I remember reading this as a child and loving it. My 8 year old son has recently checked this out from the library, so I re-read it and found I still love it. My son is totally enjoying it, too! Tons of laughs!!
Living with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a 4th grade nothing. Whaterh he's throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or scribbling all over Peter's homework, Fudge is never far from trouble. He's a 2-year old terror who gets away with everything - and Peter's had enough.
Living with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing.
Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or scribbling all over Peter's homework, he's never far from trouble. He's a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything - and Peter's had enough.
When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter's pet turtle, it's the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge too long. How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?
The back cover reads:
Any fourth grader would agree that Peter Hatcher has a terrible problem-his little brother, Fudge. But the grown-ups in his life just can't see that there is something wrong with a two-year-old who breaks his front teeth trying to fly, decides that he is a dog, goes on a no-eat strike, and scribbles all over his brother's homework.
Peter is always asked to perform so that Fudge will be less of a terror: like standing on his head so that Fudge will laugh; opening his mouth for his mother to pop food into; or convincing Fudge that pedaling a Toddler-Bike is fun, so that hw will ride for a TV commercial.
But, Peter feels unappreciated and he is finding his brother harder and harder to take. When Fudge gets at his pet turtle, Dribble, that is the living end. What happens next, and how Peter's parents save the day, make for a mixture of hilarity and a little more understanding on everyone's part.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the first of these entertaining yarns. Peter, because he's the oldest, must deal with Fudgie's disgusting cuteness, his constant meddling with Peter's stuff, and other grave offenses, one of which is almost too much to bear. All these incidents are presented with the unfailing ear and big-hearted humor of the masterful Judy Blume. Though some of her books for older kids have aroused controversy, the Hatcher brothers and their adventures remain above the fray, where they belong. (Peter's in fourth grade, so the book is suitable for kids ages 8 and older.)