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Friday 19 May 2023

Review: Harriet's Hungry Worms

What a divine book! 

But it’s about slimy, slithering worms, you might say. Nine hundred and eighty-three of them! 

It is Harriet’s job to feed these worms each day. They are fed on a varying menu every time, which includes Fred’s fruit on Friday and the newspapers on Saturday. 

Although Harriet is keeping a watchful eye on them, in her opinion, they don’t seem to do anything much. 

Harriet detects a tap in the corner of the worm box that leads to an exciting discovery.

What could it be?

Stunning full-page illustrations enhance the well-chosen, alliterative, humorous and rhythmic text. The facial expressions on the worms are priceless!

The contents don’t stop with the story, but flow into two pages of beneficial worm facts that kids will learn by heart to repeat to their friends at an appropriate time.

Also available, accompanied by matching images, are tips on feeding your compost worms. 

Harriet’s Hungry Worms is not only about worms. It shows how children learn to be responsible by helping with allocated tasks, working together, and particularly, understanding the special ecological role small creatures play in contributing to the environment, therefore to living things.

Title: Harriet’s Hungry Worms
Author: Samantha Smith
Illustrator: Melissa Johns
Publisher: EK Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922539472
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book