Superworm - Books - Living Paintings

Living Paintings


Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Suitable for: 0-5 years, 5-7 years (Key stage 1)

Sponsored by: Shoe Zone

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

Superworm is a hero with a difference. Super-long and super-strong, he’s always on hand to help out all the other animals and insects – whether he’s saving baby toad from an accident, rescuing beetle from falling down a well, or even good-naturedly offering himself up as a skipping rope for some bored bees. But when the wicked Wizard Lizard hears about Superworm’s popularity, he sends his grim servant crow to kidnap Superworm and uses his magic flower to enslave our brave hero. Realising that their friend is in trouble, the other creatures set about coming up with a daring plan to set him free.

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler collaborate once again on this entertaining story about an unlikely superhero, which is certain to charm young readers. As always, Scheffler’s creatures are brilliantly characterised, with our dynamic hero Superworm being especially appealing, and villains Lizard and Crow looking suitably sinister. Donaldson’s lively rhyming text is full of humour and is enormous fun to read aloud. The book is read by actress, Bessie Carter.

Listen to an audio clip

Hello, my name is Bessie. I think you’re going to love this book. It’s all about super heroes, friendship and kindness.

On the front cover are lots of smiling bugs, enjoying each other’s company and having a little chat in a grassy meadow. In the centre is Superworm, a very long, pink worm.

On the right is the first feely picture. It shows Superworm, a dragonfly, a beetle and a beautiful caterpillar. (Pause)

In the picture on the left page, Superworm has tied one end of himself around a tree trunk and the other end of his long body is wrapped around little toad, pulling him safely back from the road.

In the picture on the right page are some large, blue, yellow, pink and white flowers. Buzzing bees sounds The bees are lazily buzzing about - but instead of collecting nectar, they’re resting on the flowers and looking bored.

What have you learnt from the story? I’ve learnt how important friendship is and that real friends look after one another and care about each other’s well-being. Now where is that hoola- hoop – ah yes, here we go…. Woo-hoo! Goodbye!

What's inside

  • A picture book with braille pages and raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Superworm and friends
Lizard and worm underground
Mole Hat, Mouse Hoopla and Bug Slide

What our members say

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It's ace! I used this book with my student - it's ace! Well done Living Paintings for another fabulous adaption! Teacher
Loved this book! Thanks - she loved this book. We both really like how the tactile pictures are in between pages in the right place. Parent
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