How to Eat Fried Worms
How to Eat Fried Worms
Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780440445456, 128pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 1953
People are always daring Billy to do zany things. But Billy may have bitten off more than he can chew when he takes his friend Alan's bet that Billy can't eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. If Billy wins, Alan has to fork over fifty dollars. Billy wants the money to buy a used minibike, so he's ready to dig in. He sets up mustard and ketchup, salt and pepper, and sugar and lemon to disguise the disgusting taste.
Good news for Billy once he gets going, he finds himself actually getting hooked on those juicy worms.
Bad news for Billy Alan is busy cooking up schemes to make Billy worm out of the bet. Will Billy keep up his wormy work for fifteen days?
No cheating Keep eating Worm by worm by worm...
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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
Emily Arnold McCully received the CaldecottMedal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues. She divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.
“The clear writing, clever illustrations, and revolting subject matter are sure to make a hit with many middle-grade readers.”—School Library Journal, Starred
“A hilarious story that will revolt and delight. . . . The chapters march briefly and irresistibly on, worm by worm. The characters and their families and activities are natural to a T, and this, juxtaposed against the uncommon plot, makes for some 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