Hi! Today I’m going to be reviewing Judy Blume’s beloved series about Fudge.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by: Judy Blume The first novel in Blume’s tales of Peter, and his younger brother Fudge. Peter is a nine-year-old fourth grader who thinks life isn’t fair for him ever since his two-year-old brother Fudge entered his life. Over the course of the novel the reader gets to learn about these characters, and grow as Peter has a love hate relationship with everyone, not just Fudge. A girl in his class named Sheila is also one of Peter’s antagonists. The novel was engaging and funny as it’s all told in the point of view of Peter. There are different episodes with the two brothers that are wild, yet very entertaining. The characters were written very well, and slowly develop throughout the novel, but seeing as they’re only children they can only hopefully get better. Overall, it was a great introduction to the characters and all the things they get into; it really leaves the reader wanting more.
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by: Judy Blume: Part of Blume’s Fudge series, comes a novel about Sheila Tubman. She’s a know-it-all ten-year-old, who learns that maybe she doesn’t know everything. When her family decides to spend the summer in the country she meets a bunch of friends that break her out of her comfort zone. It’s a novel about trying new things, and doing things you’re scared of, to say you’ve done it. This novel was really well written and truly portrayed friendship. It gave the reader an understanding that it’s okay to be truthful with friends. The plot was well constructed, as much as it started slow, it got better as the chapters flew by. The characters were all well written and created; they each had a purpose in Sheila’s life and it showed as the novel continued. Overall, it was a fun, and a bit of an adventurous read.
Superfudge by: Judy Blume: The third novel in Blume’s Fudge series. Things are changing; Peter and Fudge now have a new baby sister, Tootsie, they’ve moved to Princeton, and Fudge gets a new pet, a myna bird. As much as the changes affect them, they are still the characters the reader has come to love. Fudge is now in kindergarten and causing trouble, while Peter has to chase after him. This novel had great plots that kept the reader engaged, and entertained. Nothing was too complex, but it was just enough that the reader never saw where the novel was going. The characters were very relatable, and have developed well throughout the past few novels. Overall, it was a funny, continuation to their story.
Fudge-a-Mania by: Judy Blume: The fourth novel in Blume’s Fudge series. It’s summer time so the Hatcher family take a trip up to Maine with non-other than the Tubman’s. Peter Hatcher and Sheila Tubman are enemies who have to share a house, and nothing goes right for poor Peter. On top of that his five-year-old brother Fudge plans to marry Sheila. This novel is filled with funny plotlines with surprise plotlines that really take the readers for a loop. It was very relatable with characters that anyone with siblings can understand. The novel was very fast paced and feels like one of those novels that a reader can always go back to. As much as it’s written for kids, it’s still very enjoyable to read at any age, with laugh out loud moments. Overall, it’s a welcomed addition to the series that brings Fudge to life.
Double Fudge by: Judy Blume: The final novel in Blume’s Fudge series. The Hatcher brothers are back for yet another crazy adventure. In their final story, Fudge is obsessed with money; all he can think about is having and spending it, which gets a little concerning. While out in Washington learning about money, the Hatcher’s find their long lost family from Hawaii. This turns Peter’s world upside-down, on top of Fudge. This has to be one of the best novels from this series; it has life lessons in it, and it’s also comedic. Peter and Fudge have great moments together in this novel that leaves the reader feeling elated. Blume’s characters really develop over the course of the novels; this helps progress the plot and make each novel better. Overall, this series as a whole is a pleasant read full of funny stories that make the reader laugh out loud.