Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

For ages 5 to 8

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This book is best for:
  • adjectives
  • action verbs
  • regular plurals
  • problem solving
  • /s/ sound


Superworm is super long and super strong. His ability to help and entertain others makes him a real hero to all the garden creatures. But when Superworm gets kidnapped by the evil Wizard Lizard, all his creepy crawly friends need to work together to save him.

This action-packed story is a real hit with children thanks to the bouncy rhyming verses and quirky illustrations. The story teaches children the importance of friendship and the power of working together to overcome problems.

Julia Donaldson use of interesting vocabulary and descriptive language makes the story come alive. It also makes this book a great model text to use when targeting adjectives and action verbs. There are many examples of regular plural nouns used throughout the story, allowing children to listen to the correct grammatical models and practice using regular plurals as they describe the pictures or retell the story.

The repetitive rhyming text in Superworm makes it a super choice when targeting the ‘s’ sound.

For further speech and language targets in Superworm, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Complete Episode

Story Plot: Conquering The Monster

  • animals - insects / mini-beasts
  • cooperation
  • friendship
  • magic
  • places - garden
  • teamwork

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /d/ - disaster, today, garden, toad, road, bored, wizard, lizard, scared, feed, slide, ride
  • /h/ - hip hip hooray, hop, help, hungry, home, honey
  • /l/ - long, lizard, leaves, caterpillar, wiggle, well, beetle, snail, tunnel, coil, soil, tail, trouble, crawl,
  • /m/ - magic, worm, home, honeycomb
  • /p/ - power, super, skipping rope, hip hip, asleep
  • /s/ - superworm, super, cross, boss
  • /t/ - toad, tunnel, toffee, buttons, night, fright
  • voiced /th/ - the, they, then, this, their, that, brother,
  • unvoiced /th/ - thump, with
  • /w/ - worm, watch, wiggle, wizard, web, flower, power
  • /z/ - wizard, lizard, bees, bugs, leaves
  • adjectives
  • conjunctions (and, then)
  • plurals
  • prepositions
  • objective pronouns (him)
  • possessive pronouns (his)
  • subjective pronouns (he, they)
  • third person singular tense
  • action verbs
  • labelling
  • describing
  • predicting
  • explaining means to a goal
  • descriptive concepts
  • location concepts
  • cooperation
  • friendship
  • problem-solving
  • teamwork
  • character description
  • sequencing
  • problem
  • plans
  • resolution
  • moral
  • direct character speech
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by Scholastic in 2012 (ISBN: 9781407132044)

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