Well, despite being written in 1972, this book is absolutely timeless. I dare you find a kid who won't laugh along with this story that feels like it was written for them. How does Judy Blume do it? Well, take excellent writing and add it to a story that touches on the emotions that kids really feel about siblings and family, mix in some humor and voila! Oh, if it were only that easy.
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Title: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Peter is in fourth grade and has a little brother Fudge. Fudge is lavished with attention, being the adorable little brother, but Peter knows better. Fudge goes through Peter’s stuff, he has meltdowns of epic proportions and is catered to by every member of the family. Can Peter survive all the problems that Fudge will create next?
Despite being written in 1972, this book stands the test of time. Perhaps it is because Judy Blume is able to not only tap into the feelings of every big brother and sister, but also delve into the universal humor that surrounds the trouble that siblings have created throughout the ages.
This book is wonderful for kids who are ready for chapter books. There are not pictures, but at only 120 pages the book is very manageable for kids who have moved on from early readers.
Judy Blume got me through elementary and middle school with her books that touch on what kids are really feeling. Perhaps that is why, after all these years, she remains relevant and beloved in children’s fiction. Of course I still remember my dog eared copy of Forever.
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