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on 26 February 2007
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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on 5 April 2005
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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on 2 January 1999
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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on 23 February 2015
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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on 23 February 2016
very funny book, as expected and in excellent condition
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on 19 August 2014
Grandson loved it!
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