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Publisher's Summary

At first, it seems that Peter Hatcher's summer vacation is going to be a scene from his worst nightmare. Peter's parents have decided to spend three weeks in Maine sharing a house with Cootie Queen Sheila Tubman and the rest of her family. To make matters worse, Peter's younger brother, Fudge, the five-year-old human dynamo, has decided to marry Sheila! But things begin to look up once Peter discovers that Maine is full of surprises, and his best friend Jimmy Fargo joins him at the shore to share in the fun!
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©1990 Judy Blume; (P)2000 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"[A] fast-pitched, funny novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hilarious....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." (School Library Journal)

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Liked the book, couldn't stand the audiobook

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Sorry, we really felt that this book needed different narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Aware that the author read her own book, which is often a plus. For example, we really loved listening to Charlotte's Web, as read by its author. However, in this case, whether it was due to the narrator's odd accent or high pitched narration, we could not continue listening past the 5th chapter.

Any additional comments?

Unable to return unread audiobooks. We also bought Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, also as an audiobook... after realizing that it is narrated by the same person, we knew we would not be listening to it and wanted to return it, but found we were unable to. So it will be wasted.

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Bigatfell

I really liked how you thought of a baseball game.’’take me out to the ballgame

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Awesome

I loved it! Judy has an amazing charm when reading. Since she is the author, you know you are hearing the story the way it was meant to be, such as the songs that Fudge sings.

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Cool

I love this book it's one of my book it's one of my favorites I could listen to it all day long.

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It's great!!!

I love this book it was amazingly funny and cute. come on judy blume is an an amazing author . I highly recommend this book.

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Great bedtime book.

my son and i listen to this and other books by the author every night when falling asleep. we really enjoy them.

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I like fudge

I loved it. I like how the story is told. I like fudge!!!!!!!!!!
He's great.

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Great Story

Great overall story. The hatcher family is always fun. Must read if you like other fudge books

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It was great

I loved it how fudge-a-Mania was a story that made fudge seem so real and extremely funny my kids love him.

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The hijinks continue.

Peter Hatcher thought that after his year in Princeton, his life might calm down when he returned to New York. The family was even taking their usual summer vacation in Maine. Unfortunately however, things rarely go as planned at Casa de Hatcher. Peter discovers much to his chagrin that the Hatchers are going to be sharing a vacation home with, horror of horrors, the Tubmans! Even worse, Fudge, Peter's young brother, is dead set on marrying Peter's worst enemy, Sheila Tubman herself. Fortunately for Peter, he has a visit from his best buddy Jimmy Fargo to look forward to, so the trip shouldn't be a total nightmare.
Once again Judy Blume proves that an author can in fact narrate their own work and do it justice, even if quite a few of them seem to fail miserably. Her characterizations of everyone from Peter to Fudge to Jimmy are all excellent. And these tales bring back such fond memories of my own school days, even though at the time I swore I hated school.