|Genre||Children's novel and realistic fiction|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|LC Class||PZ7.B6265 Do 2002|
Double Fudge is a 2002 children's novel by Judy Blume and the fourth and final in the Fudge series. The Hatcher family goes to Washington, D.C. where they spend time with their extended family, and Fudge finds out that his cousin is also named Farley Drexel Hatcher. His interest in money is a common theme throughout the story.
In this final installment of the series, Fudge takes up an obsessive and greedy love for money and his family decides to take him to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. to show how money is made hoping that his obsession would stop there. That plan doesn't work, and instead they meet up with their long-lost cousins, the Howie Hatchers. There is Howie, a park ranger who resides in Hawaii and is traveling the country, his pregnant wife Eudora, their perfect, slightly overindulged twin daughters Flora and Fauna who are sometimes nicknamed the "Natural Beauties" and the "Heavenly Hatchers," and last but not least, five-year-old Farley Drexel Hatcher, which is also Fudge's real name. Peter dubs him 'Mini' and the nickname sticks. Peter's family is taken aback when the Howie Hatchers invite themselves to move in with Peter's family for weeks.
Near the end of the story, in a semi-homage to the ending of the first novel, Mini swallows Fudge's baby tooth that just fell out, making Fudge furious at him because he was planning to get a dollar for it from the tooth fairy. After the Howie Hatchers leave with Mini to go to the hospital, Fudge throws a temper tantrum over what Mini did, saying he hated him. Then Peter tells Fudge that he felt the same way when Fudge swallowed and killed Peter's pet turtle, Dribble. Genuinely surprised at this news, Fudge apologizes to Peter for eating his pet and finally realizes that he hasn't been a very good brother to him.
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