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Superwormby Julia Donaldson
Synopses & Reviews
A wacky and fun new adventure from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, starring a truly unforgettable hero!
Toad in trouble? Beetle in a jam? Never fear — Superworm is here! And he's wiggling to the rescue!
But when Superworm is captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard, will his friends find a way to help their favorite superhero escape?
From the creators of THE GRUFFALO and ROOM ON THE BROOM, a super new adventure with a wriggly, squiggly hero you'll never forget.
"The winning team behind The Gruffalo and other books casts a pink, squiggly worm as a superhero, then introduces a dastardly villain, Wizard Lizard, who captures Superworm for his own nefarious purposes. Since Superworm always uses his superpowers to help animals when they're in trouble ('Help! Disaster! Baby toad/ Has hopped onto a major road'), his neighbors conspire eagerly to free him, sneaking toward the villain's lair to rescue him ('They jump and fly and crawl and creep.../ and find the lizard fast asleep'). Scheffler's menagerie of insects and amphibians sport delightfully dorky, wide-eyed looks of terror when things go wrong and evident satisfaction when Wizard Lizard's magic spell is broken and Superworm is back among them. Donaldson's seamless verse has the gratifying, thumping predictability of nursery rhymes ('We must help him if we can./ We must hatch a cunning plan!'), and the action hurtles along nonstop. The fact that the hero is a creature that is usually thought of as frail and helpless carries an implicit message of its own. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Julia Donaldson is currently being honored as the UK Children's Laureate, and has written many bestselling and beloved picture books and novels for young readers. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Malcolm.
Axel Scheffler's award-winning books include ROOM ON THE BROOM, THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE, and THE GRUFFALO. His illustrations have been published in more than thirty countries. He lives in London, England.
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