• Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Judy Blume
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (425 ratings)

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Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

By: Judy Blume
Narrated by: Judy Blume
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Publisher's Summary

Sheila Tubman sometimes wonders who she really is: the outgoing, witty, and capable Sheila the Great, or the secret Sheila, who's afraid of the dark, spiders, swimming, and dogs?

When her family spends the summer in Tarrytown, Sheila has to face some of her worst fears. Not only does a dog come with the rented house, but her parents expect Sheila to take swimming lessons! Sheila does her best to pretend she's an expert at everything, but she knows she isn't fooling her new best friend, Mouse Ellis, who happens to be a crackerjack swimmer and a dog lover.

What will it take for Sheila to admit to the Tarrytown kids and to herself that she's only human?

©1972 Judy Blume (P)2000 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Author Judy Blume reads this lively recording of her novel...and her voice perfectly personifies Sheila's scrappiness and bravado." ( School Library Journal)
"Every bit of the warmth, humor and insightfulness of [Blume's] writing comes across in her reading. Blume's fans read her books over and over; they'll listen to this audiobook again and again." ( Audiofile)

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Not my fave Judy Blume book

The protagonist, Sheila, was a tedious character. She lied, whined & complained for over 2 hours. Not super likable. I'm sure my kids enjoyed it better than I did!

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Outdated and irritating

If you have ever been on a long road trip with two ten-year-olds bickering in the back seat, then you can imagine the narration of this book. Writers should not insist on reading their own works---they should really hire professionals. The main character is always irritated and complaining about how "unfair" life is, how she hates dogs, swimming, Peter Hatcher, and many other parts of her life. If you overhear your kids listening to this, don't be surprised if they get irritable and argumentative after a while. You might. too.

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  • 10-08-17

Greatest book ever

I love this book it's so great and I really love the chapter where Sheila has to take swim lessons😃😃😃😃😸😸😸😸💖

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She’s a little bossy

I would say I really like this story but she’s a little bossy not to say I don’t like it I love mouse and her swimming teacher I’m glad she has a story because if she didn’t it be weird because like everybody has a story I’d say you should get this book but just do you know Mouse is a girl not a real Mouse!

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One of my favorite Judy Blume books!

Otherwise Known As Shelia The Great is such a great story! I like it because Shelia, a witty, capable young girl of ten, faces real-life struggles such as swimming lessons, dogs, and Libby! There is no language or rude humor, though she and her friends do play some devious pranks. (Ha!) The story is all thanks to Judy Blume, for classic entertainment, lovable character traits, and special effects of storytelling.

You should DEFIANTLY buy this audiobook!

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really great story

I'm really into Judy Blume stories. They are not so complicated but highly compelling.

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You're book is so amazing! B.T.W this is totally for kids of all ages(just saying)

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I love this book 👍😻

It was very fun because shelila goes from mean to nice and I love mouse 🐭 so much 🌈from😈to😍

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Six year old loved it

Only draw back was she didn't like that she pretended to have hives around dogs. Everything else was considered "awesome".

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Did not like story or performance

This book was way too whiny and bossy. I know Shelia’s only 8, but I wasn’t this bossy at her age, and I’m 10! Decent story, but not Blume’s best.