Happy Thursday! I bring you a TBT from the beauty and superwoman Judy Blume.
Title: Fudge-A-Mania // Judy Blume, published 1990
Memories: I love all the Fudge books. Fudge-A-Mania is actually the fourth book in the Fudge series (Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing is the first) but it is probably my favorite. The Hatchers go off Maine for the summer and are stuck with the terrible Sheila Tubman. As an oldest child with brothers I related to a lot of Peter’s frustrations and struggles, and Judy Blume is such a fantastic writer that I felt immersed in the lives of the Hatchers. I remember giggling my way through the story, loving Muriel and Buzzy, and wishing I knew how to play baseball so I could play with Big A.
Thoughts as an adult: Y’all. I still love this book. It’s definitely dated, and the story is simplistic, but it is a delight to read. I still identify with Peter (oldest child, likes to have everything planned, etc. etc.) but I liked Sheila more than when I was younger. I now understand Judy Blume had to make Sheila annoying because the book is from Peter’s perspective, and he thinks she’s the worst. She’s still the worst, but a little more lovable.
Does it hold up? It’s a mixed bag. I personally still loved it now, as a 25 year old, but I can see where others who don’t have the same connection would find it too simplistic or the characters too flat. It certainly displays Blume’s genius for children’s literature and really is delightful.
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Until next time, happy reading!