Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! There's no other worm like SUPERWORM! Never fear, Superworm's here! He can fish Spider out of a well, and rescue Toad from a busy road. But who will come to Superworm's rescue, when he's captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard? Luckily, all of Superworm's insect friends have a cunning plan...
Superworm is another excellent addition to Julia Donaldson’s growing collection of illustrated children’s books. Once again the book is a collaboration of Donaldson’s clever words with the stunning and colourful illustrations of artist Axel Scheffler. This combined style has become a trademark of Donaldson and Scheffler - it is hard to imagine either the words or the illustrations creating the same effect without the other.
Superworm tells the story of a heroic worm that is beloved by all the garden life for his acts of bravery and altruism. The book begins with him saving a number of creatures from a variety of predicaments. This rosy picture of garden life is soon shattered however by the arrival of an evil lizard wizard and his menacing crow sidekick. The Wizard wants to control Superworm so that he can make him dig for treasure so he dispatches his crow to capture him. Superworm is kidnapped and hypnotised but the garden folk refuse to give in. Banding together and using ingenuity they capture the Wizard and fly him off to a rubbish dump miles away where they abandon him. Freed from the Wizard’s control Superworm races to the surface and everyone celebrates his freedom by playing lots of games with him and having a great time.
This book is perfect for a range of ages. My own children are four and seven and they both loved it. It covers themes of friendship, altruism, returning a favour, team work, facing your fears, bad behaviour and justice. These themes are equally suited to both a home environment, reading to your children, and as the basis for discussions and activities in school.
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- Reading Age:4-8
- Reading Aloud Age: 18 months +
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