by J.J. Austrian; illustrated by Mike Curato
Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
Picture book, fiction, LGBTQ
Interest level: Pre-K through grade 2
Reading level: 1.7
4 out of 5 stars
To sum it up, this book celebrates love. Two worms meet, fall in love, and decide to get married. Their friends all want to make the wedding a very special event, so they convince Worm and Worm that they need rings, a dress, a tux, a cake…all the traditional trappings associated with a wedding. Everything is moving forward until the Bees ask, “But which one of you is the bride?” Worm and Worm both decide to be the brides…and the grooms. And they are married, and live happily every after, because Worm loves Worm.
By featuring two worms as the main characters, J.J. Austrian has created a picture book for young children that celebrates marriages of all types. It is important that children read books that promote the idea of marriage being open to all people (and worms) who love each other. The sweet illustrations by Mike Curato are the perfect accompaniment to the story, and he is able to make worms and insects cute and appealing.