Daily Archives: January 29, 2015

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

by Judy Blume
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Somehow, I don’t think I ever read this one as a kid. It’s a good one to have in your back pocket, though. I read it recently for our 2nd and 3rd grade book club, and recommended it yesterday to a parent of two boys as a read-aloud. The only thing that caught my eye was when Peter explains why he’s not supposed to talk to strangers on the way to the park (by himself, in New York City in the 1970s). I was concerned that kids might ask their parents what dope was, but my boss (who I help with the book club) felt that it was very quick and ultimately a good message. Also, Blume’s books are all very popular still and we’ve never gotten any complaints before. None of the kids asked about that, though they did pick up on the unfairness of being Peter but said they liked Fudge better, even the older siblings!