Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Life With His Little Brother, Fudge, Makes Peter Hatcher Feel Like A Fourth Grade Nothing Whether Fudge Is Throwing A Temper Tantrum In A Shoe Store, Smearing Mashed Potatoes On The Walls At Hamburger Heaven, Or Trying To Fly, He S Never Far From Trouble He S An Almost Three Year Old Terror Who Gets Away With Everything, And Peter S Had It Up To Here When Fudge Walks Off With Dribble, Peter S Pet Turtle, It S The Last Straw Peter Has Put Up With Fudge For Too Long Way Too Long How Can He Get His Parents To Pay Attention To Him For A Change

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as Are You There God It s Me, Margaret Blubber Just as Long as We re Together and the five book series about the irrepressible Fu

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  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Judy Blume
  • English
  • 06 June 2017
  • 9780425193792

10 thoughts on “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

  1. says:

    I have officially turned the page to 2018 although I am still savoring some of my 2017 reads This year, I decided to go through each of my challenges one by one, starting with classics bingo One square this year is read a classic children s book Admittedly, because I have always been of a tomboy, I was never enad with classic books as Little Women and The Secret Garden Toward the end of last year, I finally got around to reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz For a classic children s book, I decided to think outside the box and read one of the books that I enjoyed while growing up One series I read and laughed over was Fudge by Judy Blume, and, conveniently, we have a copy of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at home, so I decided to use this hilarious story of a fourth grade boy and his two year old pest of a brother to check off my bingo square.Peter Warren Hatcher is nine and in fourth grade, which is how he introduces himself to everyone he meets He lives in an apartment in New York City s west side with his parents and younger brother Fudge, and is fortunate to have his own room Yet, other than having space to himself, Peter does not feel very lucky, and that is because Fudge is a terror who ruins everything from a day out with their parents to the simple task of sitting down to eat supper He has managed to have their mother wrapped around his little finger, which in turn bothers Peter immensely because usually, if not always, Fudge is to blame for all of the incidents that go on in their home Over the course of a school year, Peter labels himself a fourth grade nothing because nothing happens to him, whereas everything exciting happens to Fudge.I remember reading this series multiple times growing up because the incidents had me laughing hysterically, no small feat I do remember enjoying the later books in this series because the characters got older so their problems became worldly and less juvenile, even for Fudge Yet, in this opening book, Fudge still has me in stitches from scenes featuring eating or wearing food, Peter modeling behavior in dentist offices and shoe stores, and Fudge destroying Peter s homework Fudge is the younger child and therefore cuter and immune to punishment even though both parents know that he needs to be taught how to both behave and respect Peter s property It seems to me that Fudge only looks up to Peter and the parents can not control him Whether or not this was done intentionally for a book primarily geared toward children, it left me shaking my head at times as Fudge got away with one antic after another Even Peter and has parents could do little but laugh at these episodes after the fact.Judy Blume over the years has been a best selling author of both children and adult books I found her humor in describing sibling relationships to be on target, yet found it alarming at the way the parents were portrayed in this book Throughout the book, the parents blamed Peter if Fudge got in to trouble all the while not punishing Fudge for his actions only because he is the younger sibling When my kids used to watch and read other television shows and books that I used to enjoy, I have noticed this behavior pattern with the parents recurring automatically blaming the older child for the actions of the younger siblings without giving thought to the larger picture Maybe this is indicative of this generation and maybe this is my position as an older sibling, but I thought that Blume could have done a better job in characterizing the parents in a way that made them fair toward both of their children Lately, I have been lucky while reading children s books through adult eyes, but in this situation, I thought that I may have over analyzed just a smidgen.As an elementary school child, I enjoyed reading Judy Blume s books about Peter Hatcher I found his situation hilarious and sympathized with his position in his family My children still enjoy this series, and my older two have read this book while in fourth grade As an adult, I still laughed at some of Fudge s antics and could see why the parents would favor him, but I stopped short thinking that I would never be that parent who allows the younger sibling to control the mood of the house Another bingo square checked off, although I think a real challenge for me would be to read one of Judy Blume s chick lit books that my tomboyish self never desired to read.3.5 stars

  2. says:

    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 trying experimental forms of teaching ugh , b had extreme chips on their shoulders and were organizing unions to stick it to the man, or c filing for divorce This equated to bare walls and zero pizza parties The agony Worst yet, we didn t read any of the cool books all the other classes were reading I remember getting sick and tired of hearing of this baby named Fudge of all the crazy names , and all the trouble that he got into, from some friends in other classes So now, all these years later, I finally understand what all the hype was about, and for once it wasn t overstated I LOVED Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Peter Hatcher, the 9 year old protagonist, has a pretty great setup He lives in New York City, close to Central Park, he s loving his 4th grade class, has nice friendsexcept his 2 year old little brother, Fudge, keeps ruining things He s a the cutest little monster you ever saw I would have loved to have read this as a child, especially when my little sister came into the world when I was 8 I didn t like her She was a cutie, but she just disrupted everything I felt like no one understood where I was coming from, least of all my parents, who could see no wrong in anything that she did That s the beauty of this book, because while it is hilarious and cute, it s not patronizing and adult I love the relationship Peter has with his mom she s a bit of a sarcastic wit, and I like that One thing that made me laugh was when Peter was describing how cautious he had to be about walking in Central Park alone because of muggers and dope pushers I thought to myself, this is not the NYC of You ve Got Mail This is the NYC of Klute in 1972 I will definitely be continuing with the series, and very soon.P.S The Kindle book 2.99 in case you too are late to the game Wink, wink

  3. says:

    Prva od 5 knjiga iz serijala o Fad u Knjiga za decu ali i roditelji e se ludo zabaviti ako je pro itaju Jedna od onih ludo zabavnih knjiga koje svako dete treba da pro ita Ovaj serijal je, moglo bi se re i, postao ve klasik u Americi, a i ire

  4. says:

    I hadn t read this 1972 children s classic since I was a 9 year old and in the fourth grade myself, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover, this week, while reading it to my fourth grader, that the story was still funny, relatable and worthy of new readership.It turns out, the angst of suffering siblings is just as potent, and just as irritating as it was in the 1970s And, apparently, all other decades Siblings haven t gotten any better, y all They still want to mess with your sh t, taunt you with their superiority, and lord over you the unspoken, obvious knowledge that your parents prefer them This is the story of fourth grader, Peter, poor Peter , who just wishes he d had the opportunity to remain an only child and not the older brother of younger sibling, Farley, who is beloved and known to all by his pet name of Fudge.Peter and Fudge s struggles as siblings play out in these 10 well paced chapters, and Judy Blume s famous approachable and concise writing style doesn t fail to deliver.Most hot topics that bother young kids are handled here Sibling rivalry, assumed favoritism, playground injuries, dastardly annoying school projects on poster boards, and fathers attempting to cook, and ruin, dinner.My 7 and 9 year old daughters were riveted throughout our entire read aloud of this book and never lost interest nor turned away their heads They giggled and sympathized throughout, at the indignity of suffering a sibling, sharing parents and having a mother who makes you wash your hands before every meal The best part for me, as the mother now, was reading aloud the scene from chapter 7, The Flying Train Committee, when little Fudge ruins Peters hard wrought fourth grade transportation project Peter flies into a rage, announces to his mother, I hate him and is reduced to frustration and tears, assuming his younger brother will, yet again, get away with destroying his property.When his mother surprises Peter, by admitting to him, I spanked him, Peter is filled with the vindication and joy that only a frustrated sibling can truly feel His mother, who doesn t believe in spanking, spanked his younger brother for ruining his poster board project Oh, happy day At this declaration of spanking and vindication, my two daughters suddenly burst into devilish smiles, then a long, simultaneous peal of laughter They both had to sit up, that s how hard they were laughing They LOVED that the naughty sibling got his just desserts, and they loved it, strangely enough, at the same exact time I gotta tell you.it was a real Roald Dahl moment.

  5. says:

    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 can t wait to read the other 4 novels Judy Blume rocks

  6. says:

    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 to him But why does that have to mean that there s nothing to Peter than being nine and in the fourth grade His life is brightened by a new pet, and he does have a human best friend to hang with life would be better if Jimmy were the one who lived in Peter s apartment building, but no, the classmate who does is the insufferable Sheila Will life with Fudge ever get sweeter, or will it just get crappier Thanks for reading.

  7. says:

    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 Blume and the take on smallest incidents from a kid s POV is too awesome I wished few illustrations would have worked wonders.Don t know but recently the childrens books are finding their way to me, all by sheer coincidences and I m absolutely loving it

  8. says:

    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 understanding that loss and gain are intertwined and that no matter how messed up life gets, what matters is how one handles life s adversities.

  9. says:

    I remember reading this as a kid and loving it Fudge was crazzzzzyyyyy _

  10. says:

    One of the first full length English language children s novels I encountered when our grade four teacher read Judy Blume s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing aloud to us in 1976 , I have very fond and nostalgic memories of totally commiserating with Peter Warren Hatcher with regard to his often so annoying and extremely spoiled by in particular the mother younger brother Farley Drexel Hatcher generally known as Fudge However, while in grade four, I was often if not even first and foremost simply frustrated with and indeed also than once rather furiously angry at Fudge s mother and how basically at least to and for me it often seems that she lets Fudge get away with everything, with pretty well no consideration of even mildly disciplining him and that yes indeed Fudge, his wants, his desires at least according to the narrator, according to his older brother always seem to be important, essential than Peter s, as an older adult, I also do well realise that with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume is being pretty much realistic showing and depicting that an energetic toddler like Fudge, who seems to be into everything and often gets rather strange ideas, such as for example when he does not want to eat and pretends to be a dog, is for a certainty not always all that easy to even remotely adequately monitor and deal with, and thus, I now do have considerably of an understanding of and appreciation for the mother although truth be told, I still do very much think she is generally much too overly permissive with regard to Fudge, and that in particular him destroying Peter s school project and later swallowing his pet turtle Dribble might actually and easily have been avoided altogether if there had been some consistent disciplinary consequences for Fudge s often outrageous behaviours right from the start, not to mention that I also certainly did want to totally box the mother s ears when she asks Sheila Tubman to watch over Fudge and then gets viciously angry at poor and innocent Peter when Sheila is not up to this and Fudge ends top hurting himself, but at least, she later does apologise to Peter, which is something that my own parents would than likely NEVER have done no matter how wrong they were about something.Four stars for nostalgia, but rounded down to three stars, as while I still do very much enjoy and appreciate Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, I do admit that I continue to have rather serious issues with how coddling and oh he is so young Peter s parents as well as the grandmother are with regard to Fudge, how poor Peter is often pretty much considered than a bit secondary, and yes indeed, how some of the datedness of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing does now kind of make me shake my head a bit And for me, the biggest datedness stumbling block with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is in fact that Judy Blume and without any authorial criticism of this type of behaviour whatsoever, lets Peter win his pet turtle Dribble at a birthday party, as I cannot even remotely consider it in any way animal friendly or appropriate to give away live animals as party prizes for this truly just makes me cringe like mad, as while Peter might well and in fact have been a good and responsible pet owner with Dribble, for Jimmy Fargo s mother to hand out goldfish and a turtle as prizes is at best extremely naive, and to and for me on a personal level quite as bad and as inappropriate as individuals giving someone a live baby chick or a bunny at Easter.

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