10 Yucky Chapter Books

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10 Yucky Chapter BooksGross out the young readers in your life with this group of yucky chapter books!

Dump Days by Jerry Spinelli
Best friends JD and Duke spend their summer days digging in the dump for possible treasures, terrorizing rats and dodging bullies, all while they work toward having just one perfect day.

Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Mad scientist Franny K. Stein must save the day when an experiment gone awry causes a school lunch to come to life as a monster.

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Billy bets 50 dollars that he can eat 15 worms in 15 days, but his friends are surprised when it looks like he might actually do it.

Marty McGuire Digs Worms by Kate Messner
Marty’s Grandma Barb helps her put together a science project where worms turn leftover cafeteria food into fertilizer. Trouble starts when Marty tries to rush the worm’s progress.

Marvin Redpost – Why Pick on Me? by Louise Sachar
Marvin becomes the laughingstock of his class when he is accused of picking his nose on the basketball court.

The Missing Mummy by Ron Roy
Young detectives Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose visit the museum on Mummy Monday, where they try to find out who robbed a child mummy’s tomb.

Phineas L. Maguire… Gets Slimed by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Phineas “Mac” Maguire tries to prove that he is the best scientist in fourth grade by attempting to turn mold into penicillin.

Scab for Treasurer by Trudy Trueit
Young scientist/inventor Scab McNally attempts to win votes in the class election by showing off how many disgusting food combinations he can eat.

Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk by Megan McDonald
As buzz builds for the release of the latest book in the Nightmare on Zombie Street series, Stink and his sister, Judy begin to see zombies everywhere.

Zoo Breath by Graham Salisbury
Hawaiian fourth grader Calvin Coconut makes smell the subject of a science project in which he tries to de-stink his dog.

About Katie Fitzgerald

Katie Fitzgerald holds degrees in English and library science, and has worked in small town and big city libraries, serving both children and teens. You can read her book reviews and posts about story time, picture books, and early literacy at Story Time Secrets. Also follow her blog on Facebook for kidlit quotations, story time suggestions, and interesting links.


  1. For the kids in my family, the Yuckier the better. We’re all Spinelli fans.

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