As fans of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing already know, nothing is simple for Peter Hatcher. He is far from overjoyed at the turn the family fortunes are taking. It looks as if Peter will be spending the sixth grade far from Central Park, Sheila Tubman, Jimmy Fargo and Henry the doorman. (He won't miss Sheila.) And it also looks as is Fudge will no longer be the baby of the family. How will Peter ever survive if his new sibling is a carbon copy of Fudge?
But as Fudge fans know, bad news for Peter generally means good news for Judy Blume's readers, in the form of a very funny story.
They won't be disappointed!
©1992 Judy Blume; (P)1992 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of The Random House Audio Publishing Group
"A genuinely funny story." (The New York Times Book Review)
This was a great audio book, but I caution parents of young children. There are discussions about Santa that had me scrambling to turn the volume. However, my 6 year old and my 3 year old keep asking to listen to Fudge again.
This has a hero for everyone -- mine's the ever challenged mom, my daughter loves the annoyed but earnest big brother, and of course our 4 year old loves the mischevious fudgie. After listening to this we had to read all four books in the series. Thank you Judy Blume!!
When it comes to audio books, I tend to focus on the quality of the recording and performance, rather than on the book itself, which can simply be read. I generally dislike it when authors read their own works, as they usually don't give the same performance that actors do. When I heard a clip of Superfudge, I didn't much care for Blume's voice and narration, but I downloaded it anyway. Getting used to her as the narrator didn't take very long, and I found that she really made her book come alive in a way that only she, as the author, could have. She's a capable narrator and makes her books very enjoyable to listen to. The recording is loud and clear. I plan to download the rest of the Fudge series.
Another classic Judy Blume book. My 7 and 8 year old love her books. We listen to the audio books as a family in the car. Why but why does Judy Blume dedicate a portion of this book to Peter (main character and older sibling) telling our children that Santa does not exist...that parents buy the gifts...that parents find places to hide the gifts. But it's Judy Blume, right? I was so sure Judy was going to clear this up by the end of the book that we all continued listening. Bad idea...she confirms that Santa doesn't exist by having Peter's brother (a Kindergartener) say, of course he knows Santa doesn't exist, he just keeps the game going so he parents think he believes. I wish someone would have warned me. I never thought Judy Blume would be the one to open my kids to the idea that Santa is not real. Shame, shame on you, Judy Blume.
I was very surprised having the topic of Santa in this book. I will be sure to read reviews of Judy Blume books before having my kids read them to ensure there are no inappropriate topics.
A male voice.
There should be a warning for parents of kids who do not want the idea of Santa being questioned.
less talk. more rock.
This is a really great book. Judy Blume really reads it with imagination. One thing that would be funny is when Peter and Alex and fudge are joking around about worms, peter would say really getting worm-ed up instead of warmed up. Haha
This was my favorite book when I was a child. My father would read it to me because I have trouble reading. I would make him read it over and over again. I still have the book and the binding is worn. As soon as I saw that it was available on Audible, I bought it. I started listening to Judy narrate and it was as if my father who passed away was reading it to me for the 35th time. I shed a tear of joy and the reflection of my father and how happy he would be to know that someone special is able to continue reading to his son "Superfudge". Thank you Judy Blume
I have not read the print version, but had we done so first, I'm sure it would have been great.
I personally find Peter to be thoughtful, funny and wonderfully honest. I wonder often if I was as thoughtful when I was his age.
Fudge is truly one of the funniest characters in audiobook history, and Judy Blume captures his comedic side perfectly. He's funny, even when he's not trying to be.
We listen in the car, on the way to and from school. It's fun to laugh with my 2nd grader, when stuck in traffic!
We also listened to "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" by Blume, and have loved them both. My son gets upset, when we have to get out of the car, and that's usually after a 45 minute ride. If that's not a good sign, not sure what is.
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