9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not bad but not necessarily a personal favorite either,
This review is from: How to Eat Fried Worms (Elementary Classics) (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. Also, I have never really considered myself an overly "girly girl" or anything, but I found this book to be very boyish! Not that there's anything wrong with that! Hehe. However, I did not deduct stars because of this minor issue that I had.
Boy, don't I sound negative! I really did not mind the book as much as it sounds. The creative ways in which Billy tried to prepare the worms to eat was amusing and the general idea of this book was a cute one. However, as I always say, to each his own! I am delighted to see that so many people love this book, but I respectfully state that it wasn't one of my favorites!