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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (The Fudge Seres) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Author of "Power of Plentiful Wisdom". Available on Amazon.
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I'm so excited to find these books and have my 9 year old read them. They were my favorite books as a child. These came fast and are amazing! Thank you!Published 10 days ago by Big_Mama
This is a wonderful classic that children will enjoy for many years to come.Published 20 days ago by Bridget
Bought it for my grand daughter because I gave a copy to my daughter when she was the same age and she just loved all the Judy Blume books.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
That it just ended.It never really finished. But I did like that it her brother was so naughty and dumb!Published 1 month ago
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is about a boy named Peter. Peter has a brother named Fudge. In the beginning Fudge causes all sorts of mischief like swallowing his two front teeth... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Michalek's Second Grade Class