Quick Thoughts: “There’s A Hair in My Dirt! A Worm’s Story”

“There’s A Hair in My Dirt! A Worm’s Story” by Gary Larson

Genre: Adult Fiction, Humor

GoodreadsSource: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

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 of 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…


I’ve always been a fan of Gary Larson. The Far Side is hilarious! When my coworker recommended this book to me I knew I had to pick it up. A full story by Gary Larson should be awesome, right? Right. There’s a Hair in My Dirt features all the twisted humor that you’d expect from Larson. The story has great humor to it but the artwork has tons of hidden jokes. It’s like an Easter Egg hunt trying to find all the jokes on a page. Though this does look a picture book, this really isn’t a book for kids. I’d say it’s probably for ~13+? They might not get all the jokes but that’s okay.

The bottom line? Great for a quick laugh.

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