Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Doreen Cronin’s Diary of a Worm is one of the funniest children’s books I’ve ever read. I’m not well read in the children’s book genre, but I picked this one up and was cracking up all the way through it.  The story is the diary of a worm (bet you couldn’t have guessed that) and all the good and bad things about being a worm that he experiences throughout his days.

What caught my interest was that it was written in a chronological sequence, having the date of the diary entry at the top of the page.  I don’t read a lot of children’s books, but this seemed unusual to me, not the date exactly, but that the story is in fragments of different scenes through the worm’s life.  The story is still connected, but in pieces.  I wondered how children respond to that.

If you have kids I recommend this book.  If you don’t, but happen to find yourself in a doctor’s office or the children’s book section of the library, take a few minutes to laugh.