Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume #BookReview #AmReading

“Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume

I read this as a kid, maybe in third or fourth grade, and just re-read it with my oldest this year. I can remembering loving the title, “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.” It sounded like the funniest thing I’d ever heard of back then.

As a youth, I went on to read some of the other books in Judy Blume’s Fudge series, like “Super Fudge” and “Fudge-a-Mania.” As an oldest child I could relate with Peter Hatcher’s frustrations with his baby brother’s antics. As an adult with three of my own kids, I can see the story a little more clearly. My oldest loved the book and we both thought the ending was perfect.

As an adult, the book didn’t age as well I thought it would. It was still worth a read for the elementary-age young reader, but I don’t know how much of the series we will finish. I didn’t ever read “Otherwise known as Sheila the Great,” because I didn’t realize it was meant to be a part of the series, so we might read at least that one.

It’s funny how books that you adored as a kid seem to change over time, especially on the re-read with your own children.

Get a copy of “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume on Amazon here.



  1. Jason, thanks for sharing your perspective. Around 4th grade, I read The Wind in the Willows. As an adult, I have read this children’s classic novel, and I realized I was picking up some of the hidden meanings and lessons which were missed in elementary school.


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