HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Four Pups and a Worm
Author and Illustrator: Eric Seltzer
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers, 1996
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Seltzer, Eric. Four Pups and a Worm (published in 1996 by Random House Books for Young Readers). Dr. Seuss has had many imitators, some better than others, but all illustrate the fact that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. This is one of the Beginner Books, illustrated in full color to appeal to early readers, which are similar to those of Dr. Seuss. Whom will you call when you cannot tie your tie, when your chopper will not fly, when your car begins to steam, when your mower spurts and screams? Of course, you can call “Four Pups and a Worm,” the most industrious quintet around. They tie. They fly. They tow. They even mow. They can handle everything from baby-sitting to back-scratching.
In fact, there’s almost nothing this unlikely enterprise can’t do. The catchy, silly rhymes are fun, and the delightful illustrations do not fail to entertain. Kids of all ages will find this book interesting, and even adults can get a good laugh, as anyone who has ever had to deal with day to day home repairs will appreciate the off-beat humor. It is a great book to read with children since there is quite a bit of repetition. In 1988, Random House published an omnibus volume of five “I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books” which included And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street; Are You My Mother?; Oh Say Can You Say?; One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish; and Go, Dog. Go!; in addition to Four Pups and a Worm.