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Superworm Hardcover – 6 Sep 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Alison Green Books; 1 edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407132040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407132044
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 1.1 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (522 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for A GOLD STAR FOR ZOG

A NEW YORK TIMES Notable Children's Book of 2012

"Donaldson, the current children's laureate in Britain, is a master of witty comic rhyme and original stories with heart. Here she and Scheffler outdo themselves with the smart, funny -- dare I say, deep? -- story of a dragon in training, a princess who wants to be a doctor and a knight who could use a bit of rescuing. The book gets a gold star too." -- NEW YORK TIMES

"A delightful new twist on happily-ever-after." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Praise for TABBY MCTAT, THE MUSICAL CAT

"A surprising and fun read.... [Scheffler's] bright-eyed, warmhearted characterizations make this a wonderful testimony to the ties that bind." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"The team behind ROOM ON THE BROOM pair up again in what has become a near-annual ritual of picture book perfection.... Impeccable rhythm and rhyme distinguish this particular tale, filled, as always, with Donaldson's exemplary humor and heart." -- NEW YORK TIMES

"A fun frolic about musical duos who aren't quite the same without each other. Like their trademark tune, it all ends 'PURRRR-fectly'." -- BOOKLIST

Praise for STICK MAN

* "Donaldson and Scheffler's poignant, suspenseful profile of an inanimate object recalls Laurie Keller or THE VELVETINE RABBIT. Donaldson's rhymes never skip a beat, and Scheffler personalizes the many animals, people and settings in his witty watercolors. This yarn could become a December perennial." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

* "Scheffler's engaging illustrations, Donaldson's irresistible rhyming text and repeated refrains make this a winning read-aloud that will stick around long after the holiday season." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

About the Author

Julia Donaldson is currently being honored as the UK Children's Laureate, and has written many bestselling and beloved picture books and novels for young readers. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Malcolm. Axel Scheffler's award-winning books include ROOM ON THE BROOM, THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE, and THE GRUFFALO. His illustrations have been published in more than thirty countries. He lives in London, England. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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Format: Hardcover
They did it again. The superworm is my son`s super hero by now and along the main story line, he finds many little side stories within the lovely illustrations, including the hidden Gruffalo! The language is simple enough for a 3-year old and the story is complex enough to keep his attention too. Thank you Julia and Axel for another great book.
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As with all Donaldson/Scheffler books this one is packed with delightful detail for the parent whilst the rhyming text is easy to follow for the child - Watch him wiggle, see him squirm, there's no-one quite like Superworm!

As always a bit of adventure then a bit of peril and then a nice resolution to send them off to bed happy.

Not quite as good as the classic Gruffalo or Room on the Broom, but up there with Stick Man and Zog for me.
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Even being die-hard Julia Donaldson fans as we are in this house, I have to say we did wonder about a book called "Superworm" - an unlikely hero if ever there was one, but this book is an instant winner, which my child has wanted for bedtime every night since we got it. The combination of memorable rhyming text and the fantastic marriage between the story and Axel Scheffer's detailed, colourful and humorous images make for an instant classic.

The story sees superworm, rescuer of baby toads and bord bees, being put under the spell of the evil "Wizard Lizard" and facing death by crow. Can his bug friends band together to hatch a cunning plan to save him? To find out you will have to read the book, though like all Donaldson books a happy ending is pretty well ensured.

Like Stick Man, this book works well as an everyday character is viewed differently through Donaldson's eyes. I think a worm being a hat, belt or slide will appeal to adults as much as it does to children. I found that this book is definitely of the sort children will quickly join in with and adults will find themselves remembering despite themselves. I think it's worth getting this book in hardback as it would make a lovely present and it's bound to be one that is read and read again. Another winner from our children's laureate and highly recommended by us.
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You can't really go wrong with Julia Donaldson and this is another entertaining book that would appeal to those approx age 2-5. If you have Stick Man, you'll see some similarities in the style of the story with Superworm being super useful for all sorts of things. Very nice.
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My children both love this but my 4.5 year old son especially, is intrigued by Superworm!

Fabulous story line coupled with brilliant illustrations, this book is one of the best yet from the amazing collaboration of Donaldson-Scheffler. How do they do it?

Borrowed from the library first to see if it was any good but we did not need to worry and placed an order with Amazon after just 3 days of booking it out of the library. Buy it and be prepared to read over and over again.
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Is there a better combination than Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler in the world of children's books? Whenever my children spot a new book in Scheffler's illustration style they know they are in for a treat.

Superworm is an odd little hero but hero he is, he saves lots of his friends by contorting himself into various positions, before he finds himself in peril at the hands of Wizard Lizard, will he become lunch for a crow?

As always Julia Donaldson's rhyming story is a pleasure to read and one that lends itself to reading aloud and being learned by heart. My children very quickly started to join in with the chants of Superworm and my five year old soon started to recite the words along with my reading.

Scheffler's illustrations are of their usual high standard, we love that you can spot other characters from the Donaldson/Scheffler canon amidst the pages. Can you find the Gruffalo? Superworm is a must for all Julia Donaldson fans, it really is a lovely story about the power of friendship.
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My 4 year old son just loves Julia Donaldson's books and this is just as good. I wasn't sure myself about a worm (ewwwwww)story but my son absolutely loves it. If you are fan of Tiddler and Snail & the Whale in particular - you will enjoy it.
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Love reading this book to my son and he loves hearing it. We're big Julia Donaldson fans so I decided to add this to our library. It's a very good, interesting story and my two-year-old enjoy shouting out the words when I stop reading at certain parts; the rhyming certainly helps with that. Don't find that the slightly dark story (an evil lizard kidnaps Superworm) bothered my son in the slightest, even when I give the lizard an evil voice!
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