• Thomas Rockwell is an
American author best
known for his best-selling
book: How To Eat Fried
• He is also the son of
Norman Rockwell, known
for his iconic paintings of
American life for The
Saturday Evening Post.
• Thomas was born March 12, 1933.
• Rockwell grew up in Arlington,
• As a boy, he worked on a local
farm, gathering hay.
• “We had a one-room school house
and a Grange hall,” recalls
Rockwell. “Every-thing else was
just farms. There were only
twenty-three students in my high
school graduating class.”
• Rockwell briefly attended
Princeton University and
graduated from Bard College in
• Tom Rockwell knew from an early
age that he wanted to be a writer.
• Both of Tom’s brothers followed in
their father’s footsteps: one is a
prominent sculptor and the other
does wall installations in the
• But Tom knew from early on that
his first love was the printed word.
“Of course, I also wanted to play
third base for the Brooklyn
Dodgers,” he adds.
• Yet it was a literary set-back that led to
Rockwell's greatest success. “I’d just come
back from a meeting with an editor that
hadn’t gone well,” he explains. “They didn’t
like the book I’d just written and I was
feeling unhappy, like I could eat fried
worms. And all of a sudden I decided that I
wanted to write a book about a young boy
who eats fried worms.”
• In the book, two boys bet a third fifty
dollars that he won’t eat fried worms, one
per day, for fifteen days; as he grows closer
to reaching his goal, they engage in
multiple tricks to stop him from winning.
The book, How to Eat Fried Worms, won
multiple awards and gained Rockwell
• Tom Rockwell has written a total of
fourteen children’s books, a few are:
• Rackety-bang, and other verses (1969)
• Squawwwk! (1972)
• How to Eat Fried Worms (1973)
• The Portmanteau Book (1974)
• How to Fight a Girl (1987) (the sequel
to How to Eat Fried Worms).
• How to Get Fabulously Rich (1990).
• Emily Stew: with some side dishes
• He is now working on a new
challenge—a volume on Shakespeare
• How To Eat Fried Worms has been
adapted twice to film:
• The first time was in 1985 for
television – an animated half-hour
film was made for CBS Storybreak.
• The second was a live-action, full-
length motion picture made in
2006 by New Line Cinema.
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