MARTY MCGUIRE DIGS WORMS! by Kate Messner
Kirkus Star

MARTY MCGUIRE DIGS WORMS!

From the "Marty McGuire" series, volume 2
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Third-grader Marty and her classmates are given a challenge by a visiting environmentalist: to develop Earth-friendly projects that she will then judge.

Third-grade imaginations are untamed and funny. After an ill-conceived paper-making plan destroys her parents’ food processor, Marty and her best friend Annie get involved in a worm-powered composting project that’s supposed to help with wasted cafeteria food. Other classmates build a giant Super-Earth-Woman out of recycled materials, grow petunias and create a recycling-reminder buzzer. Marty, determined to win, is frustrated when her worms can’t begin to keep up with the volume of garbage generated. She worries that all she has to show for her project is “a bunch of half-eaten carrot sticks and worm poop,” and she's convinced that those will never save the planet. Floca’s cheery black-and-white illustrations match the upbeat theme of the tale, and with at least one per brief chapter, they break up the text pages nicely. Marty’s first-person commentary, sometimes just a tiny bit sarcastic, splendidly conveys the eroding innocence of middle-graders.

A quick, amusing read with an easily digestible environmental message; it is a perfect match for its young intended audience. (Fiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-545-14245-8
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2012




NEW & NOTABLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: APRIL 2012:

ChildrenGEM by Holly Hobbie
by Holly Hobbie
ChildrenSUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS by Sara Pennypacker
by Sara Pennypacker
ChildrenREMARKABLE by Lizzie K.  Foley
by Lizzie K. Foley
ChildrenTHE GREAT CAKE MYSTERY by Alexander McCall Smith
by Alexander McCall Smith
ChildrenLAUNDRY DAY by Maurie J. Manning
by Maurie J. Manning

MORE BY KATE MESSNER

ChildrenDANGER IN ANCIENT ROME by Kate Messner
by Kate Messner
ChildrenALL THE ANSWERS by Kate Messner
by Kate Messner
ChildrenRESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL by Kate Messner
by Kate Messner

MORE BY BRIAN FLOCA

ChildrenELIZABETH, QUEEN OF THE SEAS by Lynne Cox
by Lynne Cox
ChildrenLOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floca
by Brian Floca
ChildrenBALLET FOR MARTHA by Jan Greenberg
by Jan Greenberg

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenJUSTINE MCKEEN by Sigmund Brouwer
by Sigmund Brouwer
ChildrenTHE SMALL ADVENTURE OF POPEYE AND ELVIS by Barbara O’Connor
by Barbara O’Connor
ChildrenHOW OLIVER OLSON CHANGED THE WORLD by Claudia Mills
by Claudia Mills