Summer Challenge: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Summary of book

Nine-year-old Peter Hatcher would have a perfect life if it weren’t for his two-year-old brother, Fudge. Fudge gets into everything, throws tantrums all the time, and never gets in trouble for anything. During Peter’s months in the fourth grade, Fudge’s antics continue: breaking his front teeth after falling off the jungle gym at the local playground when he tries to fly, vandalizing Peter’s group school assignment, disappearing on his family at a movie theater, and swallowing Peter’s beloved pet turtle.

Sampling of problems from previous students

  • Fudge is able to get out of his crib
  • Fudge breaks his front teeth after jumping from the jungle gym at the local playground
  • Fudge runs off from the family when they are sitting in the movie theater
  • Fudge swallows Dribble, Peter’s beloved pet turtle
  • Fudge gets into all of Peter’s things, even when his parents put a chain on Peter’s door.

Sample solutions designed by students

  • Pulley system to raise a cage so Fudge cannot get the turtle
  • Containers with special locks to protect Peter’s stuff
  • Lock system for his door that allows Peter and his parents to enter room, but prevents 
Fudge from entering
  • Alarm system to alert Peter if Fudge is entering his room
  • Toy feeder to distract Fudge and keep him in his crib