Blume, Judy. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. New York: Puffin Books, 1972.
Blume, Judy. In the Unlikely Event. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Let’s start with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. This is a story about Peter and his little brother, Fudge. According to Peter, Fudge gets all the attention and he gets all the work. Sounds about right. I know I was a big sister and I sometimes felt this way. Fudge is very precocious! He invades Peter’s room, whenever he can. He causes turmoil in Peter’s household. What a boy! I had to apologize to my husband last night. He was trying to sleep and I was on the last few pages of this book. It was making me laugh and I couldn’t keep it quiet for him. This is a delightful book! Read this book and discover, if Peter learns, as I did, to appreciate his little brother.
Judy Blume doesn’t confine her efforts to children’s books. She also writes for adults. In the Unlikely Event is one of her most recent efforts for adults. This story is about the effects that three plane disasters have on the town of Elizabeth, New Jersey. While the story is fiction, the three plane disasters are not. These events took place in the 1950s, when Judy lived in Elizabeth. It is Miri’s story of coming of age and how she learned to cope with disasters of one type or another. This was an amusing read, although I must admit to you that it didn’t make me chuckle like Peter’s adventures with Fudge.
The back of the book I am reading has this to say about Judy.
She spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories in her head. She spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper.
I am so glad she was moved to put pen to paper! Here are some other interesting things about this author.
- Growing up, she didn’t consider writing as a career. She wanted to be a cowgirl, spy, detective, actress or ballerina.¹
- Her grandson’s first word was “book”!¹
- She has a BS in Education from New York University²
- She is baffled by censors and is an advocate of intellectual freedom. ²,¹
- One of her favorite authors is Beverly Clearly. ³
- Her advice on writing: Never leave a book without a finished draft.²
If you are interested in this author, you might want to visit some of these websites.
- Autobiographical Essays: http://www.judyblume.com/reference/essays/index.php
- Reading Rockets Interview: http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/blume
- Late Night with Seth Meyers Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgddnD6OjN4