By way of a bet, Billy gets into the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms. The worms are readily supplied by his opponent, and Billy has a free choice of condiments, from peanut butter to horseradish. With his wavering courage bolstered by the moral support of his friends and family, Billy munches away bravely, but there is many a slip twixt the worm and the lip, and the outcome of the bet is continually in doubt.
Young readers will share author Thomas Rockwell's delight in the incredible pranks of his characters. His fast-paced, original story is written with a genuine understanding of the kind of humor children love. Lively drawings by Emily McCully help make this a bok with irresistable reader appeal.
Thomas Rockwell is the author of several books for young readers, including How to Eat Fried Worms
, winner of the Mark Twain Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and the Sequoyah Award. He is the son of iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell and lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Emily Arnold McCully
Emily Arnold McCully won the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire
, and has illustrated over one hundred books for young readers. Her nonfiction work for young adults, Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business -- and Won!
, was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. Emily divides her time between New York City and Chatham, New York.