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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525469265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525469261
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Superfudge and Fudge-a-Mania will welcome the return of seventh-grader Peter Hatcher and his five-year-old brother, Fudge, who in this comical caper meet distant cousins from Hawaii. The two families unexpectedly encounter one another in Washington, D.C., where the New York City Hatchers have gone so that Fudge, who has developed an obsession with money, can visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The Howie Hatcher clan proves an eccentric lot. Twins Fauna and Flora, unironicially nicknamed the Natural Beauties, would be in Peter's grade if they weren't home-schooled; apt to break into corny songs at any moment, they perform together as the Heavenly Hatchers. Their younger brother, who shares Fudge's real name (Farley Drexel), acts like a dog, growling and licking people. And their father won't stop calling Peter's dad "Tubby." Narrator Peter grits his teeth when the Honolulu Hatchers invite themselves to Manhattan to stay in his family's cramped apartment, where nestled in their sleeping bags on the living room floor they "slept flat on their backs, like a row of hot dogs in their rolls. All that was missing was the mustard and the relish." The boy is further appalled when the twins show up at his school and convene an assembly so that they can sing. Peter's wry reactions to the sometimes outsize goings-on, Fudge's inimitable antics and the characters' rousing repartee contribute to the sprightly clip of this cheerful read. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-Judy Blume's book (Dutton, 2002) is a fun story with interesting characters, but lacks the plot focus of the earlier titles in the series. As in the previous stories, Peter Hatcher, now a seventh grader, tells about an episode in his life in which his mischievous brother Fudge-a nickname for Farley Drexel, who is now five-drives him crazy. The story begins with the discovery of Fudge's new fascination with money, and is headed in a comical direction when the Hatchers go to Washington, DC to visit the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. However, the plot is hampered when they run into Peter's father's long-lost cousin, Howie Hatcher, and his family. The Hatchers invite themselves to stay with Peter's family in New York City. Although Howie and his family are all hilarious characters, their introduction is a diversion from the original plot. The characterizations are enhanced by author Judy Blume's superb reading, which brings them to life with just the right intonation. Preteens, especially those with younger siblings, will relate to the ups and downs of Peter's compounded life, and Fudge fans will continue to find his antics amusing, though not fully developed here.
Cynthia Grabke, Thayer Public Library, Braintree, MA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tina Barrett on October 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a fourth grade teacher, I love reading the Fudge books to my students. They love hearing what Fudge is up to. My students were so excited when Double Fudge was published. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh. Fudge is always funny. In the story, Fudge is five (almost six) and Peter is in 7th grade. As everyone knows Fudge has his own way of seeing things--Fudge has not changed. Fudge is obsessed with MONEY. He is always talking, singing, counting, or trying to acquire money. He even creates his own money "Fudge Bucks". The Hatchers go to Washington D.C. to show Fudge how real money is created. The family meets their long lost cousins. The cousins come home with the Hatchers. Poor Peter, now he has to deal with Fudge, the Natural Beauties, and the new Farley Drexel Hatcher. Another Fudge, OH, NO!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Dae on September 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
YES! Fudge is back! I'm not ashamed to admit that I was as excited to learn of the latest installment now as I was at the age of 9, when "Superfudge" was published. :-) And I was not disappointed. Fudge is one of Judy Blume's most endearing characters, a five going on forty year old whose quirky approach to life always ends up causing problems for his older brother Peter. This time around, Fudge's new obsession with money leads to more embarrassing misadventures, and indirectly to an unwanted family reunion with distant relatives. A new twist here is the addition of a younger cousin to the usual cast of characters, a four year old who may just be Fudge's troublemaking match. It's interesting to watch Fudge beginning to experience the same kind of frustration that Peter suffered through in the first three books. We can only hope that he doesn't learn from it TOO quickly!

In response to the review complaining about the 21st century pop culture references that don't synch with the 70's feel of the earlier books, well, granted the first books are a bit dated upon re-reading 30 years later (when was the last time you saw an elevator man, for example), just as "Double Fudge" will seem dated 30 years from now. But, you can't predict what will or will not still be in style a couple decades from now, and the writing would have to be pretty bare bones if Blume had avoided any mention of things that are in vogue today. Besides which, I think I got my biggest laugh at Fudge's eccentric superstition about Harry Potter - "DON'T SAY HIS NAME OUT LOUD!" :-)

I'm thrilled to add more Fudge to my collection of beloved children's books, and can't wait to introduce him to my own "mini-me" in a few more years. Thank you, Judy Blume!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm 16 years old, but since I was such a big fan of Fudge, I just had to buy this book! Even though it's a children's book, it was really good and didn't fail to make me laugh out loud.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "cat_stevens180" on November 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A am a great fan of Judy Blume with her books being to the highest qualitly. As a fan of Peter and Fudge it was a great joy to read this book. A must have for any fan of this great series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you wont to read a book with humor and exciting parts then you should read Double Fudge. The author, Judy Blume, really lets you get to know the characters. You can relate in so many different ways to the people in the book. It is a great story to have fun with while reading.
Double Fudge is about a normal family. The family has a mom, dad and three kids. They also have a dog and a bird. Except one of the kids, Fudge, is crazy! He is five years old and loves money. All the boy talks about is money. To try to break his obsession with money his parents bring him to D.C. Instead, he gets even more obsessed with money. When they were in a gift shop, they found their long lost family -the Hatchers from Howie. They had two daughters, twins, Flora and Fauna or the Natural Beauties. Fudge found out they have a four year old boy and his name is Fudge also. When he finds this out, he was furious. Fudge didn't want to share his name with anyone. So Pete his older brother tells Fudge they will call their cousin Mini instead. Fudge has tantrums about almost everything. The family goes and lives with Peter's family for a week. They want to travel all over, New York was their next stop. Right in Peters living room. While there, the twins get to go to Peters school. He hates having family at his school. Also on Halloween the two Fudges are trapped in the knew elevator. Read the book to see if they ever get out.
I would rate this book a four because it has good strong details and is funny. Also after you read the book you are not left confused on what happened. In addition, most people can really relate in good ways and in bad to this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 16, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
This book is about a 5 year old boy named Fudge. First he wants to by a state and a city but he doesn't know which one is bigger. He asked his older brother Peter for some advice. Fudge started loving money more and more. He became crazy about money. He starts to make his own `Fudge bucks'. He invented songs about money too. Finally Fudge's cousin has his same name, same age and wants to have his nick name Fudge too. How will Fudge solve this problem?
Fudge is the main character. Fudge is a funny and annoying boy. He bugs everyone. Peter is his older brother who dislikes his brother Fudge. Peters and Fudges mother love them both but she doesn't know what to do with them. Dad always defends Fudge. All these characters have different characterization .They are so real that maybe you have one.
The author made this book so we could see what is it like to have an annoying little brother, and if you are the youngest one it tells you how your brother and sisters feel about you. The author did a really good job on describing the characters and making the book really funny.
I recommend this book to people who like funny books and at the same time want to learn something about families. Double Fudge is a great book. You will love it!
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More About the Author

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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