Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat 15 worms in 15 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.
©1973 Thomas Rockwell (P)2000 Listening Library
"The clear writing, clever illustrations, and revolting subject matter are sure to make a hit with many middle-grade readers." (School Library Journal, starred)
"A hilarious story that will revolt and delight. . . . The chapters march briefly and irresistibly on, worm by worm. The characters and their families and activities are natural to a T, and this, juxtaposed against the uncommon plot, makes for some colorful, original writing in a much-needed comic vein." (Booklist)
"Rockwell's sensibilities (if that's the word) are so uncannily close to those of the average ten-year-old boy that one begins to admire Billy as a really sharp operator." (Kirkus Reviews)
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"Perfect for long car rides with little boys"
I read the story when I was a kid and remembered liking it a lot. I wanted to find something my 5 year old son would enjoy listening to on a long car ride and this did the trick. It's a cute story, just enough gross to keep kid's attention and make it funny. It's a fun little book.
I liked hearing my son say "EWWWWWWW" and laugh at the boys in the book.
It's easy to imagine what these children look like based on the sound of their voices. Jay O. painted a picture with his voice.
"This book left a bad taste in my mouth"
I just could not get into this book. I listened to it with my wife and kids and I got the distinct feeling they didn’t get too much out of it either.
I couldn’t understand the kids in the story and what drove them to do what they did. I just couldn’t imagine any of the friends from my youth doing the stuff these kids did. Maybe if I’d grown up where they grew up and was as bored as they must have been, I’d get it.
Around the time we read this one, we also read another kids’ book (“Frindle”) and everyone enjoyed that story and said so. My kids said nothing at the end of this one and about halfway through I was ready to stop listening. My wife did not like it much either. I’m not sure why someone felt this would make a good movie.
"I love this book!❤️"
I love this book.
I thought it was a little Gross but I think the story was Great!!
"Classic from my 5th grade..."
My 5th grade teacher read this to me in the late 70's... My 4th grade son and I listen to it together now...
"Good book. my daughter wished it was girls"
But girls do not act that way or eat worms. That was a quote from her not my words.
"Great intro to kids for audio books!"
Love the narration with the different character voices and performance of the story. Introduced my kids to what the audio book world has to offer!
I read this when I was around my son's age of ten. he seemed to enjoy the story as much as I did at that age but more since he's a boy!
"Timeless, like flying a kite"
I was introduced to this book at age 11. I'm now almost 24 and it still hasn't lost its charm to me. I love the narrator's enthusiasm.
"Not like the Movie, a confident character"
In this book the character is more confident, and he is not bullied.
I was able to do lots of comparing.
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