Harriet’s Hungry Worms

Reviewed By  Grasshopper2       May 5, 2023


Author  Samantha Smith. Illustrations Melissa Johns.

Distributor:      EK Books/Exile Publishers
ISBN:                 9781922539472
Publisher:         EK Books/Exile Publishers
Release Date:   May 2023  

Website:    https://exislepublishing.com/product/harriets-hungry-worms/ 

Instantly, the appeal of Harriet’s Hungry Worms is evident. The title, and illustration on the front cover show what many consider to be a fascinating hobby. The end pages show an under-dirt view of worms happily moving along. Then we come to the story which is generously sprinkled with many colourful and contented worms.

The story tells us how Harriet’s job in the family is to care for these worms, nine hundred and eighty-three to be exact. Her brother, Fred, has to walk the dog, her sister Sally is in charge of the chickens, but each day those worms need to be fed. Sometimes it’s left over muesli, next day herbal tea bags, and later in the week, some of Nana’s left over relish…”but even they didn’t seem to like it.”

Ultimately, Harriet felt her worms contributed little to the family. Then one day, she found a little tap at the bottom of the worm box. It was “WORM WEE!”  Using this on her family’s veggie patch was very satisfying and Harriet recognised the enormous contribution worms make.

Harriet’s Hungry Worms is so very appealing because it is something that every child who reads this can become involved with the text.  The wonderful illustrations add to the story, making it vibrant and exciting. This is a happy and positive story which could lead to a life-time of fun with worms.