This book is hilariously funny, but cruel to kids who believe in Santa Claus. I was devastated the first time I read it, when I was about 9 or 10, because of that part. Then I read it again two years later and loved it. Please make sure your child already "doesn't believe" in Santa before letting him/her read it--it's a terrible way to find out "the truth." Other than that, a great book, especially the parts with Uncle Feather and where Fudge asks "Is this a catastrophe?" and the principal replies, "No, Fudge, but I'm sure you'll try harder next time." (from Amazon - Alice Fielding)
From The Critics
Children's Literature - Stacey King
Perhaps Blume's most loveable children's novel, Superfudge picks up from where Tails of a Fourth Grade Nothing leaves 12-year-old Peter, his 4-year-old brother Fudge, and the rest of the Hatcher family. As if Fudge hasn't caused enough problems already, now Peter's parents are planning on moving to the country for a whole year and having another baby. Will Peter have another tiny version of Fudge on his hands? The story chronicles these and other familiar growing pains for adolescents, as well as some less-than-typical issues, like the Hatchers' friendly neighbor who may or may not eat worms. Parents will love reading the Fudge stories to a captive audience, and children will laugh out loud at the hysterical reenactment of typical family situations. 2003 (orig. 1980), Puffin/Penguin, Ages 5 to 12.
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