink face. And the words! Rhyming lines and words t
Bridie Atkinson
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Watch him wiggle, see him squirm, there's no-one quite like Superworm! This is a fun and fantastically illustrated book that tells the story of rhyme of Superworm, a hero to all the bugs, who is abducted and bewitched by wizard lizard, only to be rescued by his little friends. It is funny, charming and exciting. The pictures are bright and clear and it is nice to have a super hero from something the children just take for granted. There is lots of positive teaching in this rhyme book. This book ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Why oh why is the lizard and the crow portrayed as the evil antagonists in most stories. Lizards get rid of the unwanted insects (flies), while the crow is an amazing intelligent bird. Better the evil ones should be portrayed by cute kittens and lovable puppies, rather than reptiles or birds. You always have to clean up after the dog, otherwise you will step in it, and the cat will never mind you, but will scratch and destroy anything of value in your home. Bad cat, bad dog, good lizard, good cr ...more
Emily Masters
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
So so so cute! The ONLY thing I didn’t love abt this one is that the words are kind of spaced weird on the pages but tbh that’s on me for not reading it before reading it aloud.
Saadia Munshi
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
In this book we have a worm that is super strong and super long. The worm wiggles along the animal land to different creatures and helps them in their time of need. He goes around to rescue animals who are in trouble or helps them when they are bored.

The creatures in the town look up to superworm and vakue him, they chant and cheer. However during the book a wizard lizard orders his crow to go and bring the worm to him. Once there, the lizard orders superworm to wriggle through the soil to find
"Superworm is super-long.
Superworm is super-strong.
Watch him wiggle! See him squirm!
Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!"

This chant is often heard throughout the forest as Superworm saves and rescues many friends. Unfortunately, the Wizard Lizard hears it and decides he needs to control Superworm and makes him dig and tunnel for buried treasure. As Superworm is held captive, his forest friends devise a masterful plan to free him and rid themselves of the nasty wizard at the same time. When their mis
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Superworm by Julia Donaldson Is absolutely brilliant book with smart,funny, and very catchy text. With bright and colourful illustrations, by Axel Scheffe.
The rhyming style of writing is excellent for teaching children how to put expression into their voices.
This book is suitable for all ages.
Sheila Moran
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For children's books, my guinea pigs to see if a book is good or not, I simply read it to my children. THEY tell me if the book is good or not, and when they don't say, the number of their requests for me to read the book are good indicators.

They requested me to read "Superworm" over and over again. They loved the Superworm chant and that there was a villain who needed to be defeated.

From my perspective, I loved how the community banded together to save their super hero, which teaches our chil
Adeline Gravell
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, engaging, fiction, ks1
This book is great for new readers, or parent to read to their children.
Lots of great rhyming words and amazing pictures to engage.
Can be used within the classroom to taught out how words rhyme and for children to create their own story about different animals.
Cute, as most books aimed for this age range tend to be. And of all the children's books I've read recently, it's one of the few where the Bad Guy actually gets what's coming to him and everyone bands together to solve the problem, so I'm less annoyed at it.
Miss Sarah
A worm shows his friends all his usefulness by recuing, helping and playing with them. This worm just does everything but what happens when he is kidnapped? who will help? One on one or preschool and up for length
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Good as ever
Izzy Doyle
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love this book. Would be great for rhyming and repetition as well.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
My children love this book! In fact we love all her books but this is a good one!
Chacha (Vanessa) Centeno
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bugs
Some rhyme and repetitious text. There is a wizard lizard towards the middle of the story, so parents who screen for this content might not catch it right away.
Bryony Wells
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Funny story with great use of rhythm and rhyme. Children will love it. Could come up with their own super animal, adapting the style!
I love how the author always twists the story away from expectation! The Wizard Lizard is my favorite character, for sure. Ha!
Grace Thurman
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Superworm has many abilities. He helps save animals. When he got captured by a lizard, his friends came and helped him.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great illustrations and word choice to maintain children's interest. Easily a favorite.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Lots of drama, lots of fun. Versitile Superworm can become a life-saving lasso, a play-date saving jump rope, and more. What will happen when he is captured by Wizard Lizard and Crow? It's time for all Superworms appreciative friends to make a rescue.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, kiddos
Nicely rhyming little story. The language is probably too hard for most little kids to follow completely, but the illustrations clarify the story. Very funny.
Nimitha TR
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very rhyming and my 5 year old's current favorite. JD is a sure hit at our home. Axel Scheffler's illustrations are a visual treat.
Souly Peerage
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
Ich finde das Buch Klasse. Eine lustige und spannende Geschichte für Kinder
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Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review: Excitement and danger lurks under leaves, down the well, under the rubbish heap, and on the road. But with "Superworm" to the rescue, all is well. Presented as a lively story of the qualities of Superworm as he saves the day and in quite good rhyme that takes one back to the rhythm and rhyme of Mother Goose, Superworm will squirm his way into the giggles and tickles of the reader and the listener.

Illustrated with cute, "bug-eyed," and vividly colored pictures, the humor and adventure is
Charmain Ingleton
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book to read to young children
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Is there a problem and someone needs help? Have no fear, Superworm is here! Everyone knows that Superworm will save the day no matter the crises. Yet, what happens when Superworm needs help? Who will save him then? This is exactly the case in this superhero picture book. The evil Wizard Lizard forces Superworm to help him find some buried treasure or else! The race is on to save Superworm as all the previously saved creatures unite in the hopes of overcoming the evil Wizard Lizard and his servan ...more
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Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I must confess that I only bought 'Superworm' as it was on offer and because one of children's literature's most famous duos, Julia Donaldson and Axel Schleffer were behind the helm. It couldn't be that much of a dud surely?!

To my relief, this book has proved to be an absolute hit with my 5yr old daughter and 2yr old son. Whilst thinking about doing this review, I was trying to work out what makes this book so loved. Asking the children gets the usual, not very
Eve Nicholson
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fun find! My son and I had a great time reading this together. It has a better plot line than some novels I've read.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The creators of The Gruffalo return with a silly new book that features one incredible worm. Superworm is super-long and super-strong. So when baby toad hops into the road, Superworm becomes a superworm lasso. The bees are bored and moping? It’s Superworm to the rescue with a game of jump rope. When Beetle falls into the well, Superworm turns into a fishing line to get her out. Everything seems to be going so well for Superworm, until a villain enters the story. Wizard Lizard sends his servant c ...more
Charlotte Wilson
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We loved this! Love the illustrations as always. On our way to collecting as many Donaldson books as possible
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I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Cho
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