How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

How to Eat Fried WormsI think that every family has food issues.  There is always a picky eater in the family or someone who just doesn’t like a particular recipe.  This book begins with friends discussing food.  Tom’s mother kept him in after dinner because he wouldn’t eat her  salmon casserole.  Billy thinks that most food is okay.  Alan asks him if he would eat mud.  “Sure.”  How about worms?  “Why not?”  This discussion turns into a  bet.  Alan bets him $50 from his savings account that Billy won’t eat 15 worms. 

What makes this story fun is the personalities of the boys.  They go to great lengths to establish the rules of the contest and these are not the worms you find in your yard but nightcrawlers, which can be a foot long!  Billy is supported by Tom and Alan is supported by Joe.  Each team goes to great lengths to win the bet, sometimes trying psychological war fare and sometimes getting extremely devious.  The worms are eaten one a day instead of all at once so there is lots of time for plotting and scheming.

The book is a lot of fun, the boys and their parents become involved and so do the neighbors to a degree and the ending is surprising in more ways than one.   Take a big bite out of this book!

Posted by: Fran W.

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