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How to Eat Fried Worms (original 1973; edition 2006)

by Thomas Rockwell

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Title:How to Eat Fried Worms
Authors:Thomas Rockwell
Info:Yearling (2006), Paperback, 128 pages
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A story about a new kid at school, Billy, and him learning how to stand up to the school bully. When Billy brings a thermos of warms to school the bully asks him if he always eats worms. In his fun sense of humor Billy says he eats them all the time. When Billy throws a worm at the bully it begins a battle of having to eat ten worms a day and the first one who gives up must walk through school with worms down their pants. Additionally, Billy has struggles at home with his dad not liking his new job and mom's time is consumed with other things. This is a great book to begin a conversation about bully while using light humor. ( )
  natalie.loy | Jun 3, 2014 |
Maybe it's because I read this as an adult, but I found this book pretty boring. I wasn't grossed out by the concept of young boys eating worms, but was more disgusted by the boys' behavior in trying to trick the others out of the deal, which led to violence and the threat of ending the friendship altogether. While some of the incidents are humorous, others are really quite scary with the consequences they seem to ignore. ( )
  CareBear36 | Mar 8, 2014 |
RGG: What should be a humorous story is a strangely serious depiction of the dynamics of boyhood friendships. The occasional use of dialogue with strange accents is sometimes confusing. Interest: 10-12 year-olds.
  rgruberexcel | Jan 23, 2014 |
RGG: What should be a humorous story is a strangely serious depiction of the dynamics of boyhood friendships. The occasional use of dialogue with strange accents is sometimes confusing. Interest: 10-12 year-olds.
  rgruberexcel | Jan 23, 2014 |
Enjoyable book about a little boy who bets that he can eat 15 worms in 15 days. It will have you laughing from cover to cover, and make you cringe at every new recipe. You may not be able to eat while reading this book, but you will never want to put it down. ( )
  mariahpolen | Oct 23, 2013 |
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Doctor A.C. Roosevelt of Hyde Park, New York, reports that 10% of the boys studied reported no ill effects except induced paralysis of the lower fulmar region; 40% reported abdominal cramping, triple vision (lasting from two to three years and impacting school performance) and extreme lussitude...
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How to Eat Fried Worms has happily repulsed children since its original publication in 1973. Now youngsters can experience this classic story in a whole new yucky way, by listening to it on audiocassette. Narrator Jay O. Sanders gives extra kick and vitality to this already lively yarn. He throws himself into the role of a 10-year-old boy, facing the most revolting bet of his life. Billy must eat 15 worms in 15 days--but the reward will be worth it: $50 for a shiny new minibike. Luckily, Billy's friends cook up these fat juicy grubs in a variety of appetizing ways--drenched in ketchup and mustard, fried in butter and cornmeal, and the pièce de résistance, a Whizband Worm Delight (an ice-cream worm cake). Sanders derives obvious pleasure from reading (and singing) out loud the hilarious rhymes and childish chants concocted from the mind of the book's author, Thomas Rockwell.

"Trout, Salmon, flounder, perch,
I'll ride my minibike into church.
Dace, tuna, haddock, trout,
Wait'll you hear the minister shout."

How to Eat Fried Worms is a ghastly gastronomical treat that will dazzle young listeners. (Running time: two hours, two cassettes) --Naomi Gesinger

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Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.

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