Diary of a Worm: Teacher's Pet
Based on the creation of Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss
Written by Lori Haskins Houran
Illustrated by John Nez
Harper, 2013. 32 pages. Easy reader.
In his diary, Worm writes about his love of school and his teacher Mrs. Mulch. He is surprised when he comes to school one day and there's a substitute teacher in her place! The sub tells the class that Mrs. Mulch took the day off for her birthday. Worm is stunned, writing, "I didn't know teachers had days off. Or birthdays." The class decides to get her a present for when she comes back. They come up with some fabulous ideas: Eggshell candy dish. Dung ball paperweight. Gum wrapper scarf. With the help of his old friends, Spider and Fly, Worm comes up with just the perfect gift- a rotten apple! Appearing in early reader form for the first time, Diary of a Worm: Teacher's Pet is a fun read. The familiar characters, vibrant colors, and witty content make this a must check-out for new readers.