DOUBLE FUDGE

Judy Blume, Author , read by the author. Listening Library $25 (, unabridged, three cassettes, four hours, $25 ISBN ) ISBN 0-8072-0942-2

Fudge, arguably the most irrepressible little brother on Earth, is back, and is causing all sorts of comic trouble in this adaptation of Blume's latest book about the Hatcher family. When Fudge develops an obsession with money, his parents plan a family trip to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. While in Washington, D.C., the Hatchers run into some long-lost cousins, the Howie Hatchers of Honolulu. The Howie Hatchers invite themselves to New York City for a get-reacquainted visit with their relatives, and the wackiness for which Blume's tales are known ensues. All the while, Blume accurately captures seventh-grader Peter Hatcher's exasperation and embarrassment over his family with both humor and good-heartedness. Though she occasionally sounds too babyish in her portrayal of Fudge, Blume generally breezes through the Hatchers' antics with unflagging energy and a knowing sense of fun. The author has included a brief introduction describing her inspiration for the story. Simultaneous release with the Dutton hardcover. Ages 6-up. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 09/09/2002
Release date: 10/01/2002
Genre: Audio
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