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Book Review: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Genre: Children
Book Name: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Fudge #1
Author: Judy Blume
Pages: 144
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Macmillan

This month, I am preferring lighter reads and ever since I have read the book Wonder by R.J.Palacio, I have been on the lookout for similar books. This is how I came across this book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.

The book does not have the crispiness and strength that Wonder had. Probably Wonder set the benchmark for me too high and perhaps I should come back to reality. But there is no denying the fact that even this one is not that bad either. This is a simple story of what a kid experiences when he/she has a younger sibling. The oh-so-intense rivalry and frustration about parents showering more love on only the younger one is perfectly captured. The love for having a pet to call one’s own and having that one best friend and you would be reminiscing of your own childhood and your silly quirks. However, do not expect much twists and turns in every page since it’s supposed to be a kid’s book.

And yes, you can easily share this book with your kids to make them understand that parents are not that bad and prejudiced by explaining them a different point of view at each point! Enjoy reading.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here!When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

About the author:
Judy Blume is the enduringly popular author of many books for young readers. Over 80 million copies of her books have been sold, and the Fudge books (which feature a character based on her son, Larry) are timeless classics. Among Ms. Blume’s many awards is the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Other recognitions include the Library of Congress Living Legends Award and the 2004 National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

She is the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation. She serves on the boards of the Author’s Guild; the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; the Key West Literary Seminar; and the National Coalition Against Censorship. She lives in Key West with her husband. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.

Website: www.judyblume.com

Rating: 8/10

Read reviews of similar books on this blog – Wonder by R.J.Palacio.

Book Review: Wonder by R.J.Palacio

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Wonder by R.J.Palacio

Genre: Young Adult, Children Book
Book Name: Wonder
Author: R.J.Palacio
Pages: 316
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Knopf

Have you seen a movie trailer and it seemed so promising that even when it was 10pm in the night (oh by the way, I sleep at 10:30pm daily), you got an intense urge to get the book on which the movie is based on? I am referring to the trailer of a yet-to-be-released movie Wonder starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Do watch it! But even better, read this book. I was so impressed with the storyline and narration that if given a choice, I would have given this book a rating of more than ten on a scale of ten. The book does not have any flowery writing to make reading complicated, the storyline is just perfect and has a simple message to not make others so conscious of anything that they themselves do not have control on. And oh, I am eagerly waiting to see the movie adaptation as well.

The story is of Auggie and the people around him for whom Auggie is the Sun and others are the planets which revolve around him. Still, the book explores each and every character aptly. The best part is that this is not a book of only one person, but of others too who come into contact with him. A rare masterpiece and a debut book at that, which binds the threads and prints of the book so masterfully! It is a book which teaches its readers too a lesson or two in empathy and behavioral aesthetics.

The book is a must read for children and adults like. The quotes mentioned in the book are amazing as well, for example: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind”, “Why blend in when you were born to stand out” or “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”

Post completing this book, I am on the lookout of similar books. Have any suggestions? Please share in the comments below.

Book blurb:
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid–but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” –indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

#1 New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Time Magazine‘s 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
New York Times Book Review Notable Book
Washington Post Best Kids’ Book

About the author:
R.J. Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. Since then, she has written several books – Auggie & Me (combined The Julian Chapter, Pluto: A Wonder Story, and Shingaling: A Wonder Story), 365 Days of Wonder, and We’re All Wonders.

Raquel J. Palacio / R. J. Palacio is a pseudonym of: Raquel Jaramillo.

Twitter: @rjpalacio
Website: rjpalacio.com
Email: rjpalaciowebmail@gmail.com

Rating: 10/10

Book Review: Artemis Fowl and The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Artemis Fowl and The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

Genre: Fantasy, YA
Book Name: Artemis Fowl and The Last Guardian
(Artemis Fowl, #8)
Author: Eoin Colfer
Pages: 352
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

When my brother used to read Artemis Fowl, I was never interested since I had once read the book blurb and found it overtly aggressive. However, when I continuously kept on hearing about this book series in book reading communities, I thought of giving this a try and added this in my TBR list. On a recent visit to my parent’s place, I chanced upon Artemis Fowl and The Last Guardian, and even though others dissuaded me to read this since it’s the last book in the series, I couldn’t hold my enthusiasm and finished it in a day’s time.

It is a wonder why Artemis Fowl series is not promoted the way it had been with Harry Potter because it deserves every single credit. While Artemis Fowl was a mere name in TBR couple of days back and I have only read the last book today, I am undoubtedly going to start with the other previously published books of this series. Brilliantly written, with perfect storyline, perfect set of humane characters (ok, apologies on hurting the feelings of pixies, centaurs, gnomes and all others whose names I have missed out -it’s not intentional, I swear), a villain, a hero and lots and lots of magic, what more can one want in a delightful book? Oh my, I am simply gushing over, having just completed the book and not being able to think straight, like drugged with the writings.

All Harry Potter fans out there and even those who are not, be prepared to embark on this wonderful journey. But yes, unlike me, do start from the first book in this series. And keep watching my blog for other books by Eoin Colfer.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
It’s Armageddon Time for Artemis Fowl.

Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen.

If she succeeds, the spirits of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deer, or badgers – or two curious little boys by the names of Myles and Beckett Fowl?

Yes, it’s true. Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl’s four-year-old brothers could be involved in destroying the human race. Can Artemis and Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police stop Opal and prevent the end of the world

About the author:
Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer’s Legend of… books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Website: eoincolfer.com
Twitter: @eoincolfer
Facebook: @EoinColferOfficial

Rating: 10/10
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