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How to Eat Fried Worms

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  39,601 Ratings  ·  889 Reviews
Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Worst Class Trip Ever, and the Tapper Twins series "will revolt and delight" in How to Eat Fried Worms.

   Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. The worms are supplied by his opponent, whose motto is "The bigger and juicier, the better!" At first Billy's problem is whether o
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Yearling (first published 1973)
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Jason
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
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
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Mariah
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with my Reading Class. We spent a month listening to the book on tape and filling out a packet that went with it. Afterwords, we watched the movie and did a compare and contrast assignment.
The students rated this book:
1 star = 2 students
3 stars = 3 students
4 stars = 2 student

I personally felt this book was worthy of 3 stars. I found it entertaining and very creative. I completely understand why it is considered a "modern classic," because it is one of the first of its kind.
I fo
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Manybooks
Although Thomas Rockwell's How to Eat Fried Worms was very much a personal favourite when it was read to me (to our whole class) in grade five, as an adult rereading this novel, I unfortunately feel that How to Eat Fried Worms has lost much of its charm, that it has not aged all that well. The antics of Billy Forrester and his friends (and of course, his adversaries, his nemeses) now leave me, at best, only mildly amused, and more often than not rather annoyed. Eating fifteen large earthworms (n ...more
Shaun Kellogg
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Katie McGaha
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
sj
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
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Becky Straub
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Alana
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Dave
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Alyssa Nelson
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was short, sweet, and hilarious! I can just imagine 10-year-old boys making this sort of bet with each other. I admit, the part where he at the worms was kind of gross, but I enjoyed all the ways he tried to make the worm appetizing. It was also funny seeing how the other two try to trick Billy into losing the bet (and there are a couple of good tricks).

I do have to say that this book is somewhat dated. Written in 1973, some of the phrases used and attitudes of the parents/children jus
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ABC
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Yumi Learner
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kitty
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Susan ...so many books and so little time
My students and I read this book...it 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!!!
Will P.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Timothy D
Oct 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Kim Dempsey
Feb 14, 2015 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.
Jake B
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Anina
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: school-age, kids-club
Didn't like this as a kid but as an adult I loved the scenes of the glee of getting up to trouble when kids are unsupervised. Used this as a read-aloud with 5th graders and they loved the gross descriptions and the old timey (1980's) vocabulary lesson.
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.
Savannah Dickerson
It was a pretty good book. Honestly though, I think the fact that I love the movie kind of made me dislike how different they are. I know, I know the book came first. But I still really liked the book even how different it was.
Lulu
May 19, 2017 added it
the book was ok but the characters where confusing
Dominik D
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
People are always daring Billy to do many disgusting things. But Billy may have bitten off more than he can chew when his friend Allen bets that Billy can't eat 15 were worms in 15 days. Will Billy be able to eat the 15 worms in 15 days to earn 15 dollars. Read to find out. My favorite part in the book is when it's time to go to lunch and Billy sees the special of the day and it's fried worms. I recommend this book to people who like comedy and people who like fried worms.
Emily
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
April
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Julie Decker
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Mehdi Mohemmane
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Zack
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Cheyenne Gribbins
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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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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