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From the Publisher"Will bring a chorus of laughter from sympathetic readers." — Publisher's Weekly.
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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 ...
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.
Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.
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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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Posted May 15, 2010
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.
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Posted May 26, 2010
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.
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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.
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Posted October 12, 2010
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.
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Posted April 27, 2010
I liked it when Peter helped his brother Fudge make the toy train. I also enjoyed when he took care of dribble the turtle. I didn't like when Fudge lost his two front teeth and when Sheila thought she was the boss. I would recommend this book, because it shows that if you don't get much attention, who cares and that you should be a good friend and always give a helping hand.
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Posted January 8, 2013
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
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Posted December 11, 2012
Hello, my name is Alyssa Beals and i am doing a report on tales of a fourth grade nothing. I am in fourth grade also, I am nine years old , and I feel like a fourth grade nothing also. And my biggest problem is my baby sister named Lana . First, I will tell you how she was inspired to make the book. When she was a little girl, a newspaper repoted that a little kid ate a turtle . When she was inspired by it she made rhe book a sended it to a book company . They kept rejecting it 'till they changed thier mind . I read it in two days since it was so good,it is a great book . Now I will tell you my report.My favorite chapter in it is the last chapter "Dribble!",it is a suprising chapter in the book . Peter is nine years old and Fudge is only two years old . In chapter ten, he turns three and haves a small birthday party with a toddler who's scared of everything, a toddler who's fat and greedy, and a toddler who made her mother embarrest by peeing on the carpet. Sorry,I can't spell embarrest that good . So I would reccomend this book to everybody !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should buy it , you won't regret it ... This is Alyssa Beals reporting a awsome book. BYE !!!!! :) ... And REMEMBER!!!! Buy and read the book.
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