How to Eat Fried Worms

Book review by Norah Caroline Piehl, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Kids are sure to devour this gross-out book.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 9+

Engaging book -- aligns well with Science units on worm

I used this as a read-aloud in my Gr 2/3 classroom. My students loved it, but I did have to read ahead and alter some of the text to make it more appropriate for this generation.
age 8+

Educational Value and Morals to Find the Courage to Fight

This is from an educational standpoint of view. I read the book in 3rd grade as a class when I was young, and now that I teach we read it together, make our own worms, (sliced hotdogs, cooked) and try several different condiments of our own to eat our "worms" with. We tie it together with a bar graph of what was the favorite condiments from least to greatest on a huge bulletin board outside of the classroom, complete with the students eating the fried "worms"! This is one of the students best memories that have came back later in years to see me and recall the book and the details.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

  • Author: Thomas Rockwell
  • Illustrator: Emily Arnold McCully
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: August 24, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 116
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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