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How to Eat Fried Worms
by Thomas Rockwell
by Thomas Rockwell
Feb 20, 2012
Read in February, 2012
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 cornmeal and fried, to "Whizbang Worm Delight," which Mrs. Forrester (Billy's mother) created and contained an ice cream cake with fruit syrups, whipped cream, jelly beans, almond slices, and of course, a worm. As Billy became more and more creative in how he was going to eat his worms, Alan and Tom were thinking of ways to cheat so that Alan would not have to pay Billy the $50. Through this humorous story, you become connected with how Billy is feeling and take on his drive to succeed. The events that happen in this book are surprisingly realistic (though hopefully not!), and readers learn how a group of young boys interacts with one another. Readers learn about working hard and doing everything you can in order to achieve something that is important to you. Overall, I found the story humorous, but it was not my favorite book. I believe that this book is more of a story for boys or children that are interested in bugs, dirt, and dares. I did not like the writing style at certain points in the book, which took away some of the excitement for me. For example, on page 17, I thought it was funny when Billy was saying "vell" instead of "well" and "Soitinly. Luke as long as you vant," instead of, "Certainly. Look as long as you want." However, when Billy was swing "Ver'fine, ver'fine. Gute, gute," I started to become uninterested because I felt like the author was taking it too far for my liking. I do believe that this is a great book for young readers, and I think that they will thoroughly enjoy the humor and events in How to Eat Fried Worms!
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