Book reviews from 4—7 years
11 January 2009Add to My Folder
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 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.