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Fig Pudding

Fig Pudding

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by Ralph Fletcher

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Eleven-year-old Cliff Abernathy shares his family's trials and tribulations.


Eleven-year-old Cliff Abernathy shares his family's trials and tribulations.

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"Fletcher captures perfectly the humor, irritations, and sadness, of life in a large, close-knit family." –Booklist
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.

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Random House Children's Books
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5.23(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.41(d)
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ralph Fletcher has written many well-received books, including Spider Boy and Flying Solo.

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Fig Pudding 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Jbaseball More than 1 year ago
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!
FrostyB More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!
lolson More than 1 year ago
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.

L. Olson
Awesomegirlskj More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Golfgirl20 More than 1 year ago
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
coolkid97 More than 1 year ago
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!!
DRUMMERKING777 More than 1 year ago
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.
SquirtDV More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
erikrob More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rules <p> 1. Bios must be made. If not, you will be ignored. <br> 2. Try to have decent grammar. Please <br> 3. The Chief's word is law. Disobeying results in death. <br> 4. Get along with each other. <br> 5. Don't ask for promotions, they will be given to cats who earn them. <p> Ranks <p> Chief- The ultimate leader of the clan. His/her authority is unquestionable. Can only be replaced if dead. <br> Deputy- The second-in-command. Is only answerable to the Chief. The Chief chooses the Deputy from the ranks of Officers. If a Chief should die in battle, the Deputy takes control. <br> Officers- There are three Officers that sort of act like congress. They make laws, but they have to be approved by the Deputy. And if the Chief refuses the law, then it isn't passed. Officers are chosen by the Deputy from the ranks of Warriors. If a Deputy should die, the Chief chooses a new one from the Officers. <br> Warriors- Basically everyone else. Warriors hunt, fight, and supply the clan. <br> Prisoners are cats we capture on raids. They have no rights until they gain worth as a Warrior. <p> Map <p> Info- Result 1 <br> Bios- Result 2 <br> Camp- Result 3 <br> Ranks (Will be posted by Chief)- Result 4 <br> Dens- Result 5+ <p> Have fun!!!!!
awesomeduty More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great, no amazing no fantastic, NO SPECTACULAR! I was on the edge of my seat reading this, and I think you will be too. It's funny, sad and full of Teddy yelling.
Vapreon126 More than 1 year ago
THE MOST AWESOME BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think this book is realy fun.
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We got to read most of this in one of my 6th grade classes and I loved it! I hope I can get it soon to see what happens next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amezing my teacher read it to me in third grade i loved i hope u love it to you should really get this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U need to get fig pudding because it a mixture of fun sadness and humor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fig pudding is a exelent book by Ralph Fletcher some parts are sad some parts are funny, but no matter what part it is it is EXELENT
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book Expecialy the ending It's a tiny bit sad though
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