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Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great (Fudge #2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  30,415 Ratings  ·  529 Reviews
A summer in Tarrytown, New York, is a lot of fun for ten-year-old Sheila even though her friends make her face up to some self-truths she doesn't want to admit.
Turtleback, 118 pages
Published July 1993 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1972)
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Oct 31, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-for-the-kids
The kids really wanted another Fudge book, so I picked this one up because it was listed as the next book in the Fudge "series." Waste of time - Fudge is not in this book at all, and Sheila is not a main character I could root for. We spent some time after reading the book talking about how Sheila would be happier if she would tell the truth and try to do something nice for someone. Did some on-the-spot editing and skipping. Oh, well, there were a few funny parts, and the kids liked anytime the ...more
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume was the second book in the Fudge series of which I'm reading to my 5-yr-old. Since he has twin 2-yr-old brothers, I thought this series was a perfect fit. Since this was the only book to cover the girl's life, I was going to skip it. But when I told my son, he said in a perfectly sarcastic voice, "M-om! You can't skip a book of a series! That's just not right!" So I ordered it, and we read it. He absolutely loved it. I had forgotten what it was a ...more
Lars Guthrie
Aug 30, 2009 Lars Guthrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A recent New York Times article profiling a Georgia middle schol teacher who uses the 'reading workshop' approach to literature noted that the teacher: 'As a teenager...loved the novels of Judy Blume and Danielle Steel. But in school she was forced to read the classics.' Here I thought I was working my way through the Judy Blume catalog because many of her books are viewed as classics of children's literature. Certainly her novels for elementary school readers, like this one about a ten-year-old ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Mar 31, 2014 D.M. Dutcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
What Judy Blume does is portray children as they really are, not as what adults idealize them as. This means warts and all, and in Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great, she tells a story about a babyish, bossy, nervous girl named Sheila.

Sheila hates dogs, and hates the idea of learning how to swim. She puts up a false front, because she doesn't want to admit she can't do things. She has a love-hate relationship with her big sister, who dislikes her because her parents indulge her too much. When
Sheila is a sad, dreadful character that while possibly an accurate account of some kid's childhood and thus an opportunity for empathetic understanding makes for a slog of a read. The cruelty and lies that come from childhood fear and self-loathing come across as more pathetic than funny or endearing to this reader.

Much beloved author Judy Blume, is often compared to Beverly Cleary, but Blume is a poor substitute for Cleary. While Cleary's characters have foibles, they are always generally lik
Aug 28, 2009 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book when I was younger-- I read it a least a half a dozen times. I haven't read it in probably 15 years but I loved it just as much now. I found my old copy at my mom's house on Sunday and decided to read it again (it actually wasn't my copy since it has my sister Becky's name in it... but it's mine now). The book is completely falling apart at the seams-- the pages are loose and torn and wrinkled and it smells "old", which adds to the charm of it and reminds me of growing up. Mayb ...more
Nov 07, 2010 Christy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Again, I'm not a Judy Blume fan, but I liked the "Fudge" books when I was a kid. While Fudge is not in this book at all, and Peter is only at the beginning....the book centers around Sheila (who appears in all of the "Fudge" books). One thing I normally like about books is that the main character has an arc...they grow and change throughout the book. Sheila is as rude and annoying at the end as she is at the beginning.

Another thing I didn't like about this edition...the original was written in
This book was another good one from one of the best authors - Judy Blume. Great, interesting story and good for younger kids reading chapter books. Only thing is that Shelia is a bit self-centered and a tiny bit egotistical. Otherwise great.
Aug 09, 2010 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1991
Thought Sheila was a jerk.
Alex Baugh
I always enjoy re-reading a Judy Blume book, but Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great is actually a first read for me. I found it on my Kiddo's bookshelf and thought it would be a nice summer novel.

Sheila Tubman, 10, lives in NYC with her parents and older sister Libby. She also lives with a lot of fears and phobias, beginning with the usual - dogs, spiders, the dark - and adding to that now is swimming pools (or at least, the water in the pool). This makes for a difficult summer for Sheila when
Kelly Hager
Oct 17, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a kid (I'm guessing around the time I read its companion series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Super Fudge*) but I didn't remember that much about them.

Basically I remembered the fact that they moved to the town where Washington Irving lived and that Sheila was terrified of the Headless Horseman (also dogs, for unrelated reasons) and I remembered the scene with the slam book.

The slam book, btw, is this book where you write down things about your friends. Some are nice
Aug 18, 2015 Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So how exactly does this get classified as a "Fudge book"? Fudge is not in it, although his brother Peter makes a very brief cameo. I don't know what order they were written in, but at the very most this appears to be a spin-off of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

Sheila Tubman, last seen being forced by Peter Hatcher and Jimmy Fargo to remove her name from the cover of a school report the three of them worked on together, takes center stage in this book. Her family leaves the city for the summer
Nov 06, 2013 Dolly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
This is the second book in the Fudge series by Judy Blume. Our oldest read the first book in the series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, when she was in fourth grade, and I strongly encouraged her to continue the series.

She started this book as well as Superfudge, but she never finished them because she said that she just didn't get into them. I didn't understand why. Until now.

Sheila is whiny, irritating, and completely insufferable. She lies at the drop of a hat, is afraid of everything and
Aubree Bowling
In this book, my kids learned how NOT to lie away insecurities and how NOT to be a friend who is bossy, condescending, and arrogant. an adult can recognize that Sheila is insecure so she tells exaggerative lies about her shortcomings and inabilities, but kids see a child getting away with being a liar. We had a lot of discussions about being honest and kind to people who reach out to us in friendship as we read this book. Sheila Tubman is 100% an anti-hero and a walking object lesson.
Nov 10, 2015 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i remember loving this book as a kid. now that i've just re-read it i couldn't believe how annoying sheila is! at least in the end sheila finally admits to being afraid of stuff and learns to swim.
Aug 28, 2015 Madi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book for mid elementary years.
This wasn't too bad. I had been excited to read another Blume book, since I didn't get too many as a child. And Blume being one of the most banned authors, well... The story was cute. Sheila got on my nerves and was bossy and lied all the time. But she was meant to be a flawed character. This book was written to give readers a glimpse into Peter's "arch-enemy." It makes sense why Sheila is the way she is, and I grew up with quite a few people like her. The thing that annoyed me the most with the ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Krissy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I allowed my daughter to rate this book since I read it to her. She of course gave it 5 starts. She is just too easy to please, I think. I thought Sheila was a brat. So my daughter and I will just have to agree to disagree.
First sentence: I'm glad there's only one more week of school before summer vacation.

Premise/plot: Sheila Tubman goes away with her family on an extended vacation. The Tubman family is renting a house, and, the house comes with a dog. Sheila is VERY afraid of dogs, and so is most unhappy. Sheila's one BIG weakness is not being able to admit her fears and limitations. She wants to be the best and to already know everything there is to know. Luckily, she makes a new friend that loves her as is, f
Karissa Kelly
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great is a chapter book written on Sheila Tubman's summer in Tarrytown. She and her family rent a house for the summer which includes: boy's rooms, a dog, and a swimming pool. All good things except that Sheila thinks boys are sick, dogs are going to eat her, and that she will drown if she sticks her face in the water. Thinking this will be the worst summer ever, Sheila hates Tarrytown. But then she meets Mouse, her best friend, learns how to swim with Marty's help, ...more
Oct 16, 2015 Brooklyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who wants to enjoy a laugh or so
Recommended to Brooklyn by: my best friend in Celina
The reason i rated this 4 stars and not 5 is because its a very good book but it is not that interesting like my other book "Are you their god its me Margaret" this book is more like things you do and here in your every day life. And theirs not really anything thing big that would stand out and you would remember. But i still thing it is very good because their are several things to laugh and enjoy talking about with your friends an family. I would recommend this book to all people even parents ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great” is a fun book for just about any 8-10 yr. old girl. On a trip to the library it was what my 9-yr. old granddaughter choice to add to her summer reading challenge. I always knew it was well liked, but I admit I never picked it up and read it while on duty as the elementary school librarian. For me it was quick, read it in a short time yesterday afternoon.

It is the summer adventure of Sheila and her family as they occupy the house of an absent professor for a
Aug 10, 2014 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids in Upper Elementary Grades
Shelves: children
First of all, I have to say, I really enjoy it when books hint at the time period in which they were written. I think it gives the book charm. So, imagine my surprise when, reading this book that was published in 1972, I came across references to CD players and personal computers! Clearly, the version I read had been updated for modern technology, and that bummed me out.

I think Sheila Tubman offers a lot in terms of giving young readers a character to relate to - her volatility and flair for dr
Beth Bonini
Sheila Tubman is a boastful know-it-all who is secretly scared of all sorts of things. Perhaps actual 10 year old children can identify with this character, but I didn't find her endearing. (My advice? Read Anastasia Krupnik instead.)
There are some nice moments in this book -- and I did like the character of Mouse, and the poor boy who teaches Sheila how to swim, and the brilliant description of the "slam book" at the sleepover -- but mostly I just found Sheila bratty and annoying.
Julia Brumfield
Jun 19, 2014 Julia Brumfield rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, book
I haven't been much into the Judy Blume books and so this is maybe only the second one that I have had a chance to read altogether. It definitely doesn't help that the book is part of a series so I cannot comment on that part.

The book is pitiful and without much flesh on it. Most of the book is about one girl who allows her fears to eat her up so she makes herself an annoying pain to everyone involved whether it is her parents, people she just meets or to her friends. Her parents give her the
Adrianna Wesley
Genre: Nonfiction Children's book
Age: 8+ years old
Summary: Another addition to the Fudge books follows Peter’s nemesis, Sheila Tubman. This fun-loving book looks at who Sheila really is, the outgoing bright Sheila the Great that she shows the world, or the Sheila she is in private who is afraid of bugs, swimming, the dark and dogs. Her life seems to take a turn for the worst when her and her parents leave for the summer and she has to face her fears of dogs and take swim lessons! She acts all to
Kate Schwarz
I wondered how this classic (part of Judy Blume's Fudge series) held up over time. My answer: pretty well!

Fifth grade Sheila gets to spend the summer at a big house in the summer, a change from her family's city apartment. Her summer is full of regular kid adventures and problems and lessons: quarreling with her big sister, learning to swim, facing her fears (mostly of dogs and the water), taking responsibility for her own mistakes, and being yourself around friends.

I think the only red flag I
Ryan Smith
Mar 25, 2015 Ryan Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was really good, funny, and exciting
Richard Ward
Mar 30, 2016 Richard Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and similar writers..
If you've read Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing or any of the other Fudge books, then you know that brothers Peter & Fudge have a neighbor named Sheila, who is a girl (gross!). Here she gets a story of her own, as she goes away from Manhattan with her family to spend the summer in a small town and at day camp. She has to make new friends and learn to swim, while learning to admit that sometimes she's afraid of things. She also tries and fails at publishing her own newpaper, learning that some ...more
My daughter and I finished reading this one together last night. We think sheila thinks lying is the way to cover her fears. Sometimes that was annoying but there was lessons to learn throughout the book. Lying doesn't help and don't give up! We didn't like that sheila was so against Jennifer the dog but the ending gave us hope!
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Other Books in the Series

Fudge (5 books)
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1)
  • Superfudge (Fudge, #3)
  • Fudge-a-Mania (Fudge, #4)
  • Double Fudge (Fudge, #5)

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