Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy BlumeTales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing

byJudy Blume

Paperback | April 10, 2007

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Celebrate 45 years of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing!

The #1 New York Times bestselling author's first book in her classic Fudge series.

Two is a crowd when Peter and his little brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. From throwing temper tantrums to smearing mashed potatoes on the wall, Fudge causes mischief wherever he goes!

“As a kid, Judy Blume was my favorite author, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was my favorite book.”—Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling Wimpy Kid series

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JUDY BLUME spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Her numerous books have won many awards, including the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Let...
Title:Tales Of A Fourth Grade NothingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:160 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.41 inShipping dimensions:7.75 × 5.13 × 0.41 inPublished:April 10, 2007Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0142408816

ISBN - 13:9780142408810


Rated 5 out of 5 by from reading again but now with my son! 30 years later and its still awesome! I love Fudge and all the pain of having a bratty sibling. Great to reread it now with my son. Although definitely somethings have changed and a little explaining about how somethings were different back then.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Humorous and cute story! Read this as child and fell in love with reading. Now I am reading this again with my nephews and they are so engaged we have a hard time putting it down. Judy Blume is inspiring a whole new generation of readers!
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An old favourite! Loved this book as a child - read this when I was in grade 4 and couldn't let the book except during the laughing fit moments. Picked it up recently as an adult and enjoyed it thoroughly! Judy Blume is a great author!
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An old favourite. A humourous story for kids, that captures the feeling of growing up and especially with siblings.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun novel! Just finished reading and would definitely put this on my recommend list for students! A novel good for junior grades.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read my niece was struggling with reading and this book engaged her and she loved it
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it read this with my daughter, we both loved it
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it read this with my daughter, we both loved it
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! One of my favourites when I was growing up #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Loved reading this book when I was in school. It was one of my favourites #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I bought this book for my daughter and she loved it! An easy read.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book loved these books as a child
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read A wonderful story for kids and middle school readers alike.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read when I was a child, great read for children now Classic story for children! Especially those with siblings!
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great If you have a sibling, you can relate. Great book.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Nostalgia I loved this book as a child for its fun, innocent nature. Fudge is really something else! A must read for all youth.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Favorite childhood book loved it then and love it now. my godson is going to love this one.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! I loved this book growing up and was so happy that it stood the test of time when I had my own kids.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved My daughter loved this book when she was growing up.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny! This book was really hilarious and fun to read! I recommend for kids! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a classic A must read for young readers!
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I loved reading this book when I was and kid and now my son in Grade 4 loves this book as well. Such a cute little book about the struggles of being a kid
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. Read it when I was little. I never heard of anyone swallowing a turtle.
Date published: 2013-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review by The Boy I like this book a lot. The worst part was when Dribble got eaten.
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fudge foibles Judy Blume has often shocked the delicate sensibilities of stuffy parents worldwide with her straightforward tell-it-like-it-is young adult books containing sexual situations. When I was a kid though, Judy Blume meant only one thing. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing". One of my favorite books, written incredibly well, it captured perfectly what it means to be a kid with a little sibling. This book was a revelation. Nowhere else had I encountered an early reader story that wasn't afraid to say that little sibs can be annoying brats. There are roughly five bazillion books out there written specifically to coax older children into befriending their younger siblings. Far fewer are the books that recognize the difficulties these elder kids have to deal with when they're forced to abandon their personal privacy and sanity for the sake of a little brother or sister. The one book that really spoke to me about this (and was really funny as well) was Judy Blume's 1972 creation. And it reads as perfectly today as it did some thirty odd years ago. There was Peter. And then there was Fudge. Peter Hatcher is nine years old and has the awful job of dealing with almost-three-year-old Fudgie at all times. Fudge is what a polite person might call a lively child. To Peter, however, Fudge is a holy terror. If he's not sticking green food stamps to full suitcases or refusing to eat until Peter stands on his head, he's leaping from large rocks (to fly) and throwing tantrums in shoe stores. Peter is understandably jealous of the amount of attention Fudge attracts but at least he has his pet turtle Dribble to comfort him. Each chapter in this book is a small story about the daily interactions and adventures of the Hatcher boys. The final tale (the most important day of Peter's life, according to him) is probably one of the most memorable episodes in children's literature to date. What Blume does right with this book is put everything entirely within the first person perspective of Peter himself. His tone of voice is pitch perfect. You empathize with him completely. When Fudge goes into his older brother's room and destroys his poster for school, you're just as inclined to see him punished as Peter is. And when Peter must deal with an awful loss at the book's end, you know just how he feels. Somehow, Blume has taken that prickly mind of the fourth grade boy, and made it completely understandable to the rest of the world. This is no small feat. There are some small dated elements to the book. Mrs. Hatcher is, suffice to say, your stereotypical frantic mama. You begin to wish that she would grow a backbone once in a while instead of sobbing "my baby" whenever Fudge misbehaves in a dangerous way. As for Fudge, he's great in that he's awful. The worst possible three-year-old to be trapped in a family with. If there's a way to screw something up, he'll manage it. The age difference between a nine-year-old and a three-year-old is immense. Blume bridges that gap adeptly. I state here and now, as loudly as my little lungs can carry sound (or my little fingers can type a review) that this is one of the best children's books in American literature. It has everything you could possibly want. Humor, adventure, a hero with many troubles, and a happy ending. For kids that have a Fudge of their own, Peter's problems will speak to them instantly. For kids that ARE Fudge, the book will strike them as an amusing romp through a world that is both familiar and unfamiliar. A must read for any kid you know
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutly great! This book is abut a kid named Peter who's life is like a reguler kid ext that he has a brother named Fudge who completly ruins his life at the end, Fudge eat's Peter's turtle dribble......
Date published: 2007-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Book!!! This is a great book full of laughter and fun. My favourite character is Fudge because he does bad stuff but acts so innocently. I definitely recommend this book to anyone (1-101 years old)!!!
Date published: 2002-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Ohh! What fun and laughter! It leaves you in suspense. Tickles down my spine. A whole comedy show is waiting for you!! Inside! What a funny witty book! Cover is beautiful too! Please read it I gurantee you'll enjoy it!! That's for sure!!
Date published: 2001-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing I thought that this book is a great book and I think everyone should read it.
Date published: 2001-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4th grade This is a great book i just finished reading it today i started yesterday. Me and my friend Chelcia are doing this book report for 4th grade
Date published: 2001-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FUDGE This book was a change. It Takes Place In New York City In Moderen Day. The main Problem in this story is that FUdge eats his brother pee-tahs Turtle Dribble.In This Story Peter goes to a birthday party and wins a turtle. 3 year old Fudge is ruining his dads advertising by not doing what hes asked to do and mis-behaving in front of company.When Peter leaves his house to go to school Fudge sneaks into his room and eats Dribble the turtle!!??!!??Will Fudge be O.K.? What about Drible will Dribble live??? My Favorite charater is Fudge Beacuse he's always geting into trouble andthen he starts to suck-upbecause he was bad (He Turns his Cute Act On) If I Could Change 1 thing about this bookit would be the title because It Does'nt really match the book and it's not to catchy. I Would have to say this isn't the beat story. I Would recomend it for a change or a short comedey. I Read This Book In 1 Day. From 9 years ol trouble maker Lara
Date published: 2001-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is reall, funny! This book is funny fudge eats some flowers and a turtle!i've read this book at least 20 times!so who evers out there you should really read this book i'd vot it for the #1 book in canada!
Date published: 2000-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it and Read it 5 times Peter Hatcher has a very annoying little brother. Fudge seems to be ruining Peters' life. Fudge is so weird he even eats his brothers' turtle. This was such a good book and so are the rest of Judy Blumes' books.
Date published: 1999-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing I read this as a book report in the fourth grade. I loved it! It's a really funny story. I recommend this novel to kids who have younger siblings. They could probably relate to Peter's tales. Judy Blume is such a wonderful writer.
Date published: 1999-06-17

Read from the Book

The Big WinnerI won Dribble at Jimmy Fargo's birthday party. All the other guys got to take home goldfish in little plastic bags. I won him because I guessed there were three hundred and forty-eight jelly beans in Mrs. Fargo's jar. Really, there were four hundred and twenty-three, she told us later. Still, my guess was closest. "Peter Warren Hatcher is the big winner!" Mrs. Fargo announced.At first I felt bad that I didn't get a goldfish too. Then Jimmy handed me a glass bowl. Inside there was some water and three rocks. A tiny green turtle was sleeping on the biggest rock. All the other guys looked at their goldfish. I knew what they were thinking. They wished they could have tiny green turtles too.I named my turtle Dribble while I was walking home from Jimmy's party. I live at 25 West 68th Street. It's an old apartment building. But it's got one of the best elevators in New York City. There are mirrors all around. You can see yourself from every angle. There's a Soft, cushioned bench to sit on if you're too tired to stand. The elevator operator's name is Henry Bevelheimer. He lets us call him Henry because Bevelheimer's very hard to say.Our apartment's on the twelfth floor. But I don't have to tell Henry. He already knows. He knows everybody in the building. He's that smart! He even knows I'm nine and in fourth grade.I showed him Dribble right away. I won him at a birthday party," I said.Henry smiled. "Your mother's going to be surprised."Henry was right. My mother was really surprised. Her mouth opened when I said, "Just look at what I won at Jimmy Fargo's birthday party." I held up my tiny green turtle. "I've already named him . . . Dribble! Isn't that a great name for a turtle?"My mother made a face. "I don't like the way he smells," she said."What do you mean?" I asked. I put my nose right down close to him. I didn't smell anything but turtle. So Dribble smells like turtle, I thought. Well, he's supposed to. That's what he is!"And I'm not going to take care of him either," my mother added."Of course you're not," I told her. "He's my turtle. And I'm the one who's going to take care of him." "You're going to change his water and clean out his bowl and feed him and all of that?" she asked."Yes," I said. "And even more. I'm going to see to it that he's happy!"This time my mother made a funny noise. Like a groan.I went into. my bedroom. I put Dribble on top of my dresser. I tried to pet him and tell him he would be happy living with me. But it isn't easy to pet a turtle. They aren't soft and furry and they don't lick you or anything. Still, I had my very own pet at last.Later, when I sat down at the dinner table, my mother said, "I smell turtle. Peter, go and scrub your hands!"Some people might think that my mother is my biggest problem. She doesn't like turtles and she's always telling me to scrub my hands. That doesn't mean just run them under the water. Scrub means I'm supposed to use soap and rub my hands together. Then I've got to rinse and dry them. I ought to know by now. I've heard it enough!But my mother isn't my biggest problem. Neither is my father. He spends a lot of time watching commercials on TV. That's because he's in the advertising business. These days his favorite commercial is the one about Juicy-O. He wrote it himself. And the president of -the Juicy-O company liked it so much he sent my father a whole crate of Juicy-O for our family to drink. It tastes like a combination of oranges, pineapples, grapefruits, pears, and bananas. (And if you want to know the truth, I'm getting pretty sick of drinking it.) But Juicy-O isn't my biggest problem either.My biggest problem is my brother, Farley Drexel Hatcher. He's two-and-a-half years old. Everybody calls him Fudge. I feel sorry for him if he's going to grow up with a name like Fudge, but I don't say a word. It's none of my business.Fudge is always in my way. He messes up everything he sees. And when he gets mad he throws himself flat on the floor and he screams. And he kicks. And he bangs his fists. The only time I really like him is when he's sleeping. He sucks four fingers on his left hand and makes a slurping noise.When Fudge saw Dribble he said, "Ohhhhh see!"And I said, "That's my turtle, get it? Mine! You don't touch him."Fudge said, "No touch." Then he laughed like crazy.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Judy Blume and the Fudge books: “Each [Fudge book] is packed with wacky earthy disasters that are her trademark and that children love to read about . . . Judy Blume has a knack for knowing what children think about and an honest, highly amusing way of writing about it.” —The New York Times   “It’s a pleasure to watch a talented author like Judy Blume consistently create books that reflect a remarkable ability for combining humor with perceptive insight into a child’s world.” —Publishers Weekly   “Blume has her eye on the fine details of life, whether funny or frustrating.” —Booklist   “For anyone who has ever been ‘burdened’ by a pesky younger brother, there’s fast and funny reading in this story.” —Children’s Digest on Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing   “As usual, Blume’s humor and pitch-perfect ear for sibling rivalry and family dynamics will have readers giggling with recognition. Newcomers and Fudge fans alike will savor this installment in the well-loved series.” —Booklist on Double Fudge    “Fudge-a-Mania infects kids with giggles.” —BookPage on Fudge-a-Mania