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Night of the Living Worms

Night of the Living Worms

A Speed Bump & Slingshot Misadventure

A Speed Bump & Slingshot Misadventure (Volume 1)

Dave Coverly

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)




What's a bird to do when his sibling is a big-time celebrity? It's a question Speed Bump has to deal with every single morning, because his brother happens to be the one and only Early Bird. You know, THE Early Bird, who ALWAYS gets the worm! Unfortunately, Speed Bump is a sleepy little bird with a big head and tiny wings who's worried he'll never live up to his brother. But he has a great buddy, the ever-hungry Slingshot, who knows how to lift his spirits. Together, they end up on an adventure deep in the nighttime forest, where they're forced to confront something more terrifying—and slimier—than they've ever imagined. It could all go horribly wrong . . . or it could just change Speed Bump's luck for good.




A little bird tweeting in the window at the top of the large Sycamore tree woke Speed Bump from a restless sleep.

He took off the headphones he wore to bed every night (he always...


Praise for Night of the Living Worms

An Amazon Editors' Best Book of the Month
A Florida Sunshine State Young Readers' Award Selection

“Coverly’s drawings are full of visual jokes, and the narrative is packed with playful language. . . Clever, imaginative, and precisely targeted to its audience, this new series is sure to please.” —Booklist

“Filled with subtle irony, wordplay, and gentle pokes at life, the text is accompanied by appealingly large, cartoon-style, black-and-white line drawings . . . This story will have students laughing out loud and reluctant readers asking for the sequel.” —School Library Journal

"Coverly’s goofy humor, rife with bird puns, overlays a thoughtful story of a younger sibling finding an identity outside of his older sibling’s shadow. The cartoonish black and white illustrations, which take up as much or more space as the big-type print, feature plenty of visual gags and include speech bubbles, diagrams, and other imbedded text that will give budding readers opportunities to test their skills at every turn." -The Bulletin

“Both [pictures and text] are liberally festooned with gags, sight gags . . . and puns.” —Kirkus Reviews

“* [Tobin and Coverly] prove once again that a low-key reportorial style and perpetually surprised-looking characters are a great combination.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Very Inappropriate Word

“Exaggerated cartoony fun on a mostly untouched topic--it's pretty @#*! good.” —Booklist on The Very Inappropriate Word

“This educational romp…is a strong choice for classroom and library collections.” —School Library Journal on Sue Macdonald Had a Book

“A fun-filled way to introduce and emphasize vowel sounds, this is particularly well-suited for use in the classroom or for a parent/child sing-along.” —Kirkus Reviews on Sue Macdonald Had a Book

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Dave Coverly

Dave Coverly is an internationally syndicated cartoonist whose Speed Bump cartoons appear in more than 400 newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press, and Parade. He is the illustrator of Sue MacDonald Had a Book and The Very Inappropriate Word, which was named a New York Times Editor's Choice and a Bank Street College Best Book. Winner of the prestigious Reuben Award for Best Cartoonist, Dave lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dave Coverly

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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