Friday, May 27, 2011

You're Suppposed to Read the Book Not Eat The Worm!!

Growing up in my family was all girls. Three sisters didn't help give me a clue to what boys were about. Though I loved to play cars and get dirty, I had no idea boys were really that much different. That was until I got to 4th grade and met Mike. I don't even remember his last name, but I remember how gross he was.

The sweet 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Boyd, had carefully selected a book that she thought all of the class would enjoy. How To Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell. Every day she read one chapter to us. The boys and the girls listened attentively and either laughed or just got grossed out by the thought of eating worms.

Somehow, Mike thought it would be cool to take it to the next level. Guess what?? Yep, he decided he would eat worms too. He took bets on the playground about how many he would eat and how much money the poor little 4th graders would give him. He got a handful of change for the first worm which he dangled in front of his face then dropped into his mouth and to my horror actually swallowed.

The next few worms went down even more smoothly and Mike delighted in getting a large horrified group of girls around him to watch him eat it. Soon the kids stopped placing bets. One of the girls was horrified that she told the teacher what Mike was up to. Stupid girl!!

As soon as Mrs. Boyd found out about Mike and the worms, the reading of How to Eat Fried Worms came to an abrupt end. If we wanted to finish it, we would have to do it on our own. Of course, we all clambered to check it out from the library. I must have been fifth on the waiting list and had to wait a while. Boy, was I mad at that stupid Mike and even madder at the girl.

While I admit, How to Eat Fried Worms was never one of my favorite books, it introduced me to a whole new world of books written and enjoyed for boys. A world I introduced to my own boys.Tomorrow, I will review that book here. I will also add a list of recommended books for that reading level.

In the future, I will be hosting drawings for the books I review so check back often to find out how to enter.


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