Two Judy Blume Book Summaries – Fudge-a-mania and Double Fudge

Hi everybody.  I know, I know.  Summer is almost over!  School starts for me a week from tomorrow and I bet you thought I forgot all about my Judy Blume Summer Reading Challenge.  Well, I didn’t.  Between all those dance rehearsals for Disney World, going on vacation for over a week, and getting back and trying to catch up on everything, I admit that I’ve neglected my book summaries.  But, I haven’t neglected my reading.  I actually read each and every book like I said I would.  All I have to do is share what I’ve read with all of you.  So, here goes.

Fudge-a-ManiaBook Title:  Fudge-a-mania
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

This story is told from the perspective of Peter Hatcher again. Peter’s mother told Peter that the whole family, including Grandma Muriel, would be renting a vacation house in Maine next door to the Tubman’s.  Peter hated Shelia Tubman!  She was his sworn enemy.  Things get even worse when Peter’s five year old brother Fudge said he wanted to marry Shelia.  On the bright side, Peter’s parents said he could bring one friend with him to Maine.  Peter picked his best friend Jimmy Fargo. Jimmy’s dad said he’d drive him up there himself and campout in the area.  Peter was thrilled.  He wasn’t very happy about the drive to Maine, though.  It took ten hours. Ten hours in a car with Turtle, Fudge, Uncle Feather, Tootsie, and his parents.  Grandma Muriel flew in on an airplane.  When the Hatcher’s got to the house Peter realized that the two houses were connected.  He met Buzz Tubman’s father Buzzy Senior and the Tubman’s puppy Jake.  Peter had to share a small bedroom with Fudge who talked in his sleep.  Fudge, on the other hand, was still convinced that Shelia would marry him.  The next morning Uncle Feather was missing from his cage.  Fudge had let him out of his cage!  Shelia didn’t know he was out of his cage and she had opened all of the windows.

So, that morning Peter and Fudge set out in the fog to look for the lost bird.  When looking for the bird Peter and Fudge came to a house.  Inside was a lady.  She had them call her Mrs. A.  Fudge told her about Uncle Feather and told Peter not to talk while he helped himself to hot coco and cinnamon buns.  Mrs. A. even told Fudge about Mitzi who is her five year old granddaughter.  Once they left Mrs. A’s house Peter told Fudge that he had forgotten about his bird that they had been looking for.  Fudge just started to cry.  A few minutes after Peter and Fudge returned home, Uncle Feather flew through the house chasing Libby (Shelia’s older sister).  Everyone realized it was Uncle Feather who was chasing her!  The next day, Shelia gave Mrs. Hatcher the idea of babysitting Fudge and getting paid.  Mrs. Hatcher settled on seven dollars a day.  Peter, Fudge, and Shelia all went to the beach then they went to Mrs. A’s house where they met Mitzi.  Even though Mitzi was a girl she and Fudge became very good friends.  Peter even ended up finding out that Mitzi’s grandfather, Big Apfel, was a famous baseball player.  Mitzi revealed that there was going to be a big game on Sunday that her grandfather was going to play in.  She said that Peter could come and he was thrilled.  Once Jimmy got to Maine his father ended up staying at the Hatcher’s/Tubman’s house.  Peter took Jimmy with him to the baseball game and was unhappy that Big Apfel said that Jimmy had a lot of talent.  Jimmy didn’t even know who Big Apfel was without Peter!  Peter also swallowed a fly while on his way to the library.  He did have some fun times in Maine though.  Frank Fargo made a painting and Tootsie walked all over it.  Frank thought it was a masterpiece and he decided to start a whole line of paintings called Baby Feet.  Peter even had a good time when he went with everyone on a boat trip around the beach even though the boat almost sank.  Buzzy Senior and Grandma Muriel even got married!  All in all it was the best vacation ever!

Double FudgeBook Title:  Double Fudge
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

Peter Hatcher is back in the last book of the Fudge Series.  Twelve year old Peter Hatcher’s five year old brother Farley (Fudge) is now obsessed with money.  He wants to buy out the entire Toys R Us or even New York City.  He makes his own money called Fudge Bucks.  Fudge’s new obsession is driving Peter crazy!   “It’s just a stage,” his mother says.  Money is all Fudge will talk about.  He even has a song that he made up about money!  In the shoe store Fudge wanted many pairs of shoes.  He got mad when his mother wouldn’t let him.  He didn’t understand why he couldn’t get what he wanted and why he couldn’t pay in Fudge Bucks.  He then threw a fit right in the middle of the shoe store.  When they got back to the apartment building Peter ran into his best friend Jimmy Fargo.  Jimmy told Peter that he wouldn’t be living in New York City anymore.  Jimmy’s parents are divorced and he lived with his dad.  His dad was a painter and was expanding, so he needed a bigger studio instead of their small apartment.  That’s why Jimmy was moving to SoHo.

Peter was stunned.  How could this happen, he thought?  Jimmy was still going to go to school with Peter.  He just couldn’t walk with him every day.  Jimmy was going to be taking the subway instead.  Once Jimmy moves out a girl Fudge’s age named Melissa moves in.  They instantly become friends and find out they are in the same Mixed Group which meant they were ready to read and write, but they were too young for First Grade.  Peter was stunned, again.  Fudge even made another friend who was rich.  That’s mostly why Fudge liked him, because he was rich. Peter got the chance to go to Jimmy Fargo’s new loft in SoHo.  His dad had to take him because his mom was working and so Fudge and Tootsie had to go too.  Fudge lost his shoe on the subway and got a cheap one (that was a totally different shoe).  Peter did have fun at the Fargo’s though.  The next day another pair of shoes was bought for Fudge.  Fudge’s money obsession was getting worse and the school counselor even called Fudge’s parents to a meeting to discuss if they had financial problems.  How embarrassing!  It was Grandma Muriel who said it would be a great idea to take Fudge to Washington D.C. to see how money was made.  So off they went.  Grandma Muriel stayed behind and watched Tootsie.  They rode the subway there.  Fudge loved the tour and the gift shop.  In the gift shop the Hatcher’s discovered some relatives from Hawaii.  They were from Peter’s dad’s side.  One of the kid’s was even named Farley and they called him Fudge too.  Fudge hated that he had a cousin with the same name as him.  Cousins Fauna and Flora were Peter’s age and they were twin sisters.  They sang in the gift shop and made a huge scene.  Everyone loved them.  They were well known in Hawaii, apparently.  Cousin Howie was the father and Cousin Eudora was the mother.  Both families went out for ice cream after.  They all went back to the Hatcher’s apartment back in New York City and they stayed there.  It was Cousin Howie’s idea, of course.  The entire family hogged the TV because they didn’t have one back in Hawaii.  They were driving Peter crazy.  Fauna and Flora had to go to Peter’s school.  They embarrassed him by singing all over school.  They were very popular and Shelia Tubman, Peter’s sworn enemy, was best friends with them.  Uncle Feather (Fudge’s pet bird) broke his wing.  Finally, the Hatcher’s of Hawaii moved out.  But they moved in next door and decided to stay there until the people they were renting from came back from vacation.  On Halloween both of the Fudge’s dressed as Miser’s.  Melissa was Hermione from Harry Potter.  Fudge’s friend, Melissa, lost her cat and both Fudges’ got stuck on the apartment elevator with an old neighbor, Olivia Osterman.  They finally got out!  After Halloween the weather turned very cold.  There was a big dinner held at the Hatcher’s.  The Cousins came and so did Mrs. Osterman.  Fudge finally lost his tooth and the other Fudge ate it.  Peter told Fudge how he ate his turtle back when he was in fourth grade.  Fudge already knew the story but he still nodded and ended up writing a letter to the tooth fairy explaining the situation.  He found Peter’s old teeth in his parent’s room.  That night Peter tucked them under his pillow.