There's A Hair in My Dirt!

There's A Hair in My Dirt!

A Worm's Story

Graphic Novel - 1999
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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.

Gary went into hiding. He made a couple short films. He played his guitar. He threw sticks for his dogs. They threw some back.

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.
What exactly does the maiden encounter?
Does Son Worm learn a lesson?
More important, does he eat his plate of fresh dirt?

Well, you'll have to read to find out, but let's just say the answers are right under your feet.

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).

Told with his trademark off-kilter humor, this first original non--Far Side book is the unique work of a comic master.

Now Larson can finally sleep at night. Question is, will you?

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1999, c1998.
Edition: First HarperPerennial edition
ISBN: 9780060932749
Branch Call Number: YA GN THERE'S
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: There is a hair in my dirt!


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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.

Jul 22, 2010

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

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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