How to Eat Fried Worms

How to Eat Fried Worms

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by Thomas Rockwell, Jay O. Sanders, Christopher Reich
     
 

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"Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. A hilarious story that will revolt and delight bumptious, unreachable intermediate-grade boys and any other less particular mortals that read or listen to it.... Colorful, original writing in a comic vein."--Booklist.

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"Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. A hilarious story that will revolt and delight bumptious, unreachable intermediate-grade boys and any other less particular mortals that read or listen to it.... Colorful, original writing in a comic vein."--Booklist.

Editorial Reviews

Billy could not resist the bet. Now all that stands between him and $50 are 15 soon-to-be fried worms. To snag the loot (and in turn a shiny new mini-bike), he must munch, chew, and swallow these creepy night crawlers within 15 days. Thomas Rockwell's How to Eat Fried Worms has been attracting and repulsing young readers ever since it was first published in 1973.
Children's Literature
Alan has bet Billy fifty dollars that he can't eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. Billy decides he is up to the challenge, so he begins a long process to get down fifteen worms. The first few were hard for Billy, but once he was sure that he would suffer no ill effects, the rest were easy to eat. The challenge came in actually eating them, since Alan was not ready to lose fifty dollars. As trick after trick is tried and Billy sees through each one, the drama increases. Even the boys' parents get involved, at times helping Billy eat his worms but at times almost ruining the whole thing. This was a very comical book that any boy or tomboy should enjoy. It would be a great tool in opening the door to discussing betting, even small bets, and the risks that it involves. It also deals with friends doing things that upset each other, and how to get past the issues that arise and continue being friends after the incident is over. The back of the book contains several worm recipes, though of course these are not your garden variety worm. 2006 (orig. 1953), Dell Yearling/Random House Children's Books, and Ages 7 to 10.
—Elizabeth Fresse <%ISBN%>0440445450
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-The story of Billy who, because of a bet, is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat 15 worms in 15 days.
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Praise for How to Eat Fried Worms:

[STAR] "The clear writing, clever illustrations, and revolting subject matter are sure to make a hit."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A hilarious story that will revolt and delight....Colorful, original writing in a much-needed comic vein."—Booklist

"Rockwell's sensibilities (if that's the word) are so uncannily close to those of the average ten-year-old boy that one begins to admire Billy as a really sharp operator."—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807287965
Publisher:
Listening Library, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 7.43(h) x 1.24(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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Chapter I: The Bet

Hey, Tom! Where were you last night?"
"Yeah, you missed it."
Alan and Billy came up the front walk. Tom was sitting on his porch steps, bouncing a tennis ball.
"Old Man Tator caught Joe as we were climbing through the fence, so we all had to go back, and he made us pile the peaches on his kitchen table, and then he called our mothers."
"Joe's mother hasn't let him out yet."
"Where were you?"
Tom stopped bouncing the tennis ball. He was a tall, skinny boy who took his troubles very seriously.
"My mother kept me in."
"What for?"
"I wouldn't eat my dinner."
Alan sat down on the step below Tom and began to chew his thumbnail.
"What was it?"
"Salmon casserole."
Billy flopped down on the grass, chunky, snub-nosed, freckled.
"Salmon casserole's not so bad."
"Wouldn't she let you just eat two bites?" asked Alan. "Sometimes my mother says, well, all right, if I'll just eat two bites."
"I wouldn't eat even one."
"That's stupid," said Billy. "One bite can't hurt you. I'd eat one bite of anything before I'd let them send me up to my room right after supper."
Tom shrugged.
"How about mud?" Alan asked Billy. "You wouldn't eat a bite of mud."
Alan argued a lot, small, knobby-kneed, nervous, gnawing at his thumbnail, his face smudged, his red hair mussed, shirttail hanging out, shoelaces untied.
"Sure, I would," Billy said. "Mud. What's mud? Just dirt with a little water in it. My father says everyone eats a pound of dirtevery year anyway."
"How about poison?"
"That's different." Billy rolled over on his back.
"Is your mother going to make you eat the leftovers today at lunch?" he asked Billy.
"She never has before."
"How about worms?" Alan asked Billy.
Tom's sister's cat squirmed out from under the porch and rubbed against Billy's knee.
"Sure," said Billy. "Why not? Worms are just dirt."
"Yeah, but they bleed."
"So you'd have to cook them. Cows bleed.”
"I bet a hundred dollars you wouldn't really eat a worm. You talk big now, but you wouldn't if you were sitting at the dinner table with a worm on your plate."
"I bet I would. I'd eat fifteen worms if somebody'd bet me a hundred dollars."
"You really want to bet? I'll bet you fifty dollars you can't eat fifteen worms. I really will."
"Where're you going to get fifty dollars?"
"In my savings account. I've got one hundred and thirty dollars and seventy-nine cents in my savings account. I know, because last week I put in the five dollars my grandmother gave me for my birthday."
"Your mother wouldn't let you take it out."
"She would if I lost the bet. She'd have to. I'd tell her I was going to sell my stamp collection otherwise. And I bought that with all my own money that I earned mowing lawns, so I can do whatever I want with it. I'll bet you fifty dollars you can't eat fifteen worms. Come on. You're chicken. You know you can't do it."
"I wouldn't do it," said Tom. "If salmon casserole makes me sick, think what fifteen worms would do."
Joe came scuffing up the walk and flopped down beside Billy. He was a small boy, with dark hair and a long nose and big brown eyes.
"What's going on?"
"Come on," said Alan to Billy. "Tom can be your second and Joe'll be mine, just like in a duel. You think it's so easy — here's your chance to make fifty bucks."
Billy dangled a leaf in front of the cat, but the cat just rubbed against his knee, purring.
"What kind of worms?"
"Regular worms."
"Not those big green ones that get on the tomatoes. I won't eat those. And I won't eat them all at once. It might make me sick. One worm a day for fifteen days."
"And he can eat them any way he wants," said Tom. "Boiled, stewed, fried, fricasseed."
"Yeah, but we provide the worms," said Joe. "And there have to be witnesses present when he eats them; either me or Alan or somebody we can trust. Not just you and Billy."
"Okay?" Alan said to Billy.
Billy scratched the cat's ears. Fifty dollars. That was lot of money. How bad could a worm taste? He'd eaten fried liver, salmon loaf, mushrooms, tongue, pig's feet. Other kids' parents were always nagging them to eat, eat; his had begun to worry about how much he ate. Not that he was fat. He just hadn't worked off all his winter blubber yet.
He slid his hand into his shirt and furtively squeezed the side of his stomach. Worms were just dirt; dirt wasn't fattening.
If he won fifty dollars, he could buy that mini-bike George Cunningham's brother had promised to sell him in September before he went away to college. Heck, he could gag anything down for fifty dollars, couldn't he?
He looked up. "I can use ketchup or mustard or anything like that? As much as I want?"
Alan nodded. "Okay?"
Billy stood up.
"Okay."


From the Audio Cassette (Unabridged) edition.

Copyright 1953 by Thomas Rockwell

Meet the Author

Thomas Rockwell is the author of a number of books for young readers. He was the recipient of the Mark Twain Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and the Sequoyah Award for How to Eat Fried Worms. He lives in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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How to Eat Fried Worms 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
5thgradestudents More than 1 year ago
I recommend the book How to Eat Fried Worms. If you like to dare people to do stuff this book will be good for you. It begins when a group of boys bet Billy to eat fried worms. Billy's mom saw him eating worms and she called the doctor. If you want to know more, you can read the book How to Eat Fried Worms.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EWWWWW!!! Never Eat Fried Worms you know why you should never eat fried worms. You should never eat them because they can make you sick like Billy. Never eat them even if you made a bet for money or something else. What happens in How To Eat Fried Worms is that a boy named Billy is doing a bet with two other boys named Joe and Alan. You want to know what the bet is? The bet is that Billy has to eat 15 worms in 15 days and if he does he is going to get $50 but if doesn't he is not getting anything. You want to know what is my favorite part is? My favorite part of How To Eat Fried Worms is when Billy ate all the worms and said I won the $50. I recommend this book to you because it is funny and the author wrote the book with good expression. This is why I recommend this book to you. Mustard ketchup and horseradish on a worm? That is from the book how to eat fried worms. The book is about 2 friends that make a bet to see it Billy can eat 15 worms in 15 days. The friends start the bet by saying that Tom stayed in for not eating his dinner then Billy said that he could eat anything then Joe said no you can't how about worms? And that is how the bet started. My favorite part was when Joe and Alan sendt a fake letter to Billy's mom. I don't recommend that anyone else read this book because it was boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book I was amazed.I read it millions of times, and I still lagh when read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How To Eat Fried Worms is a hillarious story! I have read it dozens of times and still laugh out loud and cheer for corageous Billy. A great story for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read How to Eat Fried Worms? Well, I have and it is a good book. It doesn¿t have many pictures, but it is still a good book. It seem like a mystery book sometimes because you don¿t know what¿s going to happen next. The book is about a kid named Billy. He makes a bet with two kids named Joe and Alan. Joe and Alan bet Billy he couldn¿t eat 15 worms in 15 days. If Billy can eat 15 worms in 15 days, then Joe and Allan will give Billy 50 dollars. I like the end of the story because Billy had to sneak out of the house so he could do something, but I can¿t tell you what he had to do. If you have a dog or a cat at home, you should read How To Eat Fried Worms to him/her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is cool. I had to read it for a class assiment and I couldn't put it down. It may sound gross but it is soo cool.
myna720 More than 1 year ago
I thought it was about someone eating worms. My feelings about this book was enjoyed. How to eat fried worms was what I expected. I feel the same about the book and nothing has changed. How to eat fried worms is a story were this kid named Billy eats worms because he made a bet. He was making fun of this kid that didn&rsquo;t eat his vegtables so he couldn&rsquo;t go hang out with his friends. So Billy said he could eat fifteen worms. This book is fiction and the author is Thomas Rockwell. I liked this book because the story is well written and and just great. You should read How to eat fried worms. I feel that this book is for kids ages 6-14.  This book rocks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it was really exiting. Billy, Allan, Joe, were making a bet. Allan asked Billy, I&rsquo;ll give you 50 dollars if you eat 15 worms the bet is on he said. Allan was kind of nervous because he would have to ask his dad 50 dollars out of his bank account if he lost. I would recommend this book because it was really exciting and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to read with your child.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an okay book because it started not to make sense in the middle. then when it got to the end it started to make a little sense. i hope to see the movie so i can see it more clearly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting, but did not satisfy me fully. It is fairly enjoyable, so I still recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the Harry Potter craze, it reminded me of this book that I read as a young girl. Yea, sure, I thought is was digusting, but I couldn't put the book down. Everyone was talking about this book. Especially the boys, so I had to check it out. I'll buy it to have on my shelf for my kids when they are old enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How to eat fried worms is a really juicy but funny book. Imagine... eating 15 worms for 50 $$$ Would you??? I would
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Rockwell, (author) makes Billie an exciting character. Billie gets caught in a tough situation when he makes a bet to eat fried worms. It is a book you can not put down because each time you want to it gets closer to knowing if he will make it through the bet to win fifty dollars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that How To Eat Fried Worms is very outstanding because I love to read great and interesting books about boys getting in trouble. I think Joe is in some ways like me because I would try to cheat too. My favorite part is where Billy gets thrown in the tool closet. I reccommend this book to other kids who likes to read in the summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best part of the book I really liked was when Billy fried and put ketchup, mustard, lemon,Worchestershire sauce,and cinnamon-and-suger on the worms. Billy chopped up the worms and ate one bite at a time. The slimy and gross worm would be great at the dinner table.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The bet was funny that Joe, Alan, Billy, and Tom made. Billy had to eat 15 worms in 15 days so he would win 50 dollars. He put stuff on them to make them taste better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book would be boring but I was wrong. It was great when Tom and Billy daydreamed about driving the dirt bike to unusual places. I reccommend reading this after dinner!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was really funny. My favorite chapter is 3:15 am. Their mom had to call Doctor Mcgrath when Billy had eaten five worms that afternoon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was a good book but I don't think you shoud read it after eating. It's also pretty funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book becasue it was really boring. This book might be better to someone who likes worms. I hate worms! I think boys would like this book better than girls. This book really grossed me out. I think Billy is the stupidest kid on earth beacuse he ate worms.