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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (April 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142408816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142408810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Passed on from babysitters to their young charges, from big sisters to little brothers, and from parents to children, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and its cousins (Superfudge, Fudge-a-mania, and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great) have entertained children since they first appeared in the early 1970s. The books follow Peter Hatcher, his little brother Fudgie, baby sister Tootsie, their neighbor Sheila Tubman, various pets, and minor characters through New York City and on treks to suburbs and camps.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the first of these entertaining yarns. Peter, because he's the oldest, must deal with Fudgie's disgusting cuteness, his constant meddling with Peter's stuff, and other grave offenses, one of which is almost too much to bear. All these incidents are presented with the unfailing ear and big-hearted humor of the masterful Judy Blume. Though some of her books for older kids have aroused controversy, the Hatcher brothers and their adventures remain above the fray, where they belong. (Peter's in fourth grade, so the book is suitable for kids ages 8 and older.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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will bring a chorus of laughter from sympathetic readers. (Publishers Weekly)


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My 8 year old really loves to read her books.
Paul Turner
If you have a child that loves to read funny books, this book is highly recommended.
Darian Dennison
I really liked this book because Fudge is so silly.
Cooper Crew

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119 of 131 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Judy Blume has often shocked the delicate sensibilities of stuffy parents worldwide with her straightforward tell-it-like-it-is young adult books containing sexual situations. When I was a kid though, Judy Blume meant only one thing. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing". One of my favorite books, written incredibly well, it captured perfectly what it means to be a kid with a little sibling. This book was a revelation. Nowhere else had I encountered an early reader story that wasn't afraid to say that little sibs can be annoying brats. There are roughly five bazillion books out there written specifically to coax older children into befriending their younger siblings. Far fewer are the books that recognize the difficulties these elder kids have to deal with when they're forced to abandon their personal privacy and sanity for the sake of a little brother or sister. The one book that really spoke to me about this (and was really funny as well) was Judy Blume's 1972 creation. And it reads as perfectly today as it did some thirty odd years ago.

There was Peter. And then there was Fudge. Peter Hatcher is nine years old and has the awful job of dealing with almost-three-year-old Fudgie at all times. Fudge is what a polite person might call a lively child. To Peter, however, Fudge is a holy terror. If he's not sticking green food stamps to full suitcases or refusing to eat until Peter stands on his head, he's leaping from large rocks (to fly) and throwing tantrums in shoe stores. Peter is understandably jealous of the amount of attention Fudge attracts but at least he has his pet turtle Dribble to comfort him. Each chapter in this book is a small story about the daily interactions and adventures of the Hatcher boys.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was in fourth or fifth grade. Now I'm 26, but I still remember this little gem well. Peter Warren Hatcher has many problems, but his biggest one is his little brother, whom everyone calls "Fudge" Everyone likes Fudge, because he's the cute one, but when Fudge becomes a little monster, everyone looks to Peter to solve the problems.
Mr. and Mrs. Juicy-O meet Fudge and love him, but when he shoves Peter's turtle in their faces, Peter's dad loses the account. Mr. Toddle-Bike thinks Fudge is just right for a commercial, but Fudge won't ride the bike until Peter does. When Fudge eats Peter's turtle, Dribble, Fudge gets all the attention, and Peter just loses his pet. In every "Tale" Peter plays the role of the good son.
Judy Blume knows her audience well. People this age have to deal with the fact that they are no longer cute, but they are still treated like they know nothing by most adults. I could identify with Peter when I was 10, and I can relate to him still now.
Parents, buy this book for your kids. Kids, read this book. It's funny, touching, and will stay in your head for the rest of your lives.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julia Shpak on December 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
"It burns me up the way people treat Fudge. He's not so special. He's just little, that's all!
But some day he's going to be nine years old too. I can't wait until he is.
Then he'll know there's nothing so great about him after all."

Peter Hatcher is a 9-years-old fourth grader who has a younger brother (almost three) Farley Drexel Hatcher, or Fudge. To an outsider, Fudge could seem like a very lively child. To Peter, he is a walking terror. On any given day, Fudge is either throws a temper tantrum or meddles with Peter's stuff. And the worst part is - he always gets away with everything. Peter feels as if no one cares about him, and that he is just a fourth grade nothing. But at least Peter has Dribble, his pet turtle, to comfort him ... until one day even that changes!

Each chapter in this book is a small story about the daily interactions and adventures of the Hatcher boys, written as it's seen through the eyes of Peter. His voice is very believable, you know just how he feels, and you empathize with him completely.

There are many books out there that try sweet-talk older children to befriend their younger siblings. "Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume, on the other side, is a very honest account of all the difficulties an older child might be going through. But neither does it show Fudge as "all bad" - he is fussy, but most of the time he is just looking up to his older brother, trying to be "like Pee-tah".

This book is a true little gem - it's still popular with kids nowadays, just as it was in 1972 when it was first published. Great read-aloud book!

Julia Shpak
Author of "Power of Plentiful Wisdom". Available on Amazon.
For more reviews on children's books visit my blog "Julia's Library" at: ForwardQuoteDOTcom
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1996
Format: Paperback
Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing is about nine year old Peter Hatcher, and his little brother Farley Drexel, otherwise known as Fudge. Peter's pet turtle, Dribble has been walked off with. Fudge. He had taken Drbble, and done a very interesting thing with him. To find out, read the book! I thought it was so good I did a book report on it!!!!!!!! Read it
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