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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge #1)

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Fourth grader Peter Hatcher, a neighbor of Sheila Tubman of "Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great," has a terrible problem -- his little brother! "Will bring a chorus of laughter from sympathetic readers." -- "Publisher's Weekly." Winner of The Great Stone Face Award.
Published March 1st 1976 by Turtleback Books (first published 1972)
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Feb 21, 2014 Eve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, read-2014
My brother and I are "Irish Twins", so we were in the same grade throughout our whole school career. He got all of the awesome, tenured teachers, whose students loved them so much that they still continued to visit them well into their middle and high school years; their classrooms had epic decor themes like "under the sea" or "summer fun."

I was a straggler kid, looking in from the outside and always longing for what he had. My assortment of teachers were either (a) fresh out of college and tryi
Jul 08, 2012 Rainbow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HOLY CR@P. If you haven't read this book since the fourth grade, you probably just think of it as a particularly funny kids book ...

It is an effing MASTER CLASS in writing with voice. I read it out loud to my kids, and of course they loved it. (Hysterical, hysterical laughter.) But I was blown away by how perfect the narrative voice is.

I think it's really hard for adults to write as kids without sounding like, "Look at me! I'm nine years old! I love bicycles and dinosaurs!" But you just believe
Tea Jovanović
Prva od 5 knjiga iz serijala o Fadžu... Knjiga za decu ali i roditelji će se ludo zabaviti ako je pročitaju... Jedna od onih ludo zabavnih knjiga koje svako dete treba da pročita... Ovaj serijal je, moglo bi se reći, postao već klasik u Americi, a i šire...
Dec 30, 2008 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
I read this with my 4th grade class every year and I never get tired of it! Even though published in the 1970's it stands the test of time. I found it funny when I read it at age 10, still funny reading it as an adult to my class, and even funnier now that I have a 3 year old son who could easily double as Fudge Hatcher if they ever made it into a movie. My 12 year old says it was her favorite book she ever read in elementary school and my 8 year old just experienced Fudge for the first time and ...more
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
I remember reading this as a kid and loving it. Fudge was crazzzzzyyyyy >_<
Jul 31, 2008 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers
I have fond memories of this book. I have a feeling Peter could have certainly benefited (christian or no) from the serenity prayer. Perhaps he'll eventually pick it up at a meeting of Fudgaholics Anonymous.

Blume's humor and ability to speak to deeply-rooted juvenile issues (such as being utterly ignored) keep her firmly planted at the pinnacle of authors writing for young readers. When the mood strikes me and if there's a copy handy I'll read just the last page of this book. I walk away unders
DJ Harris
May 03, 2013 DJ Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to DJ by: Mother
Jan 12, 2016 Majenta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in the 1970s.

Wow--calling it "Fudge #1"--way to reinforce the title sentiment! Nine-year-old fourth-grader Peter Warren Hatcher is feeling like his life got right fudged up almost three years ago with the arrival of a baby brother his parents named Farley Drexel (family names, maybe?) but these days he's known as a turbocharged toddler called "Fudge." When people first see him they think he's so adorable, but he soon shows them there's way more to him! But why does that have to mean that th
Pradnya K.
Oct 09, 2015 Pradnya K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who's a kid at heart
Shelves: 2015, childrens
Lovely, cute, adorable, pulling strings of your heart, sweet and innocently joyous! You pick it up and can't let go till you're finished!
It's about A nine year old boy Peter and his innocuous jealousy for his toddler brother, Fudgie. Spinning through cute, little incidents, it takes us through the life and innocent thoughts of Peter. I loved his view of his parents - a mother whom he's always suspicious of that she doesn't love him, and the father whom he finds just. But the keen observation of
Oct 25, 2007 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I remember right this book was actually better than SF, but it never had the obsession thing attached to it. There is a part in the book where Peter (holy shit, how did I do that, I can't remember character names in books I read last week, but here I am pulling out a character name from a book I read a quarter of a century ago), gets mugged and he says that it's what happens in New York, or something like it's scary but everyone gets mugged so it's no big deal. And this stuck with me for a lo ...more
May 07, 2008 Gigi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
When I first read this book as a kid in grammar school I really enjoyed it. I think I just liked how it went through a kids day. Funny things happen, siblings cause trouble, and life goes on. My sons enjoyed reading it in their free time.

But as an adult rereading it I didn't enjoy it as much. I have read so many other children's books that I liked so much more that this book just kind of fell flat. As a homeschooling mom I won't place it on any literature lists but just as something to be enjoy
Apr 18, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
Peter Warren Hatcher is a typical nine year-old boy, growing up in the middle of New York City. Sure, he has his fair share of annoyances with his mother, and has grown extremely tired of drinking “Juicy-O” everyday...But these are just minor issues compared to his BIGGEST problem…his little brother, Fudge. Each day brings a new challenge and fear of what the two year-old terror will do next. Whether Fudge is throwing a tantrum or meddling into something he shouldn’t, chaos seems to surround him ...more
Oct 10, 2011 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume was one of my favorites as a kid and no less enjoyable as an adult, reading it to my 5-yr-old son. Granted, I read it in fourth grade, so I might have understood more, but still, my son was riveted. So much so, that even though the chapters were longer than he was used to, he begged me to keep reading when I was on the last three chapters and we finished it much quicker than anticipated. While I was reading it, I noticed it had an older feel to it, b ...more
Anne Catesby
Oct 16, 2012 Anne Catesby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
When I came across Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at the public library I was so excited! I absolutely love Judy Blume books and feel that they really are some of the best books for young readers out there. This book is the first of many in the Fudge Book series that Blume writes. This is the story of Peter who is nine years old. Peter has a ridiculous two and a half year old brother named Fudge who never seems to do anything except annoy Peter. However, to Peter it seems that nothing Fudge eve ...more
Christina T
Dec 18, 2013 Christina T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Book #1 in the Fudge series

Synopsis: Two is a crowd when Peter and his four-year-old brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. Fudge is actually a tiny terror in disguise, causing mischief everywhere he goes.

My Thoughts: Although I discovered Judy Blume around age 11 I firmly refused to read this series because, well, I was in the fifth grade and could
David K
Mar 09, 2011 David K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was funny with wacky and scenes that you can actually imagine in your head. I would recomend this book to a fourth grader beacause oviousley it says tales of the FOURTH grade nothing. And its just really fun and wacky and it has a scene with alot of blood in it. Also the pictures just go through my mind as if i was there. It's cool when you just see nothing but like a big movie screen in your head. Also because your like multi-tasking, reading, and ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
I am sure that I read at least one of the books in the Fudge series by Judy Blume sometime during my childhood. As I reread this book, it's not overly familiar to me, so I'll have to see if Superfudge rings any bells. The title seems very familiar, anyway, and I know that I've read several of Ms. Blume's books throughout my life.

I picked this book out for our oldest, since she begins fourth grade this year. She read the book very quickly and loved it. And then she told me that her class read it
Laken Doom
Nov 09, 2012 Laken Doom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judy Blume once again writes a wonderful classic for children that is seemingly directly coming from their mouths. The main character Peter is a 9 year old fourth grade student who is sometimes jealous of his little brother Farley Dexrell or Fudge. Fudge was 2 1/2 and often caused trouble. Peter had won a pet turtle at a friends birthday party which he named Dribble and Fudge just had to have him. Throughout the story Fudge constantly causes trouble for Peter and often times will only do things ...more
Dec 22, 2009 Kasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boy-books, girl-books
As far as kids books go, this one is way up there. I love reading about all of fudge's antics. I happened to have both kids with me at the library the other day when I pulled this off the shelf. I asked them if they had read it thinking that surely they had, but neither one of them did remember reading it. I think this book was read to me when I was in gradeschool, but I had almost no recollection as I read it through today. It is only a 3.3 on the AR reading scale, which is disappointing, and t ...more
Kaitlyn Burress
Oct 24, 2012 Kaitlyn Burress rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good book by Judy Blume, called Tales of a Forth Grade Nothing. It is 120 pages and is realistic fiction. I really loved this book in the 4th grade so I decided to read it again.

This book is about a boy named Peter. He has a little brother who goes by fudge. At first Peter gets a turtle from a friends birthday party. When he comes how his brother likes the turtle. Later in the story Peter has to watch over his brother at the park, when Peter isn't looking Fudge climbs on the ju
Steph Su
Feb 24, 2014 Steph Su rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chase-classes
There's absolutely a reason why this book continues to be widely read by readers of all ages, even so many decades after its original publication. The narrative voice that Blume gives Peter Hatcher is pitch-perfect, and his complicated feelings toward his naughty little brother will resonate with readers of a similar age. What I find so remarkable is that, rereading this book now, I can regard all the characters and their relationships with one another in a different, albeit no less real, light. ...more
Scott Rhee
Apr 22, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Many fond memories of this, the first book in a series by Judy Blume featuring a fourth grader and his annoying toddler brother. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" was one of those books I voraciously read over and over until the copy that I owned started falling apart. Dog-eared did not begin to describe its condition, and yet I cherished it, taking it with me on just about every road trip or family vacation. I didn't do stuffed animals, really. I carried books instead. Strangely enough, I still ...more
Stefu Smith
Although I never had a younger sibling, I feel like this is an accurate depiction of many of the feelings an older sibling must have about their younger siblings. Some parts had me laughing out loud--which I realize makes me seem childish. Maybe I'm still a fourth-grader at heart...
Alissa Patrick
As good as I remembered it. I always loved the Fudge books!
Robert Kent
This week’s book is Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing, a favorite of mine from childhood and I’ll wager it’s one of yours as well. If you’re one of the few who managed to grow up without reading this book, I’m sorry. That’s so sad. Hurry up and read it to your kids. You’ll be glad you did. I found I loved this book even more reading it as an adult. As a writer, reading this book is the equivalent of a semester in an MFA program and I picked my copy up for two bucks. They won’t even let you hang ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Ryanhong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ryanhong by: 3rd grade teacher
1. What is the main idea? Peter's view from his 4th grade life.
2. What is a fact? Jimmy is Peter's friend.
3. What happened after Jennie peed? Mrs. Hatcher got angry.
4. Why did Sam cry? Because Fudge didn'tlike his present.
5. What is the same between Jimmy and Peter? They are friends.
6. What will happen next? Jennie pees.
7. What does mugged mean? Robbed.
8. You can tell that Peter is serious.
9. What is an opinion? Shiela is bad.
10. What is a lesson? Family comes first.
11. What does tinkle mean? pe
Jessica McIntyre
Nov 20, 2012 Jessica McIntyre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter’s younger brother Fudge is always causing him a load of trouble. Peter won his pet turtle “Dribble” at his friend’s birthday party. He was told he had to take care of it and he was going to make sure that Fudge did not touch him. Fudge made his father lose the Juicy O account by bad manners and scaring Mrs. Yarby with Dribble. Next Fudge wouldn’t eat so they let him eat like a dog on the floor and eventually learned the phrase “Eat it or Wear it” from his father, he never thought twice abo ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
I absolutely loved this book! Growing up with three other siblings I definitely understood the sibling rivalry that went on between Peter and Fudge. Author, Judy Bloom does an excellent job at creating a comical, witty story that young children will love. In addition, illustrator Roy Doty does a great job at creating pencil sketches that promote readers understanding of the text.Within the book, brothers Peter and Fudge live in New York with their parents. Fudge is the trouble maker within the s ...more
Apr 07, 2013 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story that was once one of my favorites in elementary school remains to be one of favorites today as a college student. Judy Blume is an amazing children’s literature author, which is why she is one of my favorite children’s author. She has written so many amazing stories, and this one is no exception to that list of books. Almost anyone can relate to thinking that someone in your family is a pest no matter whether you have an older or younger sibling. One of the things that make this book so ...more
Mrs. Crosland
Jan 16, 2014 Mrs. Crosland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, Grades 3-5
Shelves: crosland-k-5
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a fun chapter book for students to read. It fits in the genre of realistic fiction, as Judy Blume's original idea for the book came from an actual news article of a kid swallowing a turtle (see
This book is funny and engaging, and would likely be relatable for many students. The book would be good for individual reading as well as a read aloud, as the teacher could discuss the negative attitudes and word choices by the
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