Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Toddler antics bug brother, amuse readers in 1st Fudge book.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 6+


I read this book with my kids 6 and 9, tbey absolutely loved it and found it hilarious. The book is very well written, no doubt about that, it’s intriguing and funny and well structured. However, it is awful and I couldn’t believe what I was reading out loud to them. Completely insane, how is this book so famous? The little kid tries to fly and knocks his teeth out, he eats his brothers pet, destroys his homework… the family dynamic is way off. There are sexist remarks and scenes (the secretary OMG, the dad leaving the dirty dishes for Mom to wash!!) a terrible scene with a ‘fat’ boy throwing up because he eats two slices of cake. It has not withstood the test of time, I do not recommend. If you are going to put in the time and energy to ready with your kids I advise you try something else: Ramona series or even Henry Huggins (though a tad sexist as well) are much better choice I think.
age 8+

Beware the turtle eating part if you have a sensitive child

This was a favorite of mine when I was a kid so I excitedly handed my daughter a copy to read without giving it much thought. Later when she burst into tears, I was reminded about the part where Fudge swallows the turtle. My girl was heartbroken and grossed out. I started reading through the book and was surprised at some of the language and behavior. It sure is different reading it as a parent! I have to say that there really wasn't much redeeming about this book. I'm honestly not sure what made it so popular when I was a kid!

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