The Worms of Kukumlima

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The Worms of Kukumlima
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Author Daniel Pinkwater
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young adult, Comedy novel
Publisher E. P. Dutton
Publication date
April 1981
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 307 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 0-525-43380-5 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 6862939
LC Class PZ7.P6335 Wo 1981

The Worms of Kukumlima is a humorous book written by Daniel Pinkwater for all ages and first published in 1981.

Plot Summary[edit]

Protagonist/narrator 'Ronald Donald Almondotter', having accepted an internship under his maternal grandfather, Seumas Finneganstein, finds this interrupted by 'Sir Charles Pelicanstein', his grandfather's friend, and accompanies both from America to Tanzania, in search of an 'intelligent earthworm' documented by gemstone-collector 'Gordon Whillikers'. In Tanzania, they are joined by tour-guide 'Hassan Kapoora' and cook 'Ali Tabu'. At the advice of general-store owner 'Baba Pambazuka', they pursue intuitively the intelligent earthworm's habitat in the extinct volcano 'Kukumlima', without set directions. Finding Kukumlima accidentally, they discover Gordon Whillikers a prisoner of the earthworms (now identified with gigantic size), required to annually collect the tiny 'elephant mice' used by the worms to purposes unknown. Having explored Kukumlima, and identified the worms' vocalizations (attributed earlier to ordinary earthworms) as means of contact, they escape the Volcanic crater during an eruption partly stimulated by themselves, and return to America, where Seumas patents an adhesive sap used in the escape.


The Worms of Kukumlima is no longer in print in its original form; but is included in Pinkwater's compilation 4 Fantastic Novels.[1]


  1. ^ "4 Fantastic Novels by Daniel Manus Pinkwater". 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-26.