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By Jill Walkinton and Alison Lewisjoint authors of Don’t Read This Book, written under the name ‘Jill Lewis’

Jill Walkinton and Alison Lewis delve into the world of creepy-crawlies to see what new reads will transform children into book worms

William Worm

William Worm by Sheila Bird and Corinne Bittler (Caterpillar Books, ISBN 9781848570320)

This is a sturdy early reading book with plenty of winning features ranging from pop-up page extensions, easy-to-predict rhymes, and cutaways. There is also a securely fixed integral finger puppet with a friendly face – perfect for adult and child fingers alike. This is a clever device, making the book great for paired reading with younger children.

William Worm has bold, bright illustrations that accompany a simple story about a worm wriggling his way through a variety of habitats. His journey begins in a strawberry patch and we travel with him meeting a mole, a hedgehog, a frog, a magpie, a rat and a lawnmower. His journey ends in perfect worm-friendly soil, away from the hostile environments and their predators. The vulnerability of William is apparent on every page but luckily, with the help of the reader, he can wriggle through the pages to safety.

Quick Draw Minibeasts

Quick Draw Minibeasts (Kingfisher, ISBN 9780753416099)

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