Passed on from babysitters to their young charges, from big sisters to little brothers,
and from parents to children, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and
its cousins (Superfudge, Fudge-a-mania, and Doublefudge)
have entertained children since they first appeared in the early 1970s.
The books follow Peter Hatcher, his little brother Fudgie, baby sister Tootsie, their
neighbor Sheila Tubman, various pets, and minor characters through New York City and
on treks to suburbs and camps.
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.)