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There's A Hair In My Dirt: A Worm's Story Hardcover – 10 Sep 1998


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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; New Ed edition (10 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316645192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316645195
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 1.2 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dirt for breakfast, dirt for lunch and dirt for dinner! Dirt, dirt, dirt! And look--now there's even a hair in my dirt! The final insult--I can't stand it any longer! I hate being a worm!" It isn't easy being an earthworm, and when one little guy gets mad at a hair in his dinner, Father worm decides to tell him a story. What follows is an ecological fable that combines environmental lessons with the kind of off-the-wall humour that could only come from one man--Gary Larson. Fans of The Far Side have been waiting for Larson's latest work since January 1995 when the final Far Sidestrip appeared in newspapers around the world, and they won't be disappointed. Father worm tells the story of Harriet, a beautiful but stupid maiden who frolics through the forest enjoying the beauty of nature, but completely failing to understand it. The young earthworm learns that nature is not a cute and cuddly theme park designed for the entertainment of stupid humans, but a complex, fragile and sometimes violent system where every creature plays a vital role, even the lowly worm.

Larson is never preachy, the text is hilarious, and his illustrations are filled with wonderful sight gags. It may look like a children's book, but there's enough here to keep the most sophisticated adult chuckling for hours. You might learn something too. --Simon Leake

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THERE'S A HAIR IN MY DIRT is hysterical... More entertaining than any science class I remember and the foreword by biologist Edward O. Wilson proves it's legit (- WASHINGTON POST)

Bizarre and black-humoured...those made of slugs, snails and puppy dog's tails will love it! (LIVERPOOL ECHO)

The illustrations are highly finished, and spotting the visual gags on each page is fun. (THE TIMES)

Positioned somewhere between Aesop's fables and Roald Dahl... beautifully illustrated. (BATH CHRONICLE)

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Beneath the floor of a very old forest, nestled in among some nice, rich topsoil, lived a family of worms. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Gaskell on 26 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is an entertaining and fun read yet it has a hard-hitting message. It is a poke in the eye for anyone of the view that humankind is uniquely special in the natural world and that all the other forms of life were put here for our pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 5 April 2005
Format: Paperback
When the worm family (Father Worm, Mother Worm, and Junior Worm) sits down to dinner, Junior makes a horrible discovery: there's a long golden hair in his dirt. This is the last straw, if it's not birds trying to eat them or fishermen trying to put them on hooks, it's dirt for three meals a day, and now THIS! Puffing thoughtfully on his pipe, Father begins to unravel a story to Junior, a story about a beautiful (if rather stupid) young maiden named Harriet, and her adventures in the forest. There's a lesson for Junior, a lesson that makes him glad that he's a worm.
Gary Larson is a well-known artist, famous for his Far Side cartoons, and who but him could make a wonderful, uplifting story about worms? OK, it's pretty kooky. Make sure you study each picture, because Gary slipped something extra into most of them. This is a goofy story, one that will please anyone with an offbeat sense of humor. I highly recommend it, it's great!
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I love this book and it's super funny.
However, a word of warning to any parents/teachers who are thinking of buying it for their children. It does contain a page that mentions the word 'sex maniac', which of course out of context, sounds pretty inappropriate. It isn't quite as bad as all that, but can be beyond some younger children's understanding as any word involving 'sex' is considered a rude word rather than a word to describe a biological process of making babies or the difference between genders. I did black out the word 'sex' with a black pen and my year 3 class really loved the book. (Only one person noticed the word that was blacked out and I quickly explained the biological aspect of it.)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Do not be put off by a first glance assessment of this book, especially its children's picture story book style. Although very different from the ususal Larson cartoon style, this story shows a lot of Larson's expected wit and humour in both the text and the caroons. It tells th story of a family of worms, eating their usual diet of dirt in the comfort of their underground home. When the obnoxious worm teenager with attitude finds a hair in his dirt, he begins to complain and is soon whining about his whole life as a lowly invertebrate. The wise father responds with an enlightening tale of a girl walking thorugh the countryside, and recounts her observations and her ignorance of the natural world. The story gives a message about our places in the natural scheme of the world, without ramming it down our throats. There are many humourous elements to the cartoons and the text had me chuckling regularly, (especially at the interaction between the father and son) but without the degree of laughter I would associate with the Far Side cartoon books.
This is not the regular "Far Side" and is definitely a different venture for Larson but is enjoyable for Larson fans if taken on that basis.
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By Christine Cunniffe on 19 Aug. 2014
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Grandson loved it!
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