Lowly Worm’s famous hat is modeled after Richard Scarry’s Tyrolean hat, bought in St. Anton in Tirol in 1950. Richard Scarry always wore this hat when he made his publishing visits into New York. See the picture of the actual hat!
Lowly is an anthropomorphic earthworm who usually wears a Tyrolean hat on his head, a shoe on the end of his tail, a blue and green tube on his body (intended to resemble a sleeveless shirt and one-legged trousers), and a red bow tie. His best friend is Huckle Cat, and he lives in Busytown.
Lowly attends school with Huckle and plays with him and his friends, but also takes part in more adult activities, such as driving an applecar and an applecopter.
You can also find Lowly playing a Jolly Jester in the medieval kingdom of Busylande in Richard Scarry’s Peasant Pig and the Terrible Dragon.
Scarry’s Big Black Mercedes
When Richard decided to move from Connecticut to live in Switzerland (closer to the slopes), he also decided he would give himself a really sturdy car: a Mercedes. Richard loved this car, and he took us in it up every single mountain valley of the Canton Valais, and over just about every Alpine pass in Switzerland and France. The car is not just sturdy…it is indestructible! It is now over 40 years old, and still runs wonderfully. Richard loved the car so much, he put it into one of his books: The Great Pie Robbery, where, besmudged with cherry-pie paw prints, it is used as the bandits’ getaway car! (Check out page 13 in Richard Scarry’s The Great Pie Robbery and Other Mysteries!)
Huckle Cat is the star of several Richard Scarry stories, including Richard Scarry’s Great Big Schoolhouse, and often makes cameo appearances in other books.
Huckle is the school-age son of the popular Cat family, who are featured in many of Richard Scarry’s stories. He has a mother, often referred to as Mother Cat, and a father (Father Cat or Grocer Cat), who runs a grocery store. Huck’s little sister is called Sally Cat, and in her early appearances she was known as Little Sister.
Huck wants to be a pilot when he grows up. You can often find him in the cockpits of planes or flying with Father Cat’s friend, Rudolf von Flugel, in Richard Scarry’s A Day at the Airport.
Huck’s best friend is the one-legged worm, Lowly Worm. Huck and Lowly go on a lot of adventures together: going on treasure hunts, baking apples pies with Mother Cat, flying kites with Father Cat, riding the roller coaster at the Busytown Fair, building a “castle” out of driftwood on the beach, making a birthday gift for Huckle’s mother, and exploring every part of Busytown. Lowly, who can sometimes be seen driving unique vehicles like a street sweeper or an “apple-car”, often stays with the family as a house guest.