Friday, March 4, 2016

Review: Worm Loves Worm, by J.J. Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato

Worm Loves Worm

You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of a worm . . . and a worm.
When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next: They get married! But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux?
The answer is: It doesn't matter. Because Worm loves worm.

"Let's be married," says Worm to Worm.
"Yes," answers Worm. "Let's be married!" 

Ah, but if it were only that simple, entire industries would go out of business! There must be cake, and flowers, and bridesmaids brides-bees. Everything must be done the way it has always been done...right?

The ambiguity of genders could make this a book about non-traditional marriage. Or, it could be a book about breaking out of the mold and going down your own path. Or, it could be a book about creative problem solving and staying positive. Or, it could be a book about responding to societal pressures. could just be a cute little story about two worms getting married, surrounded by their friends. Your choice! But I do recommend picking up a copy either way.

***This book has been nominated for the Cybils Awards, and I am a first-round panelist in this category. There are many other panelists, and many MANY other great nominees, so a good or bad review here does not necessarily predict placement on the shortlist. 

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