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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing | [Judy Blume]

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Living 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 scribbling all over Peter's homework, he's never far from trouble. He's a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had enough.
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Publisher's Summary

Living 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 scribbling all over Peter's homework, he's never far from trouble. He's a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had enough.

When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter's pet turtle, it's the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

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©1972 Judy Blume; (P)2002 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"It should be true that the author is the best narrator of his/her own work, and Blume more than fulfills this expectation. In a children's title, it's especially grand if the reader can capture all of the bratty, sweet, and simple nuances of the little characters. Blume is great as the parents, pretentious boss, and older brother, and she outdoes herself with two-year-old Fudge. She throws the perfect temper tantrum and cajoles adults with the best of them. All listeners, regardless of age, can identify with the exasperation of the older child who's often called upon to parent." (AudioFile)

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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 08-05-11
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 08-05-11 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Definitely not a waste of credits."

    I've been a fan of this book since a teacher read it to me and the rest of my class when I was in, fittingly enough, the fourth grade. It tells the story of Peter Hatcher and the trials and tribulations he goes through having a little brother like Farley Drexel AKA Fudge. Such misadventures include Fudge causing Peter's advertiser father to lose a potential client, to jumping off a set of monkey bars and losing a few of his own teeth, culminating in an act so bizarre even now I find it hard to imagine. Audible had this book, read by the lady of the hour herself. I've always been rather skeptical of authors reading their own novels since some just don't have the voice for it (Stephen King comes to mind for me rather quickly as does Douglas Adams), but Judy, though she took a little bit of getting used to, grew on me. The author knows what is or her characters should sound like and Judy does them justice, from Peter to his parents, even Fudge's temper tantrums. An excellent book brought excellently to life, and by its author no less. I always like it when an author is able to read their own work and actually give it personality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annika L. Rockwell Miami Beach, FL 04-09-14
    Annika L. Rockwell Miami Beach, FL 04-09-14 Member Since 2009

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    "My 6 year old LOVED it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing the most enjoyable?

    My 6 year old thought that the character Fudge was really funny and loved the goofy things he did. She is now a BIG Judy Blume fan and we plan to check out all her other books!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jean-Luc Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-16-13
    Jean-Luc Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible narration"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Judy Blume?

    The author's read is terrible, constantly jumping between speaking so low she can't be understood, to reading so loud that the audio distorts. She also does not have a lot of range in the tone of her reading.


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    Robert United States 10-08-12
    Robert United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    If you could sum up Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing in three words, what would they be?

    My daugter (11) and her friend listned to this with me while on a car drive. The length was perfert for the trip. We all enjoyed the story and had many a laugh. My daugther has since become engrossed in reading all the books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fudge was hillarious


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Found the book to be very funny at times


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    Ploumou Vavilis New York, NY United States 09-17-12
    Ploumou Vavilis New York, NY United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Judy is a great writer."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to be better than the print version?

    No, the audio version is great for road trips, but I found the narrators (Judy Bloom) performance lacking. I think a voice actor would have been better at playing the various characters


    What three words best describe Judy Blume’s voice?

    Mostly neutral occasionally annoying


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My boys 5 and 7 laughed almost all the way through! they both got a little sad toward the end


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the language and descriptions are obviously "of there time" and I had to explain to my kids what a "junkie" was and explain that people used to get mugged more often in Manhattan when the book was written.

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    Lynn Monroe, LA, United States 01-11-12
    Lynn Monroe, LA, United States 01-11-12
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    "It's not just Fudge"

    I remember reading these as a child so now that my son is of age to read them too I could not wait to share. I was this series by downloading the able to get him interested in the series by downloading these books if I would have relied on him just reading them he never would have got past the cover.

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    Dawn corpus christi, TX, United States 07-06-10
    Dawn corpus christi, TX, United States 07-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "My son did not want to get out of the car!"

    We would listen to the story going to school each morning and when we were doing errands in the evening/weekends. He totally fell in love and ALWAYS would make me turn on the story before we left the drive way. Cant ask for much more from a 7 year old. The story reminded ME why i still love Judy Blume. I enjoyed listening to her read her own story. I knew it was how SHE imagined the characters!

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    Amy Signal Mtn, TN, USA 10-04-08
    Amy Signal Mtn, TN, USA 10-04-08
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    "the best book ever"

    i love this book everyone should read it

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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