How to Eat Fried Worms, first published in 1973, is Thomas Rockwell’s most popular middle reader for good reason. The main character, Billy, accepts a wager from his friend Alan that he can’t eat 15 worms in 15 days. They shake on the terms and the hilarity ensues. Alan doesn’t want to have to pay up but Billy refuses to concede – after all, when he wins that $50 bet, he’ll be able to buy his very own motorbike! Who knew there were so many tasty ways to eat a worm? This disgustingly humorous read will have little boys gagging on giggles for days.
- Gross Humor
- 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 or not he can swallow the worm placed before him, even with a choice of condiments from peanut butter to horseradish. But later it looks as if Billy will win, and the challenge becomes getting to the worm to eat it. Billy's family, after checking with the doctor, takes everything in stride. They even help Billy through his gastronomic ordeal, which twists and turns with each new day, leaving the outcome of the bet continually in doubt.