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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New Ed edition (4 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330398172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330398176
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 neighbour Sheila Tubman, and 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 offences, one of which is almost too much to bear. All these incidents are presented with the unfailing ear and big-hearted humour 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 children 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing' was the first book I read by Judy Blume.And as fans of her writing know,she writes in a way that kids can understand very easily.As fans also know,her characters she creates are very realistic & kids reading her books can relate to the characters.Adults can read her characters & think back to the days when they felt the same way as her characters.And this book is wonderful.I first discovered it in my third grade class when I was in America.I wanted to know why almost my whole class wanted to read this.When I got my hands on the book,I discovered why it was so popular.Peter Hatcher is your basic kid with kid problems.He has an annoying little brother.The style of writing though is perfect!You cannot read this book & not laugh.I haven't read this book for a long,long time,but the incidents that stood out in my mind were:when Mr.Hatcher takes Fudge into the bathroom & pours cereal on his head(it's when Mr.Hatcher says 'Eat it or wear it!' & Fudge keeps repeating that(as most 2 year olds love repetition);when Fudge thinks he can fly & his two front teeth get knocked out & he says 'Want my teeth!';& when Fudge swallows Dribble the turtle.
What I like about the style of Judy's writing is this:she's written so many books with young people as her main characters yet the writing isn't immature.Her young characters behave the way kids really behave.Adults don't need to feel embarassed if they want to read this or any of her other books(I also recommend 'Deenie','Iggie's House','Blubber'.)Her books can give adults an insight into what kids are really like.It's been about 20 years since I first read TOAFGN & I'd love to read it again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "kate280295" on 14 Sep 2004
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This book is about a boy with a brother called Fudge. Fudge is a very annoying little brother. Everything starts to go wrong, especially when Sheila babysits.
I recommend this book to people who enjoy a very interesting story with quite a few funny problems. On a scale of 1-10 I'd definitely give it 10.
This is suitable for ages 7 and up, but the 7yr olds have to be fairly confident readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Dunne on 25 Nov 2006
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I was read this book in 1987 when i was in primary school and loved it. I have just bought it for my 10 year old daughter and re read it. Its amazing that it hasn't dated after all these years. My daughter loved the book and I am going to read it to my 6 year old. "super fudge" is another excellent read from this brilliant author.
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By A Customer on 14 July 2001
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Although this book (and the others about Peter, Fudge, Tootsie and Sheila) has been written quite some time ago, it has lost nothing of its fresh and funny style. The stories are timeless and give non-US kids (like I was 20 yrs ago) an idea of everyday life in New York. Judy Blume obviously is very good at describing everyday problems that children can have with school, parents and (especially) siblings in an extremely funny way. I enjoyed them as a child in my native language and nowadays in English (and sometimes I still laugh out loud!).
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By A Customer on 14 Oct 2000
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Fudge is hysterical and adorable. From the Oreos to Dribble, Fudge continually annoys Pete. His antics range from annoying to exasperating but are always delightful and funny. Fudge is full of energy and mischief but you will love him and if you do not, then you need to read the book again and again until you do.
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I remember first being read this book when I was 8 and in Primary School. We had a "progressive" teacher, and this is what she selected for class reading. I'm now in my 20's and still find that the tales of Peter & his brother, Fudge, can make me laugh.
It's an excellent book to read to children.
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By sarah grace on 22 Aug 2013
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I loved this classic book as a child and wanted my child to have the same fond memories,which he now does.
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I was a keen reader of Judy Blume in my teens, back in the distant past or the 1980's as they're also known. I recently dug out my old copy of Super Fudge, the follow up to this book, to read to my 9 year old daughter. She absolutely loved it and found it hysterically funny. We visited the library to see if we could find more Judy Blume books but we drew a blank. Fortunately we found a rich seam of reasonably priced books by this authour and bought Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. My daughter really enjoyed this one too. Judy Blume is known for tackling issues head on and even in these books that are mainly humourous she addresses issues like the difficulties Peter has being the oldest child, feeling ignored by his parents in favour of his demanding younger brother for example. It is a shame Judy Blume seems to have fallen out of favour because she writes with so much humour and compassion. We will definitely look out for more of her books in the future.
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