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Two is a crowd when Peter and his four-year-old brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. Fudge is actually a tiny terror in disguise, causing mischief everywhere he goes.

Author Biography: Judy Blume is the enduringly popular author of more than twenty books for young readers. Over 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and the Fudge books are timeless classics. Among Ms. ...

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Overview

Two is a crowd when Peter and his four-year-old brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. Fudge is actually a tiny terror in disguise, causing mischief everywhere he goes.

Author Biography: Judy Blume is the enduringly popular author of more than twenty books for young readers. Over 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and the Fudge books are timeless classics. Among Ms. Blume's many awards is the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.

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"Will bring a chorus of laughter from sympathetic readers." — Publisher's Weekly.

Winner of The Great Stone Face Award.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807277683
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Fudge Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 2 Cassettes, 2 hrs. 30 min.
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.33 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy  Blume

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Her 26 books have won many awards, including the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Key West, Florida and New York City.

Biography

Before Judy Blume, there may have been a handful of books that spoke to issues teens could identify with; but very few were getting down to nitty-gritty stuff like menstruation, masturbation, parents divorcing, being half-Jewish, or deciding to have sex. Now, these were some issues that adolescents could dig into, and Blume’s ability to address them realistically and responsibly has made her one of the most popular – and most banned – authors for young adults.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, published in 1970, was Blume’s third book and the one that established her fan base. Drawing on some of the same things she faced as a sixth grader growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Blume created a sympathetic, first-person portrait of a girl whose family moves to the suburbs as she struggles with puberty and religion. In subsequent classics such as Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, Deenie, Blubber, and Tiger Eyes, Blume wrote about the pain of being different, falling in love, and figuring out one's identity. Usually written in a confessional/diary style, Blume’s books feel like letters from friends who just happen to be going through a very interesting version of the same tortures suffered by their audience.

Blume has also accumulated a great following among the 12-and-under set with her Fudge series, centering on the lives of preteen Peter Hatcher and his hilariously troublesome younger brother, Farley (a.k.a. Fudge). Blume’s books in this category are particularly adept at portraying the travails of siblings, making both sides sympathetic. Her 2002 entry, Double Fudge, takes a somewhat surreal turn, providing the Hatchers with a doppelganger of Fudge when they meet some distant relatives on a trip.

Blume has also had success writing for adults, again applying her ability to turn some of her own sensations into compelling stories. Wifey in 1978 was the raunchy chronicle of a bored suburban housewife’s infidelities, both real and imagined. She followed this up five years later with Smart Women, a novel about friendship between two divorced women living in Colorado; and 1998’s Summer Sisters, also about two female friends.

Blume has said she continually struggles with her writing, often sure that each book will be the last, that she’ll never get another idea. She keeps proving herself wrong with more than 20 books to her credit; hopefully she will continue to do so.

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was inspired by an article given to Blume by her babysitter about a toddler who swallowed a small pet turtle. She wrote a picture book introducing Fudge (based on her own then-toddler son), the turtle, and older brother Peter; but it was rejected. A few years later, E. P. Dutton editor Ann Durell suggested that Blume turn the story into a longer book about the Hatcher family. Blume did, and the Fudge legacy was born.

Blume is not an author without conflict about her station in life. She says on her web site that, as part of her "fantasy about having a regular job," she has a morning routine that involves getting fully dressed and starting at 9 a.m. She has also getting out of writing altogether."After I had written more than ten books I thought seriously about quitting," she writes. "I felt I couldn't take the loneliness anymore. I thought I would rather be anything but a writer. But I've finally come to appreciate the freedom of writing. I accept the fact that it's hard and solitary work."

Blume's book about divorce, It's Not the End of the World, proved ultimately to be closer to her own experience than she originally imagined. Her own marriage was in trouble at the time, but she couldn't quite face it. "In the hope that it would get better I dedicated this book to my husband," she writes in an essay. "But a few years later, we, too, divorced. It was hard on all of us, more painful than I could have imagined, but somehow we muddled through and it wasn't the end of any of our worlds, though on some days it might have felt like it."

Her most autobiographical book is Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself, says Blume. "Sally is the kind of kid I was at ten," Blume says on her web site.

Blume keeps setting Fudge aside, readers keep bringing him back. The sequel Superfudge was written after tons of fans wrote in asking for more of Farley Hatcher; again more begging led to Fudge-a-Mania ten years later. Blume planned never to write about Fudge again, but grandson Elliott was a persistent pesterer (just like Fudge), and got his way with 2002's Double Fudge.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 12, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Elizabeth, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S. in education, New York University, 1961
    2. Website:

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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 greenturtle. "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.


From the Audio Cassette (Unabridged) edition.

Copyright 1976 by Judy Blume
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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing

    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.

    54 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (reviewed by Jonathan)

    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.

    19 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    May 2, 2012

    The best book in the world!!!! If you love funny books then this is toatly for you. You should read all seirous.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Judy blume and these books rock!

    This is the first of many good ones :)

    14 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2010

    Isabella Martinez, 3rd grade

    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.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    AWSOME

    Best book EVER..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS...NOT A RIPOFF

    13 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Great overall book!

    The book is a great book for a book report, it is a good size, not to long not to short.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    I LOVE FUDGE

    Love it

    12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Dont get the sample

    The sample only has the stuf in the beggining of the book

    11 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Now a 7th grader

    I read it 3 times in 4th grade and still love it! Gr8 read
    HIGHLY RECOMEND!

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Fuge

    We have a band all about suger,so i just had to menten the name fuge!
    I love the book!!!!!!

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Love it

    Teacher read it in 4 grade

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    CLICK HERE!!!!!!!

    I have the actul book and didnt read it

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    A Great, Exciting, Funny Book for the Whole Family

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Best book ever

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Great book

    Tales of a fourth grade nothing it was great best book ive read in a while.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    READ!!!!!

    SUCH A FUNNY BOOK!!! YOU NEED TO READ IT AND THE REST OF THE BOOKS IN THE SERIES!!!!!! YOU MUST READ

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Awsomeness

    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.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Awesome

    Cool

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    Nico's review (CEA)

    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.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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