It’s time for another oldie but goodie for today’s Operation Story Share. I found this one on Cindy’s bookshelf, where it’s been for nearly forty years. That’s gotta mean it’s good, right?
If you read How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, I think you’ll agree it’s VERY good. That must be why it was re-released in 2006.
Here’s the back cover copy for you:
Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. The worms are readily supplied by his opponent, whose motto seems to be “The bigger and juicier, the better!” At first, Billy’s problem is simply whether or not he can manage to swallow the worm that is placed ceremoniously before him despite the free choice of condiments, from peanut butter to horseradish. But later, it begins to look like Billy will win, and the challenge becomes whether or not Billy can get to the worm in order to eat it. Billy’s family, after checking with the doctor, takes everything in stride and even helps Billy through the gastronomical ordeal that twists and turns with each new day, leaving the outcome of the bet continually in doubt.
Full of hilarious attempts at cheating, this story is as tasty as the Whizbang Worm Delight Billy’s mom cooks up. I highly recommend you scurry out and get your paws on How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell today!
Unfortunately, if you plan to buy it, I’m guessing you’ll pay a little more than 95 cents—the price listed on Cindy’s 40-year-old copy.