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How to Eat Fried Worms

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  35,661 Ratings  ·  773 Reviews
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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 9th 2000 by Yearling (first published 1973)
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Jan 15, 2014 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
“You’re a bastard!”

That’s what one school-aged child says to another somewhere in this book. I read it in the third grade and I remember very clearly talking to Kevin Petrasek about it, Kevin telling me it was a swear word and me not believing him (I had never heard this word before in my life). So of course I asked Miss Lisak and she decided we should discuss it further in detention.

So anyway, my kid picked up this book at the library today. On my recommendation. I understand they changed later
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Category: A Book from your Childhood

3 Stars

I didn’t remember much about this book when I started this re-read. I remember that my mother was more horrified by the prospect of my reading a book titled How to Eat Fried Worms than Billy’s mother seemed to be by the fact her son was eating worms. I remembered thinking that mustard (my second least favourite of all the condiment kingdom) was probably grosser to stomach than fried worms themselves. And that is about it. However, I saw this book in the
Shaun Kellogg
Dec 22, 2010 Shaun Kellogg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ingredients: 50 whole dollar bills, 15 ripe earthworms, 4 young boys, 1 disgusting dare

Combine all ingredients into a small book, carefully mix with witty dialogue, stir in unforgettable characters, add a dash of nausea, a pinch of mischief and generously sprinkle with humorous chapters. Let stand for fifteen days, remove from bookshelf and enjoy in large helpings.

How to Eat Fried Worms is a recipe for fun, laughter and possibly an upset stomach. However, it is sure to please even the pickiest o
Katie McGaha
Nov 15, 2012 Katie McGaha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Rockwell’s How to Eat Fried Worms is about a group of young boys who have made a bet. The book is about Bill and his two friends Alan and Joe. Billy is a normal kid with no money who wants a new motorbike and to earn the money for it his two friends bet $50 that he can’t eat 15 worms in 15 days. So on the day one of the bet Alan and Joe bring Billy a worm which has been boiled in mustard, horseradish and ketchup. Billy struggles to eat the first worm but manages to get it all down and sur ...more
Originally posted here as part of the 30 Day Book Challenge.

Wow, who knew this question would be so difficult? I remember lots of books I read when I was a kid, but I think this was the first chapter book I read on my own.

The First Novel I Remember Reading

I had no idea they'd made a movie of this book! I am kind of afraid to watch it.

Man, 6 year old sj LOVED this book. To this day, every time I see a mini-bike, I think of this chanty song:

Trout, Salmon, flounder, perch,
I'll ride my minibike in
Jul 05, 2010 ABC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-kids
This is a great book. It all starts with a bet over whether Billy can eat fifteen worms in fifteen days--one worm a day. It turns into a mini Lord of the Flies with his opponents (Alan and Joe) doing whatever they can to win. Lots of twists and turns here!
Also lots to chew on--would you cheat to win a bet? How far would you go to win a bet? Should the parents get involved or stay out of it? What would YOU do for fifty dollars? (Since this was written in 1973, I imagine it would be more like $15
Overall Rating: What little boy could find fault with a book about winning a bet by eating worms? How to Eat Fried Worms is full of all kinds of hilarious (and super gross!) antics with boys being boys! Billy thinks he can eat those 15 worms in 15 days and win $50! Will he be able to do it? The boys become very imaginative in so many ways! They team up—two on two—one side coming up with magnificent ways to prepare the worms so they’re more edible: boiled or fried and topped with ketchup, mustard ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Alana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell is a very humorous story about a group of young boys and a dare. Billy dares that he can eat fifteen worms in fifteen days, and if he does, Alan will pay him $50 out of his savings account that he has earned. Billy is enticed by this offer because with $50, he could buy a minibike. Once the bet was on, Alan and Tom would pick the worms and Billy could eat them any way he wanted; this included anything and everything from ketchup and mustard, to rolled in ...more
Jul 17, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a true American classic, a great children's book from the 1970's. I first read it when I was a fourth grader back in 1976. The premise is a bet to eat 15 worms in 15 days. I was initially repulsed at the idea of eating worms but inspired by the idea of winning the fifty dollar bet to buy a mini-bike. In fact, later that summer I did yard work to earn the money for my first "mini-bike" a 1974 Honda CT 70.
Eating worms was just too gross.
This book has a history of being placed on the banned
one time, when i was in elementary school, i saw a kid eat a fried worm.

we had just read the book, in some little class they had us gathered in, and once it was done they sent us outside so we could jaunt around and form groups that would ridicule one another, with squealed taunts and frequent displays of running away.

there was a paved area, just outside the doors that sheltered the wooden cubbies that held our coats and boots. it had been a wet night. some unlucky annelid had squirmed its way o
Yumi Learner
Apr 02, 2014 Yumi Learner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as my 8th book this year to improve my reading skills in English. The story was really gross, but the idea was very interesting. While I was reading, I sometimes imagined that I was eating some fried worms. That made me feel sick.

A couple of days ago, when I Skyped with my friend from Texas, he advised me that to make reading books in English every single day my hobbits, I mark a circle on a calender after reading. While adding the circles, it makes a chain. The chain encourage
Becky Straub
Audiobook: listened to this with my 9yo son on a road trip. I have memories of loving it as a kid, and he ended up loving it as well, however, as a grownup it's not as awesome as my memory of the story.
Aug 09, 2012 Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billy makes a bet that he can eat fifteen worms in fifteen days - there is fifty pounds at stake!
This is a hilarious story written in such an original way as to make your stomach churn and laugh as each chapter takes you closer to his target. It will both revolt and delight you and I can imagine children making gagging noises as you read it to them!

This book would be brilliant to read to a class, leaving them wanting more at the end of each chapter! Good to discuss descriptive writing and how t
How to Eat Fried Worms is the story of a bet and what it does to a friendship. Billy and Tom bet Allen and Joe that Billy can eat 15 worms in 15 days. If he does Allen will give him $50. Turns out Billy is a worm eating champion and starts enjoying the taste of the worms smothered in ketchup, mustard, horseradish, cheese and all kinds of other condiments. Allen and Joe get scared when Billy is doing so well and try to trick him in a multitude of ways. The bet does not do their friendship any goo ...more
Susan many books and so little time
My students and I read this is good...but at times it is difficult to read...some words are hard to figure out... My class and I are going to watch the movie...I heard its good... There are some great and funny passages in this book...I do recommend it...but I also,recommend doing a good job helping the students understand some words being used...make it great adventures in vocabulary!!! Hugs to all!!!
Kim Dempsey
Feb 18, 2015 Kim Dempsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another book I shared on audio with my son. It was an excellent book to share with him. The story behind "How to Eat Fried Worms" was quite easy to follow and I was able to use it as a learning tool for my 6th grade boy.
I like how it showed his Mom getting involved and baking the worms....something I'd never do, but it was quite funny.
Will P.
Nov 11, 2014 Will P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is grouse yet awesome at the same time. The character are Billy, The Bully, Adam, twitch, Techno, Plug, Bradley, and Irk. Billy has to eat 15 worms

I really liked this book but I would not recommend this book to any squeamish people. This book really was grouse, But it was a good book
Jake B
Nov 08, 2014 Jake B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy that gets in a bet that he can't eat 15 worms in 15 days and how his friend tries to trick him.
I thought this book is good for younger kid that like to read and older kids that need a book to read
Melissa Massello
I picked up a used copy of this book at Goodwill a few years back and re-read it. Definitely not as good as it was when I was in single digits. :)

Can't wait to hand it off to the nephews.
Cheyenne Gribbins
Apr 21, 2015 Cheyenne Gribbins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
Billy is dared to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. If he somehow manages to stomach all of those worms, Alan will pay him fifty dollars. With dreams of a minibike, Billy is determined to win this bet. After Alan continues to see Billy down the worms, he is starting to realize he may lose his fifty bucks after all. Alan resorts to cheating to keep from losing his money.

The saying "boys will be boys" can perfectly describe this book. Who else could think of having a bet about eating worms? I th
Emily  Pandilidis
Apr 09, 2015 Emily Pandilidis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell is a transitional book. The book is actually about a boy, Billy, who brags about being able to eat anything resulting in having to eat 15 worms in 15 days, given by his enemy, Tom. If Billy wins he gets $50. Although Billy is given an asortment of condiments such as peanut butter, kethcup, etc. he is still not sure he can do it. But, with the support of his family it looks as if Billy will win this challenge. Throughout the book Billy faces many hardship ...more
Mehdi Mohemmane
The first two chapters of How to Eat Fried Worms are kind of interesting for several reasons. First, it’s interesting because the characters in the story are funny and competitive. For example, Billy is a character that always makes bets with his other friends such as Tom, Joe, and Alan. Alan made a bet with Billy that if he eats 15 worms in no more than 15 days, Alan would give Billy 50 bucks. Billy started hesitating to say yes or no. So finally, he said yes and Billy asked Alan to have some h ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Zack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
This is a good book. That's all that really needs to be said but, it would be irresponsible of me not to explain why. The point of the book is that some elementary school boys get together and have a simple bet. One boy will eat fifteen worms in fifteen days to basically one up a bully and it is very entertaining for its subject matter.
The best part of the book is that unlike a lot of modern pop culture designed for children the author actually did his research on how to actually eat worms. This
Dec 09, 2014 Paxton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tl307, fiction
This is a great, fictional book for later elementary students. This is the fun time when students tease, and make bets with one another. In Billy's case, it is a little rough. He ends up making a bet to eat worms. Yes, I said worms. He gets to put all these different condiments such as horse relish on them just to get them down. His better gets to pick the worms for him to eat. Billy thinks that he has this bet won. Soon after, he ends up having stomach problems. His parents have to take him to ...more
Jun 18, 2014 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hated the movie but I loved reading the book so much as a child that I read it twice and listened to the CD track from the library. I read it when I was very young but I remember it made me have a craving to try fried worms. Not that I ever got to satisfy that craving...

The reason why I hate the movie so much is that it's extremely different from the book. I can't remember exactly how many worms Billy had to eat but I'm pretty sure it was originally more than 10. And the bet was over $50.00 th
Julie Decker
Mar 25, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billy is an impressionable and good-willed kid whose tendency to accept any dare has gotten him into trouble many times throughout his life. And Alan knows it. So when Alan bets Billy that he can't eat fifteen WORMS in fifteen days, what do you think happens? Of course!

Children sometimes have complicated relationships, and one we see a lot is a strange balance between best friends and bitter rivals. Kids compete even as they support each other, and that vibe was loud and clear here with Alan and
Sarina Branson
Jul 31, 2015 Sarina Branson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 23, 2014 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a gross concept especially for girls in this age group but I feel like younger tween and teen boys would love it. Boys at a younger age have a hard time focusing on books in general but I feel this book would keep their attention throughout reading it. Daring is a huge thing in middle and elementary school as well so children can closely relate to it. His dare is to eat fried worms so Billy comes up with creative ways to eat them by making different dishes. This would make for a gro ...more
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William S.Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch, Junkie and other underground classics, is an odd and central literary figure. He has been in every sense an outlaw. He spent time in jail, he shot and killed his wife and he was a drug addict forced to spend much of his life in exile from the United States, often on the run. He flaunted his homosexuality at a time when homosexuality was a criminal offence. From his upbringing in a middle-class St Louis suburb, his lif
Stephanie Winchester
How to Eat Fried Worms is a book written by Thomas Rockwell in 1973. In this book, a young boy named Billy is dared to eat 15 worms in 15 days for 50 dollars. Billy is excited about the offer because he wants to buy a mini-bike which costs 50 dollars. However, when Billy has to eat his first worm, he’s not sure why he agreed to the bet because the idea repulses him. The book follows Billy’s journey of having to eat these 15 worms in which he does in a variety of different ways. Billy eventually ...more
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Thomas Rockwell (son of the American artist, Norman 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, which was made into a TV movie in 1985 and was filmed as a theatrical release in 2006. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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