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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a record of some of the experiences in the life of Peter Hatcher as he struggles to maintain his identity and existence separate from that of his two-year old brother, Fudge.
Each chapter of the book is the narrative of a separate incident; experiences do build on preceding chapters to some extent, but the chapters could be read as independent stories without loosing the effect or the humor of the situations. Peter wins a pet turtle in the first chapter, then has recurrent problems because Fudge persists in bothering the turtle (up until he swallows it). Peter gets roped into helping their mother with Fudge's three-year-old birthday party, which quickly degenerates into chaos. And life for Peter moves on...
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