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Authors - Thomas Rockwell

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Authors - Thomas Rockwell

  1. 1. PRESENTS:
  2. 2. OPENING UP A CAN OF WORMS
  3. 3. • Thomas Rockwell is an American author best known for his best-selling book: How To Eat Fried Worms. • He is also the son of world-famous artist Norman Rockwell, known for his iconic paintings of American life for The Saturday Evening Post.
  4. 4. • Thomas was born March 12, 1933. • Rockwell grew up in Arlington, Vermont. • 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 1956.
  5. 5. • 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 Berkshires. • 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.
  6. 6. • 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 national renown.
  7. 7. • 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 (2010) • He is now working on a new challenge—a volume on Shakespeare for adults!
  8. 8. • 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.
  9. 9. A NUTSY THE SQUIRREL PRODUCTION COPYRIGHT 2013 OAK HILLS MEDIA CENTER ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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