Publisher's Note:  

Billy could not resist the bet. Now all that stands between him and $50 are 15 soon-to-be fried worms. To snag the loot (and in turn a shiny new mini-bike), he must munch, chew, and swallow these creepy night crawlers within 15 days. Thomas Rockwell's How to Eat Fried Worms has been attracting and repulsing young readers ever since it was first published in 1973.



How to Eat Fried Worms

by Thomas Rockwell

Review Date:
07/02/2011

Recommended Age:
9+

Overall Rating:
****

Profanity / Language Rating:
*

Violence / Gore Rating:
**

Sex / Nudity Rating:

Overall Review:  

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, horseradish, cheese, salt, pepper, etc.  Even Billy’s mom joins the menu fun and comes up with some very creative wormy recipes that almost sound enticing!  The other team comes up with very creative ways to try to make Billy give up!  From pretending they’re poisonous, to gluing two worms together, to distracting Billy with a day of fun and food, to even making a worm out of cooked beans, they just don’t give up!  At one point Billy has to eat a worm alive and wriggling and I could almost feel that thing squirm with every chew!!  Ewwww!  Full of fun and silliness, fights and stress, and creative food for little boys (or little boys at heart) everywhere!  And after all that drama we wonder: What do worms taste like?


Content Analysis:  

Eating worms is just gross!  There are some pretty yucky descriptions as Billy is eating.  There were only one or two exclamations, but most of the ‘profanity’ is the use of the word ‘Geez’ over and over and some name calling. 

 

The boys get angry at each other and there is some fist fighting.  They also often fight with words and yell at each other for cheating (or discovering the cheating). 



Mature Subject Matter:  

Some of the themes would include cheating vs honesty, gambling or making bets, friendship, and just the grossness factor of eating worms—whether raw or fried or smothered in sour cream!



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

***



Reviewed By Emily
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