There's A Hair in My Dirt

There's A Hair in My Dirt

A Worm's Story

Book - 1998
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Presents a fable about a whiny young worm who finds a hair in his dirt and whose father teaches him about the reality of a worm's existence by relating the story of a nature-loving woman and her dauntless walk through the woods

Blackwell North Amer
Once upon a time, in a place far away, lived a man named Gary Larson who used to draw cartoons. It was a cartoon that appeared for many years in daily newspapers and was loved by millions. (And was confusing to millions more.) But one day he stopped.
Yet Gary was restless. He couldn't sleep nights. Something haunted him. (Besides Gramps.) Something that would return him to his roots in biology, drawing and dementia - a tale called There's a Hair In My Dirt! A Worm's Story.
It begins a few inches underground, when a young worm, during a typical family dinner, discovers there's a hair in his plate of dirt. He becomes rather upset, not just about his tainted meal but about his entire miserable, wormy life. This, in turn, spurs his father to tell him a story - a story to inspire the children of invertebrates everywhere.
And so Father Worm describes the saga of a fair young maiden and her adventuresome stroll through her favorite forest, a perambulator's paradise. It is a Journey filled with mystery and magic. Or so she thinks.
Which is all we'll say for now.
Written and illustrated in a children's storybook style, There's a Hair in My Dirt! A Worm's Story is a twisted take on the difference between our idealized view of Nature and the sometimes cold, hard reality of life for the birds and the bees and the worms (not to mention our own species).

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060191047
006019104X
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 29 cm

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isaacasimov
Mar 19, 2013

Biologist, Gary Larson, takes an organic and earthy approach to Gaia hypothesis in this insightful piece of well crafted, elegant, literature. Concerns about the misunderstanding of the natural world coupled together with the impact of invasive species on environments is displayed gracefully with just the right amount of poetic justice throughout this sophisticated essay. This is a children's book that is not for children living under a veil.

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Charlene_Poon
Jul 22, 2010

I read it in my Dentist's office and love the message. It is a fun but serious book.

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RonNasty64
Oct 09, 2008

Larson expands on an idea with glee. This looks like it was meant to be adapted for the small screen, it just flows so nicely. Watch for "Far Side" inspired images.

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STARR BROWN Aug 03, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: this book use to crip my little boy out when we was younger

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