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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (July 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440421853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440421856
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About 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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To those schools who already assign this book for Summer Reading I commend you.
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As a family we were taking a long road trip and we took turns reading our favorite books out loud to one another.
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I would recommend any child who enjoys reading, or good child stories, to get this book!
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Format: Paperback
To my mind, "How To Eat Fried Worms" is an American children's classic ranking just behind "Harriet the Spy". In school, kids are constantly being forced to read books that, while excellently written, haven't a funny or amusing sentence anywhere to be seen. This is a foolish act on the part of schools. If you want your children to become good readers, you need to soften the meaningful with the flamboyant and silly. I was actually expecting, "How To Eat Fried Worms" to be some kind of mildly amusing but essentially meaningless tale. I certainly didn't expect anyone to actually EAT a worm. Instead, I found that this is a brilliantly plotted war between two factions of friends and a book that can do a lot of good in teaching kids about rising action, climax, and satisfying endings. Plus lots of worms get munched.

When four friends, Billy, Tom, Alan, and Joe meet one day to discuss why Tom failed to join the others in a trespassing incident, they learn that he was kept indoors for not eating his dinner. Billy, the group's unofficial leader, pooh-poohs Tom's finicky ways, claiming that he could eat almost anything. This kind of statement leads to a dare. Could Billy eat a worm? How about fifteen worms? How about fifteen worms in fifteen days for fifty dollars? The bet is made, hands are shaken, and the rules are clear. Billy can use any condiment he chooses and may eat the worms broiled, fried, baked, or however he prefers. As the contest continues, Alan and Joe attempt to find ways to win an increasingly desperate war against Billy. They try psychological warfare. They try out-and-out cheating. They try using Billy's parents against him. They try using Billy's greed against him and at the last minute come up with a plan that very nearly finishes their friend for good.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was a delightful read, even for someone who is 36 years old. It tells the tale of a group of boys who make a bet that one of them is to eat 15 worms in 15 days.
Although this book has been banned in schools in some states, I think it is a must read for elementary school children (2nd-4th or 5th grades) because the main point of the book is peer pressure. After I read it, I would like my kids to read it, then discuss peer pressure they may be getting now, as well as what they will face in the future. As a parent, highly recommended!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
How To Eat Fried Worms?! Ewww!! Doesn't that sound disgusting! This was a great book that was very interseting and humorous. This book is about a boy who is dared to eat worms for a certain amount of money. Some of his friends who dared him to eat the worms took him to a carnival and tried to brain-wash him. If they got him to forget about the worms before 12'o clockhe would have to pay his friends money for not doing it. the boy comes home and his mom wakes him up and says ''Dont you have to eat two worms?'' The boy autimatIcally ran down into the back yard and ate two worms before 12'o clock. So the story goes on very adventureous. I reccomend this book because it is fun, exciting,mysterious, and awesome! That is why you should read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Allison on April 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Of all the books I have read in school (required and for pleasure) the one book that I remember reading and consider to be trademark of my youth was How to Eat Fried Worms.

Now as a teacher I enjoy sharing this wonderful book with my students! After all the boring stories we have to read, this one always get several laughs and a few ewwws but always a big hit.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Hamer on November 17, 2005
Format: Library Binding
I remember being intrigued by the title of this book as a child. Was this book REALLY about eating fried worms? If so, YUCK!

Needless to say, after reading the book, it really IS about eating fried worms. Billy is challenged to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days, with the strict rule being that he could only eat one per day and could not skip a day. His reward if he completes the challenge? Fifty dollars to buy a beautiful brand new mini-bike! The first day, when push came to shove, Billy was truly disgusted at having to eat the worm. Over the next few days, he gets rather creative with how the worms are prepared. Somehow eating a worm that has been breaded and fried seems a bit easier to take, it seems. When the fifteenth day is drawing near, his friends start to worry that they will have to part with the fifty dollars and try to sabotage his ability to stick to the challenge, often with pretty funny results. Does Billy end up completing the challenge though? Or can his friends outwit him?

So finally I read this book recently and must admit that I was a tad disappointed after being so enticed by the title. First of all, each chapter is the length of two facing pages. I personally found that this made the storyline more choppy and awkward this way. Admittedly, I had a difficult time following the story at times. I can't put my finger on why, but there was just *something* about how the book was written. I did find it very distracting that he used words like "goin'", "doin'", (for example) instead of "going" and "doing". I understand that this is supposed to accurately portray how the kids in this story really talk, but there was something about reading it on paper that wasn't pleasant for me.
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