Fig Pudding [NOOK Book]

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The story from one big brother's point-of-view of his family, in all their quirky glory, over the course of a year. As stand-alone stories and as pieces of the larger whole, each chapter paints a portrait of a funny, warm, and totally one of a kind family.

Cliff describes the excitement, conflict, and sudden tragedy experienced by his large and boisterous family during his eleventh year.

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Overview

The story from one big brother's point-of-view of his family, in all their quirky glory, over the course of a year. As stand-alone stories and as pieces of the larger whole, each chapter paints a portrait of a funny, warm, and totally one of a kind family.

Cliff describes the excitement, conflict, and sudden tragedy experienced by his large and boisterous family during his eleventh year.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Twelve-year-old Cliff, the eldest of the six Abernathy children, looks back on a year that feels like ``five years crammed into one. With plenty of stuff I want to remember forever. And stuff I wish I could forget.'' In a style reminiscent of Cheaper by the Dozen, this warm story (unobtrusively set in what seems to be the '70s) neatly blends the humor and frustrations of growing up in a large family headed by two sanguine parents. Each chapter, while centering around a particular child, subtly weaves together household events, large and small. In the first vignette, the youngest child is hospitalized just before Christmas and asks only for a ``yidda yadda'' from Santa; the family eventually interprets the demand as a ``little ladder'' and everyone works all night to build one. The episodes smoothly move forward to the family's ultimate crisis: Brad, the gentlest of the children, is killed while riding his bicycle. With remarkable restraint and understatement, Fletcher (I Am Wings: Poems About Love) conveys the bewilderment and grief as each of the Abernathys reacts to this loss. A hopeful ending implies that Brad's memory will live on in the family's exchanges. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
These nine chapters, narrated by Cliff Abernathy, the oldest of six kids, chronicle the life of his boisterous family over the course of a year. Often hilarious, these stories show us the warmth of a loving family, making all the more poignant the accidental death of eight-year-old Brad and his family's struggle to celebrate Christmas two months later. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Chris Sherman
Twelve-year-old Cliff, the oldest of six children ("Abernathys always overdo everything" ), recalls the past year in episodes focusing on his brothers and his sister. The year was bittersweet. There were good times, but there were also ones he'd like to forget--among them, the death of one brother, an event that will move readers to tears. Fletcher captures perfectly the humor, irritations, and sadness of life in a large, close-knit family and makes Cliff a sympathetic and thoughtful narrator, occasionally bewildered by his siblings' antics but always a completely believable older brother. The comedy in the final chapter will leave readers recalling hilarious family disasters of their own.
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"In a fresh, exuberant voice, eleven-year-old Cliff Abernathy III narrates a rollercoaster year in his family's life, beginning with Christmas and Grandma's visit. Chapters are colorful vignettes of celebrations, crises, and day-to-day events." School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547350028
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 214,040
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 318 KB

Meet the Author

Ralph Fletcher is the author of many well-received books for children, including the novels FIG PUDDING, and FLYING SOLO, and the picture books TWILIGHT COMES TWICE, GRANDPA NEVER LIES and CIRCUS SURPRISE. He lives with his family in New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

1. Clifford Allyn Abernathy III 1
2. A Yidda Yadda 5
3. Under the Kitchen Table 40
4. The Tackle Box 53
5. Traded Away 74
6. The Headless Chicks 91
7. A Steaming Bowl of Sadness 99
8. Walking Wounded 109
9. A Family Secret 124
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I really liked this book and I think you will too!

    Fig Pudding is a good book because it is sad and funny at the same time. The chapters make you feel better and the sad chapters are usually followed by funny chapters. The characters really felt for each other. My favorite character was Josh because he was cute and funny. I really recommend this book to people who like funny and sad books. That is all, trust me, you will like it too!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Talk about a fun book!!!

    This is a great book because it is funny and sad. I also like how the author wrote the book and I think you will like the book too. This book is also kind of weird because sometimes you want to laugh and sometimes you almost want to cry. The characters will make you laugh. Trust Me!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I Think this book is really funny!!I laughed so hard I wanted to cry!!!
    This book is funny and sad at the same time!! I really enjoyed this book!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!

    I think that this book a fun and sad book at the same time. My faveorite character was Brad because he`s gulable but I think im more like Teddy because im nuts and crazy like him. I think this book is fun,funny and sad and hopefully you will like the book just like I did.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    Fig Pudding Was A Awesome Read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is an awesome book!!!!!!!!It is funny and sad and Josh is HYSTERICAL!!!!!If you like HYSTERICAL times okay times and sad times you will LOVE this book.I know I did.If you start reading this book you cant put it down.Iknow I couldn't put it down,when ever I had to put the book down I said NOOOO I can't put it down I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SO put your nose in FIG PUDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Have you felt like you were in a book? I know I have!

    Fig Pudding is the best book I ever read in my whole life! This is a family book. My favorite chapter was The Headless Chics! I think this part of the chapter is funny when Josh eats a whole stick of butter then says Budder good! That made me laugh so hard! Some chapters are sad moments and some chapters are happy moments. I chose to share this book because it is good for kids. Trust me, you will love this book if you try to read it. It always got more and more interesting.<BR/><BR/>L. Olson

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    This Book Was Awesome!

    This book is a great family story. I just read it in my 4th grade ELA class. It is about a boy who is the oldest of six. Parts of it are very funny but, some parts are very sad. I think you should read this book because I think everyone who reads it will LOVE it! I loved it because I have never read a book where it made me cry so I really loved it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

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    FIG PUDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fig Pudding is a great book to read.I like the books that Mrs. Early picks. My favorite character was Cliff and Teddy.This book is about Cliff is the oldest and his brothers named Nate,Teddy,Brad and Josh he also has a sister named Cyn.I liked the book beacuse it was sad and funny. I would recommend this book to somone who likes sad and funny books.TRUST ME YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Fig Pudding is an amazing book!

    This book is about a family who has its ups and downs. This book is sad and exciting. Josh is my favorite character. I loved this book so much.<BR/>I chose to share this book because it shows how not every year in the future, is going to be great. I have never read another book by Ralf Fletcher, but I hope to.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Zomg

    Well i read this nook and when i heard my boy brad dies i went bawling and everyone in my class is like looking at me i litterly like just died then haha this is a great book im not lieing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

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    Figgy Pudding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just read Fig Pudding in my 4th ELA grade class!!! The author was
    Ralph Fletcher. This book was sad and happy. You could cry happy or sad
    tears! Josh was soo funny! He ate a stick of butter!!!Butter good!!!!!!!And Teddy
    is the wildest thing ever!!(Besides me!!!!)I don't like figs but boy was this book good!
    It made me laugh it made me cry!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    JUNK...JUST KIDDING!!!

    Fig Pudding was the best book I ever read. One of the reasons I liked this book was it went from sad to really funny. When the family got a pet I wish I could have gotten that pet to. They had alot of family tradishons. One of them was baking stolen. I wonder why this family only went on one vacashon. My favorite chapters were yidie yadda, tackle box and the hedless chicks. I would recommend this book because it is really really funny!!! I also would recommend this book because it was really exciting to read!!! THIS BOOK WAS THE BEST!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    good book;}!!

    I read this book with my class. I was not intrested in the beginning but toward the end it got better. My fave character was Josh but I think I am more like Teddy because I am crazy and outgoing like him.I recommend this book because it is funny and sad at the same time. It just makes you want to read more.Ithink you will love it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just read Fig Pudding in my class and I LOVED it. I have never read a book that makes me laugh AND cry. This is a ferry family and friend book (book that you can share with friends and family). I like a lot of books that my teacher picks out and reads to the class especially Fig Pudding. I am really excited to read more Raulph Fletcher books (or ones like them).

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

    FIG PUDDING

    I just read Fig Pudding with my class. It a great book to read. I liked when Cliff's family would always goes in the kitchen to bake something. it would always put the family in a GREAT mood!!!!! I loved how the author would write funny parts but then the next chapter would be sad. (some parts were so funny that some people just couldn't stop LAUGHING!!) THIS WAS A A FANTASTIC BOOK!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Fig Pudding

    Fig Pudding is a funny book and it is a sad book. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. They had a Christmas cactus instead of a Christmas tree. For Thanksgiving they go on a vacation to a fancy hotel.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

    The best book I ever read!!!!!!

    I chose to share this book because I liked it so much that I wanted it to be the worlds best seller. This book is about an 11 year old boy named Cliff. Cliff is the oldest of six. Their names are Cliff, Nate, Cyn, Brad, Teddy and Josh. This book takes place all year around. There are things he wants to remember and things he wants to forget.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    The most exciting book I've read!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a great book! I have just finished the book Fig Pudding. This is a great book, you should read it! My favorite chapter would be "The Family Secret." It was so funny how Baby Josh had stepped in the fig pudding and got a "figgy foot." This book was probably the only book I've read that actually made me feel really sad and happy at the same time. It is now my favorite book and I recomend this book to everyone at any age.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    The Best Book Ever In My Life!!!

    This book is by Ralph Fletcher and the book is called Fig Pudding. Did you ever read this book before? This boy named Cliff is the oldest of 5 kids. This is funny and sad like a rollercoaster ride for them. There are 5 boys including Cliff and 1 sister. I like when Josh would say "Butter Good" when he would say it very funny. I chose this book because it is a really good book and my teacher recommended it to the class. I haven't read any other books by Ralph Fletcher but this is a really good book. I really recommend it to whoever is reading this. I am in 4th grade. And I am 10 years old.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Fig Pudding is the best book ever!!!

    Fig Pudding is one of a kind. The best book I ever read. It reminds me of my own life. Some parts are sad and some parts are funny. I can relate to Cliff, he is the oldest of five children and I am the oldest of three. Four brothers and Cyn. I recommend this book to anybody. I am 9 years old and in fourth grade.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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