Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great (Fudge #2)
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Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great (Fudge #2)

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Sheila Tubman sometimes wonders who she really is: the outgoing, witty, and capable Sheila the Great, or the secret Sheila, who's afraid of the dark, spiders, swimming, and dogs.

When her family spends the summer in Tarrytown, Sheila has to face some of her worst fears. Not only does a dog come with the rented house, but her parents expect Sheila to take swimming lessons! S...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1972)
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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
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
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...more
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 1 of 5 stars
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...more
Thought Sheila was a jerk.
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
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...more
Nov 06, 2013 Dolly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
Aug 10, 2014 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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
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...more
A priceless thing happened while reading this book aloud to my kids. My oldest, who was semi-fighting and protesting my reading of this book, began requesting that I read more of it and not stop until we reached the end. Apparently, she does indeed like me reading aloud to her, especially when it is a great book like this one. She actually grabbed the book one day when I did have to stop and she read the rest on her own. :)

My kids and I were laughing at all of the silly things that Sheila does...more
I enjoyed the fudge books a LOT when I first read them, and still found them enjoyable when I read them again recently. They are humorous yet believable and can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

This is the second book in the Fudge series and the focus moves from Peter Hatcher to Sheila Tubman. The families are together on holiday so the books contain all of the same characters, but are narrated by Sheila and you hear things from her point of view

These books would be ideal for children making t...more
This is the second book in Judy Blume’s “Fudge” series, but instead of focusing on Peter and Fudge, it focuses on Sheila Tubman. Sheila sometimes wonders who she really is: the outgoing, witty, and capable Sheila the Great, or the secret Sheila, who's afraid of the dark, spiders, swimming, and dogs. When her family spends the summer in Tarrytown, Sheila has to face some of her worst fears. Not only does a dog come with the rented house, but also her parents expect Sheila to take swimming lessons...more
Kim T.
My kids and I listened to this audio book over a number of travel trips. While I liked the overall premise of the book, I must say that I was not a fan of some of the language used by Sheila. I must confess that my kids were intrigued with little Sheila. They listened attentively to her story, and they asked several questions based on what they heard. When Sheila said one of our no-no words, they were quick to point it out...every time. I guarantee you that we talked about what is appropriate an...more
Mitch Romig
I was expecting this book to make Sheila more endearing after hearing how horrible she is from Peter's point of view in the other books in the series. Instead, Peter's opinions are backed up in Sheila's own adventure.

"Sheila Tubman (Peter Hatcher’s sworn enemy) sometimes wonders who she really is: the outgoing, witty, and capable Sheila the Great, or the secret Sheila, who’s afraid of spiders, the dark, swimming and, most of all, dogs. When her family leaves the city for a summer in the country, Sheila has to face some of her worst fears. Not only does a dog come with the rented house, but her parents expect Sheila to take swimming lessons! Sheila does her best to pretend she's an expert at everythin...more
Inspired Kathy
My kids went through a "fudge" stage where they listened to all Judy Blume's Fudge books over and over and over again. This is one they didn't like nearly as well.
We took forever to finish this up. Read most of it long ago. From what I remember, decent book.
Nurul Hikmah S.
Buku kedua dari seri Fudge. Kali ini dari sudut pandang Sheila, temannya Peter. Cerita dimulai saat Sheila dan keluarganya pergi liburan ke Tarrytown. Nah, di sini awalnya diceritakan kalo Sheila ini suka membual. Dia bilang dia pandai berenang, pandai main yo-yo waktu kecil, dan segala macam. Tapi orang-orang di sekitarnya sih tahu kalo dia sebenarnya cuma nggak mau ngaku aja. Sheila ini gengsian.

Secara keseluruhan sebenarnya menurut saya sih lebih enakan buku pertama, yah ... rasanya lebih ram...more
Julie Sondra Decker
Sheila, the neighborhood know-it-all, gets her own book as she enjoys/endures a summer vacation away from most of the people she knows. Her attempts to exaggerate her own abilities while hiding her inadequacies and fears are compelling, because even though some people see through Sheila and think she's bossy and incorrigible, you can feel her desire to be liked and her need for acceptance. You still root for her when she struggles to complete her swim exam, and those of us who have ever been bos...more
When I decided that I was going to read this book, my thoughts were that this was a book for little kids, I was just reading it because I didn't really have much else to read. But, when I started reading this book, I got caught up in the amazing, world of Sheila the Great. This book made me laugh and laugh, and it is a book that I can read over and over and never get tired of it. This book was really good, it was really funny, and there were hilarious situations that were just so unbelievable bu...more
Joelle Anthony
This was one of my favourites growing up and I really enjoyed it now...35 years later. Again, it's quite amazing to see how timeless Judy Blume's writing truly is. They tell one little girl she's too fat, and encourage her to go on a diet, which I don't think would fly in today's MG fiction because people are so afraid of giving girls eating disorders. I'm okay with that bit of caution, actually, but the scene reads true. I could see it happening, even if we're not allowed to write about it anym...more
This book is a 3.5 on the AR reading list. I wasn't going to read anymore in this series because they are too easy for my kids, but I picked this up anyway this morning, and it was really fun! I loved reading about the slam book at the slumber party (I think most girls have experienced that), and I laughed and laughed at sheila's complete inability to understand her older boy crazy sister. Sheila made the comment that her sister (Libby) looked like a skeleton in her bikini, and then noted later...more
Sep 21, 2010 Mrs. added it
Judy Blume
Sheila Tub man is not quite sure , she scare of spiders.When her formally decides to leave of the city, she wants to somewhere else for summer vacation.Her parents said they gonna a beautiful part.

Her parents said that she have to know how to swim , sheila said that she don’t want to learn how to swim.They went to to a house where they are gonna leave and then they found one.Then they found one that haves enough rooms for everyone and she don’t want to get a room clouse to her brother...more
I recently read the book Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading which saw fit to laude many Judy Blume classics, but tragically not this one. I kept thinking about how much I loved this book so I inevitably had to pick it up at the library as my childhood copy had long since fallen apart. This was also cool because I found out the children's area of the local library has guinea pigs.

When I was a kid, I read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing first, where Sheila Tubman was a mi...more
Alex Blose
Whether you call her Sheila Tubman, Sunny Tubman, or Sheila the Great, this young girl is afraid of just about everything! She doesn't like the dark, swimming, dogs, or spiders. All of which she has to deal with during her summer in Tarrytown. Sheila's family is going to spend the summer in Tarrytown, where Sheila and her sister Libby will be attending a day camp. Sheila is also being made to take swimming lessons from Marty, which start out as an absolute disaster. During her stay, Sheila meets...more
Veronica Diaz
Main Characters: Sheila, Libby, Marty, Jennifer, Mouse
Setting: Pool, Home
POV: Narrator
Grade Level: 3-5th
Reading Level: Fountas-Pinnell - R
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Sheila and her family take a trip to Tarrytown, and this book talks about many of the adventures that Sheila goes through at her day camp. She meets a girl at the camp who is often referred to as Mouse. Mouse is a girl who shows no fear, and she is very outgoing. Shiela isn’t quite the same way, but she acts more outgoing when she is a...more
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