Darwin's Super-Pooping Worm Spectacular

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Pub Date 03 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 20 Dec 2022

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Learn the funny and fascinating story of Charles Darwin and the groundbreaking discoveries that resulted from his love of the humble worm in this hilarious, illustrated children’s book.

Charles Darwin is widely known for his Origin of Species book, yet Darwin had another great love, and that was for worms.

Told for the first time for children, this is the silly and fascinating true story of how Charles Darwin came to discover that the humble earthworm is the most important species on our planet.

Darwin suspected worms were special but his scientist friends laughed at him. In a quest to find out the worms’ special talent, Darwin played the bassoon to the worms to see if they could hear, laid out a picnic treasure hunt for them to see how well they could smell, among many other bizarre but entirely true experiments.

But so far Darwin didn’t find anything extra special about worms. Until, one day he realized that worms do have a superpower. They POOP! Without their life-sustaining, nutrient-rich poop, there would be no plants and no animals on earth. 

Darwin’s 40 years studying worms is still essential to our understanding of worms today, and ever since, scientists have taken him VERY seriously, and never again laughed at his love of worms. 

The story of Darwin and the worms not only centers around the perennially brilliant subject of poop, it:
  • Teaches children about a key historic figure, the food cycle, and deductive scientific thinking.
  • Is also a heartwarming story of the triumph of a zany underdog who won’t let bullies get in the way of his love for worms.
  • Is told in a humorous and engaging way, with nonfiction information on each page to help educate alongside the story.
  • Features charming and humorous full-color illustrations.

Curious minds will love this fact-filled, laugh-out-loud book.
Learn the funny and fascinating story of Charles Darwin and the groundbreaking discoveries that resulted from his love of the humble worm in this hilarious, illustrated children’s book.


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A wonderful children's book about Darwin and his search for the super power found in worms. A bit of history I did not know about and a love tribute to how important worms are in our life. Wonderfully written and illustrated, informative and a quick read, it is super engaging and I learned things I did not know. Mind you, I never disliked worms, but I like them even more now. Go, worms, go.

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As an avid earthworm lover myself, I was drawn to this title immediately. I had no idea Darwin shared a fascination with the little guys. This book was entertaining, intriguing and full of facts that I did not know about the beloved creatures.

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Charles Darwin is well known for his study of how evolution happens, but he studied many other aspects of the natural world, including worms! This book is sure to be enjoyed by many young students. It's a great introduction to Darwin and his childlike curiosity. It also explains to how important worms are. Darwin's Super-Pooping Worm Spectacular is filled with fun illustrations. It chronicles the research that Darwin did to figure out if worms can see or hear, how they navigate their world, and even the use of Stonehenge to figure out how much worms poop. This is children's science nonfiction at its finest. Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy in return for my honest review.

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