I received my very own autographed copy of Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner (illustrated by Brian Floca) after winning a drawing for spreading the good word about Kate’s first Marty book. This book is just as much fun with a great story about saving the earth.
In this second book about the spunky third grader Marty McGuire, Marty is determined to win a prize in the school’s Save The Earth project. With the help of her grandmother, she and her best friend Annie set up a compost bin at school. Marty is excited for the worms to do their job, but is then disappointed that they are so slow about turning food scraps into fertilizer. In the meantime, it looks like all her other classmates are making great and visible progress on their projects. Will she even have a chance at winning?
I love how full of confidence Marty is, and I love that she cares about saving the earth. It’s no surprise that Marty loves worms (she wasn’t afraid of a frog in book 1). There’s good humor throughout (worm escapees!) and readers will learn about composting and other “save the earth” hints. Young readers will enjoy this story and Marty will capture their hearts!