Wednesday, December 28, 2016

They Didn't Teach THIS in Worm School, Simone Lia

Staff review by Chris Saliba

This delightful and quirky odd couple comedy will appeal to adults as well as children. 

Laurence is a rather portly shaped bird. It’s often remarked that he looks like a chicken, although he definitely isn’t. He lives in a furnished birdhouse that hangs in a tree. One day a series of peculiar events throws a worm named Marcus into Laurence’s home. At first Marcus is rightly worried. Birds like to eat worms, slurping them up like spaghetti. A quick thinker, Marcus decides to keep talking and hopefully distract Laurence from thinking about food. The two soon strike up an interesting conversation. Marcus learns that Laurence believes himself to be a flamingo. It’s his dream to fly to Lake Nakuru in Kenya to meet other flamingos. Laurence and Marcus launch on an adventure, attempting to travel to Africa. Lots of weird, wacky and scary things happen along the way, and both Laurence and Marcus learn new lessons about life and discover strengths they never knew they had.

They Didn’t Teach THIS in Worm School is a brilliant oddball comedy that will appeal not only to children, but adults as well. Writer and illustrator Simone Lia has a wonderfully light comic touch and her fun illustrations add to the story’s good-natured zaniness. Goofy and madcap, a story that will make you smile from first page to last.

Ages 7+

They Didn't Teach THIS in Worm School. by Simone Lia. Published by Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406346503 RRP: $19.99 

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