Heyo! It’s your host! I know I’ve been doing a lot of book reviews recently, but hopefully, I’ll gee something fresh and new next week. If I don’t, then I apologize. Today, I wanted to review a book that got me into reading, The Fudge Series by Judy Blume!
The Book Review Podcast
This series is really short and I absolutely loved it. I did mention it in episode 5, my favorite books of 2019, so check that out if you have the time. For the first episode of the mini-series (don’t worry I’ll do the next book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series soon) I‘ll be doing Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing! Here we go!
This short story by Judy Blume follows our protagonist, Peter Hachter and his little brother Farley, aka, Fudge. These two are the complete opposite and the story shows them going to different places and doing brother things together, with a funny twist added by Judy.
These books are so short and super entertaining to read, along with being super relatable! The sibling bond Peter and Fudge have with each other is very true, coming from someone who has a little brother, and makes a lot of sense.
Even if they have their downs, the two always have their up with each other and I think that’s a great factor about this series!
Judy Blume is a fantastic children’s author and does a great job making this story the way it is. It’s so funny and relatable and cool, it’s just overall a great series that she’s written. Blume makes this series perfect for younger readers alike! Reading this series really made me think of my brother and it’s a really great time.
- The book is 120 pages long
- There are 10 chapters in this book
- This book did not win any awards, unfortunately
- The author of this book is Judy Blume
- The publishing brand is scholastic books
What is My Rating?
If I had to rate this book, it would be a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Like Saving Winslow, it’s not that I don’t like it, just I don’t think it’s the best book in the series, therefore I’m giving it a 3.5, though it’s really close to a 4.
This story was really short, so it’s not going to be super crazy and full of twists and turns and stuff, but it’s still a short and fun story to read. And I think a 3.5 fits the story best.
Would I Recommend It?
I would recommend it, but only to younger readers. Maybe to the age 7-9, because that around the age that I read it, and it made the story so much more fun.
The series isn’t suited for older readers because I believe it’s more immature and it’s probably not going to excite you as much.
It’s funny and so easy to read those younger readers will definitely enjoy. That’s why I would recommend this series to them, older readers, not as much.
Now onto the highlights segment! The segment where I talk about the parts that I enjoyed the most. Here we go! (Beware for spoilers ahead.)
- I think the little events that happen in the story are random but super funny at the same time. For example, the time where Fudge was the family dog to the time Fudge ate Peter’s turtle… a lot of these include Fudge. He’s just super random and can be related to another little sibling people have.
- When Peter finally gets a dog as a pet, it’s really nice that he named the dog from Dribble, the pet turtle he used to own. Turtle, his dog’s name, is hopefully going to be Peter’s great companion in the next books. (I already know because I’ve read the series)
Finally, character thoughts! As I’ve mentioned various times before, the relationship between Fudge and Peter are very realistic and genuine. We also meet Shelia, a bit of a brat, and very bossy.
She does have her own little book that is in her perspective so I’ll definitely do a review on that because it dives into her character.
Peter’s mother is just like any mom, protective and from the beginning worrying about Dribble the turtle getting his “smell” everywhere. My favorite character would have to be our protagonist, Peter!
I just relate to him so much and I understand what it’s like to be the oldest sibling.
Thanks For Listening!
Overall, I hope you enjoy this week’s review and I hope this made you interested in the rest of my thoughts of the series. Without further ado, here is the end of our review!