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How to Eat Fried Worms

How to Eat Fried Worms

by Thomas Rockwell Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

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.

8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Guided Reading
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Comedy and Humor, Realistic Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Thomas Rockwell
Contributor Image Alt Tag Emily Arnold McCully An artist, actress, historian, and author, Emily Arnold McCully has learned to work from inside. After an editor spotted her artwork, she began illustrating and later writing children's books.

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