Thursday, October 20, 2005

Book 57: How to Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell

I hadn't read this kids' book since, well, I was a kid. Now that Walden Media has a film adaptation in the pipeline, I thought it was a good time to re-familiarize myself with the material, which I remembered fondly. I was happy to see that it holds up extremely well. It's still hilarious, icky and perfect reading for youngsters. And with the way the book is structured, it does lend itself quite naturally to movie format. I'm honestly a little surprised that no one thought to film the story prior to this point. It's really a simple little plot - a boy bets one of his friends that he can eat a certain number of earthworms for a certain amount of cash. He and a friend (and his family) come up with different ways of preparing the creatures so that they are palatable. And as our young hero gets closer to his goal, his nemesis, worried about what his father will say if he finds out about the bet, devises ever more ingenious ways to thwart him. It's a boy story to be sure, and it'll sure be difficult to mess up.

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