Diary of a Worm: Nat the Gnat

Doreen Cronin
HarperCollins (2014)
ISBN 9780062087072
Reviewed by Alyvia Summers (age 6) and Mom for Reader Views (8/14)

“Diary of a Worm: Nat the Gnat” is a level one (ages 4-8) reading book in the bestselling series by Doreen Cronin. This series follows a worm and his everyday adventures.  In this book comes exciting news of Worm’s class getting a pet gnat named Nat. What’s even better is that Worm gets to be the one in charge of taking care Nat for the day! But when something unexpected happens and leads to a big problem, can Worm be honest with his class, or will he find a way to fix everything?

“Diary of a Worm: Nat the Gnat” by Doreen Cronin is a great book for kids in this reading level that will introduce them to a few big words (without being too overwhelming), and also helps them learn a life lesson on being honest. The artwork is very cute and my daughter (age 6) loved it! Though she did comment that the teacher, Mrs. Mulch, did not look to happy when Worm confessed what happened. This was an easy read for us and a great one for Alyvia to go back and read over and over again on her own. The facts about gnats included in this book were also very nice.  (The one about how they fly in swarms called “ghost” was completely new to us!) In the end, despite the price range for this book, I would definitely say it is a great one to add to your children’s library.

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