LONGLIST REVIEW: They Didn't Teach This in Worm School!

This is the wonderfully wacky story of an improbable friendship between Marcus, a worm (favourite colour brown, likes other worms, very fond of pickled onions) and Lawrence, a bird (thinks he’s a flamingo- looks more like a chicken – amazing tap dancer).

To save himself from being Lawrence’s breakfast, Marcus starts a conversation with rather unexpected consequences -a journey to ‘Kenya’ later and our heroes have learnt about happiness and acceptance and deliver a surprisingly moving message on how to be a good friend.

‘They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School’ is an ideal class and home read aloud. The quirky, yet extremely likeable characters, the surreal plot (ANYTHING can happen – and does!) and the witty illustrations that support the text perfectly, make for lots of chuckles and the occasional belly laugh.

However, Simone Lia’s book is more than just a comic read- it also gives us an unlikely role model in Marcus. Quick-thinking, courageous, loyal and lovable -everyone needs a friend like Marcus and everyone should try to be a friend like him too.

I can’t wait to read ‘They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School’ at story time- so excuse me while I brush up on my beatboxing….Pbt Pbt Pbt Pbt…….

They Didn’t Teach This In Worm School by Simone Lia

Walker Books      ISBN 978-1406346503