What the Worm Saw


It seems the earthworm prefers finding a cosy bed deep beneath the soil surface. However rain and the night might bring it to the surface to ‘smell the air’. Then again, this earthworm seeks out slimy leaves, lettuce ideally, or maybe apples, roses, daffodils or beans, just at the right stage of decay. Thereafter, it works, ‘clean and burrow, dig and plough’ though the soil’s depths.

We investigate in What the Worm Saw. In fact, we sniff the air and feel he rain. We sense the tread of human footsteps or even a hedgehog’s frantic investigation. After all, don’t hedgehogs dine out on earthworms? Meanwhile, the earthworms retreat into their earthly soil depths, munching through every bit, pooping rich remains for the goodness of the garden.

Bookwagon loves Emil Fortune’s first-person description of the earthworm’s experience which draws us into understanding the essential role and experience of this mini beast. What’s more, Hannah Peck’s pictures are rich, deep, vibrant and wonderful. Altogether, Bookwagon loves and recommends What the Worm Saw for home reading, investigation, rereading and then for classrooms, too.

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What the Worm Saw

Emil Fortune and Hannah Peck


Worms spend most of their ‘time under the ground‘ burrowing down into a ‘cosy little bed in the earth’. In fact, it’s rain that draws the to the surface and then the appeal of leaf mounds. Then again at nighttime, worms ‘taste the air’. It’s at about that time that readers might wonder at What the Worm Saw.
Worms seek food, such as daffodils, beans, roses or apples. though they seek browning vegetation. Thereafter, they ‘clean and burrow, dig and plough‘ within their deep, dark habitat. They’re munching ‘through [the] soil, getting every tiny bit of goodness‘. In fact we can see what they do with this munching in the ‘rich, dark soil‘ poop they leave behind.
As with National Trust: Out and About Minibeast Explorer, What the Worm Saw is an enquiring, educational title that inspires us to look further and understand how gardens work, for example. Then again, through making this picture book work in first person, Emil Fortune endears us to a hard working character. Furthermore, Hannah Peck‘s illustrations are rich and undulating, animated and almost audible.
Finally, Bookwagon loves the glossary at the conclusion of this picture book. It means that we’re learning alongside being entertained.


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