Judy Blume is known and loved by millions of readers for her funny, honest, always believable stories. Among her hugely popular books are Superfudge, Fudge-a-mania, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret and Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great.
The books in three sentences: How nine-year-old New Yorker Peter Hatcher has to live being second to his little brother, Fudge. And how Peter “Pee-tah” Hatcher has to live with another new baby – in New Jersey, no less! And how Peter Hatcher has to spend the summer with his archenemy, Sheila Tubman.
Who would you recommend it to: Kids who have younger siblings. They would really relate to Pete Hatcher. Also parents who just have got their second child. And third child.
Best bits: Pete’s wry and funny observations about adults. Fudge the character.
Boring bits: Not so much boring as terrible – I hated the way Fudge unintentionally ruins Pete’s life! But in the second book Fudge is funnier and less annoying, though he still is. The third book is purely for the fans, though I think if someone who started on the third book first may end up becoming a fan him or herself.
Verdict: I did not enjoy the other Judy Blume book I’ve read, but I absolutely adore these three books! I can see why Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is often listed as one of the young adult books to read. A real classic that’s timeless, appealing and funny, and an equally entertaining sequel. I also enjoyed the third book very much.
Other books by Judy Blume I Have Read: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret