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Diary of a worm : teacher's pet
Other title(s):
Teacher's pet


First edition.
New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Series title(s):
Worm makes a surprising discovery -- teachers have birthdays! That means Worm and his friends have to find the perfect present for their teacher, Mrs. Mulch.
Worm makes a surprising discovery -- teachers have birthdays! That means Worm and his friends have to find the perfect present for their teacher, Mrs. Mulch.
Reading Level:
Guided reading level: I.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades K-4 1.9 0.5 Quiz 159011 English fiction.

Accelerated Reader 1.9.

Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 159011.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 60951.


Call Number
JER Houran
JER Houran

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Worm is all about having fun, respecting the earth, and never taking baths. Many children will relate to this funny character!

In Diary of a Worm: Teacher's Pet, Worm makes a surprising discovery--teachers have birthdays. That means Worm and his friends have to find the perfect present for their teacher, Mrs. Mulch.

Diary of a Worm: Teacher's Pet is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it is perfect for kids learning to sound out words and sentences.

Author Notes

Doreen Cronin was born in Queens, New york. She grew up in Merrick, Long Island. She attended Pennysylvania State University where she majored in journalism. Eventually she found herself using her journalism background in the world of publishing. and she turned her sights toward law and attended St. john's University School of Law. She went on to work as an attorney in a Manhattan Law firm. She wrote her book Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type in 1995, shortly after the death of her father. It took another five years, however, before the book was published. She stated in her bio that this book was not only her first published book but also the easiest book to write, taking her only about 20 minutes to jot down the story. The book went on to become a Caldecott Honor Book. While the book eventually met with great success, publishers rejected it repeatedly for several years until a publisher eventually called her with the news that it would be published. Her success as a children's author continued with books such as Diary of a Worm published in 2003 and winner of Parent's Choice Award Slver 2003 Picture Book, Diary of a Spider published in 2003 and Rescue Bunnies. She made the 2013 New York Times High Profiles List with her title Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Worm is back again with friends Spider and Fly in this entertaining early reader based on the humorous tales of Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. Readers will delight in the antics of Worm, captured in the familiar journal style, as he discovers that even teachers have birthdays. He tries to find the perfect gift for Mrs. Mulch. "October 6 I woke up worried. One more day until the party and I was still stumped." Full spreads and expressive spot illustrations assist new readers with plot development. Bottle cap chairs and mushroom desktops set in a forest classroom create a fun perspective for readers as they follow Worm on his quest. Simple vocabulary and large font make this a welcome addition to beginning-to-read collections and young fans of these three pals.-Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Written by Lori Haskins Houran. Pictures by John Nez. It's Mrs. Mulch's birthday, and Worm wants to give his teacher the right present. His friends and family try to help him think of an idea, but Worm ultimately puts the finishing touches on the perfect gift himself. Fans of the original Diary of a Worm picture book will enjoy this early reader filled with worm-y gags and friendly illustrations. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Cronin and Bliss' droll humor come to the early-reader set courtesy of Houran and Nez. Mrs. Mulch is the best teacher Worm has ever had. So, when they have a substitute so she can take the day off for her birthday, Worm just has to think up a present that will be more spectacular than those of his classmates. His best friends, Spider and Fly, try to help, but their ideas just aren't appropriate for worms. But when they take him kite flying (literally) to cheer him up, they spy an apple from their vantage point. Will it be rotten enough? Will they be able to get it to Worm's school? Will Worm be able to pull a birthday card out of thin air? Nez's illustrations in the style of Bliss entertain, his characters sporting accessories and facial expressions that will be quite familiar to readers. Houran and Nez have transferred all the elements that made the Diary series so successful--the slightly gross humor, the three friends and their talents playing off one another, and the similarity to real human plights--to this early reader, continuing the trio's adventures for kids just striking out on their own. When will Fly and Spider get their own school stories? (Early reader. 5-7)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.