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 smashed potatoes on 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?
About The Author
Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the novels Wifey, Smart Women, and her latest, Summer Sisters, the New York Times No. 1 bestseller. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-something languages. She receives thousands of letters a month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her.
Blume is probably better known for her almost teenage girls's stories but these two, featuring nine-year-old Peter and his younger brother, are just as accurate as portraits of American childhood. Peter is not yet worried about the classic Blume territory of sex and relationships, he has more than enough problems dealing with his little brother. At two-and-a-half, Fudge (short for Farley Drexel) is every brother's nightmare. He gets all the attention and hardly ever gets told off, even when he manages to eat Peter's pet turtle. Their mother is more worried about Fudge's health than the fate of the turtle, much to Peter's disgust! Peter also has to cope with Fudge messing up his homework, his parents deciding to move to another city, friendships old and new, trying to run away from home and yet another younger sibling in the shape of Tootsie. Blume's characters leap off the page and even if you don't know any children from New York, you'll recognize many universal traits. Although written in the late 1970s, the stories don't date as the trials and rewards of growing up remain the same. Perfect for children capable of reading by themselves, but probably even more fun to read aloud, especially if you remember them from first time round. (Kirkus UK)
Series: Fudge Ser.
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 15th March 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.092