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 Letters. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the
first in a five-book series about Peter, Fudge, and Sheila.
Judy lives with her husband in Key West and New York City. You can visit her at judyblume.com.
There's no doubt about it--Fudge Hatcher is a sweet little guy, and fans of Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge will cheer his return. Here the five-year-old extrovert continues to annoy his older brother, narrator Peter, whose gruff demeanor hides a very big heart. Blume's latest fast-pitched, funny novel further develops the relationship between these two endearing brothers as the Hatchers and their New York City neighbors, the Tubmans, share a house in Maine for a three-week vacation. Sheila Tubman, Peter's nemesis in Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great , returns in fine form, appearing for breakfast each morning in her fuzzy pink robe and bunny slippers--just one of Sheila's many habits driving Peter crazy and inspiring numerous diverting scenes. In fact, the colorful antics of all members of the two families--as well as a handful of the locals they meet--make reading these pages a treat. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
Gr 2-5-- The Tubmans and the Hatchers return in this latest chronicle of the hilarious escapades of Fudge, Pete, and Tootsie Hatcher and Sheila ``Queen of Cooties'' Tubman. Their parents decide to spend their summer vacation in the woods of Maine right next door to each other--but ``next door'' turns out to be in the same house. Fast-paced mayhem becomes the order of the day as children, adults (including Grandma Hatcher and Grandpa Tubman), and assorted pets find themselves in daily (hourly?) predicaments. Not to be outdone in the madcap pace, Grandma and Grandpa announce their intention to be married. The story concludes with the solemn pact between Pete and Sheila that even though they'll be related, they will always hate each other. The story is filled with humor, and the upbeat mood is sustained at a hectic pace from first page to last. The uncomplicated plot is developed smoothly with just the right doses of surprise and laughter to keep readers turning the pages. Characters are credible, and never lose their identities. Be forewarned--fun between the covers of the bright red dust jacket means multiple copies for purchase. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
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