"How to Eat Fried Worms" is not an invitation for you to go to your back yard or up to Flowing Springs and dig for wriggly worms to pop in your mouth.
It is the title of one of the most memorable books from when I was about 9 years old.
Billy tangles with the school bully and makes a ghastly gastronomical bet: eat 15 worms in 15 days in order to win a shiny new mini-bike.
Would your friends help you find ways to disguise the sliminess of a worm going down your throat?
Read the book and find out how Billy's friends help him tackle the problem.
Bonus! There are hilarious rhymes about eating worms all through the book.
I can tell you that candy worms taste much better!
I know, because I swallowed a real worm on a bet from a friend after we read the book.
To make your own "fried worms" wash your hands, then put a graham cracker in a plastic sandwich or storage bag that closes tightly, then smash it to bits. Take a Tootsie Roll candy and roll it between your palms until you have what looks like a worm and is as long as you want it to be. Place your "worm" in the plastic bag with the graham cracker crumbs, close bag and shake. Remove "worm" and eat.
Or you could leave the worm on the counter to gross out your family.
"How to Eat Fried Worms" is being made into a movie 33 years after Thomas Rockwell wrote the book. The movie is due in theaters this November.