Study Guide

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Genre

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Young Adult Literature

Told from the perspective of a fourth grader, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is geared to younger audiences. Peter takes on life in New York City from a kid's perspective, making the stories relevant to other kids. He talks about parents who just don't understand, obnoxious little brothers, tough school projects, and girls who obviously have cooties. It's all authentically told in kid-speak.

Family Drama

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is, at its heart, a story about family relationships. Sure, Peter talks about his friends and going to school, but most of the conflict in the story revolves around his relationship with his brother, Fudge, and how his parents react when problems arise.

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