The Adventure of Wormee the Worm by Ricky Mickiewicz
Sometimes less is more. An illustrated book with very little text can engage the reader to use his/her imagination to create and tell a story all their own. But Wormee the Worm misses the mark here. It’s a rather straightforward tale of how a worm ends up in Hawaii. The illustrations appear to be color photocopies of simple drawings done with magic markers that hardly capture the magic and beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.
I asked my first grade daughter to “read” aloud this book to me. At times, the drawings didn’t successfully convey the clues that were to be inferred from the drawings to understand Wormee’s actions and the adventure’s storyline. The storyline was mind-numbingly simple and the drawings were neither imaginative nor well-done. With no offense to the probably well-intended author, it reads like a book that was written and illustrated by a young child, a keepsake that only a mother could love and treasure forever.
The Adventure of Wormee the Worm is available on Amazon, where you can also see a preview of the book. I was provided with a complimentary copy for review purposes.