Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

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by Judy Blume

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Celebrating 40 years of a Judy Blume classic!

Millions of fans young and old have been entertained by the quick wit of Peter Hatcher, the hilarious antics of mischevious Fudge, and the unbreakable confidence of know-it-all Sheila Tubman in Judy Blume's five Fudge books. And now, Puffin Books honors forty years of the book that started it all, Tales of a

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Celebrating 40 years of a Judy Blume classic!

Millions of fans young and old have been entertained by the quick wit of Peter Hatcher, the hilarious antics of mischevious Fudge, and the unbreakable confidence of know-it-all Sheila Tubman in Judy Blume's five Fudge books. And now, Puffin Books honors forty years of the book that started it all, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, with a special edition--featuring a new introduction from Judy--to celebrate this perennial favorite.

“As a kid, Judy Blume was my favorite author, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was my favorite book.”—Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling Wimpy Kid series

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"Will bring a chorus of laughter from sympathetic readers."—Publishers Weekly

“As a kid, Judy Blume was my favorite author, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was my favorite book.”—Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling Wimpy Kid series

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Fudge Series
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Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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The Big Winner
I won Dribble at Jimmy Fargo's birthday party. All the other guys got to take home goldfish in little plastic bags. I won him because I guessed there were three hundred and forty-eight jelly beans in Mrs. Fargo's jar. Really, there were four hundred and twenty-three, she told us later. Still, my guess was closest. "Peter Warren Hatcher is the big winner!" Mrs. Fargo announced.

At first I felt bad that I didn't get a goldfish too. Then Jimmy handed me a glass bowl. Inside there was some water and three rocks. A tiny green turtle was sleeping on the biggest rock. All the other guys looked at their goldfish. I knew what they were thinking. They wished they could have tiny green turtles too.

I named my turtle Dribble while I was walking home from Jimmy's party. I live at 25 West 68th Street. It's an old apartment building. But it's got one of the best elevators in New York City. There are mirrors all around. You can see yourself from every angle. There's a Soft, cushioned bench to sit on if you're too tired to stand. The elevator operator's name is Henry Bevelheimer. He lets us call him Henry because Bevelheimer's very hard to say.

Our apartment's on the twelfth floor. But I don't have to tell Henry. He already knows. He knows everybody in the building. He's that smart! He even knows I'm nine and in fourth grade.

I showed him Dribble right away. I won him at a birthday party," I said.

Henry smiled. "Your mother's going to be surprised."

Henry was right. My mother was really surprised. Her mouth opened when I said, "Just look at what I won at Jimmy Fargo's birthday party." I held up my tiny green turtle. "I've already named him . . . Dribble! Isn't that a great name for a turtle?"

My mother made a face. "I don't like the way he smells," she said.

"What do you mean?" I asked. I put my nose right down close to him. I didn't smell anything but turtle. So Dribble smells like turtle, I thought. Well, he's supposed to. That's what he is!

"And I'm not going to take care of him either," my mother added.

"Of course you're not," I told her. "He's my turtle. And I'm the one who's going to take care of him."

"You're going to change his water and clean out his bowl and feed him and all of that?" she asked.

"Yes," I said. "And even more. I'm going to see to it that he's happy!"

This time my mother made a funny noise. Like a groan.

I went into. my bedroom. I put Dribble on top of my dresser. I tried to pet him and tell him he would be happy living with me. But it isn't easy to pet a turtle. They aren't soft and furry and they don't lick you or anything. Still, I had my very own pet at last.

Later, when I sat down at the dinner table, my mother said, "I smell turtle. Peter, go and scrub your hands!"

Some people might think that my mother is my biggest problem. She doesn't like turtles and she's always telling me to scrub my hands. That doesn't mean just run them under the water. Scrub means I'm supposed to use soap and rub my hands together. Then I've got to rinse and dry them. I ought to know by now. I've heard it enough!

But my mother isn't my biggest problem. Neither is my father. He spends a lot of time watching commercials on TV. That's because he's in the advertising business. These days his favorite commercial is the one about Juicy-O. He wrote it himself. And the president of -the Juicy-O company liked it so much he sent my father a whole crate of Juicy-O for our family to drink. It tastes like a combination of oranges, pineapples, grapefruits, pears, and bananas. (And if you want to know the truth, I'm getting pretty sick of drinking it.) But Juicy-O isn't my biggest problem either.

My biggest problem is my brother, Farley Drexel Hatcher. He's two-and-a-half years old. Everybody calls him Fudge. I feel sorry for him if he's going to grow up with a name like Fudge, but I don't say a word. It's none of my business.

Fudge is always in my way. He messes up everything he sees. And when he gets mad he throws himself flat on the floor and he screams. And he kicks. And he bangs his fists. The only time I really like him is when he's sleeping. He sucks four fingers on his left hand and makes a slurping noise.

When Fudge saw Dribble he said, "Ohhhhh see!"

And I said, "That's my turtle, get it? Mine! You don't touch him."

Fudge said, "No touch." Then he laughed like crazy.

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 389 reviews.
EmilyEmily More than 1 year ago
Hello,my name is Emily,and I am going to tell you a book review on Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing.You will like it because it is funny.Peter is the main character of the story along with his little brother fugde,who's real name is Farley Drexel Hatcher.Peter is a 9 year old boy ,who lives in an apartment building in New York City.Peter is in the fourth grade.I love chapter 5 ,birthday bash!I know you will like it too,when you read it.I know you will love this book as much as I do!Enjoy! Emily Valmana.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book in the world!!!! If you love funny books then this is toatly for you. You should read all seirous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book because it made me laugh. There are many things that I can relate to because I am an older sister and a younger sister as well. A middle child indeed. Peter like me is nine years old and I can see things happening to me. I like the adventures, fun, and troubles with all the happy ending. I recommend this book it is fun, true in many ways and you will never forget some of the things that happened as you get older.
Sushi525 More than 1 year ago
I had fun reading the book. I thought it was funny. It teaches you a lesson to behave good. You learn how to be nice to others and treat them nice. It teaches you a lesson that you should always share. It teaches you how to make decisions and remember things. It was a great book. I enjoyed it and it helped me read better. I also recommend this book for others to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a great book for a book report, it is a good size, not to long not to short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book EVER..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS...NOT A RIPOFF
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first of many good ones :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was quite possibly the best book that i read when i was in 4th grade. Its based on a kid named peter who goes through troubles with his brother Fudge. Fudge is just his nickname his real name is Farley. Anyways at the begaining of the story it starts out with peter at his best friends birthday party. One of the activities at his birthday party was a jelly bean guessing contest wear who ever got the closest guess to how manny jellybeans were in the jar got the grand prize. The grand prize was a pet turtle in a fish bowl. Peter had the closest vote so he got the turtle in the fish tank ehen everyone els just got a goldfish in a bag. The rest of the story is peter fighting with fudge because he wants peters turtle. At the end of the story fudge starts going through a bitting fase were he bites everything and trys to eat everythinng. At one point he eats a living thing called peters turtle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He kkilled the turtle and had to go to the emergency room. Peter was so mad and said he would never forgive hhim but his parrents did something verry nice and tthoughtful to peter and so that he would firgive fudge... one random day his ddad walked in with a box for peter. Ppeter opened it and guess what it was... youl have to readcto finout
THQ2010-2011 More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book is awesome and exciting. You should read it because it's really good. It's very funny, perhaps one of the funniest books for children ever. This book builds my enthusiasm for reading. Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing is the story of a boy named Peter Hatcher and his not-so-sweet brother, Fudge. Since we should all be reading for at least 30 minutes per day, why not spend those minutes on this book? Watch out for Fudge! He can be outrageous. From eating flowers to pretending to fly and losing his teeth, life is never boring with Fudge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it 3 times in 4th grade and still love it! Gr8 read HIGHLY RECOMEND!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg. This book is AWESOME. Fudge Hatcher is a cool character. Fudge refuses to eat and tries to fly and dont get me started on the turtle diet.LOL LOL LOL posted by sarah Markuson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can relate to Peter even though im a girl i have2 lil brothers myself .and i have aboyfriend named Peter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Teacher read it in 4 grade
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bbe a.k.a best book ever
Manny2001 More than 1 year ago
I kind of liked and didn't like this book. Peter's life is like my life because I am a big brother and my sister is a little like Fudge but she doesn't eat animals. I like when Peter got a dog because Fudge can't eat a dog and I like when Raphel stopped crying when he saw Dibble the turtle. There is alot of parts that are very funny and made me laugh out loud. Then I didn't like when Fudge ate Dribble and said Dribble is in my tummy and I didn't like when Sheila was bossing around Peter and Jimmy when they were doing the transportation poster. Some parts were not that funny and they were mean like when Peter said he didn't want Fudge to be born. I don't recommend this book for other people to read because it has alot of sad parts,not so exciting parts and when I read that Dribble was not there in his bowl, I was surprised and disappointed by that ending.
GabbyS More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The book is about two brothers, Peter who is the oldest and Fudge who is the smallest. I had many favorite parts in the book. One of my favorite funniest parts was when Fudge fell down the stairs and lost his two teeth. The part that i did not like was when Fudge swallowed Peters Turtle. I think that was really mean. But I did like this book a lot because it is really funny. I think other little kids will find Tales of a Fourth Grade funny and fun to read. I recommend this book to other little kids.
RickyPz More than 1 year ago
How would you like to have a brother that gets away with everything? This story is about two brothers, the older one is named Peter and his impossible younger brother is named Fudge. Everyone thinks that Fudge is so innocent but in reality he is a little brat. What I liked about the book is that it made me laugh like if there was no tomorrow. Especially when the dad cooked an omelet that everybody hated, except Fudge. He ate every last bit and wanted more. The part that I did not like was when Fudge got lost in the movies because that can really happen to any kid. The dad and Peter got really worried just like any parent would. I think you should read this book because it is very funny. I would like to read more of Judy Blume's books this summer.
Chris-A-C More than 1 year ago
I like the book Tales of the Fourth Grade NOthing by Judy Blume because it was funny. It was funny because Fudge loses his front teeth. I also liked when Fudge pretended to be a dog. My favorite part was when Peter rode the tricycle. The part I did not like was when Fudge eats Dribble and Dribble dies. This made me sad. Then it gets better because Peter gets a dog at the end and names it Turtle. I would recommend this book specially to those who have younger brothers or sisters, because they would understand how Peter feels.
Sofi-3rd_grade More than 1 year ago
This story is about a 9 year old boy named Peter Hatcher. He is in fourth grade. He has a big problem: It isn't with his Mom or Dad... It is with his little brother Farley Drexel Hatcher. Almost everyone calls him Fudge. Peter feels that he is a fourth grade nothing because everyone cares more about Fudge than him and Fudge is always ruining his life. The chapter that I liked the most was chapter one, because Peter got a pet, a tiny turtle he named Dribble. I didn't like chapter four, when Fudge fell and swallowed his two front teeth. I don't like this book because Peter's brother keeps bothering him and in the last chapter he ate his turtle causing so much trouble. I like the end when Peter got a new pet, a dog. I would recommend this book to my friends because it has some really funny parts and it teaches us how little brothers can be very annoying.
RAFY1000 More than 1 year ago
This book has some parts that I don't like and some parts that I like. I like it because it teaches that you have to be responsible of your little brothers or sister. Because they are little and do not know what they are doing. Fudge got lost in the movies theatre, he ate Peter's turtle and they had to take him to the hospital. He also jumped off a treehouse and fell right on his mouth and his two front teeth fell out and his face was covered with blood. These things that Fudge did were funny but they were dangerous for him. Peter was not a responsible big brother. I don't like the book because the brothers were not nice to each other and Peter said that he likes Fudge when he is asleep because when he is sleeping he is not bothering him. I wouldn't recommend this book for kids because they would get ideas from Fudge.
erika29 More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters very much and my favorite part was when the little brother Fudge was playing with Peter's turtle and he ate it. I didn't like the part when Fudge got lost in the theater. Over all I liked the book and it helped me with my reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remeber reading this as a kid. Now I have a seven year old daughter who is reading at a 3rd grade level and I can't wait until she gets to read this. This is going to make the perfect Christmas gift. She will definitely relate to Peter. She has a younger brother and a younger sister who are always aggrivating her to the point that she gets into trouble.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book Review Hello everybody, if you¿re looking for a funny book, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume, is the book for you! This book is about two brothers who always fight. You¿ll crack up reading about how Fudge ruins Peter¿s life. For instance, Peter doesn¿t want Fudge to be around because Fudge gets all the attention. In doing so, he takes Peter¿s turtle, Dribble. I know what it is like to have an older brother. I can relate to Peter, excepted it is the other way around. I have an older brother. So I am like Fudge because we both want to aggravate our older brothers. (Well, I try to at least!) Now I¿ll let you get back to reading your Judy Blume book. If you aren¿t reading a Judy Blume book, I suggest you pick one up and start reading it.