Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was written in 1972 by popular children's novel author Judy Blume. Decades later, the novel is still popular and on many upper elementary school reading lists. Because of its current settings and topics, the novel has remained timeless with students.
The story takes place in New York City where the main character's family lives in an apartment building. Peter Hatcher and his family are the focus of the novel and the settings are those places typical of family life. The family's adventures take place around New York City's schools, shopping and amusement locations.
The story takes place in a relatively current time. As evidence of this, a filming studio for a commercial is mentioned as one of the places the family finds themselves during the story.