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Not the same book you read as a kid
on August 27, 2008
We borrowed this book from the library after we read a couple of the Fudge books that we had on the shelf at home. I was surprised that the text now refers to a CD player and personal computers used by children, even though neither existed at the time the book was written. I found the changes jarring and wondered what else had been changed in the book that wasn't so obvious.
As an adult, I was disturbed by how casually the subject of friends being mean (or at least brutally honest) to one another is treated in the book. I don't remember it bothering me when I first read the book, though, some 30 years ago, and it didn't seem to bother my daughter when we read it, though we did stop to discuss how the friends could have been more kind.