I never heard about Toon Books before. Comics for preschool aged children? Wasn’t going that a little bit too far? The more surprised I was when I held “We dig worms” in my hands. What appeared to be a small, paper-bag-brown book turned into a non-fiction-comic-book when turning the first page.
Our daughter loves to dig in sand and mud. Like most children she is fascinated by worms, but never could quite understand these “funny animals”. This is where “We dig worms” starts. It takes children from the first appearance of an earthworm (“they have no eyes and no nose”) to the important part of worms in our ecosystem. Comic strips show kids digging for worms and asking question an average preschool kid would ask: “Eew – their poop is good for the soil?” “They feel cool, they have cold blood!”
The manuscript for this book was painted on recycled paper-bags and the print of “We dig worms” still shows this unique texture.
“We dig worms” is a unique approach on a non-fiction book for kids. It embraces an animal that’s often overlook, although it can be found in our backyard and is doing a lot of important work. Children learn that worms are more than “funny squishy things”, but creatures indeed and have an important part in our world. Definitely a pretty and pretty thorough introduction into biology and commits to all the questions kindergarteners and first graders would ask. A great combination of fun and facts and an unique reading experience!
I didn’t read a comic in ages and was a little lost reading this book aloud – luckily the second last page explains how to read comics with kids. The publisher “TOON Books” is specialized on comic books for children. They motto: “”Comics are a gateway drug to literacy.” TOON Books wants to represent a whole new approach to books for beginning readers. Definitely an interesting approach! Finja was fascinated by this book right away because it was different. I’m not sure if I enjoy reading a comic as much, but maybe it’s just something that you have to get used to. More importantly: “this is the first collection ever designed to offer early readers comics they can read themselves”, it says on TOON book’s homepage.
“We dig worms”
written and illustrated by Kevin McCloskey
Publisher: TOON Books