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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (June 1, 1953)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440445450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440445456
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,866 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.

From School Library Journal

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.

Customer Reviews

My teacher read this book tome when i was in fourth grade.
Julie C Purvis
I would recommend any child who enjoys reading, or good child stories, to get this book!
Deborah Brown
How to Eat Fried Worms was fun because I liked the part when Billy ate the first worm.
Charles Conrad

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
I recently read the book "How To Eat Fried Worms." It was hilarious, interesting, and gross - all at the same time! I highly recommend it to children (especially boys) who are in second or third grade. The story is about a boy named Billy Forrester who accepted a bet with his friends, Alan Phelps and Joseph O' Hara. The bet was that Billy had to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days or he would have to pay them $50.00. Alan and Joe provided the worms. Billy ate them boiled, raw, and fried.

I think the characters and the whole story were very believable. It is very possible for four boys to have a bet about eating fifteen worms in fifteen days. I really loved the way the story ended! I was very relieved.

My favorite part was when Billy and Tom fantasized about what they would do if they had a minibike and the opportunity to do crazy and unrealistic tricks with it. Another part I liked was when Tom and his friend made up a rhyme together.

Personally, I thought that "How to Eat Fried Worms" was very simple to read. Well, to compare, I am reading "Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix" right now in 3rd grade, and I think that book is easy. I think many readers would enjoy "How to Eat Fried Worms." Also, the author, Thomas Rockwell, is very talented and uses good detail in the right places.

If you want to, you can go to your local bookstore or library and get "How to Eat Fried Worms." They also made a movie based on the book, but the story is very different. For instance, one character's name is "Tom" in the book and "Adam" in the movie. Another change is that, in the movie, the bet was very different from the one in the book. He still had to eat worms, but a smaller amount and over a shorter period of time.

If I were you, I would get the book. All I am saying is that this is an interesting and fun book and will bring you and your family lots of laughs.
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