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Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he's never far from trouble. He's an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had it up to here! When Fudge walks of Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he's never far from trouble. He's an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had it up to here! When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter's pet turtle, it's the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?


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Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he's never far from trouble. He's an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had it up to here! When Fudge walks of Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he's never far from trouble. He's an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had it up to here! When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter's pet turtle, it's the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

30 review for Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brina

    I have officially turned the page to 2018 although I am still savoring some of my 2017 reads. This year, I decided to go through each of my challenges one by one, starting with classics bingo. One square this year is read a classic children's book. Admittedly, because I have always been more of a tomboy, I was never enamored with classic books as Little Women and The Secret Garden. Toward the end of last year, I finally got around to reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. For a classic children's b I have officially turned the page to 2018 although I am still savoring some of my 2017 reads. This year, I decided to go through each of my challenges one by one, starting with classics bingo. One square this year is read a classic children's book. Admittedly, because I have always been more of a tomboy, I was never enamored with classic books as Little Women and The Secret Garden. Toward the end of last year, I finally got around to reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. For a classic children's book, I decided to think outside the box and read one of the books that I enjoyed while growing up. One series I read and laughed over was Fudge by Judy Blume, and, conveniently, we have a copy of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at home, so I decided to use this hilarious story of a fourth grade boy and his two year old pest of a brother to check off my bingo square. Peter Warren Hatcher is nine and in fourth grade, which is how he introduces himself to everyone he meets. He lives in an apartment in New York City's west side with his parents and younger brother Fudge, and is fortunate to have his own room. Yet, other than having space to himself, Peter does not feel very lucky, and that is because Fudge is a terror who ruins everything from a day out with their parents to the simple task of sitting down to eat supper. He has managed to have their mother wrapped around his little finger, which in turn bothers Peter immensely because usually, if not always, Fudge is to blame for all of the incidents that go on in their home. Over the course of a school year, Peter labels himself a fourth grade nothing because nothing happens to him, whereas everything exciting happens to Fudge. I remember reading this series multiple times growing up because the incidents had me laughing hysterically, no small feat. I do remember enjoying the later books in this series more because the characters got older so their problems became more worldly and less juvenile, even for Fudge. Yet, in this opening book, Fudge still has me in stitches from scenes featuring eating or wearing food, Peter modeling behavior in dentist offices and shoe stores, and Fudge destroying Peter's homework. Fudge is the younger child and therefore cuter and immune to punishment even though both parents know that he needs to be taught how to both behave and respect Peter's property. It seems to me that Fudge only looks up to Peter and the parents can not control him. Whether or not this was done intentionally for a book primarily geared toward children, it left me shaking my head at times as Fudge got away with one antic after another. Even Peter and has parents could do little but laugh at these episodes after the fact. Judy Blume over the years has been a best selling author of both children and adult books. I found her humor in describing sibling relationships to be on target, yet found it alarming at the way the parents were portrayed in this book. Throughout the book, the parents blamed Peter if Fudge got in to trouble all the while not punishing Fudge for his actions only because he is the younger sibling. When my kids used to watch and read other television shows and books that I used to enjoy, I have noticed this behavior pattern with the parents recurring-- automatically blaming the older child for the actions of the younger siblings without giving thought to the larger picture. Maybe this is indicative of this generation and maybe this is my position as an older sibling, but I thought that Blume could have done a better job in characterizing the parents in a way that made them more fair toward both of their children. Lately, I have been lucky while reading children's books through adult eyes, but in this situation, I thought that I may have over analyzed just a smidgen. As an elementary school child, I enjoyed reading Judy Blume's books about Peter Hatcher. I found his situation hilarious and sympathized with his position in his family. My children still enjoy this series, and my older two have read this book while in fourth grade. As an adult, I still laughed at some of Fudge's antics and could see why the parents would favor him, but I stopped short thinking that I would never be that parent who allows the younger sibling to control the mood of the house. Another bingo square checked off, although I think a real challenge for me would be to read one of Judy Blume's chick lit books that my tomboyish self never desired to read. 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Idarah

    My brother and I are "Irish Twins", so we were in the same grade throughout our whole school career. He got all of the awesome, tenured teachers, whose students loved them so much that they still continued to visit them well into their middle and high school years; their classrooms had epic decor themes like "under the sea" or "summer fun." I was a straggler kid, looking in from the outside and always longing for what he had. My assortment of teachers were either (a) fresh out of college and tryi My brother and I are "Irish Twins", so we were in the same grade throughout our whole school career. He got all of the awesome, tenured teachers, whose students loved them so much that they still continued to visit them well into their middle and high school years; their classrooms had epic decor themes like "under the sea" or "summer fun." I was a straggler kid, looking in from the outside and always longing for what he had. My assortment of teachers were either (a) fresh out of college and trying experimental forms of teaching (ugh), (b) had extreme chips on their shoulders and were organizing unions to stick it to the man, or (c) filing for divorce. This equated to bare walls and zero pizza parties. The agony! Worst yet, we didn't read any of the cool books all the other classes were reading! I remember getting sick and tired of hearing of this baby named "Fudge" (of all the crazy names), and all the trouble that he got into, from some friends in other classes. So now, all these years later, I finally understand what all the hype was about, and for once it wasn't overstated. I LOVED Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing! Peter Hatcher, the 9-year-old protagonist, has a pretty great setup. He lives in New York City, close to Central Park, he's loving his 4th grade class, has nice friends...except his 2-year-old little brother, Fudge, keeps ruining things. He's a the cutest little monster you ever saw. I would have loved to have read this as a child, especially when my little sister came into the world when I was 8. I didn't like her. She was a cutie, but she just disrupted everything. I felt like no one understood where I was coming from, least of all my parents, who could see no wrong in anything that she did. That's the beauty of this book, because while it is hilarious and cute, it's not patronizing and adult. I love the relationship Peter has with his mom--she's a bit of a sarcastic wit, and I like that. One thing that made me laugh was when Peter was describing how cautious he had to be about walking in Central Park alone because of muggers and dope pushers. I thought to myself, this is not the NYC of You've Got Mail. This is the NYC of Klute in 1972! I will definitely be continuing with the series, and very soon. P.S. The Kindle book $2.99 in case you too are late to the game. Wink, wink...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I hadn't read this 1972 children's classic since I was a 9-year-old and in the fourth grade myself, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover, this week, while reading it to my fourth grader, that the story was still funny, relatable and worthy of new readership. It turns out, the angst of suffering siblings is just as potent, and just as irritating as it was in the 1970s. (And, apparently, all other decades). Siblings haven't gotten any better, y'all. They still want to mess with your sh*t, taun I hadn't read this 1972 children's classic since I was a 9-year-old and in the fourth grade myself, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover, this week, while reading it to my fourth grader, that the story was still funny, relatable and worthy of new readership. It turns out, the angst of suffering siblings is just as potent, and just as irritating as it was in the 1970s. (And, apparently, all other decades). Siblings haven't gotten any better, y'all. They still want to mess with your sh*t, taunt you with their superiority, and lord over you the unspoken, obvious knowledge that your parents prefer them. This is the story of fourth grader, Peter, (poor Peter!), who just wishes he'd had the opportunity to remain an only child and not the older brother of younger sibling, Farley, who is beloved and known to all by his pet name of Fudge. Peter and Fudge's struggles as siblings play out in these 10 well-paced chapters, and Judy Blume's famous approachable and concise writing style doesn't fail to deliver. Most hot topics that bother young kids are handled here: Sibling rivalry, assumed favoritism, playground injuries, dastardly annoying school projects on poster boards, and fathers attempting to cook, and ruin, dinner. My 7 and 9 year old daughters were riveted throughout our entire read-aloud of this book and never lost interest nor turned away their heads. They giggled and sympathized throughout, at the indignity of suffering a sibling, sharing parents and having a mother who makes you wash your hands before every meal. The best part for me, as the mother now, was reading aloud the scene from chapter 7, The Flying Train Committee, when little Fudge ruins Peters hard-wrought fourth grade transportation project. Peter flies into a rage, announces to his mother, “I hate him!” and is reduced to frustration and tears, assuming his younger brother will, yet again, get away with destroying his property. When his mother surprises Peter, by admitting to him, “I spanked him,” Peter is filled with the vindication and joy that only a frustrated sibling can truly feel. His mother, who doesn't believe in spanking, spanked his younger brother for ruining his poster board project? Oh, happy day! At this declaration of spanking and vindication, my two daughters suddenly burst into devilish smiles, then a long, simultaneous peal of laughter. They both had to sit up, that's how hard they were laughing. They LOVED that the naughty sibling got his just desserts, and they loved it, strangely enough, at the same exact time! I gotta tell you. . .it was a real Roald Dahl moment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Majenta

    Read in the 1970s. Wow--calling it "Fudge #1"--way to reinforce the title sentiment! Nine-year-old fourth-grader Peter Warren Hatcher is feeling like his life got right fudged up almost three years ago with the arrival of a baby brother his parents named Farley Drexel (family names, maybe?) but these days he's known as a turbocharged toddler called "Fudge." When people first see him they think he's so adorable, but he soon shows them there's way more to him! But why does that have to mean that th Read in the 1970s. Wow--calling it "Fudge #1"--way to reinforce the title sentiment! Nine-year-old fourth-grader Peter Warren Hatcher is feeling like his life got right fudged up almost three years ago with the arrival of a baby brother his parents named Farley Drexel (family names, maybe?) but these days he's known as a turbocharged toddler called "Fudge." When people first see him they think he's so adorable, but he soon shows them there's way more to him! But why does that have to mean that there's nothing more to Peter than being nine and in the fourth grade? His life is brightened by a new pet, and he does have a human best friend to hang with; life would be better if Jimmy were the one who lived in Peter's apartment building, but no, the classmate who does is the insufferable Sheila. Will life with Fudge ever get sweeter, or will it just get crappier? Thanks for reading.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I read this with my 4th grade class every year and I never get tired of it! Even though published in the 1970's it stands the test of time. I found it funny when I read it at age 10, still funny reading it as an adult to my class, and even funnier now that I have a 3 year old son who could easily double as Fudge Hatcher if they ever made it into a movie. My 12 year old says it was her favorite book she ever read in elementary school and my 8 year old just experienced Fudge for the first time and I read this with my 4th grade class every year and I never get tired of it! Even though published in the 1970's it stands the test of time. I found it funny when I read it at age 10, still funny reading it as an adult to my class, and even funnier now that I have a 3 year old son who could easily double as Fudge Hatcher if they ever made it into a movie. My 12 year old says it was her favorite book she ever read in elementary school and my 8 year old just experienced Fudge for the first time and can't wait to read the other 4 novels. Judy Blume rocks!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Continuing on my quest to re-read/ listen to some of my most loved childhood favorites. I was surprised to see this was written in the early 70s. I probably read them in the mid 90s. They are just as cute as I remember. I was all about Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary back in the day!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    This is the first time I've read this hilarious children's book. I'm glad I didn't miss out on it just because I was born too early to read it at the usual age! This is the first time I've read this hilarious children's book. I'm glad I didn't miss out on it just because I was born too early to read it at the usual age!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tatevik

    January 2021 After finishing The Ramona Quimby Collection, I knew I have to revisit this one. Ramona and Fudge are inseparable in my mind! November 2019 Reading for the second time during the same year and still trying not to burst laughing in public while listening to this. Mission impossible. March 2019 I absolutely loved this!!! I had so much fun. The characters were so vivid and bright. I loved Fudge. l bet he will be more noisy even at Peter's age. The audio was great! The narrator was so good w January 2021 After finishing The Ramona Quimby Collection, I knew I have to revisit this one. Ramona and Fudge are inseparable in my mind! November 2019 Reading for the second time during the same year and still trying not to burst laughing in public while listening to this. Mission impossible. March 2019 I absolutely loved this!!! I had so much fun. The characters were so vivid and bright. I loved Fudge. l bet he will be more noisy even at Peter's age. The audio was great! The narrator was so good while telling Fudge's parts. Every time she said "see" I imagined little Fudge standing next to me looking at me with his innocent eyes and not understanding that he did a terrible horrible thing. By the way, Fudge reminded me of Ramona Quimby. Imagine Fudge and Ramona together! Kind of Bonnie and Clyde reunion 😂 P.S. I just saw there is more of Fudge. This kid deserves to be in more than one book. Definitely will continue the series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pradnya K.

    Lovely, cute, adorable, pulling strings of your heart, sweet and innocently joyous! You pick it up and can't let go till you're finished! It's about A nine year old boy Peter and his innocuous jealousy for his toddler brother, Fudgie. Spinning through cute, little incidents, it takes us through the life and innocent thoughts of Peter. I loved his view of his parents - a mother whom he's always suspicious of that she doesn't love him, and the father whom he finds just. But the keen observation of Lovely, cute, adorable, pulling strings of your heart, sweet and innocently joyous! You pick it up and can't let go till you're finished! It's about A nine year old boy Peter and his innocuous jealousy for his toddler brother, Fudgie. Spinning through cute, little incidents, it takes us through the life and innocent thoughts of Peter. I loved his view of his parents - a mother whom he's always suspicious of that she doesn't love him, and the father whom he finds just. But the keen observation of Blume and the take on smallest incidents from a kid's POV is too awesome. I wished few illustrations would have worked wonders. Don't know but recently the childrens books are finding their way to me, all by sheer coincidences and I'm absolutely loving it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    I have fond memories of this book. I have a feeling Peter could have certainly benefited (christian or no) from the serenity prayer. Perhaps he'll eventually pick it up at a meeting of Fudgaholics Anonymous. Blume's humor and ability to speak to deeply-rooted juvenile issues (such as being utterly ignored) keep her firmly planted at the pinnacle of authors writing for young readers. When the mood strikes me and if there's a copy handy I'll read just the last page of this book. I walk away unders I have fond memories of this book. I have a feeling Peter could have certainly benefited (christian or no) from the serenity prayer. Perhaps he'll eventually pick it up at a meeting of Fudgaholics Anonymous. Blume's humor and ability to speak to deeply-rooted juvenile issues (such as being utterly ignored) keep her firmly planted at the pinnacle of authors writing for young readers. When the mood strikes me and if there's a copy handy I'll read just the last page of this book. I walk away understanding that loss and gain are intertwined and that no matter how messed up life gets, what matters is how one handles life's adversities.

  11. 5 out of 5

    DJ Harris

  12. 4 out of 5

    Giselle

    I remember reading this as a kid and loving it. Fudge was crazzzzzyyyyy >_<

  13. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    One of the first full-length English language children's novels I encountered when our grade four teacher read Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing aloud to us (in 1976), I have very fond and nostalgic memories of totally commiserating with Peter Warren Hatcher with regard to his often so annoying and extremely spoiled by in particular the mother younger brother Farley Drexel Hatcher (generally known as Fudge). However, while in grade four, I was often (if not even first and foremost) si One of the first full-length English language children's novels I encountered when our grade four teacher read Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing aloud to us (in 1976), I have very fond and nostalgic memories of totally commiserating with Peter Warren Hatcher with regard to his often so annoying and extremely spoiled by in particular the mother younger brother Farley Drexel Hatcher (generally known as Fudge). However, while in grade four, I was often (if not even first and foremost) simply frustrated with and indeed also more than once rather furiously angry at Fudge's mother and how basically (at least to and for me) it often seems that she lets Fudge get away with everything, with pretty well no consideration of even mildly disciplining him and that yes indeed Fudge, his wants, his desires (at least according to the narrator, according to his older brother) always seem to be more important, more essential than Peter's, as an older adult, I also do well realise that with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume is being pretty much realistic showing and depicting that an energetic toddler like Fudge, who seems to be into everything and often gets rather strange ideas, such as for example when he does not want to eat and pretends to be a dog, is for a certainty not always all that easy to even remotely adequately monitor and deal with, and thus, I now do have considerably more of an understanding of and appreciation for the mother (although truth be told, I still do very much think she is generally much too overly permissive with regard to Fudge, and that in particular him destroying Peter's school project and later swallowing his pet turtle Dribble might actually and easily have been avoided altogether if there had been some consistent disciplinary consequences for Fudge's often outrageous behaviours right from the start, not to mention that I also certainly did want to totally box the mother's ears when she asks Sheila Tubman to watch over Fudge and then gets viciously angry at poor and innocent Peter when Sheila is not up to this and Fudge ends top hurting himself, but at least, she later does apologise to Peter, which is something that my own parents would more than likely NEVER have done no matter how wrong they were about something). Four stars for nostalgia, but rounded down to three stars, as while I still do very much enjoy and appreciate Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, I do admit that I continue to have rather serious issues with how coddling and "oh he is so young" Peter's parents (as well as the grandmother) are with regard to Fudge, how poor Peter is often pretty much considered more than a bit secondary, and yes indeed, how some of the datedness of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing does now kind of make me shake my head a bit. And for me, the biggest datedness stumbling block with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is in fact that Judy Blume and without any authorial criticism of this type of behaviour whatsoever, lets Peter win his pet turtle Dribble at a birthday party, as I cannot even remotely consider it in any way animal-friendly or appropriate to give away live animals as party prizes (for this truly just makes me cringe like mad, as while Peter might well and in fact have been a good and responsible pet owner with Dribble, for Jimmy Fargo's mother to hand out goldfish and a turtle as prizes is at best extremely naive, and to and for me on a personal level quite as bad and as inappropriate as individuals giving someone a live baby chick or a bunny at Easter).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Shepherd

    Read to me (us) in 1975-76 over the course of 7th grade english class by one Miss Estelle Gossage who, by my recollection, was 101 years old, unmarried, and had taught not only my mother but also my grandmother. We welcomed the respite from her boot camp like regiment of conjugation, and I remember very little except it was the only time I ever saw Miss Gossage laugh.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    A really easy read about Peter, a boy in grade four, and how his younger brother, Fudge, always seems to be up to something to annoy Peter.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Fudge is fucking awful. This book was just 120 pages of cringe and bad parenting. Not the kind of children's book that can be enjoyed by adults. Fudge is fucking awful. This book was just 120 pages of cringe and bad parenting. Not the kind of children's book that can be enjoyed by adults.

  17. 4 out of 5

    SheriC (PM)

    Probably my least favorite of Judy Blume’s children’s books so far. I seem to remember enjoying it as a child, but unlike the Ramona and Beezus and Henry books, it has no charm for me as an adult reader. Peter is cursed with an obnoxious little brother who gets all the attention and ruins everything. Originally written in 1972, the substance of the story doesn’t rise above its dated references and gender stereotypes. The only other thing I can say is, poor Dribble. He probably wished Peter didn’ Probably my least favorite of Judy Blume’s children’s books so far. I seem to remember enjoying it as a child, but unlike the Ramona and Beezus and Henry books, it has no charm for me as an adult reader. Peter is cursed with an obnoxious little brother who gets all the attention and ruins everything. Originally written in 1972, the substance of the story doesn’t rise above its dated references and gender stereotypes. The only other thing I can say is, poor Dribble. He probably wished Peter didn’t have a little brother, either.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    When I first read this book as a kid in grammar school I really enjoyed it. I think I just liked how it went through a kids day. Funny things happen, siblings cause trouble, and life goes on. My sons enjoyed reading it in their free time. But as an adult rereading it I didn't enjoy it as much. I have read so many other children's books that I liked so much more that this book just kind of fell flat. As a homeschooling mom I won't place it on any literature lists but just as something to be enjoy When I first read this book as a kid in grammar school I really enjoyed it. I think I just liked how it went through a kids day. Funny things happen, siblings cause trouble, and life goes on. My sons enjoyed reading it in their free time. But as an adult rereading it I didn't enjoy it as much. I have read so many other children's books that I liked so much more that this book just kind of fell flat. As a homeschooling mom I won't place it on any literature lists but just as something to be enjoy if the kids choose it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Daina Chakma

    This book is so fun! Siblings fight, having a turtle as pet, the way little Fudgie's talk and call his brother Pee-tah everything is amusing! Dear Peter, you are a wonderful boy and you must know it! Guessing exact numbers of jelly beans in Mrs Fargo's jar remind me of "Tin Goyenda"! It's exactly the same way Kishore won Rolls Royce car for a whole month! This book is so fun! Siblings fight, having a turtle as pet, the way little Fudgie's talk and call his brother Pee-tah everything is amusing! Dear Peter, you are a wonderful boy and you must know it! Guessing exact numbers of jelly beans in Mrs Fargo's jar remind me of "Tin Goyenda"! It's exactly the same way Kishore won Rolls Royce car for a whole month!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    If I remember right this book was actually better than SF, but it never had the obsession thing attached to it. There is a part in the book where Peter (holy shit, how did I do that, I can't remember character names in books I read last week, but here I am pulling out a character name from a book I read a quarter of a century ago), gets mugged and he says that it's what happens in New York, or something like it's scary but everyone gets mugged so it's no big deal. And this stuck with me for a lo If I remember right this book was actually better than SF, but it never had the obsession thing attached to it. There is a part in the book where Peter (holy shit, how did I do that, I can't remember character names in books I read last week, but here I am pulling out a character name from a book I read a quarter of a century ago), gets mugged and he says that it's what happens in New York, or something like it's scary but everyone gets mugged so it's no big deal. And this stuck with me for a long time, and I thought that everyone in New York does get mugged. This is kind of a lie, but I think Bernhard Getze (spelling? you know the guy who shot the kids on the subway vigilante style in the 80's.) was in the news a lot, and it just seemed like this fact must be true, and it stuck with me all these years. Why is this important to the book, and why would this make you want to read it or not read it? I don't know, but it's a true story and it shows that this book left a lasting impression on my young malleable mind, and so much of one that I even remembered the character name. So I guess it was a pretty darn good fucking book (wouldn't that be a great blurb on the next paperback edition?)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    All the way back in the mid-to-late 1990s, the Fudge books were among my favorites. While Double Fudge wasn't published yet, I both read and owned multiple copies of the first three books in the series. I even knew what happened at the end of the book before my classmates did thanks to a Random House treasury of humor that contained the final chapter. So...does it stack up all these years later? In a word: Yes! The familial craziness is reminiscent of a sitcom like Good Luck Charlie or the comic All the way back in the mid-to-late 1990s, the Fudge books were among my favorites. While Double Fudge wasn't published yet, I both read and owned multiple copies of the first three books in the series. I even knew what happened at the end of the book before my classmates did thanks to a Random House treasury of humor that contained the final chapter. So...does it stack up all these years later? In a word: Yes! The familial craziness is reminiscent of a sitcom like Good Luck Charlie or the comic strip Baby Blues. Reading this book now, after seeing my niece and two nephews as babies and toddlers, makes me identify with the Hatchers' struggles...and laugh at them, because they're true. If you read this as a kid, you should try it again, especially if you're a parent, aunt, or uncle now.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steph Su

    There's absolutely a reason why this book continues to be widely read by readers of all ages, even so many decades after its original publication. The narrative voice that Blume gives Peter Hatcher is pitch-perfect, and his complicated feelings toward his naughty little brother will resonate with readers of a similar age. What I find so remarkable is that, rereading this book now, I can regard all the characters and their relationships with one another in a different, albeit no less real, light. There's absolutely a reason why this book continues to be widely read by readers of all ages, even so many decades after its original publication. The narrative voice that Blume gives Peter Hatcher is pitch-perfect, and his complicated feelings toward his naughty little brother will resonate with readers of a similar age. What I find so remarkable is that, rereading this book now, I can regard all the characters and their relationships with one another in a different, albeit no less real, light. In my eyes now, Fudge is no more or less troublesome than a typical toddler; whereas as a young reader I empathized with Peter and felt that he was wronged by all those around him, now I like and understand Peter no less, but I also am beginning to understand where the other characters come from, why they act the way they do. Just simply remarkable, that Judy Blume can write such a book that holds different emotions but equally important meanings for readers of all ages. She is like the Pixar of children's lit.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne Catesby

    When I came across Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at the public library I was so excited! I absolutely love Judy Blume books and feel that they really are some of the best books for young readers out there. This book is the first of many in the Fudge Book series that Blume writes. This is the story of Peter who is nine years old. Peter has a ridiculous two and a half year old brother named Fudge who never seems to do anything except annoy Peter. However, to Peter it seems that nothing Fudge eve When I came across Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at the public library I was so excited! I absolutely love Judy Blume books and feel that they really are some of the best books for young readers out there. This book is the first of many in the Fudge Book series that Blume writes. This is the story of Peter who is nine years old. Peter has a ridiculous two and a half year old brother named Fudge who never seems to do anything except annoy Peter. However, to Peter it seems that nothing Fudge ever does is wrong in the eyes of a grown up. Nevertheless, even though Peter has been able to tolerate his brother in the past the straw that finally breaks the camels back is when Peter finds out that Fudge has taken his new pet turtle Dribble. Even though Peter thinks that his parents let Fudge get away with anything he soon learns this is not the case. When Fudge goes through the stage of refusing to eat anything his father one day gets so fed up that he dumps a bowl of cereal on Fudge while he in in the bathtub. This is surprising to Peter due to the fact that he thought his little brother could get away with anything. Throughout the rest of the book we see the trials and tribulations that this fourth grader must go through and how he deals with them. This book is very heartwarming and I believe that in the end you always want Peter to get the attention he wants from his parents. We have all experienced annoying younger siblings at times or annoying younger children in general. So in some way we can all relate to how Peter fills. This book would be great for older elementary students as well as younger middle school aged children. Another aspect that I really liked about this book was the illustration on the front. You must look beneath the cover in order to see the illustration but you can see Peter and in the background you can see Fudge running around, wreaking havoc on all things. These illustrations seem to be computer animated but they still give off a great idea of what type of humor you will experience in the book. I was afraid when I first began reading this book after not reading it in such a long time that I would not like it as much. However, this book is just as great as I first remember it being back when I was in grade school. I hope every child gets a chance to read this Judy Blume classic and that they love it as much as I do.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rodney Ross

    i did not like it in the same way i did not like Beezus and Ramona. The bad behaviour of the younger child is annoying.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christina T

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume Book #1 in the Fudge series ★★★★ Synopsis: Two is a crowd when Peter and his four-year-old brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. Fudge is actually a tiny terror in disguise, causing mischief everywhere he goes. My Thoughts: Although I discovered Judy Blume around age 11 I firmly refused to read this series because, well, I was in the fifth grade and could Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume Book #1 in the Fudge series ★★★★ Synopsis: Two is a crowd when Peter and his four-year-old brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. Fudge is actually a tiny terror in disguise, causing mischief everywhere he goes. My Thoughts: Although I discovered Judy Blume around age 11 I firmly refused to read this series because, well, I was in the fifth grade and couldn't possibly read something that was obviously for someone much younger and less mature. In all actuality, I was discouraged from reading books from our little school library that were beneath my reading level. It was unfortunate because I really missed out on quite a few little gems like this book. What Worked: Told from Peter's point of view the book reads exactly as I'd imagine a 9 year old would tell these tales. It was pretty easy to empathize with Peter and his frustrations of having a little (yet adorable) sibling who, in Peter's mind, messes everything up. The language is simple and easy to read. I was glad that Peter didn't use words like "misogynist" or "antidisestablishmentarianism". Nothing throws off a book with a child narrator who uses the word antidisestablishmentarianism. What Didn't Work: Since this book is technically one of tales and not a continuous storyline the stories do not have a set timeline or a feeling of continuity to them. Although this might appeal to a child (which I fully admit that I am a few years beyond this book's demographic) I think older readers might long for an actual storyline with a plot. In a Nutshell: A truly delightful book that would be excellent for a parent/child read together session. For children ages 7-11 I'd say. Although in a slight warning, younger children might ask questions on what happened to Dribble and if you are not inclined to have a "Circle of Life" discussion you might want to skip this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kasha

    As far as kids books go, this one is way up there. I love reading about all of fudge's antics. I happened to have both kids with me at the library the other day when I pulled this off the shelf. I asked them if they had read it thinking that surely they had, but neither one of them did remember reading it. I think this book was read to me when I was in gradeschool, but I had almost no recollection as I read it through today. It is only a 3.3 on the AR reading scale, which is disappointing, and t As far as kids books go, this one is way up there. I love reading about all of fudge's antics. I happened to have both kids with me at the library the other day when I pulled this off the shelf. I asked them if they had read it thinking that surely they had, but neither one of them did remember reading it. I think this book was read to me when I was in gradeschool, but I had almost no recollection as I read it through today. It is only a 3.3 on the AR reading scale, which is disappointing, and the sequels stay in the threes. I wish I'd had my son read these a couple years ago. I'm sure he'll enjoy them; I just wish that I could find something funny like this that was on a level that would really challenge him. Some highlights: *When the dad INSISTS that an important company visitor will be more comfortable staying at their apartment rather than a hotel. *When the mom leaves town and dad has to take care of the boys! All wives know that can only mean trouble. *When mom leaves fudge (two and a half year old) with his older brother and two friends for ten minutes. *Fudge's birthday party. *The way Fudge's parents finally convince him to eat when he decides not to eat anymore.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Burress

    This is a really good book by Judy Blume, called Tales of a Forth Grade Nothing. It is 120 pages and is realistic fiction. I really loved this book in the 4th grade so I decided to read it again. This book is about a boy named Peter. He has a little brother who goes by fudge. At first Peter gets a turtle from a friends birthday party. When he comes how his brother likes the turtle. Later in the story Peter has to watch over his brother at the park, when Peter isn't looking Fudge climbs on the ju This is a really good book by Judy Blume, called Tales of a Forth Grade Nothing. It is 120 pages and is realistic fiction. I really loved this book in the 4th grade so I decided to read it again. This book is about a boy named Peter. He has a little brother who goes by fudge. At first Peter gets a turtle from a friends birthday party. When he comes how his brother likes the turtle. Later in the story Peter has to watch over his brother at the park, when Peter isn't looking Fudge climbs on the jungle gym and tries to fly breaking his two front teeth. He also stopped eating rubs mashed potatoes on he wall, and won't try on shoes in shoe stores. By now Perter is getting sick of his brother and he is on his last nerve. But then one day after school when Peter comes home his turtle isn't there. He asks Fudge if he knows were he is and he said he swallowed it. By this time he got so angry. After Fudge got all this attention Peter feels like a forth grade nothing, since it was his turtle. After all the commotion his Dad comes to Peter with a present saying its for him. When Peter opens it its a new puppy big enough so Fudge can't eat him.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Scott Rhee

    Many fond memories of this, the first book in a series by Judy Blume featuring a fourth grader and his annoying toddler brother. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" was one of those books I voraciously read over and over until the copy that I owned started falling apart. Dog-eared did not begin to describe its condition, and yet I cherished it, taking it with me on just about every road trip or family vacation. I didn't do stuffed animals, really. I carried books instead. Strangely enough, I still Many fond memories of this, the first book in a series by Judy Blume featuring a fourth grader and his annoying toddler brother. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" was one of those books I voraciously read over and over until the copy that I owned started falling apart. Dog-eared did not begin to describe its condition, and yet I cherished it, taking it with me on just about every road trip or family vacation. I didn't do stuffed animals, really. I carried books instead. Strangely enough, I still do...

  29. 5 out of 5

    BunTheDestroyer

    I skimmed this book. It was the worst. Not in terms of writing or plot (well maybe some plot) but in terms not being able to read it because i wanted to strangle Fudge’s parents and then Fudge. I felt like Peter did not get a good resolution. I’m sure this book was entertaining back when it was written, but now i just think of parenting. I would hate for a child to read this and get any ideas.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stefu Smith

    Although I never had a younger sibling, I feel like this is an accurate depiction of many of the feelings an older sibling must have about their younger siblings. Some parts had me laughing out loud--which I realize makes me seem childish. Maybe I'm still a fourth-grader at heart... Although I never had a younger sibling, I feel like this is an accurate depiction of many of the feelings an older sibling must have about their younger siblings. Some parts had me laughing out loud--which I realize makes me seem childish. Maybe I'm still a fourth-grader at heart...

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