Arthur and the Earthworms

I’m Arthur and I’m seven, and starting tomorrow I’ve got a new job: I’m going to be selling earthworms. I started getting interested in worms because …


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I’m Arthur and I’m seven, and starting tomorrow I’ve got a new job: I’m going to be selling earthworms. I started getting interested in worms because of my duck. He lives at my grandparents’ house and worms are his favourite food. When I really want to give him a treat, we go worm-hunting together. It rained a lot on Sunday, so we found hundreds! This gave my grandfather an idea…Arthur is a seven-year-old boy who is brilliant at being a seven-year-old-boy. When Arthur visits his grandparents’ house by the lake, more often than not, he becomes entangled in a new adventure, which he must solve with the help of his pet duck and useless dog – and hopefully without too much help from eccentric Cousin Eugene. These are witty stories full of understated humour and populated by quirky yet recognisable characters, and narrated by Arthur who has the rational worldview that comes exclusively from being seven-years-old. – REVIEWS – “A great little series for newly independent readers. Short and simple, yet engaging and fun, this is a perfect series for children to try to attempt on their own. The illustrations help break the text and help set the humorous atmosphere. Arthur is a loveable and quirky character who will appeal to both boys and girls” — LIBRARY MICE. “Mercier’s warm and reassuring series about a boy who’s brilliant at, well, being a little boy of seven who loves his family and sharing his adventures is proving a popular choice for early readers. Full of understated humour which is so appealing to growing boys. With bold, lovable characters and stories to enchant and entertain, all brought to life by Clare Elsom’s quirky illustrations, the witty, wonderful adventures of Arthur and his merry menage are set to run a lot longer than Arthur’s mad dash from the wild Witch of Picket Lake!” — LANCASHIRE EVENING POST. “Arthur’s grandfather has an idea when Arthur finds hundreds of earthworms for his pet duck. There must be plenty of people willing to buy earthworms and so the scheme is hatched! The stories are full of amusing pictures and these, combined with the quirky yet highly credible characters, give guaranteed appeal to young readers. Great to read aloud too and adults will enjoy the humour. They are just that little bit different and stand out from many other books for this age group” — PARENTS IN TOUCH. “Arthur is seven so the book is going to appeal primarily to the five to seven age group and I was delighted to see this …It’s a lovely story with some delightful interaction between Arthur’s grandparents – Grandma is a lot more savvy than Grandad gives her credit for – and some real tension as Arthur tries to get all the worms together to fulfil his big order.The read length – 36 pages – is sufficient for the young reader to have the pleasure of ‘getting a book under his belt’ without it being too daunting a task. The pages are broken up by plenty of illustrations, some of them a full page and with a stunning white-on-black double page spread. They’re not just a treat to look at – they also give some useful tips as to what those difficult longer words might be” — THE BOOKBAG. “These two stories {Arthur and the Mystery of the Egg and Arthur and the Earthworms} are ideal for reading aloud or as early ‘read alone’ books for the younger child of six to eight or thereabouts. A set of strong family relationships lies at the heart of witty tales with a twist that children will want to hear again. With more titles in the pipeline, this is a promising series with lively illustations by Clare Elsom and welcome information on the author, translator and illustrator at the back of each book” — THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN


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