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Jul 10 2017

I can only draw worms by Will Mabbitt

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Puffin, 2017. ISBN 9780141375182
"This book is about worms. (I can only draw worms.) "
And so that's just what we are presented with. Bright hot-pink worms (except for one yellow one because he lost his pen) that mix and mingle and get to know each other and have adventures, all of which the reader has to imagine because the author can only draw worms. Set on white page juxtaposed with some really bright backgrounds the reader is drawn in, but while the blurb suggests that the book is "hilarious" and guaranteed to have children howling with laughter" I think there is a gap between the age of the reader that it visually appeals to and that able to grasp the humour.
It's different, it's quirky, it's definitely bright and young readers will love to join in the counting aspect as Mabbitt brings this most humble creature to life, encouraging them to use their imagination to fill in all the missing illustrations because he can only draw worms.
Barbara Braxton

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