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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Superfudge, the third book in Judy Blume's "Fudge" series, uses humor and honesty to offer an entertaining view of family life. Issues tackled, and poked fun at, in this novel include sibling rivalry, the arrival of a new sibling, balancing work and family, and moving and making new friends in a new town. It's essential to note that this book debunks the existence of Santa Claus. Parents who would like their kids to continue believing in Santa should not read or give this book to them. The book also includes a couple of mild spankings; they occur at an appropriate time to discipline a child and are not injurious. There's also one kid-on-kid punch, some hand-holding, and a couple of kisses on the cheek by sixth-graders, and one mention of what Fudge's brother, Peter, refers to as "the A-word.
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What's the story?
SUPERFUDGE is the third book in Judy Blume's "Fudge" series of comedic middle-grade novels. In this installment, the Hatcher family move from Manhattan to Princeton, N.J., for a year to find out how they enjoy suburban life. Amid his usual disagreements with his parents, and annoyance at his little brother Fudge's wild antics, Peter Hatcher has to adjust to some very big changes: making new friends, leaving old ones behind, and adjusting to the many ways in which his own family is changing.
Is it any good?
Like the other books in Judy Blume's Fudge series, Superfudge is a funny, smart, and honest novel about sibling rivalry. As always, Blume's characters ring true to life: loving parents lose their tempers, brothers fight, teachers aren't always nice. But the Hatchers' lives are always amusing, challenging, and "interesting," as Fudge's mom calls him. Young readers will find Fudge hilarious, and they'll feel Peter's pain as well. However, note that this book denies the existence of Santa Claus. Though Superfudge has a lot to offer, some parents will want to skip this one and go straight to Fudgemania.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about moving. Why is Peter so angry about moving to Princeton? How would you feel if your family moved to a new town and you went to a different school?
How do you think Superfudge compares with other books in the "Fudge" series?
Mr. and Mrs. Hatcher each spank Fudge in this book. Do you think they are right to spank him? Do you think Fudge learns a lesson?
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