Question by  Katie (92)

Is "Blubber" by Judy Blume a good book for a nine-year old?

She is in third grade.


Answer by  Heather726 (257)

I read that book when I was about nine and really enjoyed it. As I recall, the main character is teased and tortured quite a bit by classmates. Depending on your daughter's sensitivity, she may have trouble with that or sympathize. If you feel the subject matter would be okay, I definitely recommend it (and other similar Judy Blume works).


Answer by  SallyJ64 (3121)

I don't reccomend that book. It has a lot of racial slurs in it and language I don't think is appropriate.


Answer by  Jilly (597)

Judy Blume's books are all very good children's literature. I "read Blubber" in the third or fourth grade and remember really liking it. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" was also a good book by her. "Blubber" deals with weight issues, so if your nine-year-old struggles with her weight this might be a uniquely helpful book.


Answer by  cyouse0831 (28)

"Blubber" is an excellent book for a mature third grader. It deals with themes that most elementary school children will experience, mainly bullying and self-esteems. It is especially appropriate for girls who may not feel completely comfortable in their bodies.


Answer by  blahblah (670)

Blubber is about a girl in fifth grade. It was written in 1974. It would be a good book for a nine-year-old with good reading skills.


Answer by  Anonymous

My friend said it had a bad word in it.


Answer by  Ashley38 (119)

A common theme in the book is bullying. Some complain that the book's themes are too mature but others are happy to share the book with children.

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