Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

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Peter thinks he has the world's biggest problem - his little brother Fudge. Fudge causes trouble wherever he goes and it's usually up to Peter to sort out the mess. When Peter wins a tiny green turtle called Dribble he's determined to keep it away from his brother. But when Fudge does get his hands on Dribble - disaster strikes! New cover edition of this hugely successful, hilarious series.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 12mm | 58.97g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330398172
  • 9780330398176
  • 79,887

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will bring a chorus of laughter from sympathetic readers. (Publishers Weekly)show more

About Judy Blume

Judy Blume has written 23 books for young people which have won more than 90 awards and have been translated into sixteen languages. She is a hugely popular children's writer and receives nearly a thousand letters a month from readers around the world. Visit Judy's website at www.judy-blume.comshow more

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Blume is probably better known for her almost teenage girls's stories but these two, featuring nine-year-old Peter and his younger brother, are just as accurate as portraits of American childhood. Peter is not yet worried about the classic Blume territory of sex and relationships, he has more than enough problems dealing with his little brother. At two-and-a-half, Fudge (short for Farley Drexel) is every brother's nightmare. He gets all the attention and hardly ever gets told off, even when he manages to eat Peter's pet turtle. Their mother is more worried about Fudge's health than the fate of the turtle, much to Peter's disgust! Peter also has to cope with Fudge messing up his homework, his parents deciding to move to another city, friendships old and new, trying to run away from home and yet another younger sibling in the shape of Tootsie. Blume's characters leap off the page and even if you don't know any children from New York, you'll recognize many universal traits. Although written in the late 1970s, the stories don't date as the trials and rewards of growing up remain the same. Perfect for children capable of reading by themselves, but probably even more fun to read aloud, especially if you remember them from first time round. (Kirkus UK)show more

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