REPORT ON TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING

MICHAEL DELONG


The title of the book is Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. The author is Judy Blume, who lives in New York City. The book was published by the Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group. The copyright date is 1972. The book has 120 pages. It is a fiction book.

We think the story takes place in the late 1960s or the early 1970s. It takes place in New York City, New York.

Peter is a main character. He has dark hair and is not too short or tall. His mother is slightly tall and she doesn't have really long hair. She thinks Peter should learn to like Fudge, his brother. Fudge is very young and can get away with almost anything. He hasn't learned to speak well yet. Peter's father is pretty tall, and he can't cook anything. There are two other main characters. Sheila Tubman has dark hair and is about as tall as Peter. She is afraid of dogs. Jimmy Fargo lives with his father, because his parents are divorced. He is Peter's best friend. Peter has a turtle named Dribble. A minor character is Mrs. Rudder, who below Peter's apartment.

The beginning tells how Peter won Dribble at Jimmy Fargo's birthday party. It also introduces Peter's problems. His mother is always telling to scrub his hands. His father wrote the advertisement for the company. They make Juicy-O, a drink that tastes like pears, apples, bananas, and oranges. Peter doesn't like it. The beginning also introduces us to his biggest problem, his brother Fudge. He can get away with anything.

The middle has some small events. Fudge puts stickers on someone's suitcase in the second chapter, then he won't eat in the next one. He leaps off the bars thinking he is a bird in chapter 4. He has a birthday party in the fifth chapter.

The main event is when Peter's at school, Fudge eats Dribble, his turtle. I think it's sort of funny that his mother takes him to the hospital. He seems just fine. Peter waits in the emergency part of the hospital. They give Fudge medicine to get Dribble out of him. It works.

When Fudge comes home, his mother gives him lots of presents. His father gives Peter a dog and he names it Turtle.

I liked this book because it had very funny things happen to people. I would recommend this book to a friend because it is very funny and unusual. It wasn't too easy or hard to read, just right. My favorite part of the book was that Peter's father dumped a bowl of cereal on Fudge's head. The book was really great.


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