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They Didn't Teach THIS in Worm School!

Simone Lia, Simone Lia (Illustrator)


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Compact Disc (3/24/2020)
MP3 CD (3/24/2020)


A hungry chicken (who thinks he’s a flamingo) and a quick-thinking worm set off on a madcap adventure — and forge an unlikely friendship.

Marcus is a worm, and a bird named Laurence who looks very much like a chicken is about to eat him for breakfast. So what does Marcus do? He strikes up a conversation, of course! But even after talking his way out of being eaten, Marcus’s troubles are just beginning: soon he is clinging to Laurence’s neck as the designated navigator on an absurd journey to Kenya, where his feathered companion dreams of finding happiness with other flamingos like himself. Except Marcus can’t actually read a map, and this bird is clearly not a flamingo. Will Marcus be able to get them both to Africa — or even manage to survive the day? Filled with kid-friendly illustrations, this is a buddy comedy that will have readers wriggling with laughter.

Praise For They Didn't Teach THIS in Worm School!

Lia’s illustrated chapter book will make kids squirm with laughter. Cartoonish two-color drawings playfully interact with the text, while comical misunderstandings and misadventures propel the plot, over the course of which Marcus (who narrates) and Laurence develop a true friendship. For a similarly styled nonfiction tie-in, pair this with The Worm (2014), from Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters series.

Hilarious illustrations are the perfect complement to this very funny, highly imaginative story of a worm and a chicken and their friendship – one that will keep kids giggling from start to finish.
—Kendal A. Rautzhan's "Books to Borrow . . . Books to Buy"

Adventures and shattered illusions lead to true friendship in this tale of a chicken and a quick-talking worm...Lia adds very simply drawn pink and gray figures to nearly every generously spaced page of this quixotic episode.
—Kirkus Reviews

Candlewick, 9780763695361, 192pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2018

About the Author

Simone Lia is a graphic novelist and a comics artist, and her work has been exhibited across Europe, including at the Tate Britain. She lives and works in London.